Sunday, March 24, 2013
Lawyer Elana Silberman, Court officer smashed my head into the wall
The Bronx County Bar Association said it will conduct its own independent probe as well.
“For reasons I cannot explain, this officer started to get belligerent with Elana,” said one lawyer, who, like others interviewed, wished to not be named for fear of angering court employees.
“She wasn’t doing anything wrong.”
Nonetheless, Miah screamed at Silberman and demanded she leave the courtroom, witnesses said.
Miah, who has been a court officer for two years, then trailed after her when she started to leave.
“He was shouting at her from literally a foot behind,” said another person present in the cramped and packed courtroom. “He was trying to embarrass her.”
Miah’s fury wasn’t limited to words, Silberman said. He then violently shoved her from behind as she exited the courtroom, she said.
The push sent the diminutive defender flying across a vestibule where she struck her head against a wall, she said.
Next, Silberman, who has represented low-income clients for the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx since 1989, was cuffed and kept in custody for about 90 minutes.
She was eventually released without being charged.
Later, Silberman went to the emergency room where doctors said she had suffered a concussion.
She has not been back to work since.
“We are extremely concerned about our lawyer and how she was treated,” said Steven Banks, the Legal Aid Society’s attorney-in-chief.