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In an era when responsibility seems to be defined in the courts, in overturning a jury's finding, an appeals court found that even though a man was mugged, attacked, and killed by a subway train, the sleeping token booth clerk is not responsible for the man's death. The NY Post had details about the crime in question: In 1991, 59 year-old Leandro Rosenboro was "jumped by robbers on the platform of the 116th Street C train station. The crackheads 'threw [Rosenboro] from the platform, and one of them then chased him from the local to the express tracks, where he continued to pummel him, [making the victim] stagger back onto the local tracks,' where he was hit by a train." A jury had found that the Tranit Authority owed Rosenboro's widow $500,000, but the Appellate Divison noted, "However blameworthy its sleeping clerk may have been, [the Transit Authority's] share of the responsibility cannot approach the degree of culpability of [Leandro Roseboro's] attackers." Gothamist finds this crazy, because we sure as hell hope that subway clerks are paying attention to what's happening in the station (some stations do seem to have monitors on the platform level), but we wonder if the courts are taking into consideration that more and more token booths are being closed due to the MTA's budget cuts, and therefore, the MTA needs to be protected in some way. When people are riding the subway late at night, perhaps there needs to be a new system that would let passengers wait near the turnstile until a train is approaching and then they can go down the stairs to make the train.

Gothamist on the subway token booth clerk attack claim (accused a clerk of attacking her, but then police found she was lying).