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As the extraordinary multi-vehicle incident along Manhattan's West Side Highway continues to enrage and horrify those that have watched the various videos, on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" asked a trio of legal minds to offer their specific perspectives and expertise.
Joe Tacopina is not as of yet formally involved in the case, however what's he's seen of the altercation has lead him to believe that the driver of the Range Rover – Alexian Lien – acted within the law:
"There's clearly in my opinion, no wrongdoing. This is a tragedy what you're seeing here, but what I'll say is this: the law is if he reasonably believed that he was in danger, when he acted, then he's good to go," explained the defense attorney. "Understand this: throw yourself into parent mode on top of that. He has a 2-year-old in the back. These guys have been surrounding his vehicle, basically since midtown, all the way past the George Washington Bridge, clearly acting like a gang of thugs."
H. Benjamin Perez, of Perez & Cedeño, P.C., is representing motorcyclist Christopher Cruz, and he views the situation differently:
"Here's the problem with what Mr. Tacopina's saying. First of all, he is assuming that all of these bikers are together, he's assuming that this is a biker organization," explained the man whose client is accused of starting the bloody encounter between the bikers and the SUV operator. "My client doesn't know these other bikers that are around him. He's there with specific, two to three other friends, and they're all heading north."
In response to Tacopina's assessment that the bikers had surrounded Lien's SUV "like a pack of wolves," attorney Gloria Allred insisted that the driver acted too forcefully:
"Was it reasonable for him to believe...that it was going to be imminent use of deadly force against him by my client," asked the woman representing one of the other motorcyclists, Edwin Mieses. "[He] was only standing in front of his car with his back to the SUV telling everyone, move on, move out."
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