The sentencing of Hiram Monserrate

December 4, 2009 1:51:01 PM PST
He voted against the rights of gays and lesbians to marry same-sex partners. He wasn't alone of course. Thirty-seven other New York State Senators joined Hiram Monserrate of Queens.

But there's some weird message getting sent here when a man who votes against a woman marrying her girlfriend -- avoids going to jail for assaulting his. An assault that the world got to see thanks to surveillance cameras in the hallway of his apartment - which clearly captured him dragging her off.

Monserrate today was sentenced to probation and domestic abuse counseling; he could have spent a year behind bars.

We'll have the latest on the sentencing, and what it might mean for Monserrate's political future, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll take a closer look at the unemployment numbers out today. The least-bad economic report since the recession began two years ago - 11,000 jobs lost in November - far fewer than the 125,000 many experts had predicted. The unemployment rate dropped to 10%, down 0.2%. Of course that's just the official rate; the real rate is much higher than that.

It's a little early to start the applause, however. Stopping the layoffs is one thing; getting people working again is quite another.

And we're in the Bronx, where a woman is fighting City Hall, and you'll support her when you hear why. She has been given about $700 in tickets for having mounds of trash in front of her house. But it's not her trash. It's the trash from people who wait at a bus stop- a bus stop that the MTA moved right in front of her house a few years ago. Should she be responsible for picking up that trash? We're on the story.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, which includes a storm, and Rob Powers (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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