Testifying for the defense, Mr. Pachtman, principal of the boy’s Yeshiva in New Square stated that his school complies with NYS’s laws about reporting sex abuse. That should have set off guffawing in the courtroom among those who knew the culture of Skver. Skver, like other Hasidic groups does not believe in mesirah (snitching) to outside authorities in ways that could get one of their members criminally charged.
Yet defenders of Taubenfeld speak of how the testimony of the defense witnesses disproved the abuse claims of Laiby Stern.
I wonder how many other defense witnesses perjured themselves. Moreover, I get the sense that the Taubenfeld defenders were not bothered by that perjury because they have no respect for the right of civil authorities to judge or punish them. So when they claim that the trial proved his innocence, I am inclined to believe they say it because that is the outcome they want, not because they objectively weighed the evidence or the likelihood of perjury by defense witnesses.