Crown Heights

Is Crown Heights Over?

08/29/2003
Staff Writer
For a dozen years the Crown Heights riots and murder case have shown a stubborn persistence in the headlines. First came the jury verdict that acquitted Lemrick Nelson Jr. of murdering Yankel Rosenbaum. Then the state investigation of the riots, the repercussions in the 1993 mayoral race, the civil suit and the federal investigation.

Longer Sentence Sought For Nelson

08/08/2003
Staff Writer
Lawyers for the family of Yankel Rosenbaum filed a brief last Friday asking a federal judge to keep the chasidic scholar's assailant in jail longer than guidelines suggest when he is sentenced Aug. 15 on a civil rights conviction. But Lemrick Nelson Jr. is almost certain to be released within a year since a jury in May found that he was not responsible for causing Rosenbaum's death, although he admitted attacking him during the 1991 Crown Heights riots. Nelson faces a 10-year sentence for violating Rosenbaum's civil rights; he already has served much of that term.

Denials Debated In Nelson Case

05/09/2003
Staff Writer
Just prior to resting the governmentís case in the civil rights trial of Lemrick Nelson Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Resnick read a statement from an attorney who defended Nelson in his first civil rights trial in 1997. "The evidence will show that it is not true that Lemrick Nelson stabbed Yankel Rosenbaum," Trevor Headley said then, insisting the police were "partially untruthful in their testimony or mistaken, or deliberately lied."

Cop: Yankel Was 'The Jew' To Lemrick

05/02/2003
Staff Writer
Lemrick Nelson referred to Yankel Rosenbaum repeatedly as 'the Jew' as he confessed to stabbing the chasidic scholar 12 years ago, a former detective testified Thursday. Edward Brown, who was a homicide investigator at the time of the Crown Heights riots in August 1991, took the stand in the federal retrial of Nelson, who is accused of violating Rosenbaum's civil rights.

Crown Hts. Strife Revives Black-Jewish Coalition

05/07/2008
Assistant Managing Editor
In an effort to head off tensions that have been building in Crown Heights, a dormant black-Jewish community group has quickly convened three meetings in the wake of a spate of violent incidents. Forged in the fires of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Project Care is an ad hoc group of community leaders that has met for more than 15 years to keep open lines of communication.

Days Of Angst In Rosenbaum Case

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
As federal prosecutors mull their next step in the Crown Heights murder case, the brother of Yankel Rosenbaum is vowing to stay in the United States until a decision is made while blasting both New York senators for what he considers disinterest in the case. A retrial of the two men convicted in the case appears increasingly likely, with a deadline for the decision extended to March 29.

Reduced Sentence In Crown Hts. Case

04/19/2002
Staff Writer
More than three months after an appeals court overturned guilty verdicts in the federal Crown Heights trial, prosecutors have reached a plea deal with one defendant and are reportedly discussing an agreement with murder suspect Lemrick Nelson, Jr. Charles Price, 49, saw his original sentence cut in half Friday, from 22 years to 11 years, eight months after admitting that he incited black rioters to kill Yankel Rosenbaum on Aug. 19, 1991.

No ‘Crown Heights’ In 2001 Race

03/30/2001
Staff Writer
Crown Heights is dead. That’s the consensus among a range of political observers and activists as the first mayoral race in a decade without an issue of pivotal concern in New York’s Jewish community takes shape. The four days of rioting that shook the biracial neighborhood nearly 10 years ago — leaving two men dead, dozens hurt or victimized and a major metropolitan Jewish community gripped with fear of vulnerability after a chasidic driver accidentally killed a black child — figured prominently in the 1993 and 1997 races.

Crown Heights Cover-Up?

01/23/2008
Staff Writer
Although law enforcement officials acknowledge that there has been a 25 percent spike in bias crimes in the city since September, Crown Heights community activists claim the figures would be higher if not for a police cover-up. “The Jews in this community are not being adequately protected,” charged Yissachardov “Barry” Sugar, president of the Jewish Leadership Council. “The police department has to [properly] characterize crimes and not play politics with my people. ...
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