‘Round the World Roundup on Wednesday, August 7th

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.

Stacey Richman Nechemya Weberman

Stacey Richman
Nechemya Weberman

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.
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26 thoughts on “‘Round the World Roundup on Wednesday, August 7th

  1. “the unrepentant Elon claims he is being criticized because the other rabbis are jealous”.
    YL, i have reread that first paragraph multiple times, the one ending in the above quote.
    Still, re the jealously claim, I am desparately trying to parse that re the source of the putative jealousy, , is the Kavanah that he is getting some and they aren’t??
    And re Daas Torah, and many ultras appreciating the need to involve the criminal justice system, there is one major roadblock… they know that their uncle or brother-in-law or even father is busy at work plying his wares. Would calling the cops on your own father for sodomizing his yeshiva students, would that constitute a violation of the Fifth Commandment? Or does violation of mishkav zachor trump the Fifth???

  2. I can’t understand why the Munkatcher Rebbe is protecting pedophiles? Wonder What his grandfather Munchas Elazar would have done?

    • The Munkatcher Rebbe’s first cousin is a pedophile. A short jacketed nut who learned in Chaim Berlin and calls himself the Partzever Rebbe. He had a shul on Ave R until he was arrested at which point he shut down the shul & went into hiding. He was earlier caught plagiarizing a sefer from a Reform rabbi from 150 years ago and presenting it as his own to Rav Aharon Feldman for his haskama.

      http://www.qgazette.com/news/2013-02-13/Front_Page/Brooklyn_Rabbi_Charged_In_Internet_Sex_Sting.html

      Nathan David Rabinowich, 59, of 2624 Avenue R aka Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

      http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=wpix&VID=24407088

      Here is a reporter chasing Rabinowich

      http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/back-from-jewish-heritage-tour-to-italy.cfm

      He is also known for running the Ahavath Torah tours to Europe, personally treating customers to abuse and his obnoxious behavior

      • no wonder the munkatcher is so protective of the type.

        What a let down. The Minchas Elazar was a genius at spotting forgeries that fooled many others. The grandson is an incompetent plagiarist.

        • The Dinover Rebbe of Kensington who sat for some kind of embezzlement or fraud is also a first cousin. The Munkatcher himself, who was once the shortstop on the Telz Cleveland baseball team, was under Federal investigation for Pell Grant fraud. He may have been one of the lucky ones who the top brass at Justice sometimes decides not to prosecute for political reasons, and they do decide not to pursue many cases in Brooklyn.

          And do you remember the unstable Rabinowich who was caught by the NY Post driving to JFK airport hotels on Shabbos to hook up with zoynos? He was a fluent Yiddish speaker who ended up in YU, then was wearing a yeshivish frock & homburg, then he became a Conservative rabbi. Although his name was changed to Rabinowich I have a feeling he is somehow related.

          http://theunorthodoxjew.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-rotten-tree-produces-rotten-apples.html

          Speaking of Telz Cleveland, here is the latest scandal there where the Belskys figure prominently.

        • The Munkatcher is the go to power broker for many molesters. Chazan Potyi Lipschitz originally from Frankels shul in Flatbush (they sell his tapes in Jewish stores) has been having private audiences with the Rebbe for years. He was giving bar mitzva lessons to a bunch of boys in Monsey where he has been living for many years now. It is alleged that many families complained of molestation. He hid out in Florida while police were investigating. Potyi is a bum who it is alleged also stole money from many people (ask around the Diamond District) and a major victim advocate got involved hoping to finally throw Potyi’s derrière into prison. But the dumb parents all chickened out from testifying. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich by the way grew up in Frankels shul.

        • Frankel’s shul is mostly a bunch of crooks & scoundrels who are modernized Munkatchers. Not just Lipschutz & Rabinowitz. There are those bums from just about every heimish front page NY Times scandal like frozen nursing home corpses. Abramcyzk from the smuggling & even David Schick davened there for many years

  3. If you want to talk about Lebovits Kellners case why go to the trouble of quoting a Judge Kenneth Holder from a different case in queens? While there is Ruling of Judge Ruth Shillingford presiding over the Lebovits Case that ruled that the conduct of the prosecution regarding this case was Imprudent. Which is why the Appellate Division concluded that the appropriate remedy was a new trial.
    Your presentation of a Judge’s statement on a different case to the same lawyer, tying it into the Lebovits Kellner case is completely misleading the public on the facts regarding this case. A correction on your part is required.

