By the Editors
By noon on Friday morning, there were 40 new comments on the arrest of a 13-year-old boy in connection with an alleged anti-Semitic incident near 86th Street and West End Avenue, on April 2nd. This is in addition to the numerous racist comments we did not post that were submitted prior to the release of the photos.
The three articles posted by the Rag reported only information supplied by the police with respect to the alleged incident. The first article was a report from the police, the second a request by the police for the public’s assistance in finding the alleged perpetrators, and the third article reported the arrest. The police reports, as well as the articles, unambiguously stated only that the incident was alleged to have happened. Now that there has been an arrest, it is up to the judicial system to ascertain the facts.
The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution states, in part, that “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury…” This would require jurors to consider only the evidence presented at trial without preconceived opinions about the guilt or innocence of the accused. To date there has been no evidence presented to the public upon which to base an opinion of guilt or innocence with respect to this young boy.
We have decided not to post any additional comments. You may, however comment on our decision.