Friday, September 16, 2016

CDTA Bus Incident Yet To Reach End Of The Line

BREAKING ::: The Albany County DA's office has announced that the tentative trial date for the UAlbany/CDTA bus case has been adjourned. As of now, the next formal appearance date for Asha Burwell and Ariel Agudio will be a pre-trial hearing on October 11th.

A decision to dismiss from the university one of the three women accused of making false allegations of a racially motivated attack must be overturned, the woman’s attorney argues in a recent court filing. Steven Cook reports in the Daily Gazette Ariel C. Agudio filed a petition in state Supreme Court in Albany County earlier this month calling her dismissal from the University at Albany improper and the product of an unfair school proceeding.

The nice thing about having the Internet is that you can cut to the chase in articles like this I can just tell you to Google "CDTA racial incident" and you'll find just about everything you need to know about what happened in January 2016 in upstate New York (that some say "even fooled presidential candidate Hillary Clinton").  Investigators and local black community leaders who viewed bus video couldn't find a drop of evidence the three students were victims of any kind of crime. In fact, police say the women were the actual aggressors, that they physically attacked other students on the bus.

One of the three young ladies involved (Alexis Briggs, her mother walking up the courtroom stairs in the photo appearing on this website) apparently was unable to maintain her stance:  she admitted her guilt.  [Briggs admitted to a reduced charge: disorderly conduct, and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. She waived her right to appeal, and avoids any criminal conviction.  Her attorney William Little:  "You know she's very pleased to put this entire matter behind us. Given the way things can go with trials, there's always a risk. And she's being offered a non-criminal offense violation. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her, she's a very smart young woman."]

Briggs has already faded from public memory. The other two, Asha Burwell and Arielle Agudio, decided to go to trial.   I wondered if they had been as active on social media now as they were when they were initially publicizing the bus attack (which some say even forced the UAlbany president to accept a position at another college far away. Like Mrs. Clinton, he came out swinging "for the girls." There was damage to UAlbany's reputation as well, and it has been suggested that several  students who were college-shopping immediately struck UAlbany from their lists.)  There are times in life when one must maintain a low profile and at least for Asha Burwell this was one of those times: she blocked all of her perceived enemies (unfriendly forces if you will) on social media but even blocking them can't stop them from looking at her accounts through other accounts or just on the plain old Internet, where she maintained a low level of activity on Facebook.  Unfortunately, Burwell, partly due to her brother's notoriety in the sports world, has become the one from the triad most-identified with the CDTA incident, which, in effect, may end up her personal albatross.

Agudio on the other hand, has stayed active on twitter. As of matter of fact, a few of her tweets arrived one day in a little chain, seeming to reveal that she is wondering what kind of life-path she is on, perhaps a measure of soul-searching? Screenshots after the jump.

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