Alain Ket Maridueña is a publisher, writer, Hip Hop historian, activist and graffiti artist from New York City. He was charged in New York City courts (Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan) on counts of felony criminal mischief, possession of graffiti tools, all relating to a search performed on his home in New York City in late 2006.
Alain Ket Maridueña‘s arrest had come in the context of a growing anti-graffiti sentiment in city government due to the growing gentrification of New York City and as part of the Mayor Bloomberg’s quality of life push, one started by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Alain’s arrest appears to be politically motivated attack for his involvement with Marc Ecko and Ecko’s successful lawsuits against the city of New York in order to hold a graffiti event and repealing a spray paint sales ban to 18 year olds. Many consider the charges against Alain excessive.
The following is a breakdown of the charges faced by Alain Ket Maridueña in New York City as of 4-12-07.
- Re: People v. Mariduena, Ind. No. 849-2007 (New York County)
- People v. Mariduena, Ind. No. 1730-2007 (Kings County)
- People v. Mariduena, Dkt. No. 2007QNO13440 (Queens County)
New York County
- 7 counts: Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, in violation of penal law 145.10 – Class D felony
- 2 counts: Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree – Class E felony, in violation of penal law 145.05(2)
- 1 count: Possession of graffiti tools, in violation of penal law 145.65 – Misdemeanor
- 2 counts: Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree – Class D felony
- 1 count: Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree – Class D felony
Any 2nd degree conviction carries a sentence of between 1 to 3 years (minimum) and 2 1/3 to 7 years (maximum).
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