Opening Arguments Begin in Hiram Monserrate's Assault Trial
NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) -- A judge will hear opening arguments Monday at the trial of a New York state senator charged with attacking his girlfriend in a fit of jealousy.
Hiram Monserrate has pleaded not guilty to assault charges in the incident at his apartment last December. He has been accused of slicing his girlfriend's face with broken glass during an argument. He says it was an accident.
Prosecutors say the girlfriend initially told police she was attacked but later recanted after she discovered he was going to be arrested. The wound required 20 stitches.
Opening statements began Monday before state Supreme Court Justice William Erlbaum in Queens. Last week, Monserrate waived his right to a jury trial.
Monserrate faces prison and the loss of his senate seat if convicted on the top charge.
Post columnist Andrea Peyser expects him to beat the rap.