Lawyer Accuses New Baltimore Prosecutor Of Bias

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s new state’s attorney says his decision to drop a felony assault charge against a member of an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch group accused of attacking a black teenager was based on the evidence. 

The teenager’s attorney said after the decision that State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein was being soft on Jewish hate crime because he is Jewish. Bernstein said his decision was based only on the evidence in the case. 

Attorney J. Wyndal Gordon claims his client was targeted because he is black. 

The felony charge was dropped Thursday against Eliyahu Werdesheim, 23, a former Israeli special-forces soldier, who still faces misdemeanor charges. Werdesheim’s brother, Avi Werdesheim, 20, also faces misdemeanor charges in the case. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Owings Mills says:

    Ok, let the games begin…..

    In my book, a charge of hate crime against a Jew should NEVER stick. After 1 million years of persecution, they get a free pass. Before the haters start barking, I’m not Jewish, and this was no hate crime.

    1. Antoine Scales says:

      That’s the most hateful thing I’ve ever heard. If that jewish boy walk down a street in east Baltimore and was attacked, the Jewish community would be screaming. And people (Jewish) don’t understand why we’re angry with this Jewish state’s attorney.

    2. Nick says:

      No one who commits a hate crime gets a free pass. Slavery was a 300 year holocaust but that does not mean that the DC Sniper or the previous mayor should be given a pass. Bernstein I noted put someone back in jail who had violated his parole but was back on the street. –goood. But, we will alll keep watch on under his leadership– is there anyone else that needs to be charged

    3. Nick says:

      well Joerl Steinberg a former criminal attorney who beat Hedda Nussbaum was paroled

  2. Candy says:

    What was the young (victim’s) man intent. Why was he in the neighbor. I would be spect if I walked an all black neighborhood, but I know better than to do that. Good for the Hebrews. To bad we do not have more neighborhoods doing the same. There would probably be a lot less crime.

    1. Mark Jews says:

      Give peace a chance

    2. SHELLY says:

      IT IS HIS BUSINESS WHY HE WAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THE LAST TIME I LOOKED THIS WAS AMERICA , AND WE ARE FREE TO WALK ANY WHERE ON PUBLIC PROPERTY. YOU SOUND CRAZY,. YOU ARE A PREJUDICE IDIOT.

      1. Chuck says:

        SHELLY, WE GET IT THAT IGNORANT BLACK PEOPLE TYPE ALL IN CAPS. GUESS YOU DIDN”T BOTHER TO STUDY ENGLISH IN SCHOOL BEFORE YOU DROPPED OUT.

    3. Nicole Corazon says:

      Candy,,,,you are the most ignorant person that I have come across in a long time. Firstoff, that is a mixed neighborhood, and second, you should be able to walk in any neighborhood in this country and not be attacked. More than blacks commit crimes dear and if that is what you think, you havea sad and pathetic existence….hell..Madoff is a Jew and he committed the greatest theft the U.S. has ever seen….

  3. Cathy says:

    Candy, The neighborhood is not exclusively Jewish. It is an diverse neighborhood with a large African American and Latino presence. The young man is a student at the neighborhood high school.

  4. Homer B. Parkville, MD says:

    If you didn’t know the young man lived in the neighborhood. Here we have a jewish State’s Attorney who basically is going to give the accused a slap on the wrist. So much for his claim of getting tough on crime!!!!
    Maybe if the accused was black he would have been “tough on crime”. I see a double standard in the interpretation of the law.

  5. Barnabas says:

    Both of these comments are showing ignorance….

    A hate crime is STILL a hate crime, no matter whether the victim is Jewish, Christian, Catholic, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian or gay. Every ethnic background has a history of racial bias. A hate crime is still a felony in this country and the offender should be charged appropriately according to the law.

    America is land of the free… that means we are free to walk around our country whether we live in the neighborhood or not. We should not be fearful of being attacked or lynched simply because we ventured into another part of town. As long as no crimes were being committed we are free to walk wherever our legs can take us. To make a statement saying we should keep to our own neighborhoods and run outsiders away smells of prejudice and segregation.

    We need to stop dragging the problems of the old century into the new one.

    1. GB says:

      My problem with this is when is the last time an African-American was charged with a hate crime for assaulting a Caucasian person? Or an Asian for assaulting another Asian? Isn’t every crime of violence a hate crime? The term is slanted and only applied when a Caucasian person is the assailant. Everyone is capable of hate but the term is rarely if ever applied equally

      1. bobo says:

        I agree, we need to stop all of this, you did this becauase i’m black. i did not get the job because i’m black, i killed my baby because i’m black, the white man keeps us on welfare because i’m black enough already! get a job, stop trying to use the race card and move on, come on we have a black president for christ sake.

    2. sherry says:

      @Barnabas I agree with totally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. Nicky says:

      Amen. Well put.

  6. johnny says:

    i believe the states attorney is doing a great job look if the other states attorney was in there he would of got a stet on all charges

  7. nancyh says:

    The young Jewish man was putting his life on the line patrolling a dangerous
    neighborhood as a volunteer. The young black man was somewhere where
    he wasn’t supposed to be.

    I wouldn’t walk in that neighborhood if you paid me.

    1. SHELLY says:

      U SIR ARE ALSO AN IDIOT , WHO S TO SAY WHERE YOU BELONG, ARE YOU CRAZY?

    2. marilynn brantley says:

      Nor would i walk in yours

    3. Antoine Scales says:

      There are no dangerous streets in Pikesville. He was exactly where he was supposed to be. This is america. If we can’t be in Pikesville, don’t cross the city/county line into Baltimore City white people. Sounds ignorant doesn’t it Nancyh? Proved my point.

    4. Tammy says:

      The young Black man was putting his life on the line..walking in America. The truth is there is no place where…you can not be.

    5. Nick says:

      again–all legitemite neighborhood watch groups not that you are to watch and call the police. Acting out only causes PROBLEMS so their actions demonstrate poor training. Also, since they left the scene and didn’t talk to police, what could be their response if the alleged victem says they tried to rob him–this is 3 men approaching 1 person, I would be afraid.. This is not Gaza.

  8. kevinb says:

    the young man was attempting to break into someone’s home in the neighborhood that the “attacker” was serving on a neighborhood watch group. to the people who are accusing Mr. Bernstein of bias, might do well to spend some time looking into the details of the case,

    1. Tammy says:

      What proof of him breaking into someone’s home? Or is that the assumption because of the color of his skin.

    2. Nick says:

      All neighborhood watch groups are told to never engage but just observe and call the police–so the group community watchers were ill trained to begin with—they chose to engage and they IFFFFFFFFFF everyone has been charged need to go thru the Maryland judical process.

  9. Baysox39 says:

    Looks like no matter who we elect for Attorney General they are flawed and refuse to enforce the law. Now it is the jewish attorney generals turn to look the other way when jewish americans committ crimes.

  10. marilynn brantley says:

    Ii voted for you because i thought you’d be fair lets not create division in this
    city.

  11. Sean C says:

    The black youths who viciously assaulted that white woman on that city MTA bus a couple of years ago were not charged with a hate crime either by the former black City States Attorny, Patricia Jesamy. So, fellow black people, where was your outrage then? You’re nothing but self-rightious hypocrites!

  12. pigeon says:

    Mr. Gordon, you are only saying that ’cause your client is black and so are you! Tit for Tat, sir!

  13. YOUR VOTE says:

    ha-ha its to be expected..yall voted him in..

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