This Roundup covers Motti Elon conviction in Israel, a Queens Judge’s criticism of Nathan Dershowitz, Brooklyn attempts to intimidate the victims of child sex abuse by Samuel Moskowitz, and a satirical take on CBS’ Brooklyn DA show.
ISRAEL: The big news is the conviction of Rabbi Motti Elon for sexually assaulting a minor. This is major league because Elon is one of the most prominent figures in religious Zionism. His arrest was preceded by a public attack by Takanah, a group of religious Zionist rabbis who first privately got him to quit work with children. But that failed and he resumed his work. He is a dangerous charismatic figure. At first he escaped attention because his case was handled privately. Now, the unrepentant Elon claims he is being criticized because the other rabbis are jealous of his popularity.
Yesterday, Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn wrote in his Daas Torah blog: “We’ve come a long way – It is now commonplace to criticize rabbis for failure to deal with abuse.” It is well worth reading. He makes the case that many more ultra orthodox rabbis appreciate the need to involve the criminal justice system when dealing with child abusers. However, he also notes, that many other rabbis still have not made that transition.
QUEENS, NY Judge Kenneth Holder roundly reprimanded Nathan Dershowitz for profuse defamatory, baseless and unfounded accusations of misconduct by law enforcement.” The Dershowitz’s are playing similar games in their rear-guard defense of notorious alleged molester Baruch Lebovits and their attacks on Samuel Kellner.
BROOKLYN: Attorney Stacey Richman (fresh from her failures as co-counsel for the Weberman defense) is collaborating with the Munkatcher Rebbe to spread rumors that the prosecution has given up the ghost on the prosecution of Samuel Moskowitz. He is indicted for four D Felony charges of sexual contact with a child under eleven, and eight misdemeanors (NYSID # 11846679Y). Nice Guy!
At the last court appearance, the DA’s office was clear about seeking a trial in October, after the Jewish holidays. Stacey has been throwing out motions left and right to delay. If she was confident the case would be dropped she wouldn’t be working so hard. She has not legal strategy for an acquittal. She is just trying to demoralize the victims.
UPDATE (8/9/13): Last night Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg delivered his weekly Yiddish talk on molesting issues and harshly criticized those who are trying to intimidate the victims of Samuel Moskowitz. He also delivered a tongue lashing to Stacey Richman for her disrespectful attitudes to orthodox Jews, and decency in general. Check it out by calling dial 951 262 3714, and press 1 when prompted for a box. The segment on Moskowitz is the first segment of a talk that usually runs about an hour.
One final note about the Brooklyn DA. The word is that a number of very adverse news stories will be coming out shortly. There are so many of them brewing that the DA’s press spokesman, Jerry Schmetterer, is going nuts trying to figure out which direction to face and exactly when to duck. Inside sources say he looked terrible yesterday, the worst he has looked in a long time. Meanwhile, Mike Vecchione, who was looking bad a few weeks ago is now looking chipper again. But I believe it is a false front.
Gone are the glory days when CBS was doing a Brooklyn DA series in prime time which was pretty much a puff piece showcasing the DA’s virtues and accomplishment. They claimed it was a news show, though candidate Abe George filed suit attacking it as an infomercial donation by CBS that violated NYS campaign laws. The show flamed out and was switched to a lousy time slot before its demise.
I think it is time for CBS to do real Brooklyn DA show you would expect if they want to do honest news reporting. I can imagine the announcement:
This week on Brooklyn DA:
- See a probably guilty gangbanger out of jail because the DA couldn’t be ready for trial in 2 years.
- See an innocent man freed from prison after 2 years sue for millions.
- See Dennis ” body bag” Quirk host a fundraiser while daughter Susan “rubber stamp” welcomes the latest class of patronage hires.
- See Michael Vecchione take a memory test.