    • You don’t like what I wrote. Please specificy exactly which words are misleading. Or are you of the view that all negatives about the Dershowitz boys should not be reported. As for the facts regarding the Lebowits Kellner case, I cannot even start a reply without recapitulating dozens of posts by me and many excellent articles by major journalists. Feel free to use my search box for the terms, Lebovits, Kellner, Dershowitz, Aidala or Vecchione.

      • You know exactly what I mean. But I will spell it out for you.
        These are your words,
        “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”.

        Based on Judge Kenneth Holder statement on another case, you are accusing Dershowitz’s of doing a similar thing (baseless unfounded accusations of misconduct) in the Kellner case. While Judge Ruth Shillingford presiding over the Lebovits Case ruled that the conduct of the prosecution regarding this case was Imprudent. (This proves its not baseless and not unfounded at all).

        This is very misleading. You should at least quote the ruling of Judge Ruth Shillingford presiding over the Lebovits Case. She specifically discusses the allegations of misconduct in the Lebovits Kellner case and states that the conduct of the prosecution regarding this case was Imprudent.

        Regarding your other articles; You always seem to “miss” the evidence incriminating Kellner.

        • I am not saying your appellate victory on Rossario technical violations was improper. We are both entitled to competing views about the guilt or innocence of alleged pervert Lebovits and alleged extortionist Kellner. The parallel concern the allegation of baseless and unfounded accusations of misconduct by law enoforcement. It is your contention that the continuation of the Lebovits prosecution is misconduct by law enforcement and in addition you believe this misconduct extends to Detective Steven (Steve) Litwin. I contend that these allegations are baseless and unfounded and that you and your colleague, Arthur Aidala, and your hack agent, Michael Vecchione, are all colluding in this effort to undermine the Lebovits case. You may not like the allegation but this was a logically valid form of reasoning and rhetoric.

          given your hourly rates I am shocked at your effort to disagree on this blog. But be my guest.

        • As I expected you are dancing around the point. You provide no answer as to the base of your allegation. And no answer to not providing the public with the information of a Judge who stated she has extensively studied the case. Judge Ruth Shillingford ruled that the conduct of the prosecution regarding this case was Imprudent, contrary to your opinion.

          As to you reference to other journalists. I have read them. They are just copying your misleading words. Afraid of your intimidation if they differ. Interesting how everything they say first appears here.

          • This is hysterical. You think I am the force behind the many criticisms of the Dershowitz clan in their defense of the Atlantic City Rebbe, BM Lebovits. Thank you for exagerating my influence. Tell that to the NY Times and the NY Post.

            If you believe that I can sell you copies of the Protocols.

        • 1.Your failure to answer the question posed only proves that there is none. Confirming the fact that you have a agenda to cleanse Kellner of his crimes, consequently misleading the public by ONLY providing information that looks good for SA Kellner which is not behind in being Atlantic City Rebbe himself.

          2. Regarding your hysteria; you can calm down a little because it is not YOU alone. I’m referring to the terror of your whole gang starting with Rabbi Blau, Michael Powell, Mark Appel, Chaim Levine, Failed Messiah, Shimon Weiser, and all the other so called “activists” down the ladder till you. Intimidating anyone with a different opinion as you. Everyone saw how you intimidated Oren Yaniv from the Daily news because he called you a pathetic looser. Why because he had incriminating papers on Kellner, and you were afraid he will put it in the news?

          3. I am wondering the basis of your latest accusation that Arthur Aidala is my colleague, and Michael Vecchione my hack agent? Maybe a Judge in the Bronx had to do with that?

          4. When are you going to add Judge Ruth Shillingford as a colleague colluding in this effort? You should start on that now maybe Professor Stephen Gillers could assist you with that.

          5. Also Interesting how you only let on my comment together with your reply. What are you afraid of my comment being up a few minutes alone, before you come up with a off-point reply?

          • Shlome Markowitz,

            I edited your comments by adding numbers to the paragraphs to make it easier for readers to follow my point by point rejoinder. Please do that yourself in the future.

            1. the quality of your argumentation is declining in clarity and basic writing skill. Go back to your source for editorial help. Yeah I am arguing for Kellner and against Lebovits, just as you are defending Lebovits by claiming Kellner tried to extort and frame Lebovits. That is called a “disagreement.” You don’t win a disagreement by saying “Why don’t you agree with me.” Capiche? Please, that is why there are two sides in a court case or a debate. Please don’t cry about that. That’s life, the legal system, Socratic dialogue, debating rules, etc.

