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Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

Attorney Mahmoud Rabah is representing a man who is accused of stomping in the head of a restaurant owner. The restaurant owner suffered serious, debilitating head trauma and required extensive medical treatment. The victim ultimately died two years after initially sustaining injury. Mr. Rabah made clear to the press that his client is innocent and will fight to clear his name. It is important to note another man arrested in connection with the case was only charged with assault and his case was sealed.

Murder cases where the victim does not die immediately pose a significant legal issue of causation. Since the victim had survived for two years after the assault, can his ultimate demise be attributed to the assault? With so much time passed, there are a number of factors that invariably arise that affect a person’s health and longevity. A court will ultimately have to decide if there is sufficient causal connection linking the assault with the death of the victim.

A copy of the Daily News article can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Queens man dies from wounds nearly two years after trying stop bar fight – NY Daily News