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Library Board Unanimously Exonerates Achille

Carl Achille, the Elmont resident and business owner who was assaulted by Joe Smith was absolved of all responsibility for the March 11 incident at the Elmont Public Library.

Some may recall that Joe Smith attacked Achille after the Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development (ECSD) meeting on March 11, 2013.  The coalition is chaired by Smith’s wife and local Republican employee-operative, Sandra Smith.

“This is the only reasoned outcome” said one observer.  The board also suspended ECSD for violating library policy.

The board decision overturns the acting director’s recommendation that both Smith and suspension of Achille be suspended from the library.

Sources close to the investigation noted that law enforcement agencies investigated and found sufficient evidence to arrest and charge Smith for the assault.  Smith is facing a maximum of 15 days in jail if he is found guilty.

The Library Director's recommendation decision ignored the police findings and instead relied on evidence presented voluntarily by witnesses cajoled by the Smith contingent.   In fact, some witnesses chose not to participate in the “voluntary” investigation because they were intimidated by a plethora of calls from Smith supporters.

The school playground solution suggested instuted by the acting director would have punished the victim and provided cover for Smith as he goes to trial.

In a email to Achille said “I am happy that the wheels of justice are in motion … I will not be deterred by bullies and thugs, and I will continue to be an advocate for other young professionals, returning veterans and local small business owners in my community. “

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00 )  


-1 # Bobby 2013-05-17 19:14
Smith only got a 30 day suspension from the library after yelling out racially charged profanity then choking, and then slamming Mr. Achille through a table? Wow! I wonder what Smith would of gotten if he just walked in with a gun and shot the poor guy?!?! Maybe a 60 day?
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+2 # Janice 2013-05-17 10:13
The library board should be commended for standing up to the goons and political thugs and making the right decision. Kudos to the board!
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0 # Victora 2013-05-17 09:40
Cover ups, lies, and scandal at the EPL is no surprise. I just want to know how does that digbat at the library make a move to punish the victim for being a victim. He or She or they should resign.
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