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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Trial of Five Men Charged with Beating Rajinder Singh Khalsa Begins

On July 11, 2004, Rajinder Singh Khalsa [pictured] was the victim of a senseless and brutal beating [see previous posts here and here]. He was met with a barrage of insults, physically assaulted, and left for dead as he lay unconscious. The perpetrators fractured his left eye socket and broke his nose; they continued to kick his body while he was unconscious. Before attacking Khalsa, the perpetrators remarked, in reference to Khalsa's turban, "Look, somebody stole my curtains" and "Why did you steal my sheets from my house?"

In July of this year, Khalsa filed a civil suit against the five men charged in the assault. He noted then, "People should know that Sikhs will not suffer in silence.... I hope for justice not only for myself, but all hate-crime victims."

On Monday, the trial began at the State Supreme Court. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Parke said in her opening statement, "It was a truly vicious, despicable act of hate." The defense is arguing that "the Sikh men were solely responsible for escalating the situation into a near melee" (emphasis added).

The defendants are Salvatore Maceli, 27, his brother, Nicholas Maceli, 23, and their stepfather, Victor Consentino, 60, Terence Lyons, 54, and Ryan Meehan, 25. They are charged with second-degree assault as a hate crime, second-degree assault and second-degree harassment. The five face up to 15 years in prison.

We will follow the trial closely as more information becomes available...

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Anonymous Anonymous [At 9:16 PM]:

This case is a travesty against the American Judicial System. It is no doubt that Rajinder got hurt, but perhaps you should examine the situation more closely. It wasn't a case of 5 men beating this men simply because he was a Sikh. It was a fight between Rajinder and one of the other men.

Don't believe all the media hype. Hate sells more papers than the truth.

Shame on you.

 
Anonymous pattie kaur [At 1:10 AM]:

"This case is a travesty against the American Judicial System. It is no doubt that Rajinder got hurt, but perhaps you should examine the situation more closely. It wasn't a case of 5 men beating this men simply because he was a Sikh. It was a fight between Rajinder and one of the other men.

Don't believe all the media hype. Hate sells more papers than the truth.

Shame on you."

SHAME ON WHOEVER POSTED THAT.

there is sufficient evidnce to prove that rajinder did nothing but try to lave the situation. these ignorant clots were drunk, after a christening no less(have no shame at all), and they go strating fights with innocent people. don't allow your ignorance to cloud your own judgement, and see things as they really are. in the end, rajinder is the one who wins out, for he is the one with the most grace, and if others can see that, well too bad, it's their own sad lack of perception then.

 
Anonymous Anonymous [At 8:43 PM]:

Sweetheart, I WAS THERE.

I was a witness to what happened. The media and various coalitions are skewing this into a story that's more emotionally charged than it was. Hate crimes sells more papers than a regular street fight. One you get a politically powerful coalition such as the Sikh coalition and a district attorney with connections, it's hard to uncover the truth.

Have you read about the Silkhs brandishing a 2x4? Have you read about the Sikhs calling the accused men "gangsters" and "guineas" and to "get out of THEIR neighborhood"? Did you realize the Rajinder, his cousin and a man that's gone suspiciously missing stayed outside the hall arguing for a good 45 minutes before anyone came to blows? Have you heard the 911 calls where Gurcharan overreacts to dumb ass comments, lies about gunshots, and one of the accused men is clearly heard apologizing and trying to calm the situation down?

Have you read that one of the men, a 60 year old man never in trouble with the law, actually broke UP the fight?

Didn't think you read all that. Read the FACTS and EVIDENCE of this case. This was not a hate crime.

 
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