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Not guilty plea is criminal defense strategy in NY vandalism case

In an out-of-the-ordinary case that is making headlines across the nation, an upstate New York man has been accused of reporting a fake crime. While this, in itself, is not so unusual, the circumstances surrounded the alleged incident are what makes it stand out. At the moment, the defendant's criminal defense strategy is to plead not guilty to the allegations that he spray-painted racially charged hate symbols on his own home then reported the incident to the police. The man was arrested about a month after the incident occurred.

The 54-year-old New York resident called police on Feb. 10 to report that, to his horror, he awoke and went outside to discover swastikas had been spray-painted on the side of his home during the previous night. The man says he is Jewish and that the act of vandalism was a hate crime. Police, however, claim that an investigation into the incident actually points to the man himself as the perpetrator.

Supposedly, several local religious leaders reported that the defendant had been attempting to convert to Judaism for more than a decade but, due to his allegedly erratic behavior, was never successful in his conversion. The defendant, however, has expressed feelings of outrage and sadness over the incident of defacement. He told the media that he was leaving the graffiti up to make a statement.

After his arrest for charges of reporting a fake crime, the defendant pleaded not guilty before he was sent to jail on $500 bail. With so many conflicting accounts, it may be impossible for anyone not familiar with the details of the case and all existing evidence to predict what strategies the man's lawyer may utilize. Regardless, in criminal cases like this or any similar in New York, the advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney can prove invaluable to fighting for the best possible outcome.

Source: buzzfeed.com, "This Man Who Found Swastikas On His House Actually Spray Painted Them Himself, Police Say", Brianna Sacks, March 21, 2017

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