Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Lawyer change gives Mayer Herskovic, guilty of beating gay black man in Brooklyn, two more months of freedom
A Hasidic Jewish man convicted of participating in a gang assault that left a gay black man blinded in one eye gave his trial attorney the boot, buying himself two more months of freedom.
Mayer Herskovic hired Stuart Slotnick — the son of high-powered attorney Barry Slotnick — on Nov. 3 to assess the gang assault conviction that left Taj Patterson blinded on Dec. 1, 2013.
Herskovic, 24, was slated to get sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on Monday.
"We are grateful that Justice Chun has granted us the opportunity to submit papers to set aside the verdict," said Slotnick outside of court.
Slotnick was granted an adjournment to Jan. 18, 2017.
Herskovic faces a mandatory range of three and a half to 15 years in prison for the attack, in which at least 20 Orthodox men tied to a Jewish security patrol attacked Patterson as he was walking home to Fort Greene from a friend's birthday party, according to witnesses.
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