            2a. Many activists have independently come to the conclusion that Lebovits is guilty and Kellner innocent. In addition to the above, add several hundred victims of Lebovits, the vaad hatznius of Boro Park and Williamsburg, Dov Hikind, Rav Chaim Flohr, Rav Chetzkel Gold, v’od, v’od. You guys will complain if only one says it, it is a daas yachid. But if there are many, it is an hysterical crowd. With your reasoning there is no number of critics whose mere count you would not argue disqualifies them.

            2b. You are contradicting yourself. Earlier you said all the negative coverage starts with me. Now you say it goes from this hysterical group down to me. Please make up your mind and the direction in which influence flows.

            2c. You are insulting Oren Yaniv. He is not intimidated. He shrugs off criticism. If he is actually intimidated back into being an honest reporter, I deserve credit. But I doubt I accomplished that. As for him showing a text, check with Oren. He denied doing that. I am the one who claimed he did that.

            3. The Lebovits defense team includes both Dershowitz and Aidala. They are both attorneys of record. Artie b’atzmo went to Vecchione with the allegations about Kellner. I would like to hear him say otherwise, under oath. I would love it because then he could be prosecuted for perjury, together with his buddy Mike who committed perjury in his deposition in the Collins case.

            4. I believe there was a Rosarrio violation and Shillingford ruled correctly. I am still mystified about why it happened. But it is grounds for a retrial. Not an exoneration; just a retrial. You reference Stephen Gillers who has criticized Dershowitz’s ethics. Yeah? May inyan shmitah etzel har sinai.

            5. You are an ingrate. I maintain an open blog allowing drivel like yours to appear without editing. Why don’t you open your own blog instead of complaining about my moderating and rejoindering policies. Here is how it works. Periodically, between the rest of my life and the rest of my blogging activity and anti-abuse activism, I moderate comments. It can be as often as once an hour or every few hours. Sometimes it can be a day. When I let through comments, I read them. If I have a reaction, I add that at the same time. I do not see why you feel I should moderate your comments and stop myself from replying at the same time. I have never known the Dershowitzs to feel others should talk and they should remain silent. You are not the baal habos of the blog. If you want to be the baal habos, open your own. Here you are a guest, subject to the rules that apply here. Be gracious, please.

            Now, I have some questions for you:

            6. Are you being paid by Lebovits and if so, how much? If you are being paid, are you really sure he is going to keep his promise in the end? He has a bad record on that score.

            7. Do you think the DA’s announced intention to investigate Zalman Ashkenazi will lead to his indictment and conviction for controlling a victim of Lebovits, including flying him back and forth, etc. Why did the witness say that to the DA?

            8. Why was Lebovits at one point willing to plead guilty to charges involving more than one boy.

            9. On a tape recording with the victim he all but admitted to being an abuser. How do Aidala and Dersh plan to counter that tape if it appears at next trial.

            10. I hear there are plea bargain negotiations going on between DA and Lebovits. How much time do you think he will cop to to avoid another trial? Does he realize that if he now gets charged and convicted again, he will get a stiffer sentence as a repeat offender.

            11. Why does Lebovit’s brother, the Nikolsburg Rebbe of Monsey, deny him honors when he attends and forces him to sit way in the back? It wasn’t like that before the arrest and conviction.

            12. Your Baruch Mordechai has a great voice and is a fine chazan. Which places will no longer allow him up tot he amud, because a baal tefilah has to be of good moral character and acceptable to the community?

            13. Why does the Munkatcher Rebbe not allow Baruch Mordechai to have the amud anymore even though the father of Lebovits’ victim was thrown out of shul for going to the civil authorities?

            14. Is it true that Moshe Gabbai will not agree to testify against Kellner? Is he giving into pressure or is he having an attack of conscience or is he afraid of being convicted of perjury on the stand.

            Looking forward to your answers. Ciao!

        • Again sidestepping the questions presented, playing dumb as if you don’t understand what I am saying. So let me start over, and make it very very clear. I asked you three questions;
          1. Based on Judge Kenneth Holder statement on another case, you are accusing Dershowitz’s of doing a similar thing (baseless unfounded accusations of misconduct) in the Kellner case. This is very misleading. Because there is a actual ruling of Judge Ruth Shillingford presiding over the Lebovits Case. She specifically discusses the allegations of misconduct in the Lebovits Kellner case and states that the conduct of the prosecution regarding this case was Imprudent, contrary to your allegation. So the question is “why didn’t you present this ruling to the public”?

