in the interest of accuracy, this is not pressure from conservative rabbis (conservative judaism follows the "law of the land", the ultra orthodox community believes it has special dispensation from God to behave as they see fit - they answer to a Higher Authority than flesh and blood officers of the law); it is pressure from ultra observant (and often seriously misguided) rabbis who work hard to keep "their own" out of both the limelight and jail. In offering Andrew Goodman two years with time served for copping a plea this past Friday, the judge basically was telling the "other side" to back off and tend to their own business. Andrew Goodman is not a member of their (warped) community and this case should never have gotten lumped with Hynes' whole Kol Tzedek initiative which is, imho, just another way to cover up the rampant sexual abuse by people in positions of authority in that community.
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