Monserrate Gets Away with it…(UPDATED)
October 16, 2009 by Amy Siskind
Monserrate got away with it, plain and simple.
For those of you new to The New Agenda, you can learn all about this case by reading here.
The short and sweet of it is that Hiram Monserrate, a NY State Senator slashed his girlfriends face with a broken glass requiring her to get multiple stitches. As would be typical, after initially going to the hospital and telling the police, the victim changed her mind and decided not to press charges. Difference this time: 4 cameras in the apartments hallways and lobby that captured part of the attacks hence giving the prosecutors evidence to press charges.
In what we feel is not only a gross miscarriage of justice, but also a horrific message to women, “Senator Slasher” as we like to call him, got away with it. He was found guilty of misdemeanor assault but acquitted of felony assault. In other words, it is unlikely that he will serve a day in jail and he can still serve as an elected official. Despicable!
The New Agenda wants our members to know this: we do not plan to be silent about this. We will continue to speak out and be a thorn in this guy’s side until we get him out of public office and public life for good – oh, and then we’ll still stick with him to remind everyone that he is, after all, Senator Slasher!
New York State Senator Liz Krueger just sent out a press release calling on Monserrate to resign! As Liz said when she was a guest on The New Agenda radio show, Chewing the Fat with Ophelia, if we want to end violence against women, we need to elect more women!