Women Charged With Faking Hate Crime Refuse to Apologize, Now Face Grand Jury

I’m not certain if it is their lawyers advising them or they’re listening to other people, but these women are not getting good outside advice.

Three women charged with falsifying a racially motivated hate crime in Albany were given a chance to accept a plea deal if they made a public apology to the students whose reputations could have been destroyed by their story.

They refused, and the district attorney is now convening a grand jury on Friday which could lead to more or elevated charges.


Three University at Albany students accused of lying about a racially motivated bus attack have refused a plea deal that would have demanded an apology.

Ariel Agudio, Alexis Briggs and Asha Burwell appeared before a judge in Albany City Court on Monday where Assistant Albany County District Attorney Dave Rossi told the trio any negotiations would have to begin with an apology. But the young women declined that opportunity and the DA’s office has now served notice that an Albany Grand Jury will be convening to hear the case.

The three face misdemeanor charges after they claimed to have been attacked by a group of young men and women on an early morning CDTA bus ride returning from the Albany bar scene.

Investigators say security video from inside the bus and 911 recordings refuted the young women’s claims.

Times Union reporter J.P. Lawrence said that assistant DA David Rossi said their office was willing to consider making it a ‘non-criminal, non-misdemeanor’ case.

ADA David Rossi said prosecution willing to consider non criminal, non misdemeanor plea, but only if 3 ualbany women apologize first.

— J.p. Lawrence (@JpLawrence3) April 11, 2016

District attorney David Soares correctly predicted the women would not issue an apology.

DA David Soares wrote in April 1 that he left March 29 meeting with 3 ualbany women w/ “impression that an apology was unlikely to happen.”

— J.p. Lawrence (@JpLawrence3) April 11, 2016

This, despite multiple camera angles, 911 tapes, and interviews with over 30 witnesses – some of whom were African-American.


The incident initially sparked protests at the school when local media ran with the story prior to having the facts.

Protesters, including members of the National Congress of Black Women and the Albany chapter of Black Lives Matter, showed signs of support for the women, demanding change in the form of hiring minority faculty and providing sensitivity training for University police.

Burwell and her fellow alleged ‘victims’ gave tearful speeches on campus.

The story gained national traction when Hillary Clinton tweeted a supportive message:

There’s no excuse for racism and violence on a college campus. https://t.co/ADVghl4iEv -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 4, 2016


Still, the three women have repeatedly played the victim throughout this ordeal, even saying the University of Albany had been engaged in an ‘academic lynching.’

Ariel Agudio was caught on 911 tapes saying that the supposed hate crime was “funny” because she “beat up a boy” and knocked “three b**ches down.”

One of the women Agudio assaulted suffered a cervical sprain and bruising, while one of the men was hit nearly 10 ten times in the face without fighting back.

Now the three of them are willing to continue their false hate crime accusations in the face of overwhelming evidence, even having an opportunity to get out of it through a plea deal.


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