The trial of Nechemya Weberman finally started with opening statments by ADA Kevin O’Donnell and defense attorney, George Farkas. There was also testimony by an expert on the hasidic community, Professor Rabbi Alan Nadler who discussed mesirah, vaad hatznius (modesty committees), and tznius norms. The New York Post has a decent report. Sharon Otterman of The New York Times provides a better report.
Most significant was the turnout of about 35 supporters of the victim but only about 5 supporters of Weberman, all from his family. I believe we have turned a corner. We are showing other victims that if they press charges they will get some important support and validation.
The prosecution case is straightforward. The defense has a convoluted argument that the the victim is driven by hate of the community and personal embarassment over things Weberman uncovered.
Tomorrow (Tues, Nov 27) starts at 9:30 and will probably end around 4:30. The victim is expected to begin her testimony tomorrow.