Pelcovitz Supporter, David Morris, Asks Him to Apologize for His Evan Zauder Sentencing Letter

David Morris

David Morris

David L. Morris was Nominated for the President of Israel’s Prize 2010. Apart form his business in electro-optics he stablished Lema’an Achai (“For My Brothers”) the innovative community social services charity in Ramat Bet Shemesh, “Magen”, the Bet Shemesh Child Protection Agency, and “Yad LeYedid” (A Hand to a Friend) charity helping impoverished families in Jerusalem.

Magen proudly hosted Dr. David Pelcovitz to speak about child sex abuse. He is upset with Pelcovitz’s letter designed to reduce the prison sentence of Evan Zauder. This letter was first revealed and attacked by David Chefetz  two days ago (3/31/14) on Frum Follies.

David Morris posted Victims’ Advocate Defends Dangerous Perpetrator in which he dissects the letter Pelcovitz wrote. He offers up a thoughtful nuanced evaluation of the letter Dr. Pelcovitz wrote. I encourage readers to see his entire post. Here are a few of his key reactions.

Writing such a letter for a convicted and dangerous pedophile undermines Dr Pelcovitz’ well earned international reputation as a pioneer in educating the Jewish community about child protection and advocating for victims….

Dr. David Pelcovitz  (Prof of Education & Psychology, YU)

Dr. David Pelcovitz
(Prof of Education & Psychology, YU)

Dr Pelcovitz made a misjudgement claiming that Zauder showed remorse. Perhaps remorse for being caught, and relief at not having been caught, at that stage, for the worse offenses. But there was nothing sincere about Zauder’s show of regret for his crimes……

Dr Pelcovitz is taking on the persona of the mental health professional, giving a quasi-prognosis for a man who was not Dr Pelcovitz’s therapy client – but a student in his class… Dr Pelcovitz gets his stab at a prognosis seriously wrong……

Given the negative publicity, and even outrage, which has now been generated by Dr Pelcovitz’s letter for Evan Zauder, and the knock to his professional prestige, I suggest it would be appropriate for Dr Pelcovitz to issue a retraction of the letter and apologise.

Evan Zauder

Evan Zauder

And for the sake of our children, I hope Judge Lewis A.Kaplan had the good sense to ignore Dr Pelcovitz’ ill-considered letter and plea for leniency, when he sentenced Zauder this week to 13 years imprisonment.




5 thoughts on “Pelcovitz Supporter, David Morris, Asks Him to Apologize for His Evan Zauder Sentencing Letter

  1. Why don’t people express their outrage to employers when employees act in a manner that outrages the community? Would Richard Joel countenance a professor writing letters in favor of a terrorist who killed dozens of Jews? Child molesters in some ways are worse than terrorists who kill civilians, because they kill their victims day in and day out, for years, decades and sometimes for their whole tortured lives.

    Shouldn’t we refuse to pay for talks, boycott, and even picket talks by those who defend child molesters? For those who write letters seeking leniency using their academic credentials to lessen the sentence of a sociopath?

    • I can only agree, in spades, with your comment. However, using Richard Joel, as a Tsadik to be emulated, severely weakens your case, alas. Maybe you can go back and edit that out?

      • He is not a tzaddik, but he would be afraid of the public reaction were he to allow an employee to publicly back a terrorist, and would presumably act to ensure such a travesty never recurs. Why not pressure him, directly or via the board of directors of YU, to dissociate YU from this act of betrayal and help ensure this comes at a price?

  2. That nut job lawyer Stanley Cohen who has al Qaeda clients grew up modern orthodox in Westchester I think. Leo Kimmel who is orthodox in practice defends both a roster of haymish child molesters & al Qaeda prisoners in Guantanamo.

  3. It could be voiced that since Dr Pelcovitz is an employee of an institution, that supports the “innocent” though proven guilty, he is spouting the Party Line. Politics first, reality second.

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