Lawyer for NYU student who set his classmate’s bedding on fire while she was asleep in it says SHE was responsible

Lawyer for NYU student who set his classmate’s bedding on fire while she was asleep in it says SHE was responsible


Jaime Castano with an unidentified friend

This is why it is a bad idea to become heavily intoxicated. Jaime Castano, 20, allegedly set fire to a classmate’s bed at NYU while she slept. Both were intoxicated, and she apparently slept through the fire, waking up to burns on her body and holes and burn marks on her bed and blankets. The victim did not recall what had happened until she saw the video Castano had posted on Snapchat, which shows him singing to her as he’s setting the fire.

The Daily Mail reported on the ridiculous argument Castano’s attorney offered in court,

At his arraignment last week, the student’s attorney Alyssa Gamliel suggested the victim had blacked out during a booze binge and may have been complicit, according to the New York Daily News.

‘I do not think she knows what happened or her participation in this, nor do I think the People will be able to prove that she was not sort of participating in some of this activity,’ she told a judge at Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday.

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Fortunately for the victim, there is a video showing Castano set the fire, not her. Otherwise, things could have turned out even worse for her due to the heavy drinking. Castano has been expelled by the university (his attorney says he left voluntarily) and could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison if convicted of first-degree assault. Lesson learned? Heavy drinking and social media do not mix – although in this case, ironically, they helped the intoxicated victim.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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