The Washington Times - October 15, 2009, 06:01PM

New York state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, a Democrat, was found guilty Thursday of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend for a slashing and dragging incident dating to last December.

Sen. Monserrate avoided a conviction of felony assault even though a video presented to the court shows him roughly dragging his struggling girlfriend out of his apartment as she bled from her head.  She received 40 stitches. 

Mr. Monserrate’s senate future is uncertain, but it may take a concerted effort in the NY senate to remove him.

New York Times:

“According to Politicker , ‘there is no standard of conduct (relating to these kinds of offenses) for a senator codified anywhere — not in the Senate rules, not in the Public Officers law, not in the Legislative Law.’ But a clause in the Legislative Law gives the senate the ‘power to expel any of its members, after the report of a committee to inquire into the charges against him shall have been made.”


Sen. Monserrate is set to be sentenced on Dec. 4.

New York bloggers comment:

Politics on the Hudson: Senator to keep seat but could face ouster attempt.

“The stakes have been high not just for Monserrate but for Senate Democrats, who hold a slim 32-30 majority.

“Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, said in a statement today that he and other Democratic leaders are discussing whether disciplinary action by the Senate would be appropriate.

“’Accusations against public officials are of the utmost concern to everyone in a just and civil society and I take them very seriously. A court of law has now ruled and we respect the decision rendered by the justice system,’ he said.”

MonroeRising asks “Are you kidding me!

“Frankly, we’re shocked that Monserrate was found innocent of the felony charges.  Especially after this damning video showing Monserrate dragging his bleeding girlfriend out of the apartment building and driving her well out of the way to a hospital, even though there is one much closer (but is frequented more often by local law enforcement).”

Republican state Sen. Marty Golden comments before conviction:

“…doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to go before an ethics committee that we have and sit before the board, and see if he deserves to remain in the body.

“I think that people will have questions as to how this all came about, how she was cut in such a manner that she was, how he received the number of stitches she received, how she was taken out of her way to a hospital 20 miles away. These are questions, I think, that an ethics committee would want to do.”

Times Union: Laws involved in the expulsion of a member.

Gothamist:Did girlfriend deliver false testimony to protect senator?

Slashed Girlfriend Breaks Down on the Stand, Runs Out of Hiram Trial

Two charges dropped just days before judgement.

Quote of the Day:

“We can’t wait for the “flood” of press releases from the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women denouncing this verdict because they care so very much for abused women regardless of the political party affiliation of the men who hurt them.

“Ya, right.  Don’t hold your breadth waiting for their response.”