Michael Savage attacks Brooklyn's DA Charles Hynes and says religious law – be it Muslim, be it Jewish, be it Catholic – cannot be allowed to trump US law. But a man calling himself Max and identifying himself as an Orthodox Jewish former employee of the DA calls Savage and defends Agudath Israel of America and Hynes. He claims that while a problem exists with child sex abuse in haredi communities just as it does in other communities, the haredi community and its leaders do not protect pedophiles, and that dina d' malchuta dina, the law of the land is the law, is strictly followed by haredim, and that haredi rabbis do not decide which allegations of abuse are reported and which are not. And almost everything the man said is a lie.
Lets be clear.
Dina d'malchuta dina does NOT always apply, and the halakha "Max" misquotes makes that perfectly clear.
Past that, Agudath Israel of America itself has, on tape and in public, said very clearly that allegations of abuse must be vetted by their rabbis to determine if those allegations should be reported to police or ACS.
And Agudah and Brooklyn's DA Charles Hynes have worked out a system whereby haredi rabbis can report alleged child sex abuse or alleged child rape directly to Hynes Jewish liaison, bypassing the police and ACS workers trained to investigate allegations of child sex abuse and child rape, and keeping the alleged pedohile's name and the fact that the case exists secret.
These haredi pedophiles are allegedly offered sweetheat plea deals that involve no prison time and no sex offender registration, and if they plead guilty, their names and the existence of their cases are hidden from the public.
Did Hynes or his staff ask or pay "Max" to call Savage?
Was the call with Savage pre-arranged?
I don't know.
But I do know "Max" lied, and he did so in the name of Orthodox Judaism.