A man allegedly attacked his wife with a meat cleaver in Manhattan’s Chinatown Sunday, leaving the woman in critical condition.
Thirty-five-year-old Juan Rojas of Edison must serve nearly 12 years of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.
For the first time, a higher percentage of households consist of one person living alone than nuclear families with a husband, wife and children. However, people living alone are still less common in New Jersey than they are nationwide.
A handcuffed Muzzammil Hassan was escorted from the Buffalo courtroom by a half dozen court officers after a strident appeal to Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk that failed to change the judge’s mind.
Opening statements in the second-degree murder trial of Muzzammil Hassan were scheduled to start Tuesday in Erie County Court in Buffalo.
Potential jurors are being asked whether they have issues with the Pakistan-born Hassan’s ethnicity, or the fact that he’s Muslim and may claim self-defense.
Prosecution and defense lawyers expected it would take longer than usual to seat 12 jurors for Muzzammil Hassan’s trial because of media attention the case has received since February 2009.
Lawyers in the case against Muzzammil Hassan were in Erie County Court Friday for a final conference in advance of Hassan’s second-degree murder trial. Jury selection starts Monday.
Defense and prosecution lawyers were expected to discuss jury selection and other housekeeping matters during a conference Tuesday in Erie County Court in Buffalo.
The governor has adopted a different tactic: He and his wife Mary Pat now make resolutions to each other.
Aasiya Hassan was killed in 2009 inside the TV station she and her husband established to promote cultural understanding. She had recently filed for divorce.
Judge Franczyk said he was displeased that Muzzammill Hassan had spoken to a TV station, saying it was improper to try the case “in the media.”
A 90-year-old western New York man has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison for battering his wife of nearly 68 years to death with a hammer.
Hassan was accused of killing Aasiya Hassan after she filed for divorce last year.
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