Thursday, January 24, 2013

JUDGE ISSUES COMPLAINT IN ST. JAMES GATE ALLEGED ASSAULT

A municipal judge Thursday found probable cause to issue an assault complaint against a St. James Gate bartender for an alleged attack against a patron two weeks ago.

Judge John Paparazzo of Bloomfield Municipal Court made the ruling this morning after a short hearing that involved claims against bartender James Meade by South Orange resident Ethan Kresofsky.

The case, related to an incident the night of Jan. 7, 2013, was transferred to the Bloomfield Municipal Court because of a conflict involving the South Orange/Maplewood municipal court judge.

At issue is a claim by Kresofsky, 24, that he was attacked by Meade early on Jan. 8, 2013, after asking to be served. He also claimed Meade used an anti-gay slur against him.

"I was there with a few friends. I go up to the bar, I ask him for a drink and he says 'no,'" Kresofsky told the judge in court today. "He says, 'what are you? a fucking faggot?' I said, 'yes, what of it.'"

Kresofsky said Meade then allegedly assaulted him, spit at him and tried to open his mouth with his hands, causing Kresofsky to bite Meade.

Kresofsky said he was punched in the face by Meade and allegedly kicked in the head.

Meade was not in court today, nor was an attorney there on his behalf. St. James Gate issued a statement on the incident in recent weeks.

It can be found HERE.

Judge Paparazzo said the next court date has yet to be set and could held in either Maplewood or Bloomfield. "Where they send the case is not up to me," the judge said.

Also in attendance were two witnesses, who did not speak to the judge. Kresofsky's mother, Eva, also attended.

"This is what we wanted to happen," she said afterward.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Meade wasn't even in court? Pathetic

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping us updated. If it was up to Patch or MOL, we never would have known of this incident. Word needs to get out about this guy. He is a ticking time bomb.

Anonymous said...

Meade is a coward. Looks like daddy won't be able to bail him out of this one. I hope they throw the book at this homophobic child.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your ongoing coverage of this matter.

Anonymous said...

Agreed.

I am confused on the ruling by the judge. He ruled probable cause for the assault complaint; shouldn't that be followed with a warrant for his arrest? Or is it a summons for another court date? Anyone know?

Joe Strupp said...

another court date

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping this in the public eye. I can't believe this is the first time this has happened. I had an issue with the same bartender years ago. He is a complete jerk.

Anonymous said...

Patch is an advertising circular, not a news source, and MOL kowtows to advertisers. Even if Meade is ultimately convicted, Patch won't run the story because they can't put a smiley-happy face on it.

Ken Houghton said...

"Kresofsky said Meade then allegedly assaulted him..."

Copyedit: Kresofsky said (or alleged) Meade assaulted him.

Thank you for the update. Any update on Meade's condition presented at the hearing?

Anonymous said...

Ahh, seems Patch finally got permission from the local realtors to touch the story. That, or Carolyn is away and Craig did this without her seeing it.

Anonymous said...

thanks for having the courage to cover this. the f*ckhead owners of maplewoodonline don't have the guts to allow a discussion of this topic citing not wanting to hire lawsuits for lawyers. but they certainly have no problem raising revenue from their commercial, ad-based website to make a nice profit, which is all based on the readership of their message boards. how's that for cowardice. too bad you don't get a larger platform to put those clowns, teh Ross Brothers, out of business. their failure to cover this issue is a sign of their latent homophobia and contempt for the gay and lesbian community in SOMA.

arthur

Anonymous said...

It appears, by the earlier comments, the trial has already begun

Anonymous said...

As did I, interesting....

Anonymous said...

The entire incident is regrettable. The thing that I find extra troubling is the fact that the young man had exited the building and was leaving when he was again hit, knocked down and allegedly kicked in the head. This could have been fatal.

If these facts prove out I hope there is more than a slap in the wrist given to the bar tender

Anonymous said...

that's quite a leap - especially given the fact that there's a very energetic conversation going on at that website even as we speak, and with one or two rather transparent exceptions everyone is focused on bringing that bartender to justice.

Anonymous said...

Remember, it appears that the employee followed the patron out into the street to continue the confrontation. It'll be hard to justify that action if it turns out to be the case.

Anonymous said...

Yeah considering 100 threads have already been deleted. Hope that site fails. The Ross brothers have shown their true colors.

ceejay said...

Do we know why Meade did not show up for court?

Anonymous said...

I don't believe there was any point for him to do so. It's not like this was a trial.

CDE said...

Moratorium on the gate.. Maybe the will fold.

CDE said...

Moratorium on the gate.. Maybe the will fold.

Anonymous said...

the pub doesn't advertise on MOL.

Anonymous said...

I'm always cautious when I see people exaggerate like this. 100 threads? Really?

Once the court decision was released the topic was no longer prohibited and discussion is ongoing.

Anonymous said...



Sent from my iPad

Thanks for keeping us up to date on this crappy situation. If it weren't for this blog I think much of this would be swept under the rug. I def will not set foot in this establishment anymore, and I've been going there one to two days a week for four years. Jimmy is a muscle head jock who has repeatedly made sexist and homophobic remarks behind the bar.

Anonymous said...

JImmy Meade back to work at St. James Gate this past weekend.

Anonymous said...

He almost got into another altercation until someone from the establishment pulles him away. The Gate is the best representation Maplewood has.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed the Maplewood Police blotter as of late? It isnt updated for the week of this incident but then, the following week's incidents are all listed. Alleged suspects and all.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that a coincidence!

Following the assault, the victim's [what i would assume are his] friends were shooed away by the police. They could be heard offering their assistance in testimonials to what they witnessed.

Conveniently, the Bartender wasnt at the bar when Police arrived. He wasn't in the bar? His wounds were more severe than the person he kicked in the head?

WHY are none of these issues being addressed? The conduct policy should ne the same when assessing issues dealing with Maplewood merchants!

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