Lawyer asks US judge to consider abusive rabbi’s ‘good works’

Lawyer asks US judge to consider abusive rabbi’s ‘good works’ December 8, 2019

A LAWYER representing a prominent Connecticut rabbi convicted of repeatedly abusing a teenage boy over a two-year period asked the a judge to take into account the ‘good works’ he had done.

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David Grudberg, representing rabbi Daniel Greer, above, founder of the  Yeshiva of New Haven, said that, following his arrest and conviction on four counts of abusing yeshiva student Eliyahu Mirlis, the rabbi had lost his religious school.

Grudberg said:

Daniel Greer has already been punished. He was the de facto mayor of Edgewood. But he now finds himself a pariah in the community. He has suffered public scorn. His name has been splashed across the newspaper in negative ways.

This cut no ice with Superior Court Judge Jon Alander who, on Monday, sentenced the 79-year-old rabbi to spend 20 years in state prison — to be suspended after he serves 12 years behind bars. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years and serve 10 years of probation.

Greer – who has publicly crusaded against gay rights, prostitution, and coed university dorms – was convicted in September. He denied the accusations by Mirlis, who claimed that Greer repeatedly raped and molested him at the Jewish boarding school he attended in 2002 and 2003, as well as at Greer’s New Haven home, at Edgewood Park and a motel in Branford. He

Said Mirlis in a statement read in court by a prosecutor:

Daniel Greer is a monster. Daniel Greer has never apologised for all he did to me. Daniel Greer has no remorse. Daniel Greer should be incarcerated immediately to stop him from committing future crimes.

Mirlis, who was between 15 and 17  at the time of the abuse, won a civil lawsuit in 2017 requiring Greer to pay him $21.7 million, but that money has thus far gone uncollected.

Judge Alander excoriated Greer for his actions prior to sentencing, saying evidence at trial showed that Greer “repeatedly sexually abused” Mirlis over several months — a “monumental betrayal” and a “colossal violation of trust.”

He committed the worst possible crime in the worst possible way.

Greer declined to speak in court, saying his attorneys had recommended that he “remain silent” due to his ongoing appeal.

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  • Broga

    At last, the judges begin to see through the religious fraud. Not too long ago the defence of being in thrall to the devil was effective and the followers even accepted that his experience made him better able to protect the criminal. Lots of praying to Jesus, being saved etc.

    Still works, of course, but perhaps no quite so acceptable.

    I see Trump has now said he is the best President ever. I wonder if he has a brain tumour? This is so abnormal.

  • Michael Neville

    There’s a saying in the Navy: One awshit wipes out a thousand attaboys. A rape conviction is a massive awshit

  • Good works don’t mean shirt, the dude wasn’t just an abuser, but a child abuser.

  • It’s perfectly normal for a narcissist.

  • Jim Jones

    He was born abnormal. And he has seriously decayed recently.

  • Broga

    I thought so. There has to be something. He is now dangerously unstable. My long dead Scots grannie, a kindly woman from a different age, often said in relation to the mentally ill, “More to be pitied than mocked.” I can’t quite manage that with Trump who is a major force in wrecking the environment and may yet launch nuclear war.

  • Mike Panic

    No Jewish people pushing for a “2nd Amendment solution” lie the republoicans have suggested against liberals and atheists?

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Silly lawyer. That privilege is reserved for Christians who abuse children.

  • HematitePersuasion

    But aside from that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?

  • Freethinker

    Solid judgement. For a change.

  • persephone

    A few of judges.

    I don’t think it’s a tumor9. *cue Arnold yelling, “It’s not a tumah!” I think it’s age plus he’s done a lot of drugs9.