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Bronx judge releases ‘gun-blasting thugs’ with no bail

By Larry Celona and Rebecca Rosenberg
November 3, 2019 | 5:09pm

Shari R. Michels

A city judge released two gun suspects without bail the day after they were separately accused of firing their illegal weapons in the street — and incredulous cops are outraged.

Bronx Criminal Court Justice Shari Michels — who was once rebuked by the state ethics panel for trying to use her position to wriggle out of a minor traffic accident — oversaw the arraignments of suspected bullet-blasting thugs Alexis Juares, 23, and Jose Serrano, 37, both of whom already have lengthy rap sheets.

Juares is accused of pointing a “firearm in the direction of multiple people” and blasting several shots in front of 333 E. 150 St. on Oct. 20, according to a criminal complaint.

No gun was recovered, but the shooting was captured on video, and a witness identified Juares as the triggerman, according to law-enforcement sources.

At the same time and location, Juares and three cohorts also allegedly attacked a guy, pummeling the victim so viciously that he sustained a black eye and lacerations to his neck, head and lip, according to court papers.

Meanwhile, Serrano allegedly fired a gun in front of 673 Hunts Point Ave. on the same day, court papers say. At the crime scene, police recovered a .22-caliber gray revolver, ammunition and a spent shell casing, the papers say.

The defendants were charged with numerous raps, including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and firearms possession. Juares was separately hit with assault and harassment raps for the beat-down.

Bronx prosecutors asked the 53-year-old judge to set $50,000 bail for Juares and $25,000 for Serrano.

But the judge, the daughter of late former City Councilman Stanley Michels, instead chose to release the men on their own recognizance Oct. 21.

“This is outrageous that this judge could just let two separate people walk out of the courtroom with no bail,” a Bronx cop seethed.

“We’ve seen numerous stories about shootings going up, and there’s no reason for anyone to have an illegal gun unless they’re thinking of committing a crime.”

Juares already has a third-degree assault conviction and eight prior arrests, including for possession of illegal knives.

Serrano has 11 prior arrests, including for robbery, burglary and gang assault.

Judge Michels could have set bail for both men in their Oct. 20 cases. A statewide no-bail reform law takes effect Jan. 1 but deals with lesser crimes.

Still, “with the new revisions to the bail statute that will take effect in less than two months, some judges may be changing their mindset as it relates to setting bail,” OCA spokesman Lucian Chalfen told The Post when asked about Michels’ actions.

A woman who answered the judge’s cell phone Sunday refused to identify herself before hanging up.

Michels has her own record of misdeeds. She was admonished in 2019 by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct after she rear-ended a police van near Yankee Stadium in 2015, identified herself as a judge and urged a cop to “let it slide.”

She was previously admonished for falsely claiming in campaign literature that the New York Times endorsed her.
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Hon. Shari Ruth Michels
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Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County
215 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451

Judicial Offices

Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County, 2019 to Present

Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Bronx County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti, 2015 to 2018

Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County, Elected, 2007 to 2016

Other Professional Experience

District Attorney's Office, New York County, 1991 to 2006

Admission to the Bar

NYS, Appellate Division, First Department, 1992

Massachussetts, 1992


J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1991

B.A., Cornell University

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New York County Lawyers' Association, Criminal Justice Section

Criminal Courts Project Planning Committee for 2003 Criminal Courts Project

Criminal Court Task Force Interagency Round Table Steering Committee

New York Women's Bar Association

Jewish Lawyers Guild


Association of Judges of the Criminal Court of the City of New York

Gender Fairness Committee for the 12th Judicial District
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