A Bronx judge on Sunday night ordered the alleged vandalism of the Riverdale Synagogue to be cut short by supervised release – reversing an earlier decision by a separate lawyer to hold the suspect in $ 20,000 bail.
The suspect, 29-year-old Jordan Burnette, was released under the supervision of Judge Tara Collins in the Bronx Criminal Court – hours after he was ordered detained on bail on 42 charges stemming from his alleged 11-day crime, Patrice O’Shaughnessy, said a spokeswoman for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.
Under New York State law, a suspect affected by Burnette’s charges cannot be held on bail.
But that did not stop Judge Louis Nock, who earlier Sunday ordered Burnette to be held instead of $ 20,000 ̵
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“Given the number of attacks, we would probably have asked for significant bail by January 2020,” Assistant District Attorney Theresa Gottlieb told Judge Louis Nock earlier Sunday.
“The legislature did not include hate crimes in its revision of the bail reform, and according to the law as it stands today, this is not justified,” she added. “We are not breaking the law.”
But Nock handed down his decision after deciding that “breaking glass” constitutes a violent crime.
Burnette is accused of smashing synagogue doors and windows, smashing several car windows – and drowning prayer books from Adath Israel in hand sanitizer before throwing them into a nearby forest.
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A number of charges against Burnette are hate crime-related offenses.
It was not immediately clear why Burnette was called back to court Sunday night – or why he was released under supervision.
This story was originally published by the New York Post.