Lebovits Released from Prison After Only Serving 15 Months of a 24 Month Sentence

Baruch Lebovits mugshot for sex offender registry 9-29-14Baruch Lebovits got out of jail yesterday (9/29/14), just 83 days after he started his most recent stint after sentencing on a plea bargain (7/9/14). He pled guilty to eight E felony counts (PL 130.40.2) of oral sex with a minor (aka “deviate sexual intercourse”) and he is on the sex offender registry.

Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson crafted this insult to orthodox Jewish survivors in the spring, but now we feel the final sting of his whip. Lebovits’ fine cantorial voice will piously intone about repentance on Yom Kippur while he remains an unrepentant sinner. He  never even apologized to the victim who pressed charges, let alone the hundreds of other boys he sexually exploited.

Baruch Lebovits

Baruch Lebovits

Anyone with a rudimentary Jewish upbringing knows that Yom Kippur does not absolve one for sins against another unless one first confesses, experiences regret, attempts rectification of harm, and sincerely seeks forgiveness. Lebovits has done none of these things, except as required to get a good plea deal in a secular lower court.

The unanswered question is why he served slightly more than 15 of the 24 months of his sentence through a combination of 1 year and 6 days after his overturned 2010 conviction and then just 83 days following his re-conviction this spring. Thus he has served a total of one year and 89 days. Mind you, when he was first convicted in 2010 he was sentenced to 10-32 years. Continue reading

Daily News’ Yaniv Calls Kellner’s supporters, Nebechs (Pathetic Losers)!

Vecchione Stock 2aOn Saturday Night (7/15/13) I posted, “Is Oren Yaniv a Courthouse Reporter or a DA Megaphone?” I reported that Yaniv, The Daily News’ courthouse reporter, acting in the interests of Aidala, Dershowitz, and Vecchione, said “[Samuel] Kellner was involved in extortion,” without reaching out to Kellner’s lawyer for the opposing explanation. He did this by individually speaking to people attending the demonstration for “Sam Kellner’s Immediate Exoneration.”

Rally to Free Sam Kellner (7/11/13) in front of Office of Brooklyn DA

Rally to Free Sam Kellner (7/11/13) in front of Office of Brooklyn DA

I wrote, “Yaniv’s conduct was unethical. He should be doing the hard work of sorting out this complicated case, digging into its intrigues, and honestly representing competing claims. Instead, he became an extension of the DA’s propaganda machine and tried to manipulate the story by sowing disinformation……Why should the Daily News pay a courthouse reporter to be a stenographer and megaphone for Hynes, Vecchione, and Dershowitz?”

Yesterday evening, Yaniv and I got into a Twitter exchange. Continue reading

Is Oren Yaniv a Courthouse Reporter or a DA Megaphone?

Rally to Free Sam Kellner (7/11/13) in front of Office of Brooklyn DA

Rally to Free Sam Kellner (7/11/13) in front of Office of Brooklyn DA

Coming straight from a press conference at the DA’s office, Oren Yaniv, the Daily News’ courthouse reporter, approached the group demonstrating to free Sam Kellner.  He was holding a text containing 2009 notes from a police interview with a witness that testified against Lebovits. Alan Dershowitz incorporated this note into his appeal which got Baruch Lebovits a new trial. But the appellate ruling was based on notes about Ashkenazi, not about Kellner.

Alan Dershowitz (photo by Sage Ross) GNU License

Alan Dershowitz (photo by Sage Ross) GNU License

‘It’s not so simple. Kellner was involved in extortion,” Yaniv said in ear-shot of several of the demonstrators. He then proffered the text to make the case. According to a source attending the demonstration, several people reported the same riff.

The excerpts of the text prove nothing of the sort, as anyone familiar with the case knows, especially, Detective Steve Litwin, the man who took those notes.

If Yaniv had done his job and spoken to Kellner’s attorneys he would have understood that he was handed a bum lead. Instead he was parroting Dershowitz who is aggressively touting his Kellner extortion conspiracy theory to get Baruch Lebovits off the hook.

Yaniv’s “proof” that “Kellner was involved in extortion” will probably never make it into print. If he manages to pull the wool over his editor’s eyes Continue reading