State Senator Parker Guilty of Assault on NY Post Photographer
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
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:
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.
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.