D.C. Court reverses conviction of man charged with assault outside Amsterdam Hall

The D.C. Court of Appeals overturned the verdict of a man convicted for beating and robbing an elderly woman across the street from Philip Amsterdam Hall in 2005, the Washington Post reported Friday.

The D.C. Superior Court gave James Dorsey a 14-year prison term for assaulting Vasiliki Fotopoulos who was 83 at the time and sold umbrellas at the Foggy Bottom Metro on rainy days. The incident, which was caught on surveillance camera, sent Fotopoulos to the hospital, but she eventually recovered.

Judges said Dorsey’s rights were violated after he was handcuffed to a chair and subjected to 13 hours of interrogation and isolation, according to the Post. Dorsey, now 54, repeatedly told detectives then that he would not talk without an attorney present before he eventually confessed, the 123-page ruling said.

Prosecutors will decide whether to retry Dorsey.

The 2005 decision came after nearly six days of deliberations. Dorsey first appealed the decision in 2010, but the court upheld the ruling, according to the Blog of LegalTimes.

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