“Soho Karen” Miya Ponsetto pleaded not responsible on Wednesday to hate crime expenses after she allegedly attacked a black teen at a Manhattan resort — because the choose warned the California native to not skip her subsequent in-person courtroom date within the Massive Apple.
The 22-year-old was caught on video accusing Keyon Harrold Jr., 15 — the son of jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold — of swiping her cellphone after which making an attempt to sort out him within the foyer of the Arlo Soho Lodge on Dec. 26.
Ponsetto was indicted by a grand jury on expenses of illegal imprisonment as a hate crime, aggravated harassment, and endangering the welfare.
Ponsetto’s lawyer Paul D’Emilia entered a plea of “not responsible” on her behalf throughout a video arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court docket Wednesday.
Manhattan Assistant District Lawyer Sarah Marquez famous that the case isn’t eligible to set bail however requested that the choose proceed the “highest degree of supervised launch” for Ponsetto.
Manhattan Supreme Court docket Justice Laura Ward set Ponsetto’s subsequent courtroom date for Oct. 20, whereas warning that Ponsetto would possible have to look in particular person sooner or later — a change from the coronavirus pandemic courtroom procedures.
“Though I didn’t set financial bail, if you’re not in courtroom on dates that I or different judges let you know to be — though you didn’t submit bail — you’ll face bail leaping expenses,” Ward mentioned.
Ward requested if Ponsetto understood prompting her to reply, “Sure.”
D’Emilia blasted the indictment as “opportunistic” for Manhattan District Lawyer Cy Vance following the arraignment.
“As a substitute of serving to to foster a civil and enlightened decision to an unlucky incident between two younger individuals, DA Vance selected a craven and opportunistic path in indicting, with felony hate crime expenses, Ms. Miya Ponsetto,” D’Emilia mentioned within the assertion.
“The fees alleged are a brazen and clear overreach of the intent of the statute. In sum, they’re absurd, and a perversion of our authorized system.
“As actually violent criminals maraud and run rampant by way of New York Metropolis, this DA displays zero curiosity in regulation enforcement and prosecution,” D’Emilia continued.
“As a substitute, he turns his prosecutorial fury on a distraught and panicked younger lady stranded with out her lifeline, her cellphone, hundreds of miles from dwelling.”
The DA’s workplace declined to touch upon D’Emilia’s damning allegations, saying it might “depend on what was acknowledged in courtroom.”
Ponsetto has additionally been sued by the Harrold household over the incident. That case remains to be pending.