Is the District Attorney Protecting a Colleague?
MORE THAN TWO DOZEN angry New York City medics crowded into a tiny courtroom Tuesday when the man accused of viciously attacking one of their co-workers was arraigned. The accused is a city assistant district attorney, Michael Jaccarino, 30.
The incident took place back in November and was covered by Firegeezer HERE, when Jaccarino who was excessively drunk, was picked up by an FDNY ambulance and during transport he violently attacked the female medic in the back of the ambulance, severely injuring her. (Read the earlier report for the details of the attack.)
Jaccarino during November arrest
(NY Post / Farrington)
The New York Post reported on yesterday's hearing:
Some two dozen angry, uniformed emergency workers came to Manhattan Criminal Court this morning to support a female fellow worker who'd been repeatedly choked in an ambulance — allegedly by a drunken Brooklyn assistant district attorney. The EMT workers — and the victim herself — said they were furious that Manhattan prosecutors have yet to seek a felony indictment against Michael Jaccarino, 30, who came to court today to learn his next court date, March 18.
"They told me basically that they can't prove intent because he was drunk," victim EMT Teresa Soler, 46, of Yonkers, told The Post after a sharply-suited Jaccarino left court without commenting to reporters. "They say he can argue that he was so drunk, he didn't know what he was doing," she said. "I don't know what was on his mind, but when he was in the ambulance with me he flashed his ADA [Assistant District Attorney] badge," she said.
"In my opinion that means he knew what he was doing — and thought he was going to get a free pass."
DNAinfo reports that the victim, Soler said that the Manhattan District Attorney's Office told her that the felony charges against Jaccarino, 30, would likely not go before a grand jury because prosecutors did not believe that Jaccarino intended to harm her. (Read our report form November and judge for yourself.)
Jaccarino has been suspended from his job, but it hasn't been disclosed whether he continues to get paid or not.
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Also on FireGeezer…
- EMT Attacker Skates Out of Jail Term – February 14, 2013
- Boozey Brooklyn Prosecutor Jailed After Assaulting EMT – November 11, 2012