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NYC prosecutor pleads guilty to EMT assault, avoids jail time

Michael Jaccarino was sentenced to 10 days community service and must complete an alcohol treatment program

Editor's note: "Exceptional" people don't try and kill EMTs. Check out our commntary on this article here.

By NJ Burkett

NEW YORK — A Brooklyn prosecutor pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless assault in an attack on an EMT that incited calls of preferential treatment.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Jaccarino was accused of punching and choking EMT Teresa Soler in the back of her ambulance last fall. Jaccarino was sentenced to 10 days community service and must complete an alcohol treatment program, but he will avoid jail time. Critics say Michael Jaccarino got a "get out of jail free" card Wednesday.

"Where is the justice for us? Who speaks for us? Who takes our side? Who is our voice?" Soler said.

Full story: Assistant DA pleads guilty in EMT assault, avoids jail

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Willowbee Baize Wagstaff Willowbee Baize Wagstaff Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:01:08 PM that is bull shit he deserves jail time.......our system at its best.
Richard Hallman Richard Hallman Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:02:24 PM Prosecution should have ordered a change of venue due to being in NYC, he would be known by the court staff. Also, prince to pauper, the law is the law. Pleading guilty should have at least got him some jail time. This has got to be the plea deal of the century.
Curtis Lam Curtis Lam Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:25:54 PM When aggressive public prosecutors make a mistake and convict an innocent person, there are no consequences except for the ruined life of the victim. And when they commit crimes, they get out of jail free. Being under the influence is not an excuse - the conscious choice is made to drink that much and put people in danger is a crime, just like DUI traffic TC. Above the law, indeed. Now I wonder if he'll even be disbarred.
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:51:56 PM NYC: you get what you vote for. Don't like it? Vote them out of office. Also demand answers: assault on a NY EMT is a felony, so why wasn't he charged as such. Also, she can file a complaint with whichever office over sees lawyers for professional misconduct on both her attacker, the DA & possibly the judge. They wont do anything, but the embarrassment of having to appear may make him think a bit the next time beside creating a paper trail.
C Ray McCurley C Ray McCurley Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:52:15 PM She needs to own every thing he's got! I would love to go visit him for her!
Samantha Fendel Samantha Fendel Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:17:29 PM u tellem hunny
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:48:28 PM How do you think her life is ruined? She has attorneys and hopes to get millions from this. What about giving the EMT some more training on how to handle drunks? She should have called for the Police to intervene. This is only making headlines because of who this guy is and there is a chance for this incident to be a cash cow for the EMT. What about all the EMTs and Paramedics who use their certs to avoid tickets and DUI charges? What about when they play the hero card in court even after committing a major crime? Yeah you vote for all corrupt DAs when they look the other way to allow Paramedics who have molested children back on the street or who drive an ambulance drunk.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:17:01 PM Cops are trained for this and this EMT should have called the cops. More training for her instead of a huge settlement from the city.
Michael Rowlette Michael Rowlette Thursday, February 14, 2013 6:14:58 PM Hire a lawyer and SUE THE SOB!
Barb Hutchinson-Pante Barb Hutchinson-Pante Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:58:07 PM This prosecutor should be sent to jail and do time just like anyone else that assults an EMS worker, who does this guy think he is? Better yet, who does the judge think he is to actually let this guy off? How can a judge fairly judge over others, this is clearly NOT a sound decission for a judge who decides others futures! Well maybe the mayor shoud look into disbarring for sure, for both of them! So how much of a mess is something this stupid on the judges part is this going to make? Is someone going to request a review of his cases? Review any an all procecutions for either one of them? All to do "favor"? He screwed up, this for either one of them to risk their carreers? their families? They should both be put in jail for a while for being just STUPID! I really hope that EMT doesn't let this go! I am shocked! I really hope she is ok, physically and emotionally! I am so sorry this happened to you, EMS people go through enough without having our own officers hurting us, they are supposed to be looking out for us! DISGRACEFUL!
Frank Cantone Frank Cantone Thursday, February 14, 2013 11:18:36 PM Protest the court and ask for a review, file more charges against him. Thats the way to deal with him.
Mike S. Dumond Sr Mike S. Dumond Sr Friday, February 15, 2013 3:48:04 AM Yea, she could complain to the New York Bar, but that's just another bunch of lawyrs. Don't expect them to do the right thing.
Marc Winburn Marc Winburn Friday, February 15, 2013 10:11:40 AM This prosecutor is a comlete jackass and the system is a one-sided piece of crap. What happened o the "Assault on ANY healthcare provider is a felony, not a misdemanor"? I'm sure if this EMT were an employee of NYPD, something one woud've been done about it. Although America has turned in to a sue happy country, this is the perfet example when she needs to lawyer up! Wait a minute, all the attorneys are prob drinking buddies anyway.
Marc Winburn Marc Winburn Friday, February 15, 2013 10:14:19 AM If in the future this EMT every responds on any of the corrupt individuals involved in the case, maybe she should turn away and not be so helpful in their medical time of need. All she has to claim is "guilty" and she won't go to jail.
Pamela Frazier Whitman Pamela Frazier Whitman Friday, February 15, 2013 11:59:35 AM Civil Suit! Hurt him in the wallet.
Derek Leach Derek Leach Friday, February 15, 2013 5:20:25 PM As an Officer of the Court there is a reasonable expectation that this Butthole would and should behave better than the average citizen. "Sorry Dude I was just sooooo drunk" is an excuse for a teenager dinging his friends car, not for a serious assault on an EMT. The prosecuting D.A. should grow a set and appeal the sentence. This guy needs to see the inside of a cell for a minimum of 90 days. New York City needs to send out a message about what happens to you if you lay hands on EMS personnel.
Matthew Ervin Matthew Ervin Saturday, February 16, 2013 2:26:34 AM What if the EMT just so haven to be pregnant and was punched in the stomach by this douche bag? Would he still get by with just a mis-demeanor?
Amber Straily-Rhodes Amber Straily-Rhodes Sunday, February 17, 2013 3:14:44 PM Its a felony here to assault an emt! This is a joke punishment! !!! Shame onthe system:(
Cassandra Bickel-Realtor Cassandra Bickel-Realtor Friday, February 22, 2013 7:03:59 PM Blacking out from drinking too much is no excuse. If you can't handle the alcohol, then don't drink. If you commit a crime while stoned or drunk, you still committed a crime. End of Story. And I agree Marc - I'm not a big proponent of suing, but this is one case I would support even if it's to prove a point.
Evans Lucas Evans Lucas Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:03:31 AM where are we heading in the field of EMS I actually agree with you Curtis Lam.

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