On Christmas Day 2021, E.J. Diaz stood accused of second-degree murder, first-degree strangulation and criminal obstruction of breathing in the death of 36-year old Rafael Ramos.

“The right to self defense has just been reaffirmed on Staten Island. An armed intruder entered my client’s residence Christmas morning and slashed my client’s face,” Fonte said. “He had every right to protect his wife, two small kids and himself. If self defense isn’t warranted here it would be a travesty.”

As a result of Mark Fonte’s hard work, Diaz’s charges were entirely dismissed.

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