Today’s Kolko Proceedings Consisted of Pre-Trial Motions

The Rabbi Yosef Kolko sex abuse trial did not start today. However Kolko’s attorney Michael Bachner and ADA Laura Pierro submitted some pre-trial motions to Judge Francis Hodgson. I do not have specifics about these motions.

Jury selection is now slated to start on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Of course there is always the possibility of a last minute plea bargain, though I have no indications that is happening. However, why would Yosef Kolko tell me that he finally realizes that he is just about out of time to make a deal? It is hard to figure out how Kolko’s thinking is being shaped by the community. There is the consideration for Kolko himself of whether to gamble  on a trial with a slight chance of acquittal but a hefty sentence if he loses the bet. Some Haredi defendants go to trial because they cannot get themselves to admit their disgusting behavior to their relatives. You would think it would be easier for Kolko, since he has an Uncle Yehuda who would understand.

The Lakewood rabbinical establishment has a lot to lose if this goes to trial. A trial will expose their involvement in a cover-up. So it is possible that some elements in Lakewood will raise mega-sums to take care of Kolko’s family while he is in jail in return for his silence. On the other hand there are some types who prefer a trial and will, if necessary, conduct a long campaign to protest his innocence publicly. It won’t help Kolko any more than a lot of public rabble rousing helped Rubashkin. But it will deter other victims of abuse from coming forward.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Jury selection for Yosef Kolko trial is scheduled to start on Wednesday, May 1, 9:00 am. See the previous posting for location and other details.

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10 thoughts on “Today’s Kolko Proceedings Consisted of Pre-Trial Motions

  1. He is also not a “Rabbi” in any real sense of the word. He is a single guy, out of yeshiva for years, who may have been employed at some point in time, in some capacity by a school (english teacher?, day camp counselor?). Your use of this title (bolstered by the “supporting his family” reference) may lead one to conclude that you are either not very knowledgeable about the specifics here or that you have succumbed to the need to sensationalize. Either option would cause me to approach your analysis on this subject with a healthy degree of skepticism.

    Unfortunately, I can find no other source reporting from the courtroom so I will continue to read.

    • He has been both a limudei kodesh teacher and a secular studies teacher. Thus I will stick to calling him a rabbi. He also taught at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas but was fired by them. I wonder why?

      You say he is not a rabbi in any real sense of the word. I did not claim he had smichah. What matters for this discussion is whether he appropriately used the title Rabbi as a limudei kodesh teacher.

  2. He has been both a limudei kodesh teacher and a secular studies teacher.

    While I cannot say with 100% certainty that you are wrong, I find it highly unlikely, for a variety of reasons, that this information is accurate. Where did he teach limudei kodesh?

  3. He has smicha from Rabbi Belsky shlit”a and taught english at Orchos Chaim, and was a substitute Rebbi at Nesivos Ohr.

    • If true, your information may help explain Belsky’s support. Are you able to confirm the fact that he has smichah with any public information. Also, what year do you believe he received his smichah? Are you saying he studied at Torah Vodaas?

  4. He has smicha from Rabbi Belsky shlit”a

    There is no way he has smicha. I think you are extrapolating from the fact that RYB referred to him with the prefix “R” in his letter of support.

    and taught english at Orchos Chaim,
    As I wrote before

    and was a substitute Rebbi at Nesivos Ohr.
    Basically a babysitter in a failing school (now defunct).

    I stand by what I wrote before, he is not a “Rabbi” in any real sense of the word. No one that knows him would have called him that.

    • I don’t know about smichah from Belsky. I think you can assume all of us know the difference between Reb, Rav, and Rebbie and the fact that R’ is ambiguous and can depend on context.

      I don’t care if no one respects him. I don’t respect him. However, if a school had kids addressing him as Rabbi and if they listed him as such in communications with parents and on other written stuff, the label sticks.

      I am sick of how the some folks use the Rabbi title in all sorts of ways but when they are caught suddenly everyone is busy denying that they are rabbis.

      The fact that he has now lost all his status doesn’t mean he didn’t used to be called a rabbi.

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