Lawyer for man who restrained Jordan Neely previously ran against Alvin Bragg

 May 7, 2023

Fox News has reported that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is still deciding whether to bring charges against Marine Corps veteran Daniel Penny following the recent death of aggressive homeless man Jordan Neely.

However, the case took an interesting turn when Penny retained a fellow veteran longtime critic of Bragg to represent him. 

Lawyer challenged Bragg in 2021

According to the New York Daily News, lawyer Thomas Kenniff is a conservative Republican who challenged Bragg in the 2021 district attorney's race.

During the race he regularly criticized New York's bail reform law under which those who have been charged with most misdemeanors and some felonies no longer need to post cash bail.

Neely died in a subway car last Monday after being restrained by Penny. The Daily News noted how witnesses have said that before his death, Neely behaved belligerently and said, "I don’t mind if I go to jail and (get) life in prison."

Leftists demand charges

Bragg is facing pressure to indict Penny from left-wing figures, including from New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who called him a "murderer."

Fellow Democratic lawmaker Ayanna Pressley suggested that Neely was the victim of a racial hate crime, insisting he was "lynched" while "having a mental health crisis."

Neely had a violent history

However, the New York Post reported that Neely was arrested on multiple occasions, including in November of 2021 when he was accused of punching a 67-year-old woman in the face.

The Post cited charging documents which said the victim sustained a broken nose and fractured orbital bone as well as "bruising, swelling and substantial pain to the back of her head."

Meanwhile, the Daily News pointed to a 2015 incident in which Neely was arrested for attempting to drag away a 7-year-old girl.

That incident resulted in Neely pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and receiving a sentence of four months behind bars.

The paper added that Neely had an open arrest warrant at the time of his death for skipping a court date in February.

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