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Victim Sues Temple and Four of Its Students

June 5, 2008 By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
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The victim of a physical assault, during which anti-Semitic language was allegedly used, is suing not only his four alleged attackers, but also Temple University, where the incident occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 15.

Jordan Blady, 23, of Northeast Philadelphia, who is Jewish, sustained severe facial injuries, including a broken nose and a fractured right eye socket during the attack, which took place in the area of North Broad and Norris streets, outside the former home of Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity.

Blady had been in the area visiting a 22-year-old friend who attends the Community College of Philadelphia; his friend witnessed the assault.

Four Temple students have been charged in the crime: David Scott, 20, of Willow Grove, and his younger brother, Stephen Scott, 19; Michael Walsh, 20, of Florham Park, N.J.; and Bryan Pediero, 19, of East Brunswick, N.J. They are all free on bail.

According to the personal injury civil suit, filed at the end of April in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County by Blady's attorney, Norman Perlberger, the student defendants "conspired to threaten the plaintiff and/or other persons of Jewish faith, intimidate him, and place him in fear for his life."

The civil suit outlines the victim's version of events that night. Blady and his friend were standing outside the fraternity when the defendants encircled them and allegedly threatened them with physical harm while questioning if they were part of the "Jew Fraternity" and uttering an anti-Semitic expletive.

The attack left Blady with a deviated septum that might require surgery. He is seeking in excess of $50,000 from Temple and the four defendants for compensatory and punitive damages.

The alleged perpetrators have been charged with simple assault, making terroristic threats, ethnic intimidation, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.

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

During a preliminary hearing April 29, the judge dropped the aggravated-assault charge against the four men.

As for the university's role, the suit alleges that the school "had been aware of and tolerated ongoing acts of anti-Semitic behavior on its campus for a lengthy period of time prior to the attack."

The four students were suspended from the university following the incident.

Ray Betzner, director of news communications at the school, said in a statement that "the suit against Temple University is absolutely meritless and the university will defend itself vigorously."

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