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Ex-Prosecutor: Release “Merits Enhanced Scrutiny”

Ex-Prosecutor: Release “Merits Enhanced Scrutiny”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Even as they conceded that DNA evidence “is a very powerful, and very valuable, law enforcement tool,” the attorneys who won Mayer Herskovic’s release from custody less than three hours after his sentencing attacked the method used to analyze the DNA evidence that was key to his conviction. “Mayer Herskovic is […]

Four-Year Sentence in Brutal Taj Patterson Assault Quickly Stayed

Four-Year Sentence in Brutal Taj Patterson Assault Quickly Stayed

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Brooklyn man was sentenced to four years in state prison for his role in the 2013 attack that left a black gay man blind in one eye. But less than three hours later, the defendant won a release from custody while his appeal is argued before a higher court. After […]

Sentencing Postponed Again for Taj Patterson Assailant    

Sentencing Postponed Again for Taj Patterson Assailant    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The sentencing of a Brooklyn man who was convicted last year in a brutal 2013 attack in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye was postponed a second time after his attorney said his client was suffering from a medical condition that required surgery. “He has a […]

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A Brooklyn judge swiftly convicted Mayer Herskovic of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and menacing in a 2013 attack in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye. “Today’s verdict is a testament to our determination to fully prosecute this case based on the evidence, which clearly connected this […]

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In its closing statement in the trial of a man charged in a brutal gang assault in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye, the defense argued that no witness had identified Mayer Herskovic as the assailant and that the DNA evidence implicating him was based on bad […]

DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A defense expert testified that the DNA testing method used to link Mayer Herskovic to a brutal 2013 assault on a gay black man in Williamsburg was invalid and that his DNA may have ended up on the victim’s sneaker because a third person first touched Herskovic and then touched the […]

Defense DNA Expert Barred in Trial of Taj Patterson’s Alleged Attacker

Defense DNA Expert Barred in Trial of Taj Patterson’s Alleged Attacker

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The defense in the trial of a man accused of participating in a 2013 gang assault on a black gay man in Williamsburg suffered a setback after the judge in the case refused to allow a witness to testify as a defense expert on DNA testing. “I’m not impressed by his CV,” […]

Taj Patterson Ties Mayer Herskovic to His Beating

Taj Patterson Ties Mayer Herskovic to His Beating

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The black gay man who was brutally beaten by a mob in 2013 in Williamsburg linked Mayer Herskovic, whose DNA was found on the victim’s sneaker, to the crime by testifying that the man who punched and kicked him in the face and gouged his eye later pulled off his sneaker and […]

Cop Admits Weak NYPD Effort in Black Gay Man’s Assault

Cop Admits Weak NYPD Effort in Black Gay Man’s Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Giving credence to allegations that police initially made little effort to investigate a brutal attack on a black gay man in Williamsburg, the detective in the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force who took over the case six days after the assault said he received a single report from the local precinct when […]