IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT SENTENCING POSTPONEMENT: The previously announced sentencing on Wednesday, January 9 was AGAIN postponed (again at the request of Weberman’s attorney, Farkas) to Tuesday
Monday, January 22 14, 9:30 a.m.
The conviction of Nechemya Weberman is an important development. But the work is not yet done. Sentence has not yet been imposed. Although few of his supporters attended the trial, it appears that things may be different at sentencing. In order to counteract this, it is important that as many people as possible attend the sentencing to support the victim.
Some of you may wonder, why bother? The world already knows he is guilty and saw supporters of the victim in the courtroom. However,
there will be even more media coverage for the sentencing. In the media, history is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is today’s photo-op. Weberman is likely to have the courtroom packed with his supporters. If supporters of the victim are outnumbered that will be the news story about sentencing. We cannot let that happen.
Some of you may ask, why bother if the courtroom will be so crowded that I might not be able to get in. Even if you are stuck outside the courtroom, you and enough others like you will become part of the media account captured on TV, cable and radio broadcasts and reported in print columns.
Many of the fixers in Agudah circles agree Weberman is guilty and deserves his punishment but are quietly supporting the Ami Magazine campaign because they are worried about the chillul hashem (desecration of G-d’s name by the misconduct of a Jew). Their argument is a desecration of Jewish tradition according to which the chillul hashem is in the original act itself. In fact Jewish tradition holds that the public revelation of the act is the punishment for the original concealment. But Agudah and others have invented a perverse theology under which G-d finds out about these things by reading the New York Times and surfing the internet. In a bizarre extention of that ideology they work on banning or filtering the Internet and encouraging their members to stick to the heavily censored Hamodia which has still not uttered the dreadful word, Weberman.
Weberman’s guilt was established the moment he committed his acts. His Rosh Hashanah of judgement in the legal system was settled with the guilty verdict by the jury. Sentencing will seal the verdict in the eyes of world. We need to make sure that the media makes it clear that many decent Jews are disgusted with Weberman and support the verdict. The gates are closing on this story. Make sure the media gets the story right by showing up.
If you are planning to attend, please be in court by 9:30 am, or if at all possible, earlier, on Tuesday, January 22
Wednesday, January 9th MONDAY, January 14 to have a chance of getting a seat, although the exact time of the sentencing is not determined. The court is located at 320 Jay Street, Brooklyn. The sentencing will take place in the Courtroom of the Honorable John G. Ingram, Justice, Supreme Court, State of New York.
It is also important that as many letters as possible reach the judge BEFORE Monday, January 22
Thursday, January 10 expressing solidarity with the victims, outrage with the horrible crime, and concern for the safety of the community.
Please address letters to:Honorable John G. Ingram, New York State Supreme Court, Kings County
320 Jay Street, Room 24.83 Brooklyn, NY 11201
The appropriate manner of address is “Dear Justice Ingram.”
Letters should bear the reference line: “Re: Sentencing of Nechemya Weberman.”