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Sen. Kevin Parker Convicted of Misdemeanor Charges

December 7, 2010

Yet another Senator in hot water, and one that we all know and love. (Sarcasm)

Today, the big local news in Brooklyn was the conviction of Kevin Parker, a man referred to as a “thug” by prosecutors. Here’s the story from the Times:

State Senator Kevin S. Parker was convicted of misdemeanor charges on Tuesday stemming from a confrontation with a photographer for The New York Post, but he was cleared of more serious felony assault charges.

Mr. Parker, a Brooklyn Democrat, was found guilty of two counts of criminal mischief for damaging a camera belonging to the photographer, William C. Lopez, when he confronted Mr. Lopez last year for taking pictures outside the home of the senator’s mother in East Flatbush.

The verdict in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn came one day after a former state senator, Vincent L. Leibell III, a Hudson Valley Republican, pleaded guilty to federal charges of tax evasion and obstruction of justice. He was accused of soliciting kickbacks from lawyers in his district.

While the jury’s verdict spares Mr. Parker expulsion from the Senate — the automatic penalty for a lawmaker convicted of a felony — Democrats and Republicans in the chamber may consider censure or another form of punishment.

In February, the Senate voted to expel Hiram Monserrate, a Queens Democrat, after he was convicted of misdemeanor assault for dragging his companion down the hallway of his apartment building.

Mr. Parker’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 27, and he could face as many as two years in prison, prosecutors said, though it was not clear if they would seek jail time.

“It’s not quite the determination I was hoping for,” Mr. Parker told reporters after the verdict. “I have always maintained my innocence.”

He was arrested in May 2009 after chasing down and confronting Mr. Lopez, who was on assignment to take pictures of him. Mr. Lopez was treated at a hospital for a bruised and swollen finger, which apparently became caught in a camera strap during the fracas, the police said.

Mr. Parker was charged with felony assault, criminal mischief and grand larceny, as well as misdemeanor charges of assault and criminal mischief. The jury returned guilty verdicts on two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief.

One juror, Barry Keenan, 38, a vitamin salesman from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, said that the deliberations were calm and that the main debate among jurors revolved around whether Mr. Lopez’s camera was worth enough to merit a grand larceny charge against Mr. Parker.

“We were just concerned with the facts, the evidence, and that the prosecution couldn’t prove that it was a camera worth over $3,000,” Mr. Keenan said.

The special prosecutor assigned to the case, District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan Jr. of Staten Island, said in a statement that the verdict demonstrated that “no one is above the law.”

As a result of his arrest, Mr. Parker was stripped of his leadership positions in the Senate, costing him a $22,000 stipend on top of his $79,500 annual salary. But unlike Mr. Monserrate, who earned the enmity of his party for joining a coup effort that paralyzed the chamber for a month in 2009, Mr. Parker is close to the Senate Democratic leadership, and it was unclear how severely his colleagues would seek to punish him.

A spokesman for the Senate Democrats, Austin Shafran, suggested that Mr. Parker might not receive the same treatment as Mr. Monserrate because the crimes for which the two men were convicted — criminal mischief versus misdemeanor assault — were different.

“The severity of the actions that prompted Hiram Monserrate’s expulsion are a far cry from the circumstances in Senator Parker’s case,” Mr. Shafran said.

A spokesman for Senate Republicans, who are all but certain to hold a majority in the chamber next year, would not comment on whether the incoming leadership would seek to punish Mr. Parker.

But an ally of Mr. Monserrate’s, Senator Rubén Díaz Sr., a Bronx Democrat, challenged his colleagues to be consistent, taking particular aim at Eric T. Schneiderman, a Manhattan Democrat, who led the effort to expel Mr. Monserrate and is now the attorney general-elect.

“I’d like to know if my colleagues in the New York State Senate, especially those who consider themselves purists, plan to do something to Senator Kevin Parker now that he has been convicted of two misdemeanors,” Mr. Díaz said. “Will Senator Schneiderman be consistent and show us what a true hero he thinks he is by starting the same kind of Senate action he organized to kick Hiram Monserrate out for his one misdemeanor?”

A spokesman for Mr. Schneiderman said the senator could not comment because he had not yet reviewed Mr. Parker’s case.

Mr. Parker was first elected to the State Senate in 2002 and has been known for occasionally losing his temper. He was arrested in 2005 after, the police said, he punched a traffic agent in the face. The charges were dismissed, reportedly after he agreed to enroll in an anger management course.

Mr. Parker also erupted at a Republican colleague, Senator John A. DeFrancisco, during a hearing in April after Mr. DeFrancisco, who is white, questioned an African-American nominee to the New York Power Authority on statements the nominee had made about racial discrimination.


  1. AAA screws the pooch in botched Pearl Harbor retrospective, "Tuesday, December 7, 2010...Pearl Harbor Never Forget." permalink
    December 7, 2010 9:54 pm

    “AAA” obviously doesn’t know squat about Pearl Harbor, and December 7, 1941. Clearly, that bright light forgot well over a thousand dead sailors.

