Weberman. (Jewish Community Watch)
Can you think of anything more disgusting than photographing an alleged sex-abuse victim as she testifies in court about being forced, as a preteen, to perform oral sex on a clergyman? How about posting the photos on the internet?
That’s exactly what four Hasidic men are accused of doing during the trial of Nechemya Weberman, the Orthodox Jewish rabbi and unlicensed therapist accused of abusing a young girl who was sent to him for therapy.
According to Maury Weiss at DNAInfo, the judge halted the trial yesterday, after a court officer noticed a man snapping cell phone pictures of the alleged victim, now 17, while she testified. The jury was cleared from the courtroom, and members of the public were forced to turn over their phones, which were subsequently searched for images of the accuser.
It’s not the first time that Mr. Weberman and his supporters have attempted to sway the victim. In June, four men were arrested for offering the alleged victim $500,000 to drop her case. And on Wednesday, court officers moved Mr. Weberman back into the courtroom after they found him staring menacingly at the victim during a recess.
Four creeps—identified as Joseph Fried, Yona Weisman, Abraham Zupnick and a man named Lemon Juice—were found with pics, and immediately arrested and charged with contempt of court, but not before at least one photo was posted online via Twitpic.
The charges against the men, according to DNAInfo, are misdemeanors, which hardly seems harsh enough. …
Weberman. (Jewish Community Watch)
NEW YORK — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her have reached an agreement to settle her lawsuit, likely ending a legal saga that forced the onetime French presidential contender’s resignation and opened a floodgate of accusations against him, a person familiar with the case said Thursday.Details of the deal, which comes after prosecutors dropped related criminal charges last year, weren’t immediately known and likely will be veiled by a confidentiality agreement that could prevent the two from speaking publicly about a May 2011 encounter that she called a brutally sudden attack and he termed a consensual “moral failing.”Read More…
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A woman’s relatives forced her to drink urine, shocked her with a stun gun, and assaulted her with pliers over the course of three to six months, cops said.On Monday, Township, N.J. residents Edward Jester, 26; Georgianna Jester, 51; Ellen Hairston, 34; and Paulette Hairston, 44, were charged with aggravated assault, criminal restraint and weapons offenses in connection with the alleged torture, according to the Burlington County Times.”These people are real sickos,” a source familiar with the investigation and the family told the paper.Read More…
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Israeli border policeman check the IDs of bus passengers in the center of Jerusalem (AFP Photo / Orel Cohen)
Police in Israel have allegedly begun ordering Palestinian workers off buses and are considering adding Palestinian only bus routes between the West Bank and central Israel at the request of Israeli settlers.
Some settlers in the West Bank believe Palestinians using the same buses as them pose a security risk, even though they have legal work permits allowing them to travel to work in Israel. Most of the Palestinians ordered off the buses were laborers working near Tel Aviv, according to media reports. Recently the Palestinian passengers were ordered off the bus near the settlement of Elkana, had to walk several kilometers to the nearest check point and then pay for a taxi home. “Friends at the check point told me that the same thing happened the next day. The police confiscated their ID cards, brought the IDs to the check point and the Palestinians had to get off the bus again,” an Israeli army reservist told the Haaretz daily newspaper.The Israeli police said in a statement that the fact that a laborer has a legal work permit doesn’t allow him to travel directly to the territories without going through an established check point.The police continued that it was necessary to “close the circle” to ensure Palestinians were not staying in Israel overnight, which requires a separate permit.The Transportation Ministry is also considering setting up Palestinian only bus routes to cater for the laborers, although such a move is expected to take several months before it comes into force. Ron Nachman, the mayor of Ariel, one of the largest settlements on the West Bank, wrote on his Facebook page that he is working with the police, army and transport ministry to stop Palestinians boar
ding buses. “All of them are working on this problem and we hope that they will soon find a solution to the reality that is bothering our people,” he wrote. His posting was followed by a number of offensive comments. One of the commentators wrote “Finally you remembered that we have busses filled with Arabs,” wrote one person.While others referred to Palestinian passengers as “terrorists” and “monkeys.”The Israeli police recently noted that there may be an increase in terrorist attacks because of operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza.Last Wednesday a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv, wounding 28 people, including one seriously. …
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