Brooklyn, NY - Men Arrested In Connection With Taking Photos In Court Arraigned On Shabbos
Brooklyn, NY - The four Orthodox Jewish men arrested on Thursday night for allegedly snapping photographs in court of the 17-year-old accuser of Nechemya Weberman, 54, were arraigned Friday night after sundown.
DNAinfo.com reports (http://bit.ly/VbZLvW) that Williamsburg residents Joseph Fried, Yona Weisman, Lemon Juice, and Abraham Zupnick were all arrested, with the charges against Zupnick dropped on Friday due to lack of evidence.
The men were released late Friday night. Bail was set at $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash for each of the three men.
If convicted, they each face up to a year in jail.
The timing of the arraignment made it nearly impossible for the men’s family to appear in court to show their support. It also forced the men to walk home from court since driving or riding on shabbos is forbidden. “It’s a huge problem,” said Yoel Fried, Joseph Fried’s brother. “They had to walk home.” The men live an estimated 2.5 to 3 miles from the courthouse.
A friend of the three men said he felt the arraignment was deliberately delayed until after shabbos had already begun. “It’s very bad. They’re doing it on purpose,” he said. “The paperwork should be done by now. It’s been 24 hours.”
The Brooklyn DA’s office said they had no control over when the arraignment took place.
Meanwhile, The NY Daily News (http://nydn.us/YiOGRq) says it has obtained a recording Of Fried who had been secretly recorded arguing with the alleged victim’s now-husband a few months ago.
“Even if it’s true, he shouldn’t go to jail,” Fried is heard saying of Weberman, “A Jew doesn’t belong in jail.”
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