Brooklyn, New York (PRWEB) February 26, 2015
French tourist Yonathan Souid is on his way home after completing a 240-hour sentence cleaning “The Tombs” in lower Manhattan. Judge Michael Gerstein handed down the sentence in December according to court documents, (1) after Souid scaled the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures of the famous skyline before returning home.
“The sentence required Yonathan to complete community service by performing 240 hours of custodial work at the Manhattan Detention Center,” said Souid’s attorney, James Medows.
“A Russian tourist who did something similar received 90 hours of community service. (2) Yonathan’s sentence was excessive in my opinion, but he just wanted to get back to his family, to school and to his life,” Medows said. “This was the fastest way for him to do that.”
Souid, who was visiting Brooklyn for a Jewish convention in November, climbed a third of the way up one of the cables on the north side of the bridge. He came down without incident when police arrived.
“I didn’t want to hurt anyone,” said Souid. “I just have passion for photography.”
The incident came shortly after a pair of German artists claimed responsibility for scrambling to the top of the bridge, replacing the American flags with plain, white ones (3), and after the 24-year-old Russian tourist climbed it because he said it was “fun.”
“The Brooklyn Bridge must not to be trespassed upon, no matter who does it or for any reason,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.
“In this age of terrorism, it’s very important that we protect the security of the bridge at all times and under all circumstances,” Thompson added. (4)
The city installed steel panels on the bridge’s supports to deter future climbers, and according to the Associated Press, the New York Police Department and the Department of Transportation were planning to install cameras and sensors on the towers. (5)
“He [Souid] did something that, as New Yorkers, we know is a foolish thing to do," said James Medows, “but he didn't have the intent to scare society.”
In a comment online (6), Yon said, "James has been there to support me any times of the day and the night. I trusted him since the beginning and I really appreciated his dynamism and passion for his work."
To learn more about James Medows, the defense attorney who represented Souid, visit the firm’s website at these web pages:
(1) People v. Yonathan Souid; Docket Number 2014KN085738; Kings County Criminal Court
(2) Tourist who scaled Brooklyn Bridge allowed to return home, New York Post, By Josh Saul, October 9, 2014, URL: nypost.com/2014/10/09/tourist-who-scaled-brooklyn-bridge-allowed-to-return-home/
(3) German Artists Say They Put White Flags on Brooklyn Bridge, New York Times, By Michael Kimmelmanaug, August 12, 2014, URL: nytimes.com/2014/08/13/arts/design/german-artists-say-they-put-white-flags-on-brooklyn-bridge.html
(4) French Tourist Arrested for Breaching Security, Snapping Photos on Brooklyn Bridge Cable, WABC-TV New York, By Tim Fleischer, Monday, November 17, 2014, URL: 7online.com/news/french-tourist-in-custody-after-climbing-brooklyn-bridge-to-take-photos/397827/
(5) French tourist climbed Brooklyn Bridge to get a better vantage point for photos, The Guardian, Associated Press in New York, Monday, November 17, 2014, URL: theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/17/french-tourist-arrested-climbing-brooklyn-bridge
(6) Criminal Lawyer Brooklyn Call 917-856-1247 The Law Office of James Medows, YouTube, Published on Nov 25, 2013, URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ST4IXU7CSo