Playing Defense

Giuliani’s Assailant Speaks

John W. McCluskey, the Bridgehampton resident accused of threatening Rudy Giuliani, is mounting a defense: He released a press release to Gawker today, calming that “The fact is that while crossing the street I simply informed Rudy of my contempt for his sleazy bullying tactics for most of his prosecutorial life. I pointed out he would gladly prosecute and persecute the innocent as well as the guilty if it gained him publicity.” He claims that Giuliani then became “irate and angry and threatened to beat me up for daring to express my opinion,” using “the foulest of language.” He also told Newsday that Giuliani “would prosecute and persecute a cheese sandwich if he got the opportunity.” Okay fine, but would he prosecute this cheese sandwich?