          2. Your allegation is baseless “what does a Judges statement in queens have to do with this case”, May inyan shmitah etzel har sinai?

          3. What is the basis of your latest accusation that Arthur Aidala is my colleague, and Michael Vecchione my hack agent?

          Now unlike you I DO answer questions, because I adhere to debating rules.
          I am answering according to your numbers.
          1. Instead of answering the questions, you continuously sidetrack to something else. I have never asked you to agree. Simply answer the questions presented. I have no problem with debating. But it seems you do. Why don’t you answer the questions?
          I agree I do not have such great writing skills as you, but what does that have to do with the questions i asked?

          2a. 3. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
          In all these number you have decided I work for Lebovits and am defending him. Where have i stated anything about the innocence of Lebovits?
          I have realized that this is a tactic you have been spewing for a long time. ANybody of the opinion Kellner is guilty automaticaly becomes a Lebovits defender. Lebovits is not the only victim of Kellner. What about the hundreds of victims of Kellner?
          The fact is I am not defending Lebovits. Nor working for them. I am just voicing my opinion on Kellners guilt. What does that have to do with Lebovits? It may be Lebovits is guilty of the allegations against him. But what does that have to do with Kellner? He can be guilty of being an extortionist. Why are you tying this together?
          In any case the facts stated by you is debatable, and i am not in a position to answer to them because I am not working for Lebovits nor am I here to defend Lebovits.
          Regardless, the questions posed by you could be turned in reverse too. Kellner claims he is being shunned by the community, thrown out of community’s, yeshiva’s. Why? Because everyone knows he is guilty and a old crook.

          2b. What difference does it make if you are the first or failed messiah or the other blogs belonging to your gang. The point is your gang has an agenda feeds the media with your stuff and then they write about it.

          2c. So you agree to trying to intimidate Oren Yaniv. What has he done to deserve that? He thought that Kellner is guilty? So now he is also working for Lebovits? Maybe he is my partner?

          3. What is your bases on this allegation against Arthur?

          4. I would have thought someone like you to be more familiar with the facts about this case. Judge Shillingford did not rule that there was a Rosarrio violation. She ruled “the conduct of the prosecutors was imprudent”.
          I referenced Stephen Gillers because it looks like he is also on your team.

          5. I agree that you are Baal Habos, its just interesting how other comments – agreeing with you, get on much faster and easier than comments disagreeing with you.

          • Shlome Markewitz,

            I have addressed most of your points several times and you’re crossing line into trolling by repeating them. Hocking away by repetition is not the same as advancing the quality of debate. I will let readers decide whether or not they are satisfied. I will limit myself to new points.

            1. I am interested in the Dershowitzs because they are appellate lawyers who together with Arthur Aidala represent Baruch Mordechai Lebovits and inisist he is innocent. Likewise, in public appearances they insist Kellner is guilty of extortion and bringing the witness against Lebovits. Funny they never thought of that argument during the original trial! Instead they put up Berrel Ashkenazi on the witness stand, notifying the prosecution very shortly before the trial. Ashkenazi had been a assistant Principal at the Spinka Yeshiva and knew Lebovit’s accuser going back some years. He testified that the accuser was raising the charges for money. On short notice the prosecution located two damaging facts about Ashkenazi. 1. He tried to get this victim not to testify using a ruling from a Rabbi Makovetzky in Kiryas Joel that the victim should not testify and Berrel would give witness unspecified help in return. In the civil justice system that is called witness intimidation and offers to bribe to interfere with trial. (In another jurisdiction he would have been prosecuted). 2. They secured three individuals who signed affidavits that Berrel Ashkenazi molested them. This facts were raised in cross examination and discredited Ashkenazi in the eyes of the Jury. The appellate judge had no trouble with this conduct by prosecution, but chastised the prosecutor, ADA Gregory for the phrase molester in the jury summation. But it was a criticism, not the grounds for ovverule. (BTW, immediately following the trial, Ashkenazi was fired by the Spinka school, because they found the allegations against him credible).

            There were also police notes about Ashkenazi stating he attempted to bribe the accuser against Lebovits and the accuser refused the bribe. Under the Rossario rule, all police notes pertaining to a witness should be turned over to defense on a timely basis before trial (even notes that would not in any way help the defense). Failure to do this is a Rossario violation. They failed to turn that over. That was the Rossario violation which the appellate court ruled was grounds for a new trial. That is it. That is all that was grounds for a new trial. Everything else was commentary.

