NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A trial has begun for one of the men stabbed in a fight at theUniversity of Massachusetts in Amherst last year.
John Bowes, of Hancock, N.H., was in Eastern HampshireDistrict Court on Thursday to face a charge of disorderly conductand a civil rights violation.
The 21-year-old allegedly was involved in a fight in JasonVassell's dorm in February 2008. Prosecutors say Bowes used racialslurs against Vassell, who is black, before the UMass studentstabbed Bowes and another man.
Vassell's attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss thecharges of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weaponagainst him. They claim prosecutors have treated Vassell harshlybecause he is black and treated Bowes and the other man lenientlybecause they are white.
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