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The arraignment of 20-year-old murder suspect Pedro Merchant
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The arraignment of 20-year-old murder suspect Pedro Merchant was disrupted by a courtroom melee that included the brief shutdown of First District Court in Hempstead. (Sept 20, 2013)(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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Melee disrupts, briefly shuts down Hempstead court

The arraignment of 20-year-old murder suspect Pedro Merchant was disrupted by a courtroom melee that included the brief shutdown of First District Court in Hempstead.