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Brooklyn, NY - Rabbi Condemns Judge For Lenient Sentence In Abuse Case

Published on: July 13, 2012 02:04 PM
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 Rabbi Shea Hecht(L). Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Martin Murphy (R) Rabbi Shea Hecht(L). Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Martin Murphy (R)

Brooklyn, NY - In a press release made public today, a Brooklyn rabbi slammed a Supreme Court judge who handed down the minimum allowable sentence yesterday to an admitted serial pedophile, saying that the sentence completely undermines the justice system and will have devastating results within the Jewish community.

“You have made a mockery of justice and spat in the face of our families,” said Rabbi Shea Hecht, with the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education, in his press release.

As previously reported on VIN News, Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Martin Murphy yesterday sentenced Andrew Goodman to just two years in jail.  The 27 year old Goodman, a resident of Flatbush, admitted to sexually abusing a pair of Orthodox brothers over a period of four years, and pleaded guilty to 118 counts of 48 felonies.  Although Goodman made bail after his arrest in 2010, he was remanded to Riker’s Island after community members filmed other boys leaving his home in the early morning hours, and with time already served, Goodman will have completed his sentence and will be out on the streets in just two months.

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Rabbi Hecht further accused Judge Murphy of reversing the positive strides made by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, whose office has devoted considerable resources to persuading Jewish victims to report instances of abuse to the authorities and trusting the legal system to mete out justice.

“Your compassion for an unrepentant pedophile only reinforces the notion that the justice system is no place for a Jew. You have set the efforts to lift the veil of silence from our communities back almost completely,” said Rabbi Hecht.

Rabbi Hecht, who sent a letter to Judge Murphy prior to the sentencing asking for an appropriately lengthy sentence to be served, was just one individual who requested a tougher sentence for Goodman. 

According to reports on the Sheepshead Bay blog, SheepsheadBites.com, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz sent a letter to Judge Murphy asking for a seven year sentence for Goodman, a prison term recommended by the Brooklyn DA’s office.  Prosecutors had been seeking a seven year sentence on each count, which would have kept Goodman in jail for the rest of his life.

Despite what he termed a miscarriage of justice, Rabbi Hecht was steadfast in his commitment that all cases of sexual abuse must be reported to the authorities.

“Abusers like Goodman are an imminent threat to our children and our families,” stressed Rabbi Hecht.  “We are obligated by Jewish law to eradicate their threat by reporting them to the authorities.”


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 Jul 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM shredready Says:

interesting while i like what he said they never say it when the person is black hat why is that?

Or hopefully this is a change in attitude.

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 02:30 PM YankyMayer Says:

All those VIN haters who love the american justice system and despise the Rabbi's, now you got justice ;-)
Bet you had he been dressed with a black coat even worse go with a hat he would of been convicted for 200 years... and all self hated jews would be so excited...

Ein Luny Al Me Le'shuien

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 02:28 PM Yipyap Says:

Why do the rebbeim run to condemn a modern yid? I bet if he was a rebbi they would protect him

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM mytake Says:

This news article left me feeling nauseous. And scared for our kids safety. And a deep distrust for our justice system.... :(

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM Aryeh Says:

And SMR got a life sentance?!

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 02:46 PM shredready Says:

Reply to #2  
YankyMayer Says:

All those VIN haters who love the american justice system and despise the Rabbi's, now you got justice ;-)
Bet you had he been dressed with a black coat even worse go with a hat he would of been convicted for 200 years... and all self hated jews would be so excited...

Ein Luny Al Me Le'shuien

lair

most black hat molesters get off have you been in a cave the last few years

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 02:47 PM shredready Says:

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mytake Says:

This news article left me feeling nauseous. And scared for our kids safety. And a deep distrust for our justice system.... :(

yeah

but when they sentence a black hat molester you and others go crazy he needs to feed his family and stuff like that

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
shredready Says:

interesting while i like what he said they never say it when the person is black hat why is that?

Or hopefully this is a change in attitude.

If a person would get almost no sentence, he would. Certainly if they got such a deminimus sentence.

Which was not the case by any "Black Hat" people. Even in cases were the verdict was subsequently overturned because the case was based on lies, sentences were about 30 years.

The question is why YOU do not protest such a nothing of a sentence. Probably because you see yourself in just this case. Such an eckeldike person you are. As eckeldike as your kindered spirit, Mr. Andrew Goodman.

Go run to your buddy Avreich1, he can explain why you are eckeldike.

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 02:49 PM mixedup Says:

Does anyone know the details of this case ? How old were the victims ? There is a big difference if they were 15 or 8

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM Kosher_Ham Says:

This is actually a misleading news article. It's a settlement reached by the Crooklyn's DA Office with the judge and it never went to trial. The 2 year sentence is 2 months short of time already served by Andrew Goodman. It's crocodile tears from the Bklyn's DA Office pointing the finger at the judge instead of doing their own navel gazing. See Nuchem's Blog for greater details into this story. Unfortunately, I cannot post the URL link in this comment, as that goes against posting rules. Also, see Shmarya's FM blog.

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 03:38 PM chayala Says:

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shredready Says:

lair

most black hat molesters get off have you been in a cave the last few years

If this were a chassidish man he would 48 life consecutive sentences

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 03:41 PM therabbi Says:

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mixedup Says:

Does anyone know the details of this case ? How old were the victims ? There is a big difference if they were 15 or 8

there is no difference as far as the law is considered between 8-15 they are both considered statutory rape

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM PMOinFL Says:

At least the entire nation knows who this man is and will know to keep their children FAR away from him. If nothing else, that is SOMETHING good that came out of this.

