Cohen Forman Barone Client Facing Possible Life Sentence Acquitted Of Assaulting A Police Officer

Cohen Forman Barone Client Facing Possible Life Sentence Acquitted Of Assaulting A Police Officer

After two days of deliberations a Manhattan jury acquitted a Cohen Forman Barone client of two counts of assaulting a police officer. On August 30, 2014 police officers from the 33rd Precinct were called to a neighborhood block party in Washington Heights after receiving complaints that the party was taking place without a permit. As the police presence escalated during attempts to break up the party, so too did the conflict between the officers and the neighborhood’s residents. The scene eventually devolved into total mayhem, leading to serious injuries to both residents and police officers. The complainant in the case, a police officer assisting in the arrest of another individual, was knocked unconscious after being struck in the head by a bottle thrown from a large crowd that had gathered while the arrest was taking place. Another police officer claimed to have witnessed the defendant throw the bottle that caused the injury.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office indicted the defendant on two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, which, considering the accused’s record, carried a potential sentence of 12 years to life in prison. Lead attorney, Cory Forman, had maintained that considering the chaotic scene described by a number of witnesses it was unlikely the eyewitness police officer actually saw who threw the bottle that struck his fellow officer. Despite the prosecution’s introduction of what they claimed to have been an admission made by the defendant, the jury ultimately agreed with the defense and acquitted the defendant of the assault charges. According to one juror, defense counsel exposed too many inconsistencies in the officer’s testimony during cross-examination that lead to reasonable doubt of the defendant’s guilt.

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