Daniel Penny, a veteran of the Marine Corps., entered a not guilty plea to charges of manslaughter and negligent homicide on Wednesday after he was accused of killing Jordan Neely on a New York City subway train a month ago. For anyone who viewed the video and read up on Neely’s background, it’s clear that Penny wasn’t trying to kill the guy, simply subduing him to prevent him from lashing out violently on scared individuals on the train.
However, it seems that in New York City, the only people who are presumed innocent until proven guilty are the actual criminals.
“On May 1, Penny placed Neely in a chokehold on the floor of a Manhattan subway car to subdue him alongside other passengers after witnesses said Neely was making threatening comments towards passengers on board the vehicle,” the Daily Wire reported. “Penny pled not guilty to second-degree manslaughter and negligent homicide before being freed on $100,000 bail. ‘We are a long way off from trial, but all the evidence we’ve seen is that our client acted under the law,’ said Thomas Keniff, a lawyer for Penny.”
Neely, a homeless man with a mind-blowing 40 arrests on his personal record, had a rather extensive history of mental health issues before he died that day on the train. According to a report from the New York Daily News, the most recent arrest on Neely’s record was from November 2021, which resulted in a charge of felony assault after he was accused of “slugging a 67-year-old female stranger in the face.”
After he pled guilty to the charge, Neely failed to make an appearance in court, which led to an arrest warrant being put out for him at the time of his death.
“Daniel Penny did not have the courage to look Mr. Jordan’s father in the eye,” Dante Mills, a lawyer for the Neely family, stated. That is nothing more than a cheap narrative trick to attempt to sway public opinion against Penny, one that will more than likely be employed on the jury as well. It seems that emotional manipulation is a favorite tool of progressive attorneys who represent criminals.
“Penny was indicted on June 14 after New York officials promised to investigate the incident. The indictment was praised by attorneys for Neely’s family,” the report added.
“The grand jury’s decision tells our city and our nation that ‘no one is above the law’ no matter how much money they raise, no matter what affiliations they claim, and no matter what distorted stories they tell in interviews,” Neely’s family lawyers went on to say about the case.
The defense team representing Penny has maintained their client’s innocence going on to reveal the lion’s share of the evidence is in their favor.
“While we respect the decision of the grand jury to move this case forward to trial, it should be noted that the standard of proof in a grand jury is very low and there has been no finding of wrongdoing. We’re confident that when a trial jury is tasked with weighing the evidence, they will find Daniel Penny’s actions on that train were fully justified,” lawyer Steven Raiser commented.
Not long after the incident occurred, Penny came forward and stated that the color of Neely’s skin had nothing to do with his decision to take action to protect others.
“This had nothing to do with race,” the former Marine said. “I judge a person based on their character. I’m not a white supremacist. I mean, it’s, it’s a little bit comical. Everybody who’s ever met me can tell you, I love all people, I love all cultures.”
The next court date for Penny is set for October 25.
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