Abraham Rubin offered a cool half a million to the Nechemya Weberman victim and her boyfriend to bollix the trial by going to Israel (and refusing to return for the trial). Her boyfriend recorded the offer and notified the DA who sat on the evidence until Charles Joe Hynes was taking heat from the press for coddling ultra-orthodox sex offenders. Then, Hynes turned on a dime and did a highly publicized arrest of Rubin and the three Berger brothers who also threatened the boyfriend (now the husband) of the victim. The Berger brothers were the sons of the rabbi who certified the kosher status of the boyfriend’s restaurant. When he would not back down they removed the certification. Without the certification or anyone else in Williamsburg willing to take over the certification, the boyfriend’s business failed.
For twenty-four years Hynes managed to never send a single ultra-orthodox Jew to jail for intimidating or bribing a witness or victim of sex abuse. That’s right, not a single day. Hynes blustered about them being worse than the mafia, but he ingratiated himself to their dons, sucked up their money and votes, and in return laid off on witness intimidation.
Today, that changed. Abraham Rubin got sentenced to four months in jail and five years probation. Not enough, but still a major step forward. This makes me optimistic that the new Brooklyn DA, Ken Thompson, will make good on his promise to not give special treatment to orthodox sex criminals.
David Greenfield complains that this is targeting Jews. Greenfield is a heartless bum who doesn’t care enough about Jewish children to want to protect them from rape and other forms of sexual abuse. Instead, he cares more about his corrupt quid pro quo with orthodox leaders who are bent on protecting their perverts.
Rubin is a wealthy man and a hotshot in the Satmar Aaron faction. This will send a powerful message to others contemplating bribing or intimidating witnesses. I hope there will be more such convictions and even steeper sentences. Otherwise, victims of abuse will be less likely to come forward and persist through to trial. Time will tell. But in the meantime, I would say, this is a major step forward.