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Convictions stricken in neighborhood watch beating case

Convictions stricken in neighborhood watch beating case

A Baltimore circuit judge on Tuesday struck the convictions of a neighborhood watchman who beat a teenager, saying at a brief hearing that he had complied well with the terms of his probation.

Eliyahu Werdesheim, a former member of a Shomrim patrol in Park Heights, was convicted last summer of wrongful imprisonment and assault in the beating of Corey Ausby. The case revealed tensions between some members of the black and Jewish communities in Northwest Baltimore.

Werdesheim is white and Ausby is black, and the 2010 incident attracted comparisons to the fatal shooting in Florida of Trayvon Martin.

Andrew I. Alperstein, Werdesheim's attorney, said in an interview that...