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Judge denies request to banish counterprotester accused of assaulting an elderly woman

LYNN -- Ernst Jean-Jacques, 32, of Haverhill, was arraigned at Lynn District Court Monday on a charge of assault and battery on an 80-year-old woman at Saturday's Pro-Trump rally and counterprotest in Swampscott, in what Judge Matthew Nestor described as a "disturbing" case.

Prosecutor Danielle Doherty-Wirwicz requested at the arraignment that Jean-Jacques be declared a dangerous person, that he be banished from Swampscott and prohibited from contact with elderly persons — a request denied by Judge Nestor.

The defense, led by attorney Murat Erkan of Andover-based Erkan & Associates, raised questions about the Swampscott Police Department's characterization of the incident and argued that the 80-year-old Linda C. G…

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