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Four Students Arrested in Temple Assault Case

March 6, 2008 By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
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At the request of defense attorneys, a judge on March 4 granted a continuance in the case of four Temple students accused of using anti-Semitic language in an assault against two Jewish males, one of whom sustained severe injuries. The lawyers said that they needed more time to review the documents and prepare their arguments.

The next court date is set for April 29, according to assistant district attorney Christy Tuttle.

The assault took place during the early-morning hours of Feb. 15 in the area of North Broad and Norris streets on the North Philadelphia campus, outside the former home of Alpha Epsilon Pi, an international Jewish fraternity.

The victim, 23, suffered a broken nose and a fractured right eye socket. Neither he nor his 22-year-old friend (who was unhurt), are students at Temple.

The alleged perpetrators have been identified as 20-year-old Michael Walsh of Florham Park, N.J.; David Scott, 20, of Willow Grove, Pa., and his younger brother, 19-year-old Stephen Scott; and Bryan Pediero, 19, of East Brunswick, N.J.

All four have been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and ethnic intimidation, along with other charges.

Tuttle said that each of the defendants has separate council, and added that it's too soon to determine if the case will be prosecuted as a hate crime.

The alleged assailants turned themselves in to Philadelphia police on Feb. 27.

The students were suspended from the university pending the outcome of a University Disciplinary Committee hearing yet to be scheduled.

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