Monday, July 15, 2013

Group of 6 black teens brutally beat a lone white man walking home in July 2012, left him unconscious. Man hospitalized for 4 days. Since then 2 of the teens re-arrested for new felonies. Now word their beating victim has died. No word if charges will be elevated to murder if autopsy reveals death related to beating

Race of attackers and victim mentioned by AP in third article posted below.

7/13/13, "Man beaten by ‘bored’ teens dies 1 year later," Columbus Dispatch, from wire reports

"Authorities say the Cincinnati-area man who was badly beaten by six teens almost a year ago in a Cincinnati suburb has died.

Pat Mahaney, 46, died yesterday in the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said Julie Wilson, spokeswoman for the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office.

The six teens, all 13 or 14, injured Mahaney in August and told police they did it because they were bored and looking for something to do.

Wilson said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters has asked the coroner for an autopsy.

Three of the youths have pleaded guilty to felonious assault.

Wilson would not elaborate on whether the office will seek additional charges against the teens. She said the office will describe its next steps, if any,” after the coroner issues a report." via Free Republic


This article about a delay in the teens' sentencing was written less than a month ago. The judge worried that media attention might damage the teens: 

6/25/13, "Sentencings in 'bored' beating delayed over media coverage," Cincinnati Enquirer, Jennifer Edwards Baker

"Sentencings of three teenage boys for their roles in the brutal beating of a College Hill man last summer simply because they were bored were delayed today until next month.

Lawyers for the teens want Hamilton County Judge Tracie M. Hunter to close the proceedings to the public or, at the very least, restrict parts related to the teens' psychological evaluations. They also asked her to bar reporters from the hearing to consider closing the court to the public.

Hunter said she would review psychological reports on two of the teens, both 13, privately in her chambers and then make her decision at a July 10 closure hearing.

She also wants an expert to weigh in on whether media coverage of the case is mentally damaging the teens.

It remains unclear if the remaining sentencing scheduled later this week for another boy, 14, in the August 2012 attack will occur or also be delayed due to concerns over media coverage.

Six boys in all were charged with jumping Pat Mahaney, 45, from behind and beating him unconscious as he walked home from a North College Hill store last year.

He was hospitalized with internal bleeding and other serious injuries for four days. He is still so traumatized nearly a year later, he wouldn't speak to probation officers seeking his input as they prepared a sentencing recommendation on the boys for the court.

Judge Tracie Hunter
Five of the six teens have pleaded guilty to felonious assault. The first of them, 14, was sentenced on Monday. Hunter ordered him to serve probation until he turns 21 and to do 500 hours community service and 10 work details.

A sixth boy, 15, is scheduled to go on trial at some point. He is the only one of the six not to take a plea deal in exchange for prosecutors dropping an additional charge of aggravated riot and a serious youthful offender stipulation.

His trial was expected to start Monday, but that has been delayed until after a July 25 hearing his lawyer requested, also to bar the media from proceedings.

Since the original attack last summer, one of the 13-year-olds and another of the six suspects who is 14 have been re-arrested on new felony charges.

The 13-year-old faces an assault charge for allegedly beating up a classmate in February. His trial, scheduled for today, also was delayed until July 25.

A 14-year-old was charged with robbery, obstructing official business and violation of a court order (house arrest) after police say he beat and robbed a 15-year-old teen on the street in April. He was on house arrest with the other suspects, but after his latest arrest, he was ordered held the county juvenile jail. Hunter declined a bond request from his lawyer today.

The beating cases were delayed earlier this year after Hunter barred The Enquirer from covering hearings in her courtroom. She does not want the media naming the teens, but The Enquirer already had named them in several articles and got their names off of a police report, a public record.

The Enquirer sued and won a ruling from the Cincinnati-based 1st District Court of Appeals allowing its representatives to cover cases in Hunter's court without restrictions.

That did not stop Hunter from issuing a new order Monday prohibiting The Enquirer from publishing the names of the teens and their parents "for all current and future proceedings regarding this matter."

The Enquirer Monday asked the appeals court to hold Hunter in contempt and to lift the name restrictions.

On Tuesday, Hunter continued her pattern of illegally barring The Enquirer from her courtroom. She kicked a reporter out of the end of a proceeding as one of the teen's lawyers began to suggest her client was going to plead guilty to the assault charge.

Hunter said the reporter had to go at that point since the boy's lawyer had requested a hearing to exclude the media. But Jack Greiner, an attorney for the Enquirer, said Hunter should have held the hearing before kicking the reporter out - something the Enquirer noted in its previous lawsuit against her.

What's more, the lawyer's motion for a hearing to exclude the media was only filed on the sentencings, not the assault case.

Then, later in the day, one of Hunter's staff members illegally booted the same reporter out of a bond hearing. When a reporter objected, she was told she had to go because she hadn't filled out a media request to attend it.

A decision could come Wednesday. The proceeding, Greiner told the staff member, had literally just been scheduled. And, reporters do not have to fill out request forms to simply sit in on hearings, only to photograph, record or videotape.The staff member said she tried to go into the court to get the judge's attention to ask permission to let The Enquirer back in, but could not catch her eye." photo above via Cincinnati Enquirer


Ed. note: A short video interview with the victim appears with above article. The man had recently come home from the hospital after the beating which was apparent by his appearance. At the time of the attack, the man was unemployed and hoping to find factory work. 


8/24/12, "Ohio man's beating by bored teens sparks 2 rallies," AP,, Amanda Lee Myers

"On Aug. 11, six black teenagers attacked and beat Pat Mahaney, who is white, as the 45-year-old was returning home with a six-pack of beer, North College Hill Police Chief Gary Foust said.

Mahaney was attacked from behind and had done nothing to provoke it, Foust said, adding that police consider the attack a random act by the group of 13- and 14-year-olds, who said in separate interviews that they were bored and looking for something to do.

Mahaney had extensive internal and external injuries, and was hospitalized for four days.

The teens, who are charged with felonious assault and aggravated rioting, had been scheduled for trial Friday but it was postponed; five of them are under house arrest and the sixth was in custody. A new date was not set."...


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