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Students to Stand Trial in Temple Assault Case

May 15, 2008 By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
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Four Temple University students accused of using anti-Semitic language in an assault on a Jewish male on the North Philadelphia campus earlier this year were ordered to stand trial during a preliminary hearing held April 29.

The hearing was originally scheduled for March 4, but was postponed after defense attorneys requested more time to review documents and prepare their arguments.

Assistant district attorney Christy Tuttle said that the judge upheld the existing charges of simple assault, making terroristic threats, ethnic intimidation, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.

The charge of aggravated assault was dropped.

The alleged perpetrators are 20-year-old Michael Walsh of Florham Park, N.J.; David Scott, 20, of Willow Grove, and his younger brother, 19-year-old Stephen Scott; and Bryan Pediero, 19, of East Brunswick, N.J.

All of the defendants are free on bail.

The victim, Jordan Blady, 23, of Northeast Philadelphia, sustained severe injuries to his face during the attack in the early morning hours of Feb. 15 in the area of North Broad and Norris streets, outside the former home of Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity.

Blady, who will graduate from Penn State this month, suffered a broken nose and a fractured right eye socket. His 22-year-old friend attends the Community College of Philadelphia.

The attack apparently left Blady with a deviated septum that might require surgery, he said this week.

While five to seven males were said to have surrounded the victim, only the four young men were charged.

David Scott was identified as the ringleader and the one who allegedly punched Blady.

The Temple students were suspended from the university pending the outcome of a University Disciplinary Committee hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

The four defendants will be back in court on May 20 for an arraignment.

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