Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Trial: Jewish rabbi ran "kidnap team"

[Feminist?] Rabbi Mendel Epstein, left, arrives for his trial at federal court in Trenton, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Prosecutors say Epstein employed a kidnap team to force unwilling [Orthodlox] Jewish husbands to divorce their wives (AP).

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TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) - Before prosecutors described Rabbi Mendel Epstein as a leader in a devout Orthodox community, they played a short, grainy video clip that they say shows that he is a criminal.

"Basically, what we're going to be doing is kidnapping a guy for a couple [of] hours," he's heard telling two undercover FBI agents about what prosecutors say was a staged kidnapping in 2013.

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Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of Epstein and his three co-defendants: son David Epstein, Jay Goldstein, and Binyamin Stimler. Mendel Epstein, who is accused of employing a kidnap team to force unwilling Jewish husbands to divorce their wives, faces charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted kidnapping. The others face similar charges stemming from a staged kidnapping in 2013 and three other forced divorces.

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Defense attorney Robert Stahl disputed the charges and portrayed Mendel Epstein, 69, as a "champion of women's rights."

"This is not a band of criminals extorting men for money or beating them for money," Stahl said, arguing that Jewish law allows recalcitrant husbands to be forced to giving a divorce document known as a "get."

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He called the husbands the villains as Epstein, dressed in a dark suit, silently nodded toward Stahl. Prosecutors allege the Orthodox rabbi's team used brutal methods and tools, including handcuffs and electric cattle prods, to torture the men into granting divorces. More

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