New York – New reports have surfaced regarding Grafton Thomas, the man accused of being behind the horrific Hanukkah attack that saw five Orthodox Jews stabbed and brutally assaulted in Monsey, New York.
According to the New York Post, Thomas’s attorney has managed to have his client deemed unfit to stand trial, as reported by the attorney just Monday.
Michael Sussman, who is representing Thomas for the proceedings revolving around the Hanukkah stabbing, requested that Thomas be afforded a competency evaluation before standing trial. Prior to lodging the request with the courts, a psychiatrist found Thomas to be too incompetent to stand trial.
The 37-year-old man who was accused to have wielded an 18-inch machete on December 28th, terrorizing a rabbi’s home, is now caught in a court-sanctioned stalemate.
When Sussman filed the application with the courts to have Thomas evaluated, the US Attorney’s office was given two weeks’ time to respond to the attorney’s request. If the courts give this the green light and a medical consensus of incompetence is drawn, then it can pose difficulties for the prosecution and the victims as well.
When cases get entangled into issues like defendants being found incompetent to stand trial, this can cause trials to be delayed for months to years – or possibly never even happen. The reason being is that one has to “regain” competence in order to face whatever they’re being charged with, but this may only result in a series of delays rather than Thomas never going to trial.
Landmark cases like the state of Connecticut vs. Kenneth Curtis proved that someone charged with murder, who were deemed originally unfit, could be proven that they’d eventually be able to stand trial.
Prior to the aforementioned case, the courts viewed those noted as incompetent to stand trial as being mentally irredeemable. Now, courts even have the ability to force required medication for those accused to face the crimes they were charged with.
A defense lawyer says a psychiatrist has found Grafton Thomas incompetent to stand trial on hate crime charges stemming from a machete attack at a Hanukkah party that wounded five Hasidic Jews.https://t.co/RFuhUVfOEN
— News 8 – WROC-TV (@News_8) January 28, 2020
One of the most gravely injured during the December attack was 72-year-old Josef Neumann, who is still in a coma to this day. Thomas has already pleaded not guilty to the 10 federal hate crime charges levied against him. This not guilty plea was also admitted toward the state allegations filed against Thomas, which included attempted murder charges. During his arraignment for the state charges, prosecutors argued that Thomas was indeed fit to stand trial for the described “deliberate and intentional” crime.
Both Sussman and Thomas’s mother have claimed that mental illness was what drove the suspect to commit the alleged crimes he’s been accused of. The two have gone on the record to claim that Thomas had no history of violence prior to the stabbings. Yet, that’s a bit of a lie, since Thomas did have an arrest for assaulting a police horse according to an official who was briefed on the investigation when it was unfolding in late December.
For all the claims that Thomas had no hate toward the Jewish community, he certainly has a lot of evidence against him that says otherwise.
During a search of the defendant’s home, there was a journal discovered that allegedly contained anti-Semitic writings. Not to mention, a review of Thomas’s Internet search history revealed searches for “Why did Hitler hate the Jews”, “Prominent companies founded by Jews in America”, and the more disturbing “German Jewish Temples near me”.
If those searches prior to the attack on Jews weren’t damning enough, there was an article accessed by the defendant’s phone on the day of the attack titled “New York City Increases Police Presence in Jewish Neighborhoods After Possible Anti-Semitic Attacks. Here’s What To Know”.
There’s no word out on what’s in store next for Thomas’ state and federal proceedings. He’s still in federal custody and is being held without bail.
The new police commissioner of the New York City Police Department is not a fan of the Cuomo “get out of jail free” criminal justice “reform” policy.
Dermot Shea said on Friday that the new bail reform law that was implemented on Jan. 1, has contributed to an increase in crime in the city, and he is calling for state legislators to fix it.
The reform law, which did away with the need for cash bail for a number of crimes, came about just when serious crime had hit an all-time low in the city, police were making fewer arrests, and the jail population had gone down substantially.
“…now as you see this in the first three weeks of the year, we are seeing significant spikes in crime. Either we have forgotten how to police New York city or there is a correlation.”
Well commish, if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.
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“If you let out individuals that commit a lot of crime, that’s precision policing in reverse and we’re seeing the effects in a very quick time, and that is why we’re concerned,” Shea said.
Through Jan. 19 of this year compared with the same period last year, statistics show that robberies are up 31.5%, burglaries are up 15%, grand larceny is up 5.6%, and auto thefts, which had been in a sharp decline recently have spiked up 67%. The total for all serious felonies was up 11% year over year compared to 2019.
Nice job there, Cuomo and state legislature.
Put another way, since percentages do not tell the whole story, a total of 233 more robberies have occurred this year compared to last, 159 more car thefts and 125 more burglaries, in only three weeks.
The new law made a majority of so-called “non-violent” offenses no longer bail eligible, meaning criminals have been allowed to walk free without having to post bond after committing robberies, burglaries and other offenses.
Some people have defended the new law, saying it “just took effect.” To that, we say bull crap, and so does Shea.
“People say it just took effect; you can’t have consequences already. Take a look at CompStat (crime statistics).”
“We’re seeing it immediately at the same time you have [state and local jail] populations dropping significantly,” Shea continued.
“Now don’t tell me there not a correlation to that.”