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Monsey stabbing suspect pleads not guilty to attempted murder
Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/1/20 | Elad Benari

Posted on 01/16/2020 4:59:39 PM PST by Eleutheria5



The man charged in the stabbing attack at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey that left five people wounded, one critically, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Thursday, The Associated Press reports.

Grafton Thomas appeared in Rockland County Court. On Monday, he pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges.

His lawyer, Michael Sussman, argues that Thomas suffers from mental illness and is not responsible for his actions.

Federal prosecutors say Thomas targeted congregants celebrating the seventh night of Hanukkah at the Monsey home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg on December 28 because of their Jewish faith.

Celebrants were forced to defend themselves by throwing furniture, and one of the injured, 72-year-old Josef Neumann who was hit in the head, remains in critical condition.

In Monday’s hearing, one of the prosecutors said that if Neumann dies of his wounds, Thomas could face the death penalty.

Prosecutor Dominic Crispino said in court on Thursday that Sussman should resign from the case because he videotaped evidence being taken out of Thomas' cabin and therefore became a witness, the Journal News reported.

Sussman said he would not be resigning. Judge Kevin Russo said he would rule on the matter when the prosecutor puts his request in writing.

Sussman also said he wants to visit Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg's property in Monsey so he can get a sense of what Thomas was experiencing at the scene. Crispino argued against that; the judge said he would consider the request, according to AP....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: monsey; stabbing; sussman; thomas

1 posted on 01/16/2020 4:59:39 PM PST by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5
Celebrants were forced to defend themselves by throwing furniture

The next day in TX congregants were faced with even a more dangerous situation and chose to throw lead instead.

2 posted on 01/16/2020 5:03:02 PM PST by Balding_Eagle ( The Great Wall of Trump ---- 100% sealing of the border. Coming soon.)
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To: Eleutheria5

He suffers from a mental illness that causes him to go on a murderous rampage of innocent people, so we should let him go free!


3 posted on 01/16/2020 5:06:24 PM PST by monkeyshine (live and let live is dead)
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To: Balding_Eagle

The defendant was unavailable to enter a plea.


4 posted on 01/16/2020 5:29:26 PM PST by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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His lawyer, Michael Sussman, argues that Thomas suffers from mental illness and is not responsible for his actions.

"He voted for Hillary so he is not responsible for his actions."

5 posted on 01/16/2020 7:07:53 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: monkeyshine
A lobotomy sounds like a good compromise. Lobotomize the maniac and teach the resulting drone to rake leaves at a mental facility. A needle with lidocaine HCL and insulin, inserted into the frontal regions via the sinuses should do nicely.
6 posted on 01/16/2020 7:21:43 PM PST by MHGinTN (A dispensation perspective is a powerful tool for discernment)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

He only voted for Hillary once?!!!!

What kind of lunatic only votes for Hillary once. Hang him high.


7 posted on 01/16/2020 10:42:53 PM PST by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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Michael Sussman. The names rings a big bell on the Left as a lawyer. Need help in finding out if he is a member of the National Lawyers Guild (An old Communist Party legal front); its’ offshoot, the Center for Constitutional Rights (an all inclusive/diversity Marxist/communist/leftist legal revolutionary organization. Very pro-Castro, PLO, terrorists, etc); or the ACLU (I think even they have some standards LEFT).


8 posted on 01/17/2020 12:41:21 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (Figures)
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