August 18, 2022

Shove-suspect was ‘overcharged’ in Maier Gustern death: lawyer

The Extensive Island indigenous accused of randomly shoving an 87-calendar year-outdated woman to her dying surrendered to cops Tuesday — as her A-list legal professional complained that she was remaining targeted for her “socioeconomic position.”

Lauren Pazienza, 26, saved mum as she was led into Manhattan Criminal Courtroom — her flowing, red hair covering her deal with — to experience manslaughter and assault charges in the March 10 assault that critically injured beloved former Broadway voice coach Barbara Maier Gustern.

Gustern, who experienced traumatic brain injuries, died five days later on.

Prosecutors reported Pazienza crossed West 28th Road and Eighth Avenue at all-around 8:30 p.m. the night time of the shove and called the aged female a “bitch” — ahead of pushing her to the pavement “without provocation.”

Defense legal professional Arthur Aidala claimed to the choose that “pushing a person who’s on the sidewalk” isn’t the exact same as “pushing an individual in entrance of a cliff” or “pushing an individual in front of a moving train” — as he accused Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg’s workplace of “overcharging” his client.

“The DA goes out of their way to undercharge a situation, and in this unique situation they are overcharging,” Aidala claimed in court docket, referring to Bragg’s progressive procedures.

Lauren Pazienza was granted a $500,000 bail Tuesday.
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He questioned irrespective of whether the manslaughter demand, which carries a sentence of up to 25 a long time, was due to Pazienza’s “socioeconomic standing,” “race” or the media desire in the circumstance.

Gursten’s grandson AJ, nonetheless, slammed the attorney’s argument, telling The Post: “Sounds like a smart person. How about pushing [someone] into a curb?”

Psych exam pending

Judge Michael Gaffey purchased Pazienza to go through a medical test and mental-wellness analysis immediately after seeing her in “pain” and “crying,” Aidala advised reporters.

The choose established Paziena’s bail at $500,000, which she is expected to article, in accordance to her law firm.

Aidala, whose past clients include disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, explained right after the hearing that his client and her family members have been traumatized by the ordeal.

Barbara Maier Gustern.
Barbara Maier Gustern suffered lethal blunt pressure trauma to the head right after the shoving.
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Gustern — whose learners integrated Blondie singer Debbie Harry — was still left “bleeding profusely from the head” following hitting the cement that night time, Assistant District Attorney Justin McNabney stated in court.

Pazienza “briskly” walked off, the prosecutor reported, including that the two women of all ages were being strangers.

The accused killer then stayed in the community for approximately 30 minutes — even looking at as ambulances and law enforcement automobiles rushed to Gustern’s aid 13 minutes following the assault, McNabney said.

7 minutes following allegedly pushing Gustern, cameras caught Pazienza possessing a “physical altercation” with a male thought to be her fiancé, the ADA said. The two then took a teach from Penn Station again to their residence in Astoria.

Lauren Pazienza is escorted out of the 10th Pct.
Pazienza allegedly named Gustern a “bitch” right before pushing her to the pavement.
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Daniel and Caroline Pazienza leave court after their daughter's arraignment.
Daniel and Caroline Pazienza are expected to write-up their daughter’s bail as quickly as they can get the resources collectively.
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Allegedly lined tracks

Pazienza subsequently took “every effort to avoid apprehension” — which includes deleting her wedding day World-wide-web web-site and using down all her social media, McNabney stated, noting the nuptials were being set for June.

She fled to her parents’ property in Port Jefferson, and the following day “completely stopped making use of her cellphone,” stashing it at the household of her aunt, the prosecutor reported.

The victim’s grandson, in the meantime, stated he felt a sense of “closure” that Pazienza was billed but stressed that she was “innocent until verified responsible.”

 Additional reporting by Tina Moore and Catalina Gonella