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Crown Height Verdict: A Disappointing Compromise

New York, N.Y., May 14, 2003... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), while commending the jury for finding Lemrick Nelson guilty of civil right violations, today expressed disappointment that the verdict did not find Mr. Nelson's acts led to the death of Yankel Rosenbaum. Mr. Nelson admitted to brutally stabbing Mr. Rosenbaum as a mob chanted "Get the Jew!" during the 1991 Crown Heights riots.

Martin E. Karlinsky, ADL New York Regional Chairman and Joel J. Levy, ADL New York Regional Director, issued the following statement:

    While we are gratified that the jury found Lemrick Nelson liable for violating the civil rights of Yankel Rosenbaum, we are saddened and disappointed by this compromise verdict that did not recognize what the evidence in the case sustained: That Mr. Nelson's actions led to Mr. Rosenbaum's death.

    We commend the U.S. Attorney's Office for a successful prosecution and the jury for recognizing a conviction was warranted on the civil rights charge.

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