Sources close to the alleged victim of Nechemya Weberman tell me that the trial is tenatively scheduled to start on Tuesday October 30th in the Brooklyn Supreme Court. If you need a refresher on the Weberman case see my post of March 2011. To get the picture of his extortion in the guise of protecting modesty see my post Who Will Watch the Watchers.
Twenty months separate this trial date from his arrest in February 2011. In this time Weberman’s supporters have done their best to harass and intimidate the victim, her family, her fiancee and other supporters. These attempts at harassment and intimidation culminated in the arrest of four men for obstruction of justice in June. By now, her fiance’s restaurant has been shuttered because Weberman’s supporters got the certifying rabbi to withdraw his hechsher.
We owe a lot to this brave victim and her supporters for putting up with threats, bribe offers, and other kinds of intimidation. It takes a lot to cope and the stress often mounts as the pretrial proceedings drag out. I know that life would be much easier for this victim and others in the orthodox world if trials would happen much sooner. I don’t understand why it takes so long to move to trial. Jerry Sandusky was tried by a jury only seven months after he was arrested. His trial was much more complicated than Weberman’s. Weberman is accused of assaulting one girl over a three year period. Sandusky was accused of molesting eight boys over fifteen years.
Lately the Brooklyn D.A., Charles Hynes, has been working hard to convince the media, and the advocacy community that it does its very best to prosecute orthodox sex abuse offenders. Many of us are skeptical. I would be impressed if the D.A. could fastrack trials where witness intimidation is likely to be intense (e.g., ultra orthodox sex offenders, Gang Bangers, the mafia, etc.).
As the trial gets closer, I will be posting more information about ways in which the concerned public can help support the victim.
In the meantime, if you wish to write a note of support just write it as a comment. I will see that it gets passed along to her.
If you want to attend the trial as a show of support for the victim, save the dates, Oct 30-Nov2 in your calender.