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Monserrate's Future as Senator Is Uncertain

Friday, October 16, 2009

A judge has found Queens state Senator Hiram Monserrate not guilty of felony assault charges against his girlfriend, but his future in the state senate is still up in the air. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The judge in the case threw out two felony assault charges in connection with the December 2008 incident in which Monserrate was accused of slashing his girlfriend’s face with a broken glass. But the senator was convicted of a misdemeanor assault and could face up to a year in jail.

Although there are no senate rules that say senators with misdemeanor convictions must step down, the house does have the power to conduct removal proceedings and state democratic leaders say they’re discussing that option. Monserrate’s absence would bring the democrat’s majority in that house down to just one vote. From Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

REPORTER: Monserrate’s sentencing hearing will be December 4th.

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