Photos: David Lipman, Hershy Worch, Mordecai Tendler
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The following was posted on a blog ran by Yori Yanover. A few of his friends include Rabbi David Lipman and Rabbi Hershy Worch. He is also loosely connected to Rabbi Mordecai Tendler. Look What They’ve Done to my Speech, Ma’
USA Jewish - Wednesday, April 26, 2006
by Yori Yanover
I told a friend of mine in Jerusalem about the case of Rabbi David Lipman and I could hear over the phone how his jaw dropped. Sometimes we need to hear familiar news as it is reflected through the eyes of someone in a slightly different culture to refresh your sense of horror.
The state of Arizona received a report from a Child Protective Services hotline complaint, the cops went to Lipman’s office to question him about inappropriate touching of (children) and he responded in a self-incriminating manner. He then proceeded to mess his own case up in a fantastic way, disappearing for several months, neglecting to make his court appearance, in short, being self-destructive.
The state launched some 13 complains of child sexual abuse against Lipman, which he initially was not present to answer. All the complaints stemmed from (children's) report to someone in or connected to the CPS system.
Now check this out: The cops impounded Lipman’s office computer and discovered pornographic material on its drive, including, reportedly, child pornography.
For the possession of this material, Lipman got 13.5 years in jail.
For the child sexual abuse conviction he got probation. This was because (children), who complained about his misbehavior, pleaded with the judge not to add more time to his sentence.
This is American Democracy, 2006. It is twisted, cruel, hysterical and injurious. But I, like many Americans, have grown callused to this frightening bit of medieval justice. It took the shocked and awed response of my friend to remind me of what has been happening to our free speech over the past couple of decades.
In the 1960’s Phil Ochs sang Mississippi, find yourself another country. I think it’s time for Arizona to go looking, too.
posted by Yori Yanover at Wednesday, April 26, 2006