Foxy fake out
Raunchy-mouthed rapper Foxy Brown is trying to squirrel out from under a default assault judgment against her, claiming that she was never served with court papers about the suit.
But while Foxy, whose real name is Inga Marchand, claimed that she never got served, Arlene Raymond, the woman accusing her of assault said that her process server handed the papers over as she left the Supreme Court building at 330 Jay Street, where she was responding to another lawsuit.
Raymond alleged that when the server handed her the papers, Foxy Brown ordered her body guard to knock them out of the man’s hands.
She then stormed off without taking them, Raymond charged.
But Foxy states in an affidavit that she “was never served by a process server or anyone else with legal papers.”
“I did not know anyone was there to serve me with a summons and complaint,” she said in her motion to vacate the default judgment. “No one announced themselves to me to be a process server and I did not direct anyone to knock anything out of anyone’s hand.”
The complaint that may or may not have been served claimed that Marchand had assaulted Raymond on July 30, 2007.
The papers were reportedly served on May 8, 2008.
When Marchand didn’t respond to the claims by August, a judge found in favor of Raymond.
It was unclear what Raymond was awarded for injuries as well as the pain and suffering she sustained.
Upon reviewing the motion, Judge Robert Miller said that a “defendant has a duty to accept process” the “facts surrounding the service are so unclear as to raise a question as to the validity of the service.”
Miller also objected slightly to the fact that Marchand was served at Brooklyn Supreme Court.
“While courts do not look favorably on service of civil process in any part of the courthouse building, it is not unlawful.”
Unable to render a decision, Miller opted instead to hold a hearing on this case at the end of this month.
Feds wrap up Obama day attacks
The four young men charged with targeting and attacking African Americans in the hours following Barack Obama’s election victory have all pled guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court, officials from the U.S. Attorney’s office said Tuesday.
The last of the four men — all Staten Island residents — pled guilty to assault and hate crime charges for the bias fueled attacks in Richmond County on November 4.
Federal prosecutors charge that the suspects, identified as Ralph Nicoletti, 18, Michael Contreras, 18, Brian Carranza, 21, and Bryan Garaventa, 18, decided to attack African Americans in Staten Island after President Obama was declared the winner of the election.
The fearsome foursome targeted African Americans because they believed that they had voted for President Obama.
Once the election results came in, the four men drove from neighborhood to neighborhood in Richmond County. They attacked one African American man with a metal pipe in Park Hill, tripped up and shoved a second African American man in Port Richmond. They then struck a third man — who they thought was African American -- with their car.
Federal prosecutors said that the four originally intended to strike their third victim in the head with a pipe as they passed him, but Nicoletti, who was driving, opted instead to aim the car directly towards the man.
The victim, identified in court papers as Ronald Forte, was thrown onto the hood. His head smashed against the windshield before the car sped off, officials said.
Officials said that Forte suffered serious head injuries from the attack and was in a coma for several weeks.
Federal officials said that Garaventa, Contreras and Carranza each face up to 10 years in prison. Nicoletti is expected to be sentenced to twelve years.
Reversal of misfortune
The cop who handed a 62-year-old Borough Park man a $4.6 million payout by admitting that he had lied about not striking the senior in his NYPD cruiser is now saying that his bombshell testimony in court was the real lie.
According to New York Newsday, Police Officer Bryon Chow is now saying that the Borough Park salesman caused the accident by jumping out from between two parked cars.
These allegations fly in the face of previous statements made during a pre-trial disposition when he admitted to striking Gabriel Framowitz with his car.
Framowitz and his wife were crossing 16th Avenue on November 16, 2002, on their way home from a wedding when a speeding police car barreled into the couple.
His wife Esther was not seriously hurt, but Framowitz, who was then 57, suffered fractures to his leg and shoulder and suffered a severe head wound.
At first, Chow said that he was not involved in the accident.
A jury apparently believed however that statements made at his disposition was a clear admittance of guilt.
It’s unclear if the city plans to use the officer’s new statements to reverse the jury’s decision.
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