            If you put full copies of motions of BOTH SIDES and APPELLATE rulings on the web, I will gladly link to them to allow some of my legally sophisticated readers to form their own opinions and then comment.

            2. “Mah Inyan shmitah etzel har sinai?” is rabbinic shorthand for “Why the heck are these two unrelated facts being juxtaposed.” However, I believe they are not unrelated. I believe the flaws noted by the judge in Queens also apply to the Dershowitz-Aidala functioning in the Lebovits-Kellner cases. Why are you so hung up about my invoking a criticism of Nathan Dershowitz. Really, let go of your obsession.

            3. You have written in the voice as if you are, or are channeling Dershowitz. If so, Aidala is your co-counsel on Lebovits case as a matter of record. If you are merely a paid or delusional defender of Dershowitz, then I will switch the argument to third person grammatical usages, but the argument is the same. Vecchione took the Kellner case from Aidala uncritically and moved it through. Aidala and DA Hynes are very close buddies. This is public record. He co-chaired election campaigns for Hynes and was officer of record for Hynes fundraising. He has unique direct access to Hynes. Aidala routinely insinuates to Brooklyn DA staff, “do what I want or else.” This is a corrupt breach of ethics and of the necessary division of roles between a defense lawyer and a prosecutor. Hynes and Aidala are entitled to be as good friends as they want (because they have a lot in common), but if this was a more ethical duo, Aidala would either not defend cases involving the Brooklyn DA or would limit himself to going through the same door and and conducting himself with the same demeanor as other defense lawyers.

            re.2a. 3. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

            You write: “Lebovits is not the only victim of Kellner. What about the hundreds of victims of Kellner?” Wow. Hurry up and arrange another meeting with Mike Vecchione, rent a shul for all the other alleged extortion victims of Kellner, bring in a caterer, organize multiple minyanim, and let Vecchione finish destroying his already lousy reputation taking on these other cases. Do you also have a list of 248 communists working in the State Department and 613 Jihadists working for the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Bring it on! Right now this is rhetorical blather.

            You are indeed right that it is theoretically possible for Lebovits to be a serial child abuser and for Kellner to be an extortionist. However that is not the Aidala/Dershowitz/Vecchione/Lebovits line. They insist the allegations against Kellner point unequivocally to Lebovits’ innocence. However, I also hear they are continuing plea bargaining negotiations. What gives?

            Of course I have an agenda. A human being without goals is aimless. My agenda is openly stated: to fight CSA in the orthodox world. I am not sure why you phrase that as something bad. Are you really claiming you do not have an agenda? Your persistance here suggests otherwise.

            2b. Yes, sometimes MSM picks up on my postings. They do their own homework, find their own sources, get enough credible evidence to report it, run it by their lawyers to be sure their claims are credible and defendable, and run the stories. Since when is there anything conspiratorial about a blogger doing a good job of first bringing facts to light? The fact that the MSM picks up some of my stories is a good indication that my information is good enough to withstand their standards. I consider it a compliment to be told that I am sometimes the first to get the truth out.

            BTW, Michael Powell’s killer story was the interview with Rabbi Chaim Flohr and Rabbi Chetzkel Gold where they made it clear that they endorsed Kellner in bringing witnesses to the prosecution against Lebovits because of abudant evidence that Lebovits was an unrepentant, serial pedophile. Those rabbis also made it clear that there was no extortion involved. That is the story about Kellner, not extortion.

            You neglected to respond to their names but keep throwing in irrelevant names. I am guessing you know the reputations of those two rabbis. They are fearless rabbis who truly follow the biblical dictate for judges, “Lo segooru mipnei ish” (fear no man). They are well known and respected for their strict concern with obeying jewish law and strict interpretations of Jewish law. Stop hocking about Kellner and start trying to explain why they rabbis are supporting Kellner. No one in the hasidic community could ever believe these two would either participate in extortion or let themselves be pressured. Rabbi Gold is one of the few old Satmar with the brass to publicly attack the Satmar Rebbe (Aaron of KJ) for being soft on Zionism. And he went to KJ to do it. Not my cup of tea but I am just saying that to illustrate his fearlessness.

            2c. You write, “So you agree to trying to intimidate Oren Yaniv. What has he done to deserve that?” I criticized him for being a “DA megaphone” and being contemptuous of victims of abuse and others rallying around Kellner by calling them “Nebishes.” He was trying to shape the news instead of reporting it. Stop whining. He is not intimidated. He is blase. He took much worse from Weberman followers and gave as good as he got in the Twitter wars during the trial. You are insulting Oren in claiming he is intimidated.

