On attorney for 26-year-old Lauren Pazienza, who stands accused of shoving Barbara Gustern, the 87-year-old Broadway vocal coach, to her death, makes the claim that his client is only being targeted for her “socioeconomic status” because she is rich.
The attorney in question, Arthur Aidala, issued the claim in court last week that “pushing someone who’s on the sidewalk” is not the same as “pushing someone in front of a cliff” or “pushing someone in front of a moving train,” as reported by Vanity Fair. Aidala also claimed that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was severely overcharging Pazienza with manslaughter.
“The D.A. goes out of their way to undercharge a case, and in this particular case they’re overcharging,” stated Aidala reportedly in court late last week.
Bragg is well known for undercharging cases, an idea that was highlighted by the widow of a slain police officer during her husband’s funeral.
“You have the whole nation on gridlock. And although you won’t be here anymore, I want you to live through me. The system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore, not even the members of the service [NYPD]. I know you were tired of these laws, especially the ones from the new DA. I hope he is watching you speak through me,” stated the widow of slain New York Police Department officer Jason Rivera, Dominique Luzuriaga.
As reported by the New York Post, Pazienza is the daughter of Daniel Pazienza, who heads up a horrible company in Long Island that, as stated by its website, has been in operation for well “over 3 generations.” The outlet highlighted the fact that Daniel and his wife Caroline “frequently traveled, vacationing in Aruba, Paris, France, and at a four-star hotel in Key Largo, Florida, over the years, according to photos on Facebook.”
The outlet went on to suggest that Pazienza was just a “socialite” who went to events and parties such as Avenue’s 40th-anniversary party back in 2015. She also reportedly attended the openings of art galleries and exhibitions.
As reported by The Daily Wire, Pazienza turned herself in to police forces this past Tuesday, just roughly 12 days in the wake of the unprovoked attack that left Gustern with a head wound that would later result in her death on the 16th of March. Gustern was a well-known vocal coach who trained many stars from Broadway and loads of famed musicians such as Debbie Harry, the singer for Blondie.
Pazienza was slammed with a charge of manslaughter and was taken into custody as of Wednesday, reported Inside Edition. The outlet reported on what it claimed was a “disturbing timeline” in the wake of the attack.
“Police say Lauren Pazienza, 26, walked back to the scene six minutes after shoving 87-year-old Barbara Maier Gustern to the ground and watched as the ambulance arrived on the scene,” explained the outlet.
Police went on to state that Gustern was conscious long enough to state that her assailant had moved across the street and called her a “b****” before pushing her. “Authorities say Pazienza and her fiance, who works for Microsoft, got into the subway at Penn Station, transferred at Times Square, then took the train to their apartment in Queens, leaving a digital trail with the fiance’s Metrocard, highlighted Inside Edition.