Briefs

Leiby Kletzky’s Alleged Murderer Is Insane, Lawyer Says

10/25/2011

A lawyer for the man who confessed to killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky said the confession was coerced and his client is insane.

Howard Greenberg, an attorney for Levi Aron, said during a hearing Monday in New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn that he will prove that Aron is not guilty by reason of insanity in the July murder.

Aron appeared in court through a video conference. He reportedly did not move or say a word during the hearing, according to the New York Post.

New Study Characterizes Agunot

10/25/2011

Most agunot are younger woman with children who are trying to leave a first marriage, according to a new study.

The findings, which identified 462 instances of women refused a Jewish divorce, or get, over a five-year period, suggest that there has been an increase in such cases, while the rate of case resolution has been on the decline. These “chained women” have little money and are not aware of the resources available to them.

Jewish Gymnasts Win Medals At World Championships

10/18/2011

 American Alexandra Raisman won a bronze medal on the floor exercise for a routine choreographed to “Hava Nagila” at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.

Raisman, 17, of suburban Boston, also was the captain of the U.S. gold medal-winning squad in the absence of Alicia Sacramone, who was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Egypt Reportedly Ready To Free Ilan Grapel In Prisoner Swap With Israel

10/18/2011

Egypt will reportedly release dual American-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel in a prisoner exchange deal with Israel.

Grapel, who Egypt accuses of being a spy, will be released in exchange for 81 Egyptians being held in Israel on charges such as trying to illegally cross into the country, murder, drug trafficking, illegal residency and holding unlicensed weapons, according to the Egyptian newspaper Ahram. Three of the Egyptians held in Israel are under the age of 14, Ahram reported.

Grapel has not yet been indicted, and his detention was extended recently by 45 days.

8 New Arrests In $57 Million Fraud At Claims Conference

10/18/2011

Eight additional people were arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the fraud at the Claims Conference, which now tops $57 million.

The arrests Oct. 12 brought the total number of arrests in the case to 30.

Madoff ‘Clawback’ Suit Going After Jewish Group Helping The Elderly

10/18/2011

The trustee charged with recovering assets lost in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is suing the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged for $5.2 million.

The case, Picard v. Jewish Association, was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York in Manhattan on Oct. 14.

It is one of hundreds of “clawback” lawsuits filed by bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard in order to collect money received from the Ponzi scheme.

Charter Schools Get Cash, But One Is Nixed

10/11/2011
Associate Editor

Two yet-to-be-opened Hebrew charter schools in New Jersey each received federal grants of $200,000 and were among only 23 charter schools nationally to receive the grants, totaling $5 million.

One of the schools, however, Tikkun Olam in Highland Park, N.J., has not yet obtained a charter to operate; its third application to the New Jersey Department of Education was recently rejected.

Lawsuit Claims Film 'Drive' Is Anti-Semitic

10/11/2011

 A Michigan woman has filed a lawsuit over the film "Drive," charging that the trailer was misleading and that the movie is anti-Semitic.

Alleged Serial Killers Say They Murdered One Victim For 'Jewish-Sounding Name'

10/11/2011

A white supremacist couple accused of four West Coast murders said they intended to “kill more Jews,” according  to court documents.

David Joseph Pedersen and Holly Grigsby were arrested north of Sacramento, Calif., last week after allegedly killing Pedersen’s father, stepmother and two strangers, including 19-year old Cody Myers, in a monthlong killing spree that spanned California, Washington and Oregon.

New Charges Against Accused Spy Ilan Grapel

10/11/2011

Egypt reportedly has added charges against dual American-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel, who is accused of being a spy.

In addition to the current espionage charges, the Egyptian State Security Prosecutor has charged Grapel with incitement and the attempted arson of the country's Interior Ministry building and police headquarters in Cairo during January's riots in the capital, according to the Egyptian daily al-Ahram.

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