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A gash under the eye and a slap on the wrist for: NY Senator Monserrate

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Now HOW many $$ going to NY state for:

  • DV prevention
  • Abstinence counseling
  • Marriage promotion?

Let’s practice what we pass funding for, OK?

NY Senator gets off easy

Monserrate and Giraldo have been under a court order not to see each other since shortly after their violent encounter was caught on video last December. She sought to have the order lifted and said Friday that the two planned to marry, but the judge kept the protection order in place. Giraldo once again said it was an accident when Monserrate smashed a glass into her face, causing bloody injuries that required 40 stitches. “I want to be with him, and I want to continue to be with him,” she said through an interpreter. During the unusually long four-hour sentencing, Erlbaum pointedly questioned Giraldo about what happened, about her contradictory statements during the trial, about the health of their relationship and about her mental health. He said she seemed submissive to a jealous Monserrate. Erlbaum said he would be willing to lift the protection order if the couple could prove that they could address their problems. He also suggested that Giraldo seek therapy. “I hope the time will come that Karla Giraldo will have the self-respect to stop acting like a slave,” the judge said. Erlbaum sentenced Monserrate to three years on probation and 250 hours of community service, and ordered him to pay fines of more than $1,000. He’s also required to enroll in a one-year counseling program on power and control.

His attorney, Joseph Tacopina, said he would appeal the conviction and would start working on getting the protection order lifted. Monserrate was acquitted of intentionally smashing Giraldo’s face with the glass on Dec. 19, 2008, in a jealous rage. Both said it was accidental, but statements she made to hospital officials indicate she changed her story.

How’d you like to confront a powerful Senator?

Written by Let's Get Honest

December 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm

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martinplaut

Journalist specialising in the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa

Let's Get Honest! Blog: Absolutely Uncommon Analysis of Family & Conciliation Courts' Operations, Practices, & History

'A Different Kind of Attention Develops Sound Judgment' | 'Suppose I'm Right Here?...' (posted 3/23 & 3/5/2014). Over 680 posts, Public-Interest Investigative Blogging On These Matters Since 2009.

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