            3 & 4. Already addressed earlier in this comment.

            5. Stop whining about a lag of a few hours in your comments going up. They do go up, without any censorship or changes of any sort (except numbers added in one case). There are plenty of comments on Frum Follies which are quite critical of me. Some I rejoinder and some I ignore.

            Really, if you want your comments up instantly, creat your own blog or web page or whatever, or rent a megaphone, and wander around Brooklyn carrying a milk crate. I have my own algorithm for which comments go up automatically and which don’t. I don’t disclose it for the same reason that Google doesn’t disclose theirs. I dont want people to game it and there are certain comments that violate my commenting rules (which you can see just above the comment box). I defy you to find a single forum sanctioned by the ultra orthodox community, Lebovits’ home base, which allows anywhere near this level of open debate. In fact most of them censor any mention of the arrest or conviction of orthodox sex offenders.

        • shlome marketwitz,

          I have refrained from interjecting till now. However, you pressed the wrong button. I cannot hold myself back when you write “what about the 100’s of victims of Kellner?” Come again? Are you on meds? His worst enemies have not claimed that he has hundreds of victims. But perhaps, you have some esoteric knowledge unbeknownst to us. If so, I beseech you, kindly supply two links to support your claim? And while you are at it, show us the indictments.

          Could you provide some evidence that you are not guilty of extortion, financial fraud, kosher meat fraud, Madoff-style ponzi schemes, and pedarasting thousands of children? All these allegations make me uncomfortable, especially the pedarasting.

          Please provide links repudiating the accusations against you. Again two links per charge will be sufficient. Would you kindly put all these baseless rumors “to bed” before you and YL continue this soap opera

          Schlemial Marketwitz, I am anxiously awaiting your response.

          Thank you for your cooperation.

        • 1. First you complain to not understanding my problem. When I try to explain, you call me a troll for repeating the same thing. How does this work? What does name calling have to do with a debate. Is this how you win by calling me an ingrate or troll? Instead of answering the questions, you call names? I do not see any answer to any of my three questions above. If you would be so kind and point them out to me I would appreciate it.

          2. Your latest attempt to reply by writing YOUR account and review of the case is so full of lies and misrepresentation, I can’t comprehend how you are not ashamed to falsely report publicly, on issues that is a matter of public record, which I will point out one by one.
          This is how you work, you produce more lies to cover for your old ones?

          3. You wrote “in public appearances they [Dershowits’s, Aidala] insist Kellner is guilty of extortion and bringing the witness against Lebovits. Funny they [Dershowits’s Aidala] never thought of that argument during the original trial”,

          Lie #1,
          First of all the Dershowits’s were not involved in the case during the original trial.

          Lie#2,
          Aidala who was involved, did argue this argument at the trial, when the notes of your detective emerged miraculously mid-trial, as I will explain later (in number 5 Lie #6).

          4. You wrote “Instead they put up Berrel Ashkenazi on the witness stand, notifying the prosecution very shortly before the trial. Ashkenazi had been a assistant Principal at the Spinka Yeshiva and knew Lebovit’s accuser going back some years. He testified that the accuser was raising the charges for money. On short notice the prosecution located two damaging facts about Ashkenazi. 1. He tried to get this victim not to testify using a ruling from a Rabbi Makovetzky in Kiryas Joel that the victim should not testify and Berrel would give witness unspecified help in return. In the civil justice system that is called witness intimidation and offers to bribe to interfere with trial. (In another jurisdiction he would have been prosecuted).

          Lie #3,
          Your presentation of the facts is very vague and misleading. The true story is that Alleged extortionist Shlome Aron Kellner summoned Berrel Ashkenazi to Din Torah to Rabbi Makovetzky. Let me ask you why did Shlome Aron call Ashkenazi to Rabbi Makovetzky? Did you investigate this? He was trying to get money from Ashkenazi as one as his extortion tactics! Of course Berrel was not arrested, he never summoned the accuser to Rabbi Makovetzky. Kellner brought the accuser there as part of his extortion plan. Please get your facts straight for once!

          4. You wrote “They secured three individuals who signed affidavits that Berrel Ashkenazi molested them. This facts were raised in cross examination and discredited Ashkenazi in the eyes of the Jury”.

