Skeptic News: Sect attempts to intimidate trial witnesses

From: San Francisco Gate

Four men have been arrested on charges they photographed a 17-year-old girl testifying in a New York sexual abuse trial against a religious counsellor.

The men were at the Brooklyn trial of Nechemya Weberman on Thursday. Weberman has pleaded not guilty to charges he abused the girl for years when he was supposed to be counseling her. Both belong to an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect.

The girl was on the witness stand when the men, supporters of Weberman, snapped images. One was posted on Twitter, though the girl’s name was not included.
Court officers confiscated the cell phones. It’s illegal to photograph in courtrooms without a court order. The men face contempt charges.

Before the trial, other men were charged with trying to bribe the girl so she would drop charges.

The intimidation tactics of the Satmar community have been commented on before but in this case they appear to have backfired.

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