State Senator Parker Guilty of Assault on NY Post Photographer

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State Senator Kevin Parker was found guilty of criminal mischief based on an altercation he had in May 2009 with a New York Post photographer.

A Brooklyn lawmaker was found guilty of assaulting a newspaper photographer, and could face up to a year in jail.

State Senator Kevin Parker was convicted today of two counts of criminal mischief for the May 2009 assault outside his home against a photographer working for the New York Post.

The case was handled by the Staten Island District Attorney, who said the case proves "no one is above the law."

Parker joined the State Senate in 2002, and has been accused of having volatile outbursts, once behind closed doors with colleagues. Last year, Parker apologized for calling David Paterson a "coke-snorting, staff-banging Governor."

Parker did not take the stand in his own defence and will be sentenced on January 27.

It continues a troublesome trend in Albany. Since the start of 2009, eight state Senators have come under scrutiny for wrongdoing.


Here's the tally: 

Kevin Parker: Was found guilty today of beating up a New York Post photographer. Parker declined to take the stand in his own defense.

Vincent Leibell: Plead guilty to obstructing justice and not reporting as income money he took from two attorneys. Leibell’s attempt to cover up the payments were secretly recorded by prosecutors.

Pedro Epsada: Allegedly steered tax-payer money from a local health care facility into his pocket. Espada maintains he’s innocent.

Hiram Monserrate: Was found guilty of misdemeanor assault related to the night he says he accidentally broke a water glass against his girlfriend’s face. Monserrate has said prosecutors unfairly went after him and ignored his side of the story.

Carl Kruger: Was investigated by federal authorities for allegedly seeking contributions in exchange for favors. The probe reportedly extended to one of Kruger’s aides.

John Sampson: Allegedly passed along sensitive information to one of the Aqueduct bidders. Also, bidders sought to curry favor with Sampson once he took over the Senate leadership from Smith.

Malcolm Smith: Stood to benefit from deals with Aqueduct bidders before he was deposed by Sampson, according to the Inspector General’s report [.pdf].

Eric Adams: Named in the IG’s report, and, to clear his name, has convened a conference call with district leaders and will send a letter to his constituents explaining what he did during the Aqueduct bidding process. He says he did nothing wrong.