(JTA) -- Former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest on his own recognizance on Friday after prosecutors said there were doubts about the credibility of the woman who accused him of sexual assault.
The accuser, a housekeeper at New York's Sofitel hotel, on May 14 accused Strauss-Kahn of having violently assaulted her when she entered his room. Since then, the New York Times quoted officials as saying, she has repeatedly lied about her alleged links to drug-dealers and money launderers.
(JTA) -- A federal judge who sentenced three men to the minimum 25 years in prison for plotting to blow up synagogues in New York City said the government provoked the crime, while calling the men "thugs."
Manhattan U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon handed down the minimum term on Wednesday. The men could have faced life in prison following their convictions last October for planting bombs at the Riverdale Jewish Center and the Riverdale Temple, both in the Bronx, and of planning to shoot down U.S. military aircraft using surface-to-...
(JTA) -- Rabbi Basil Herring is leaving his position as head of the Rabbinical Council of America.
Herring has served as executive vice president of the RCA, the umbrella organization for nearly 1,000 Orthodox rabbis in 14 countries, since 2003.
RCA President Rabbi Shmuel Goldin of Ahavath Torah in Englewood, N.J., told JTA that Herring was “transitioning out of his position,” but will continue with the RCA in some other capacity yet to be worked out.
A search committee will be convened to find his replacement, Goldin said.
(JTA) -- David Williams, the GOP candidate for Kentucky governor, repudiated a supporter for accusing his opponent of seeking "Jewish money."
The Lexington-Herald Leader reported June 20 that attorney Larry Forgy accused Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of choosing former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson to run for lieutenant governor "to attract New York and Hollywood Jewish money."