That's right, folks. Sholom Rubashkin's attorney Nathan Lewin told judges yesterday that the Jewish religiously observant community would never have supported Sholom Rubashkin during his trial and his appeal if Rubashkin was a real criminal.
Listen to it.
And then remember that five Syrian rabbis and several other haredim were arrested on money laundering and related charges in the biggest sting of its kind in modern US history.
All of those rabbis kept their jobs and thier congregations. They continued to receive community honors. They had the complete backing of the ultra-Orthodox community, even after pleading guilty.
We all know of ultra-Orthodox rabbis who are pedophiles but who continued to be treated with honor by their communities even after their arrest and conviction. Rabbi Yehuda Kolko is a good example of this, but there are others.
Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, the head of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, has a thirty year history of financial fraud. He is still honored.
And of course we have the infamous case of Rabbi Baruch Lanner, who physically, emotionally and sexually abused NCSY kids for more than 30 years. Literally dozens of Orthodox Union staffers and lay leaders knew about this abuse but did nothing to stop it. Lanner continued to be treated with honor. When his crimes were exposed by the Jewish Week, when the public evidnce against Lanner was overwhelming, the OU did nothing. Lanner was not fired or even reprimanded. Non-Jewish newspapers picked up the story. Lanner still remained an OU employee. Lanner only resigned from the OU when he was arrested and charged. It took a special commission to force out OU leaders, and even then, many of the people who knew about Lanner's crimes and enabled them still remained. And so they do today. Lanner, a convicted sex offender, is still welcomed with open arms by many Modern Orthodox communities.
Morris Esformes, a Chicago-area rabbi whose nursing homes have been repeatedly cited for severe health and safety violations, including violations that resulted in the deaths of elderly residents, is an honored figure in the Orthodox community nonetheless. He has been honored by Chabad and other ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox organizations.
There are many more examples like these.
Now hear what Nathan Lewin says about the Orthodox/ultra-Orthodox community and its 'rejection' of criminals and realize what Lewin has done.
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The entire 70 minute audio is posted here.