††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News
Release* ††† ††††††Date: January 26, 2010
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††† ††††††Date: January 26, 2010
Teenager convicted of bias attack
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced
that a 17-year-old
Court Judge Roger W. Daley ruled the 17 year old, M.K., was delinquent in the
third degree aggravated assault and second degree bias intimidation of the
victim, a 19-year-old
a closed, one-day trial at the Family Courthouse in
The judge placed the juvenile on probation for one year and ordered him to repay the man $630 to compensate him for medical co-payments, broken eye glasses and the cost of cleaning the religious garb he was wearing when he was punched and knocked to the ground.
In addition, the judge ordered the juvenile to write a 500-word essay on the effects of anti-Semitism.
the trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor
initially was arrested and charged after the township man, who is Jewish, told
police he was punched at 7:25 p.m. while walking on
The Edison Police Department subsequently filed a bias incident report with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, in accordance with state guidelines.
initially was charged with juvenile delinquency in the aggravated assault of
the 19-year-old man, and the bias intimidation count was filed October 2, 2009,
following an investigation by Sgt.