    “The question begs, Three cruisers, three destroyers, and an anti-aircraft training ship were either sank or destroyed….”
    Really, is that right…. sort of left out some major losses on “Battleship Row” didn’t we slick! Try U.S.S. Arizona… try U.S.S. Oklahoma … try U.S.S. California … try U.S.S. Maryland… and her sister ship U.S.S. West Virginia all sunk; U.S.S. Nevada, which had moved under her own power, but was severely damaged and beached to avoid the possibility of sinking in the main channel; and U.S.S. Tennessee, in fighting condition with only two bomb hits, trapped by the other sunken battleships. With the exception of Arizona and Oklahoma, all the Pearl Harbor battlewagons would be raised and/or repaired and rejoin the fight, four actually slugged it out with Japanese battleships in the Battle of Surigao Strait along with U.S.S. Pennsylvania, the Arizona’s sister ship which suffered some damage but survived the attack in one of Pearl Harbor’s drydocks.

    AAA is a cheap political grandstander who’ll swill and wallow in the blood of real American war dead and rattle on about “…53 Silver Crosses…”; what the hell are they, “AAA”?

    Mentioning Grimm and Gallo along with the war dead — that is despicable.

    Craig Eaton and his hatebloggers at “The Jig is Up Atlas” have no shame and no sense of this nation’s war history; they are as “Hateful”, “Despicable”, and “Morally Bankrupt” as the so called enemies that they scorn on this December 7, 2010 which is the Brooklyn GOP’s “Day of Infamy” thanks to AAA’s sick post.

    • CRAIG EATON' S HATE BLOG LASHES BACK. But it failed to correct its bungled and exploitive Pearl Harbor testimonial permalink
      December 8, 2010 12:35 am

      Somebody over at TJIUA likes to play “…bungle taps…”, remember that one “Sports Fans”?

      When it comes to bungled history or screwed up patriotic references or illegally using official images or tarnishing the honor of our armed forces with an exploitive Pearl Harbor post, you can count on Craig Eaton’s personal hate bloggers — what a bunch of Un-American scumbags they are. Since they want to be part of a military tradition, from now on we officially dub them “Eaton’s Trojans”

  2. Great Quotes From Senator Slime permalink
    December 8, 2010 1:31 am

    “A commission should look at Parker,” said Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn). “His conduct definitely is unbecoming of a New York State senator.”

    “You just can’t keep doing this and embarass not just the people you represent, but the state of New York and this house.”

    Just like you Senator Slime with the Kettle Black incident where your roseacaed nose is out of joint. Your conduct is most unbecoming of a New York State Senator. You can’t keep doing this. You are an embarassment to everyone.

    • State Senator Golden up to his old tricks, but now calling for "Committee Hearings" permalink
      March 22, 2011 9:04 pm

      According to the Daily News, State Senator Golden wants a
      pound of State Senator Kevin Parker’s flesh, urging the state
      senate to follow the precedent it set (then as well, strongly urged
      by Golden) in the case of former Queens Sen. Hiram Monserrate and
      hold hearings to determine if any further discipline is warranted.
      “I, as a senator here, believe that there should be hearings,” said
      state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn). “We’ve already set a
      threshold when it came to the Monserrate situation.” Golden only
      seems to only go after certain Democrats though, members of
      minority caucuses are high on his list, while white Democrat state
      senators like Carl Kruger get a pass. Doesn’t that seem just a
      little racist.

  3. NY Post asks what difference it makes if Republicans have a majority in the State Senate permalink
    December 8, 2010 7:14 am

    Yesterday, A New York Post Editorial Slammed New York State Senate Republicans As “LOUSY”!!!!

    “No sooner do Republicans recapture control of the state Senate than they’re back to their old habits of parochially motivated horse-trading — in this case, to preserve the political-patronage dump known as Off-Track Betting.

    Leaving New Yorkers to wonder if it really matters who’s in charge — Democrats or Republicans.

    Fact is, they’re both lousy.”

    Read more:


    “If Senate Republicans are as committed to spending controls and free markets as they’ve promised they’d be, they’ll stop delaying the inevitable.

    The sooner OTB is closed, the sooner the fiscal bleeding will stop.”

    Read more:

    • Marty in trouble? permalink
      March 25, 2011 2:04 pm

  4. State Senator Kevin Parker a misdemeanor against a "tracker" -- State Senator Martin Golden? permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:55 am

    State Senator Parker lost it when he was hounded by a “tracker” from the New York Post.

    We reported here that a reporter had “tracked” State Senator Golden to his front door in Bay Ridge a few weeks ago with questions about his questionable house deal with the druggie who had sold the house to Golden. That reporter was also from the New York Post — tic-toc-tic-toc……

    As this and another news nooses tighten, let’s see if the Bay Ridge State Senator reacts like Parker. Let’s see what the Brooklyn DA does then.

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    November 30, 2011 1:58 am

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