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Alternate Jurors Speaking: I Would Have Acquitted Nechemya Weberman – Jurors Split

One of the alternate jurors released today from serving on the explosive sex trial of a prominent Hasidic leader said she would have voted to acquit — and two other dismissed jurors said they would only have voted to convict him on some of the charges.

“I didn’t have enough evidence to nail the person. No video, no DNA,” said the juror, a middle-aged black woman. “There wasn’t enough evidence for me. Both sides were a little shady.”

Nechmya Weberman, 54, allegedly forced himself on a 12-year-old Brooklyn girl for three years after she was sent to him for counseling, prosecutors charge.

The 12-person jury who will decide his fate began deliberations today, so the five alternate jurors were released from duty.

Two other alternate jurors said they would have voted to acquit Weberman of some of the 60 counts he faces.

“I still think there is enough evidence to convict — some of the charges at least,” said a white male juror in his 30s, who said he would have voted Weberman guilty of sex abuse and child endangerment, but not on the top count of sexual conduct against a child.

Weberman could face 25 years on the top count alone.

“I don’t know what the jury’s going to do. I think they are split right down the middle. I was split down the middle as well. It’s a tough one,” the juror said. “I thought there was a lack of evidence there. At the same time the Hasidic community does hide a lot. You can see it.”

Another alternate juror said he believed Weberman did abuse the girl in his office, but would not have voted to convict on every charge.

“I think he’s guilty, but it’s a matter of what he’s guilty of,” the dismissed juror said.

Deliberations halted early at 2:30 p.m. so Weberman could head home for the Jewish Sabbath. The jury will resume deliberations Monday.

Source: The NY Daily News and The NY Post

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5 Responses to Alternate Jurors Speaking: I Would Have Acquitted Nechemya Weberman – Jurors Split

  1. Yid

    December 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    One thing no one is split on, is that the chillil hashem is at its worst and might have very long-lasting effects

  2. Not Good News

    December 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    That is probably exactly whats gonna happen here. We will never know the truth as none of us were there.

    They will find him guilty of some and innocent of some! and he will get probation. This is exactly the case with all these type of cases, there is no evidence, thats why it is so hard to prescute and makes it hard for victims to come forward

  3. Common Sense

    December 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Well at least they make sense.

    Unlike th epeople in the Satmar community that just say it never happened. I hear what the jury is saying, there is no direct evidance and i can see that

  4. Ex Satmar Man

    December 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Whether the jury finds him guilt or not, is irrelevant to the truth. They all believe that he did something wrong, the question is only if they have enough prove without the shadow of a doubt to throw the books at him.

    What we all have learned is that Satmar dropped the ball for the 100th time and one again they will do nothing about it. As an ex satmar man, I can tell you that the problem is much worse than we know but they have the power and the chutzpah they have is something none dares or is capable of fighting, so the saga continues

  5. Really?

    December 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    He is going down! Dont let the story fool you, they can see straight through him and they will hopefully put him away for a long long time