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Lawyer Says Alleged Subway Pusher’s Post Interview Proves She’s Unstable

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Commuters wait for the subway August 29, 2011 in New York City. One day after Hurricane Irene hit New York the mass transit system, including subways and buses, began moving again in a limited capacity in time for Monday's rush hour. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photo: Joe Raedle/2011 Getty Images

According to prosecutors, Erika Menendez confessed to fatally pushing Sunando Sen onto the subway tracks last month and declared that she’ll “just plead guilty,” but the case is proving to be more complicated. Though she was found fit to stand trial, her attorney says her public statements suggest otherwise. In a jailhouse interview with the Post, Menendez claimed, “I’ve been beating up Muslims and Hindus for a long time. I just want to hurt them. I would punch them.” “She’s imagining things your honor. I’m not confirming the findings based on her long mental history and after speaking to her,” said court-appointed attorney Joseph DeFelice. Menendez’s arraignment was postponed to February 27 to give the defense a chance to get a second psychiatric exam.

Lawyer: Post Talk Proves Subway Pusher Unstable