The man who went on a violent rampage in Lakewood and Jackson on April 8 was charged with federal hate crimes on Wednesday as he made another profanity-filled court appearance.
Dion Marsh, 27, of Manchester, has been charged with four counts of violating the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of carjacking in connection with the attack which began with the hijacking of a vehicle he used to drive. on three pedestrians for several hours. All three victims were Orthodox Jews.
The complaint against Marsh recounted the events of that Friday a few hours before the Jewish Sabbath. The attack hospitalized all three men with serious injuries. One of them lost a large amount of blood after being stabbed in the chest with a steak knife.
Marsh explained his actions as something that “had to be done” because Hasidic Jews are “the real demons,” according to the complaint.
Under the Byrd Law, Dion is charged with willfully causing bodily harm to four victims and attempting to kill and injure three of them with dangerous weapons, all because they were Jewish.
Each hate crime charge carries a maximum legal sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was named for two men killed in 1998. Shepard was gay while Byrd was beaten to death by white supremacists. Legislation passed in 2009 expanded the scope of hate crime laws.
New charges from Ocean County prosecutor
The charges came as Marsh was in Ocean County Superior Court for a profanity-filled detention hearing in which he was formally charged with terrorism, attempted carjacking, attempted kidnapping and three additional counts each of intimidation and attempted murder.
Judge Guy P. Ryan had to put Marsh on mute when the defendant told him to “shut the fuck up”, dropped several F-bombs and spoke to the judge.
He told his public defender to leave when she appeared at the hearing, according to Asbury Park Press coverage of the hearing.
“Call Dion, call Tyrone, call Simpson. I’m done with these bulls**t,” Dion shouted at the judge during his online appearance.
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New Jersey Nets 2002-2003: The last time the NBA Finals went through NJ
In 2012, the Nets made their debut in Brooklyn, but before that, New Jersey had been the home of the Nets since 1977.
The franchise was born in 1967, under the name of New Jersey Americans. They played their games at Teaneck as part of the American Basketball Association. A year later they moved to Long Island, becoming the New York Nets.
It was there that the team won two ABA championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76. The following year, the Nets, along with three other basketball franchises, were absorbed into the NBA in a merger agreement, abolishing the ABA.
When the Nets first moved to New Jersey, they played their home games at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. Then, in 1981, they moved into the house many of us remember most, the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford (later named Continental Airlines Arena, then Izod center).
After years of losing, the Nets reached back-to-back NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03. In 2002-03, the last time they sniffed the championship, the team lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
It would be the last time the Nets would sniff out the title, but their efforts added them to New Jersey lore forever.
These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.
If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.
If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.
Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
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