Heschel School Tied To Real Estate Suit

Staff Writer
A Manhattan real estate broker claims she is being denied more than a quarter-million dollars in commission from the $20 million sale of a building for the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, according to a suit she filed recently in Manhattan Supreme Court. Although the Upper West Side academy is not named in the $1.2 million suit, an apparent agreement to shield the seller, developer Harry Macklowe, from commission and court costs could end up costing the school millions, just as it is about to launch an extensive capital campaign to fund a new high school.

Bet Din Suit

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In a case that could have drastic implications for rabbinic courts, a judge ruled last week that a defamation lawsuit by a Brooklyn woman against a bet din will go to trial. "This opens the door to a whole new genre of cases in which people are suing rabbis for doing what rabbis have done for centuries," said attorney Nathan Lewin, who is defending the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, known as Agudas Harabonim, one of America's oldest rabbinic courts.

As Rabbis Urge Calm, Hikind Cries Coverup

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Borough Park rabbis have issued an appeal for calm in the community this week as it awaits a grand jury's decision on whether the shooting of a disturbed Orthodox man last week was justified.

Pols Blast City's Busch Defense

Staff Writer
Lawyers defending New York City in the Gidone Busch federal civil suit have yet to present their case to the jury. But even before they call their own witnesses, the attorneys' line of questioning in cross-examination has ignited charges from local politicians of stereotyping and bias.

Busch Death Called 'Needless'

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The life of Gidone Busch was "needlessly taken away in a hail of bullets" by police who gunned him down in a 1999 incident in Borough Park, his family's lawyer told a jury in Brooklyn Federal Court Tuesday. At the opening of a civil suit against New York City, attorney Myron Beldock disputed the claim by five police officers that they fired in self-defense because Busch, who has a history of mental illness, was attacking them with a hammer.

Vote To Oust Hamptons Shul Board Reinstated

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After blocking members of The East Hampton Jewish Center from voting to replace their board of trustees on Dec. 4, a state Supreme Court judge in Suffolk County has reversed his ruling and now will allow the vote to take place on Dec. 25. But Judge Ralph Costello said any new officers elected may not take office until he hears arguments on Jan. 3 about whether the vote was legitimate.

British Bank Faces Terror Trial Here

Assistant Managing Editor
In the latest challenge to banks accused of helping fund terrorists, a federal judge here has allowed victims of Palestinian attacks and their families to sue a major British institution, National Westminster, that does business and has assets in the United States.

Weiner Urges Hiring Of Orthodox Cop

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(JTA) Rep. Anthony Weiner is asking the MTA to reconsider its decision not to hire an Orthodox Jewish man who said he was rejected for a police job after refusing to sign a waiver agreeing to work on Shabbat. Harvey Silver, a policeman for nine years for the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp., filed a discrimination suit in Manhattan Supreme Court in June against the Metropolitan Transit Authority and other agencies. Weiner, a Brooklyn Democrat, said the MTA probably had violated at least two articles of the state Constitution protecting freedom of religious practice.

City Seeks New Judge In A Busch Retrial

Staff Writers
Lawyers for New York City have asked federal Judge Sterling Johnson to recuse himself if there is a new civil trial in the shooting of Gidone Busch in 1999. In a rare ruling last month, Johnson vacated a 2003 jury verdict in favor of five police officers involved in the incident that led to Busch’s death, calling it a “miscarriage of justice.”

Suit Vs. Arab Bank Widened

Staff Writer
Two weeks after federal officials indicted a Texas-based nonprofit foundation and its officials for aiding terrorism, plaintiffs in an $875 million lawsuit are alleging that the group laundered “tens of thousands of dollars” through the Madison Avenue branch of Arab Bank.
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