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Jury Acquits Ricardo Muñiz For Violently Defending Himself Against Drunk Gay Basher

Well this sounds like it ended well: Ricardo Muñiz, a 23-year-old Mexican man living illegally in the U.S. (pictured), reported his July 2009 gay bashing to police after 65-year-old Jose Cruz allegedly following him out of a Flatbush, Brooklyn, bar and attacked him while screaming homophobic slurs. Not only did it trigger the threat of deportation, but it also landed Muñiz on trial for being the attacker — because Cruz had a friend who claimed Muñiz, who left Cruz bloody and in coma after beating him with a wooden object, started it. But after hearing the case, a jury decided yesterday to acquit Muñiz, who was also bloodied in the attack, ending the threat of 25 years in prison for defending himself against a gay basher.

Cruz’s friend German Serrano turned out to be a crap witness on the stand: video surveillance footage showed Cruz staggering (drunk) outside the bar before the attack, and hospital records showed his blood alcohol level was 0.21, despite Serrano testifying he and Cruz drank just three beers between them over a seven-hour period.

But just Muñiz is off the hook for the assault doesn’t mean his troubles are over: he’s still facing a nightmare immigration ordeal. So if Muñiz isn’t guilty in the attack, shouldn’t Cruz be charged with the gay bashing?

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8 Comments

  • Sylar

    Yes it should be charged as a gay bashing and yes the victim should be deported.

  • Itbird

    Good for the victim for beating the crap out of that homophobic piece of dirt. I wish the best for him but sadly, I’m also against illegal immigration and am not for illegals being able to stay in the country.

  • Shannon

    DEPORT his ILLEGAL ass put of my country!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • patriot

    Donald Trump cannot produce his original birth certificate.

    DEPORT his ILLEGAL ass put of my country!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stars and stripes

    Deport Donald Trump immediately! He cannot produce an original birth certificate. He is hiding something.

  • Sarah

    What the f— ?? Who are you people commenting here? Do you even live in NY? (Probably not, or you would actually have to interact with undocumented people and realize that they are human beings just like you).

    You think you have the right to be outraged by homophobia and call someone “illegal” in the same breath? Do you know that it is “illegal” to be gay in many countries (and was in some US states until a few years ago)?

    Who knows if some of you would have been right there with the bashers had they been shouting anti-latino statements rather than anti-gay ones.

    We live in the age of globalization, people. Let’s open the borders already and give people the same rights to travel that corporations have.

  • Sarah

    @patriot:
    Exactly :-)

  • justiceontherocks

    @Sarah: Here’s the dirty little secret about Lillegal” immigrants. Corporate America loves them. They work cheap and don’t make trouble. They want to keep them illegal but they sure as hell want to keep them here.

    And let’s not forget that the WASPs who settled the 13 colonies were our original illegal immigrants.

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