Nechemya Weberman had a lousy day in court in late March. About forty-five people showed up in support of the victim whose mother attended the session. Weberman was subjected to the kind of attention he tries to avoid in connection with the criminal indictments alleging that he sexually abused a girl starting when she was twelve years old. The court authorities closed his files so his mug shot was not available but Joseph Diangello took photos, which were posted.
Weberman appeared with just a handful of close relatives who worked overtime trying to intimidate those attending in support of the victim, especially members of the hasidic community. They took photos of those attending and have worked hard at intimidating the supporters making all sorts of ridiculous assertions about them. Somehow, Weberman imagines that if the victim has no supporters the victim will drop the charges. I think he is miscalculating badly and would be wise to just give up the jig and plead guilty. But, this sort of conviction that they lead a charmed life runs through the mentality of many in the community, especially a member of the vaad hatznius who was used to extorting others, not being on the hot seat himself.
If I attend tomorrow, I plan on wearing my favorite UOJ cap in blue with white trim. For those who don’t know about these caps they are owned by only a few of us who got a posting accepted by UOJ. In any event, I expect a nice turn out. Please join those attending. It is important to send the message that we are not intimidated and the victims will get support.
So show up tomorrow, Wednesday May 11, at Kings County Supreme Court, 320 Jay Street, Criminal Term – Part 10. Judge Mondo is presiding. The court session can start as early as 9:00 but much of the interesting stuff happens in the corridors beforehand where you can use cameras and cell phones. Folks who showed up after nine last time could not get into the courtroom because there were so many supporters of the victim. The cases with the most attendees usually get called first. Allow about 20 minutes for passing through security on the ground floor. You can bring cameras and cell phones but you cannot use them inside the courtroom.