Berkeley assault case nears one-year mark

Thursday, January 16, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Berkeley assaultNearly an entire year has passed since a far-left activist was arrested and charged with felony assault, and a trial has yet to take place.

Zachary Greenberg was caught on video punching conservative activist Hayden Williams in the face on the UC Berkeley campus last February.

The charges against Greenberg include three felony charges for assault, battery, and making a criminal threat, and a misdemeanor charge of vandalism likely for destroying Williams’ cell phone. 

"The fact that the prosecution is not moving aggressively on this, and treating this the same way similar assault and battery cases would be treated,” says attorney Brad Dacus of the California-based Pacific Justice Institute, “is very alarming and suspect."

Williams, a member of the Leadership Institute, was working with student group Turning Point USA to recruit members at the left-wing university.  

Turning Point is hated by liberals on college campuses where TPUSA members are accused of being racist and white supremacists, which gives some liberals – in their view -- license to physically confront them.

Witnesses said Greenberg overturned a Turning Point USA table and it appears that Williams began filming him, which triggered the assault.

Dacus

In the recording, Greenberg calls Williams a “racist little inbred [expletive]” before landing a punch across his face.

Greenberg, who is not a Berkeley student, pleaded not guilty to the charges last March and was released on bail, with a pre-trail hearing scheduled for April of last year. 

The assault and arrest generated numerous news stories last March but an Internet search failed to produce an April news story reporting on the hearing.

Citing the months-long delay, Dacus speculates that prosecutors don't want to litigate this case.

"Prosecutions in the past have used delays in prosecution when they don't want to carry out the prosecution,” he says, “and hope that people will forget about the case so that when they do dismiss it, or reduce the charges, it will go unnoticed."

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