U.S. Said to Take $1M to Drop Extradition Claim on "Serb Thug"
The U.S. government could fight the Serbs for extradition, but has no treaty with them in that regard, and the Steinhauer family needs money for medical bills, so it seems a logical move. Serbian officials say they will try Kovacevic over there. Binghamton's ABC affiliate says that Steinhauer will also be allowed to testify against Kovacevic.
Kovacevic's family and lawyer are upset to hear of the deal, the latter saying it "seals Kovacevic's guilt," and Serb papers are mad that the government gave up the assailant's bail.
Many locals were pissed about Kovacevic's barroom attack on Steinhauer, especially when he was pictured in the Post (above) acting like some kind of East European gangsta.