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The Bobster
09-12-2016, 07:01 PM

Prosecutors tear apart ‘expert’ witness in alleged gay-bash trial
By Emily Saul
September 12, 2016 | 5:58pm

Failed defense DNA expert Arthur Young leaves the Supreme Court in Brooklyn after testifying in the trial against Mayer Herskovic.

A cringe-worthy display played out Monday during the non-jury trial of accused gay-basher Mayer Herskovic, when prosecutors obliterated the credibility of an “expert” defense witness expected to refute DNA evidence that the Shomrim neighborhood watch member had taken part in the attack.

In an embarrassing take-down, prosecutor Timothy Gough went point by point through the four-page resume of forensic scientist Arthur "Egg Fu" Young, illuminating that he had been fired from multiple jobs, embellished qualifications — and even lied in an online questionnaire about past experiences testifying in court.

“Has there ever been a time when you were not declared an expert?” Gough asked Young, who tersely responded, “Yes.”

“Where?” Gough shot back. “Staten Island,” Young offered hesitantly.

“You were not admitted as an expert there?” Gough clarified.

“Well, not under that court’s strict standards–” Young began, before he was cut off by Gough forcefully interjecting, “Yes, or no, sir?”

“Yes,” the defense witness mumbled.

The ADA then went on to force Young to admit his website said he had never failed to qualify as an expert witness–contradicting the testimony he’d given mere minutes earlier.

“This needs updating,” Young said feebly when presented with a print-out of his site from Gough, who immediately announced he “objected” to the wannabe expert’s presence on the stand.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun agreed.

“I’m not that impressed with his CV,” an annoyed Chun told defense attorney Israel Fried after sending Young out of the courtroom, reminding the lawyer he doesn’t impose an unreasonably “high threshold” when deeming witnesses experts.

“He has no Master’s, he has been denied expert status before,” the jurist continued. “The bulk of his work seems to be in the past. And the most troubling thing is that he has not updated his website.”

Chun dismissed Young, saying the defense team has 24 hours to find a new DNA expert.

Herskovic faces up to 25 years in prison on charges of gang assault as a hate crime for allegedly joining other members of Williamsburg’s ultra orthodox jewish watch group in a violent beat-down of Taj Patterson in Dec. 2013.

In the hallway after Young’s dismissal, words were exchanged between an irate looking Fried and the failed expert, as Herskovic and his entourage of supporters stood nearby.

Fried declined to comment on the flub, quickly saying “it’s not devastating,” as he beelined for the elevators.

The trial will continue Tuesday.

The Bobster
09-27-2016, 07:40 AM

Man guilty of beating gay man has no problem paying raised bail
By Emily Saul
September 26, 2016 | 9:50pm

A Brooklyn man found guilty of the brutal gang beat-down of a gay, black student spent a mere 20 minutes behind bars Monday as a judge raised his bail to $50,000.

Mayer Herskovic — who has been out on bond since April 2014 — strutted out of the holding cell after a bail bondsman immediately materialized following Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun’s decision to increase bail to $150,000 bond over $50,000 cash.

Herskovic, 24, was convicted Friday on charges of second-degree gang assault following a non-jury trial. He was previously out on $50,000 over $25,000.

The defendant and some 20 Shomrim members — an ultra-orthodox Jewish community watch group — surrounded Taj Patterson as he walked home from a friend’s birthday in Williamsburg on Dec.1, 2013, according to trial testimony.

One assailant stuck his thumb in Patterson’s eye, leaving him blind, the fashion student testified– adding it was the same man who pulled off his Air Jordan and threw it on a nearby roof.

Herskovic’s DNA, discovered by a controversial forensic procedure called “touch DNA,” was found on the sneaker.

Touch DNA requires only very small samples of DNA– such a skin cells left after someone casually handles an object–to make a comparison, experts testified during the trial.

As he left court with his wife Monday, Herskovic said he had no comment, citing “biased reporting.”

When pressed, the defendant said reporters were unfair because they declined to print that the trial testimony of prosecution witness Evelyn Keyes, a bystander, differed from her grand jury testimony years earlier.

He could recall no other errors.

Herskovic faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced on Nov. 14.