          Lie #4,
          They only claimed to have secured two individuals not three.

          Lie #5,
          There was no signed affidavit presented in court. If there are affidavits why don’t you share them with the public? Where are they? It is figment of your imagination like the rest of the story.

          Lie #6,
          The basis of the claims about the two individuals was notes your detective obtained together with Shlomo Aron Kellner 2am by trying to bribe the complainants to help them. There actually ARE three signed affidavits confirming this fact. There is an affidavit of one falsified complainant where he denies to ever having been molested by Berrel, and states that he denied these allegations to the Detective. There are also two affidavits of the parents of the accuser confirming this, which are also available in public records.

          Lie #7,
          In the notes the second complainant only complains that Berrel tried to molest him, but never succeeded. So there goes your allegation against Berel, out the window.

          5. You wrote “There were also police notes about Ashkenazi stating he attempted to bribe the accuser against Lebovits and the accuser refused the bribe. Under the Rossario rule, all police notes pertaining to a witness should be turned over to defense on a timely basis before trial (even notes that would not in any way help the defense). Failure to do this is a Rossario violation. They failed to turn that over. That was the Rossario violation which the appellate court ruled was grounds for a new trial. That is it. That is all that was grounds for a new trial. Everything else was commentary”.

          Lie #8,
          That is it?? Wow! You failed to mention that in those same police notes there is something about your beloved Shlome Aron Kellner, stating that the accuser said he doesn’t trust Shlome Aron Kellner that he is afraid he will keep all the money to himself. And that Shlomo Aron Kellner told the accuser to wait for the money he will give him. I believe that it is these notes that Oren Yaniv had that got you so nervous, causing you to intimidate him.

          Lie #9,
          Contrary to your statement – that these notes help the prosecution. These papers are actually important evidence against Shlomo Aron Kellner. Aidala complained by the trial that if he would have had these notes before trial he would have presented this as evidence to the jury, and would have used it to present the extortion plot. Therefore he requested a mistrial, which was not granted. THIS is why the foure judges of the Appellate division ordered a retrial. Judge Eng from the appellate division blatantly criticized the prosecutor that SHE should have requested a break mid-trial to investigate Kellner further. I didn’t see you reporting this criticism anywhere. Do you only report on criticism from Judges in Queens?

          It is the opinion of the lawyers and recently looks like the DA, is also starting to agree. That your Detective Steven Litwin, Shlomo Aron Kellners colleague knew these notes will incriminate Shlomo Aron so he hid them. Only Mid-Trial when the accuser mentioned something about these notes he had no choice but to “remind” himself about the notes. All this information is available in public record. Why don’t you put up these notes for everyone to see them?? Let the facts speak for themselves.
          6. Now regarding the main issue this whole comments has started about Judge Ruth Shillingford. It is obvious from your chain of replies that you have no idea what I’m referring to. So let me make it clear. After the Appellate division ruled that the original trial was not valid, the defendse for Lebovits filed a motion to dismiss, one of the arguments was based on prosecutorial misconduct, for the reasons mentioned above 1. Hiding the notes 2. Not investigating Kellner. 3. Detective Litwin bringing along Kellner mid-trial 2am to bribe a complainant into co-operating with him, and so on. Judge Shilingford ruled that the behavior was Imprudent but not enough to warrant a dismissal. But to arrange a re-trial, which was already granted by the appellate division. So instead of creating your own false opinion based on an unrelated case, to mislead the public. You should have reported what the Judges on this case have criticized, and ruled, that the conduct of the prosecution was imprudent. There is still no answer to this anywhere.

          By the way I will quote another line in that same ruling “defendant has amassed what reasonably may be perceived to be a treasure trove of evidence to attack the credibility of some of the witnesses or indeed the viability of this entire case at trial”. Which I have also not seen reported anywhere.

          7. So your basis of your allegations against Aidala is because he is Mike Vecchione’s buddy. Wow I must tell you this is really great!! Like your Rabbi Nuchem says the old satmera asiatishe way. You are a great pupil!
          8. You wrote “You are indeed right that it is theoretically possible for Lebovits to be a serial child abuser and for Kellner to be an extortionist”. Thank you for agreeing that Kellner may be guilty of being an extorter. But why are you trying so hard to cover it up?
          9. You wrote “My agenda is openly stated: to fight CSA in the orthodox world. I am not sure why you phrase that as something bad”.
          Lie #10,
          Where have I phrased fighting CSA as bad? Can you please point that out to me? On the contrary I respect and appreciate that. But why does that include covering up for a serial extortionist? What does that have to do with fighting CSA? Kellner is using you to cover up his crimes. A real fighter against CSA would be angry at Kellner for using such a delicate subject to cover up his crimes.

