DiPerna's Lawyer: My Client is Innocent

The cases for the three suspects charged in the Roxen Road assault case were recently adjourned to August and September.

The three Rockville Centre teens who allegedly on Roxen Road in June recently appeared in Nassau County District Court, and their cases were adjourned until a later date, according to District Court officials.

, both 18, will be back in court on Aug. 14, while , 18, will appear on Sept. 25.

John R. Lewis, Jr., the attorney for Matt DiPerna, recently spoke with Patch to  give his client's side of the story.

"I believe these boys will be vindicated at the end of the day," Lewis said. "The real question is, this is an accusation. We don't punish people or run families out of town based on accusations."

Lewis was responding to left on an RVC Patch article thread, where anonymous posters suggested punishments for the alleged attackers and their families.

"It is my contention that the alleged victim was not looking for an apology, but started the physical altercation," he said.


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Lewis said that on June 18, there was a group of 10-15 kids on a street near a friend's house. Lewis said he's not denying that the boys were boisterous or said off-colored remarks to the wife of the husband, but explained that the rest of the story and how it was portrayed in the media was "fantasy."

He said the boys split up into several groups, and when the wife and husband found one of the groups on Roxen Road, she pointed out one teen, who Lewis said was not DiPerna.

"He (the husband) proceeded to exact vengeance for what he perceived as a slight on his wife," Lewis said. "He hit one of the boys. He was the aggressor."

Lewis added that witnesses only saw the tail end of the altercation, and from what his research shows, his client's side of the story is the truth.

"Our contention is that he (the husband) was a vigilante," he said. "He started the confrontation and wouldn't let it die."

According to the Rockville Centre Police Department, who issued a through the village spokesperson on the case, the husband was attacked first after asking the boys for an apology. The name of the 43-year-old resident involved in the attack was not released.

Lewis noted that the issue has polarized the community and made it difficult to deal with, especially when some are convicting the three boys before they have their day in court.

"There is a judicial process, and they are innocent until proven guilty," he said.

The lawyers for William Moore and Kevin Coyle did not return several messages left by RVC Patch.

