if i was the new york criminal court judge on the matter, public defender sarah burleson would have been asked to approach the bench. i would have demanded her to apologize to the court, to the victim, to the victim’s family, and to the people of new york, for the comment she made. if i met ms. burleson in a bar, with respect to her comment, i would have told her “great minds think alike.”
venues make a difference. a court of law is quite different than the court of public opinion.
ms. burleson’s offensive comment was in reference to a well-publicized theft by a grown man of a child’s scooter. during this grown man’s arraignment, ms. burleson allegedly griped in the courtroom “i don’t know why a 7-year-old is on an electric scooter.” nypost.com
her statement was classic victim blaming and shaming. to do this to a 6 or 7 year old victim was completely out of bounds. how many times have attorneys been lambasted for commenting on sexual assault victim’s provocative attire at the time of the incident?
many people would have choice words for ms. burleson’s client, the grown up accused. the court room, for this individual, is a place for justice and he is to be afforded the presumption of innocence. would ms. burleson have taken offense if the district attorney started making defamatory comments concerning her client’s sorted past? of course.
outside of the courtroom, ms. burleson’s comment is valuable advice. the world is cruel and full of wrongdoers. modesty is often the means of avoiding trouble. sporting luxury handbags, rolex watches, and jewelry in public places one at risk to be a victim of crime. even children now possess items deemed worthy of theft. these precious items include smart phones, video games and tennis shoes. parents cannot be naive. they must use caution and control when letting their children leave their home with costly possessions. parental supervision, at times, is necessary.
venues make a difference. a house of justice is a place of reverence. common sense, at times, may need to be “checked in at the door” before entering.
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Lawyer for scooter ‘thief’ victim-shames 7-year-old kid in court
By Kevin Sheehan and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
July 20, 2021 | 3:17pm | Updated July 20, 2021 | 6:54pmAccused scooter thief Daniel Ufares perp walkShare0:00/0:30
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The “lowlife” thief charged with stealing a then-6-year-old Brooklyn boy’s scooter was ordered held on $50,000 bail Tuesday — while his lawyer took a cheap shot at the young victim.
“I don’t know why a 7-year-old is on an electric scooter,” Brooklyn Public Defenders attorney Sarah Burleson, who represents accused scooter thief Daniel Ufares, griped at his arraignment.
Ufares, 59, was charged with second-degree attempted robbery, third-degree robbery, fourth-degree grand larceny, petty larceny, and menacing in the callous July 7 crime.
He kept his head bowed and said little as he faced Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Quynda Santacroce, who also issued an order of protection ordering the accused thief to stay away from the young victim.
“Yes, ma’am,” was all Ufares said when the judge explained the order.
He is charged with the cold-hearted theft of the boy’s scooter in Borough Park, grabbing the handlebars and snatching the toy away from the youngster — with the callous crime caught on surveillance video.
Ufares was busted Monday and initially charged with possession of stolen property, admitting to cops that he swiped the scooter for drug money, according to police.
The boy’s dad said the incident left his son traumatized and that the scooter actually belonged to another son with special needs who needed it to get around.
The NYPD stepped up to help the family, buying them a new e-scooter for the boy, who has since turned 7.
Ufares’ ex-wife said she was surprised that even he would pull off such a heartless crime — despite his lengthy criminal history.
“I would never have thought he’d do that to kids,” she told The Post. “He’s a lowlife.”
Video of the despicable lowlife robbing the now 7 year old child of his electric scooter last week. If you can identify him or have any info, call @NYPD66Pct detectives and the #Shomrim emergency line 718-871-6666. #WeNeedYourHelp #LetsCatchHim https://t.co/TYSTbbI6RC pic.twitter.com/Gb08gHbMJA— 𝐁𝐨𝐫𝐨 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐫𝐢𝐦 (@BPShomrim) July 16, 2021
Brooklyn prosecutor Wilfred Cotto wanted Ufares held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday, saying he “is a repeat offender, two violent felonies, two parole revocations.”
Cotto said that includes a 1991 manslaughter case.
According to police and court records, Ufares was still on parole and supervised release for a 2010 Queens robbery conviction when he was busted in the scooter heist.
In court, Burleson, his lawyer, said her client suffers from addiction and needs help.
“He is not doing harm to anyone but himself, your honor,” she told the judge. “Mr. Ufares has addiction issues which need to be addressed. He needs greater assistance.”Filed under borough park , brooklyn , thefts , 7/20/21