          10. Now regarding Chaim Flohr and Chatzkel Gold. It was made clear on a different blog of one of your gang that Kellner is related to these Rabbi’s, and they have never listened to the other side of the story, they just investigated by the vaad hatznius about BM Lebovits, and based on that gave Kellner permission to report to the police. How should they know if Kellner is an extortionist or not??
          By the way do you know who Vaad Hatznius is?? Or to whom Rabbi Flohr spoke to??
          11. Regarding your intimidating Oren Yaniv. Thank you for admitting to the truth of intimidating him. It is irrelevant If he was actually intimidated or not. This is proof on how you operate. This is just one example.
          12. Regarding to renting the shul for Kellners victims. I will give you the honor to rent it first for the hundreds of alleged victims of Lebovits, and you should also invite Detective Steve Litwin to take the testimony in his famous notebook. Just make sure Shlome Aron Kellner is also there to “help” the victims cooperate. You can even ask Dov Hikind to fund it from his Victims Abuse fund, which is sorely lacking victims that have been helped from it.
          Chashdan, you wanted a link try samkellner.blogspot.com . Regarding indictments, there is one currently in progress, we hope there will be more to follow. You know how hard it is in the Hasidic community to get people to come forward, with all witness intimidation going on….

  4. Additional articles:

    1) Reporting of child sex abuse in Beit Shemesh doubled in 2013
    By MEGAN SEHR 08/07/2013 04:11
    http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Reporting-of-sexual-child-abuse-in-Bet-Shemesh-doubles-in-2013-322301

    2) Judge Deals Setback to Ex-Students Suing Yeshiva for $380M Over Sex Abuse Claims
    Refuses To Allow Plaintiff’s Lawyer To Probe School
    By Paul Berger
    Published August 08, 2013, issue of August 16, 2013.
    http://forward.com/articles/181960/judge-deals-setback-to-ex-students-suing-yeshiva-f/

    3) After Molestation Accusation, Dutch Jewish School Adopts Unusual Response
    08/02/13
    JTA
    http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/international-news/after-molestation-accusation-dutch-jewish-school-adopts-unusual-response

    4) Rabbi Elon heckled during Torah lesson: ‘Admit you sinned’
    Maor Buchnik Published: 08.07.13, 22:00 / Israel News
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4415133,00.html

    5) Open Letter To Frank Bruni
    07/30/13
    Erica Brown
    Special To The Jewish Week
    http://www.thejewishweek.com/features/jew-voice/open-letter-frank-bruni

  5. Some additional articles:

    1) Judge Deals Setback to Ex-Students Suing Yeshiva for $380M Over Sex Abuse Claims
    Refuses To Allow Plaintiff’s Lawyer To Probe School
    By Paul Berger
    Published August 08, 2013, issue of August 16, 2013.
    http://forward.com/articles/181960/judge-deals-setback-to-ex-students-suing-yeshiva-f/

    2) After Molestation Accusation, Dutch Jewish School Adopts Unusual Response
    08/02/13
    JTA
    http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/international-news/after-molestation-accusation-dutch-jewish-school-adopts-unusual-response

    3) Rabbi Elon heckled during Torah lesson: ‘Admit you sinned’
    Maor Buchnik Published: 08.07.13, 22:00 / Israel News
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4415133,00.html

    4) Reporting of child sex abuse in Beit Shemesh doubled in 2013
    By MEGAN SEHR
    08/07/2013 04:11
    http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Reporting-of-sexual-child-abuse-in-Bet-Shemesh-doubles-in-2013-322301

    5) An Open Letter To Frank Bruni
    07/30/13
    Erica Brown
    Special To The Jewish Week
    http://www.thejewishweek.com/features/jew-voice/open-letter-frank-bruni

  6. I didn’t know about the CBS puff piece.

    Note that Philip Morris Tobacco was going to buy CBS at one point to kill a 60 Minutes segment on their scandalous behavior. That did not succeed but there were whistlblowers getting death threats and investigations were mysteriously shut down after the company hired a virtual army of former FBI agents to serve as consultants, lobbyists and in other “unspecified” roles.

    When ABC was going to do an exposé on pedophiles at Walt Disney theme parks, Walt Disney did actually buy ABC to kill that story.

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