bootsy thornton August 01, 2012 at 12:07 AM
what does your other comment even mean. good joke bro. Marvis "bootsy" thornton was a basketball player. not my name, just like your name isnt really darkerside. or maybe it is and ur some freakshow. some guy is saying they messed with the wrong guy, but he got carted off in an ambulance and still hasnt returned to work. how did they mess with the wrong guy? also if you read what i wrote i said i dont condone kicking ppl in the head. So what gives you the impression that i know about kicking ppl in the head. Instead of trying to make a point, or defend someone elses (the purpose of the comment section) you just say something stupid about a metal plate? unoriginal, not funny and you sound like an idiot. id say more on here but id just get blocked.
bootsy thornton August 01, 2012 at 12:18 AM
RVC's jackie chiles? it doesnt say anywhere that the lawyer is from RVC and felony cases are prosecuted by the county. So, no. Also if your gonna say "now we see where the kid gets his brains from" and insult the intelligence of mr and mrs diperna then why do you start off saying you feel bad for them.
opinion-ated August 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Lawyers dont have have to make statements, and they will usually speak out in defense of their client anyway. So it seems pointless. It will all play out in court. I just hope ALL the witnesses have come forth as the Police Commissioner asked, so a fair trial can progress.
TheDarkerSide August 01, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Lewis has painted himself in a corner. Look for DiPerna to cut a deal. That's what this sounds like to me.
Question August 01, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Defense lawyers ....a whole other topic Kinda the hedge fund of law.
John August 01, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I only feel sorry for the man and his family for the pain and suffering they have gone through. The parents of the thug got what they deserved, a thug. Watch your own kids and stop using teachers, and the police to act as parents. Try a few less dinner parties and less time out and check up on your kids. Remember this type of kid does not one day kick someone in the head, its been building by little steps. Parenting 101...
John August 01, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Everyone on the patch needs to write a letter and callthe DA's office to ask for the max. No plea deals!!!
Charles Bronson August 02, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Soap on a rope.
Bleep August 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
is this lawyer on something?
friendly neighborhood old guy August 03, 2012 at 03:31 AM
hey hey hey i just think that you should all go home and mind your own buisness
Concerned RVC August 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Amen. Innocent? The fact that this lawyer and the teens want bygones to be bygones is ridiculous. Enroll their asses in the Miltary and let the less than zeros learn what it is to be a man with honor not spoiled losers who don't know the first thing about respect.
Concerned RVC August 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
it is our business stupid old neighborhood guy...affects everyone...you can move too.
Barney Wort August 03, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Wise guys should be made an example of. Big bunch of yellow bellied tough guys. Do any of you have the guts to take someone on one on one? This act of babrbarism calls for a jail sentance
Kevin O'Reilly August 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Will Lewis commit to representing his client (and their parents) in the succeeding civil case?
tom kane August 06, 2012 at 12:00 PM
what street was the house on where these animals were being served??
tom kane August 06, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Lewis the attorney is confessing that they made the disgusting remarks to one of RVCs finest moms.... They and there families need to move they are Varmin
tom kane August 06, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I know I know Its their not there !!!
A.F. August 06, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Hindsight is always 20/20, and in hindsight the victim should've called the police. All the facts have not yet come out, but it really seems these kids went way overboard. We may safely disregard the shyster's comments, lawyers are paid liars.
joe thrapp August 06, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Hi, this town is rife with rumors about the alleged attackers. So it's hard to tell fiction from fact. As a rule I do not like to comment on rumors, but I believe the past histories of the alleged attackers are important for people to hear about. Recently I heard about one of the alleged attackers. Who was arrested for drunken disorderly behavior. If this is true then it points to past behavior of this gang and their members. Maybe this is not the first incident where this gang attacked as a pack. This time might be the first reported attack. I hope the police are looking into this aspect of the case. It's important to me that people should be able to walk around a premium village like RVC in safety and not be afraid of gang pack attacks.
Lawyer with a Conscience August 06, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Have you any idea how many lawyers there are in Rockville Centre? You have insulted all lawyers regardless of where they live. May you or your family never need one.
Lawyer with a Conscience August 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
May you never need one. And may you never be tried in the court of public opinion based on newspaper stories.
TheDarkerSide August 06, 2012 at 08:37 PM
RVC needs more future lawyers. These little creeps are perfect recruits. Lewis is a cartoon. All his baseless claims are shattered by the video tape police have. That's called real evidence.
Question August 06, 2012 at 08:52 PM
joe bush, Well said af, very foolish generalization .
TheDarkerSide August 06, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Looks like more and more people in RVC are requiring lawyers ... and doctors. So, a lawyer can attack an innocent victim in the news media like here calling a guy who was gang beaten a "vigilante" ... but when someone criticizes a lawyer, watch out! Why don't you crawl back under your legal rock, Jackie Chiles.
JG August 06, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Thank goodness we have our court systems so these kids, guilty or not, can have a fair trial. Everybody here seems to be have decided on a guilty verdict already yet none of you were there or reviewed the official evidence. How do we not know this gentlemen did not go out looking for vengeance after a few drinks himself? What was he doing there out there anyway? At 50 one knows better then to confront a bunch of drunken teens? Doesn't sound right to me.
Lawyer with a conscience August 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM
The kids were out on the street. Apparently no "house" was involved---but who sold them the stuff?
Joe Griffin August 07, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Regardless of what is said in this forum, no one knows all the facts surrounding this case and the court will ultimately decide the fate of these teeangers. It's obviously not surprising that the defense "contends" that his client is innocent. Not sure how NY jurisdiction views these types of claims but similar cases in the U.S. outside of New York have resulted in victims hiring personal injury lawyers during criminal proceedings and filing civil suits against both assailants and their parents for allegations including assault and battery, parental liability, negligence, infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiffs are also exposed to the wife separately filing emotional distressm, loss of consortium claims, etc. While financial award for criminal actions is not the answer I have a feeling this might be the beginning of a very long road for all parties involved....
joe thrapp August 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
JG, I get it, good defense theory! Drunk 44 year old man goes hunting for vengeance. He tracks down the 8 alleged drunken 18 year old's and launches an attack. He becomes the attacker and the 8 men become the defenders and they allegedly, summarily beat the man unconscious not once but twice. The 8 men go to the police and report the incident because their parents tell them that's the right thing to do because it was self defense. JG it reads like a fictional account from a Law and Order episode. I for one have not rushed to judgement on any of the participants. I look forward to the trial and hear how this incident began and actually ended.
SSHS87_MENCH August 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
O.J. Simpson was Innocent too.
Mr. RVC October 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
If these kids were from Old Mill ct. there would be no way in hell the patch would post an article saying that they are innocent. LOL.


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