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 03:57 PM Yipyap Says:

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chayala Says:

If this were a chassidish man he would 48 life consecutive sentences

If it was a chassidish man he wouldnt get anything because the case would never see light of day. The victims would be intimidated and the rebbaim would protect the pervert and they would say its the fault of the victim

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM a victim Says:

This is outrageous on so many levels! Thank You Rabbi for sticking up for the downtrodden. I wonder if the Bais Hamikdosh was around, they would send a man like this to the Oraiy Miklot after his release. Freedom of movement in that city, but if you leave you can get whacked... and yes I do equate molestation of young children with murder! Possibly worse..

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM Brooklyn mom Says:

What a travesty! Someone like him gets a slap on the wrist and someone like Rubashkin was basically given a lifetime sentence and people like Pollard are sitting jail even though he is so ill. I hope all you bleeding heart liberals are happy. I'd like to see how fast you would change your minds if chos vishalom it would happen to someone you loved. This judge should be removed from bench. He has made a mockery of our justice system. Good Shabbos to all.

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM TheRealJoe123 Says:

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Yipyap Says:

Why do the rebbeim run to condemn a modern yid? I bet if he was a rebbi they would protect him

B/C this guy was a top of the line Abuser no if or buts this guy did 100x what he was convicted of doing. most of the public molesters till now people can have different opinions etc NOT in this case the guy basically admitted to having a thing for under age kids with his retarded speech.

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM shredready Says:

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Anonymous Says:

If a person would get almost no sentence, he would. Certainly if they got such a deminimus sentence.

Which was not the case by any "Black Hat" people. Even in cases were the verdict was subsequently overturned because the case was based on lies, sentences were about 30 years.

The question is why YOU do not protest such a nothing of a sentence. Probably because you see yourself in just this case. Such an eckeldike person you are. As eckeldike as your kindered spirit, Mr. Andrew Goodman.

Go run to your buddy Avreich1, he can explain why you are eckeldike.

do I need to provide a list a very long list of no sentence to black hat molesters.

lets just start with kolco and no sentence for his enabler margolies.

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 04:38 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Thank you, Rabbi Hecht! You're doing Hashem's work

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM Anonymous Says:

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shredready Says:

do I need to provide a list a very long list of no sentence to black hat molesters.

lets just start with kolco and no sentence for his enabler margolies.

Really. You are a blithering idiot. A complete idiot.

Provide a list of "black hat" molesters that were found guilty and were let free or out with almost no sentence at all. Then compare it to the list of all others such as yourself.

Kolko was never found guilty of molesting. And never admitted to it. How can yo compare cases.

Really stupid you are. Completely.

Hey you are out on the street and you are not "black hat". That alone is proof that non black hatters are treated easier.

And of course you never responded as to why you are not upset by this travesty. A person who himself that he will continue what he was doing.

If you are looking for hypocrisy, you have to look no further than the mirror, if you can bear looking at something so eckeldik.

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM You're so right Says:

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YankyMayer Says:

All those VIN haters who love the american justice system and despise the Rabbi's, now you got justice ;-)
Bet you had he been dressed with a black coat even worse go with a hat he would of been convicted for 200 years... and all self hated jews would be so excited...

Ein Luny Al Me Le'shuien

Thank you! Couldn't agree more with you. Hirsch is one of those quick to blame rabbis and orthodoxy, obsessed with hatred of Jews, all while pretending to be an "advocate." now let's see if he turns his focus onto anger on the judge...something tells me he won't. He has to continue his campaign of hatred against rabbis.

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Yipyap Says:

Why do the rebbeim run to condemn a modern yid? I bet if he was a rebbi they would protect him

Modern yid? Do you see a yarmulke on his head? Doesn't look in the least Frum,

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 Jul 13, 2012 at 07:24 PM Anonymous Says:

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Aryeh Says:

And SMR got a life sentance?!

SMR did not get any "sentance", let alone a life sentence. stop exaggerating.

And what does this have to do with that?

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 Jul 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM YaKNaHaZ Says:

May Judge Murphy is Queer himself.

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 Jul 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM jewish-person Says:

Reply to #19  
Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Thank you, Rabbi Hecht! You're doing Hashem's work

agreed. rabbi hecht is a very, very good man.

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 Jul 16, 2012 at 01:43 PM ActualJew Says:

Thank G-d we have at least some rebbeim with an ounce of decency and courage to speak up. This judge should rot along with his friend, this murderous Jew.

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 Jul 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM ephesians115 Says:

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Brooklyn mom Says:

What a travesty! Someone like him gets a slap on the wrist and someone like Rubashkin was basically given a lifetime sentence and people like Pollard are sitting jail even though he is so ill. I hope all you bleeding heart liberals are happy. I'd like to see how fast you would change your minds if chos vishalom it would happen to someone you loved. This judge should be removed from bench. He has made a mockery of our justice system. Good Shabbos to all.

I agree with you, I was raped and molested as a young person. This judge better pray that this never happens to his children or grandchildren. I can lay down at night now and sleep very well. I bet the judge has bad dreams about decisions he has made.

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 Jul 20, 2012 at 12:19 AM Laura09 Says:

This case breaks my heart. The Rabbi worked so hard in getting justice for these two young men and to have Judge Martin Murphy give Andrew Goodman two years and will only be two months with time served. We need to speak up for all children that this is to never happen again.

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