The Court granted bail to Valis, alleged baby killer. He is to be supervised by his parents while he lives in his Grandparent’s house and is not allowed to attend services. No one took Muffti’s advice to release him to the care of Rabbis in position of babysitter.
The release by Hareidi Rabbis is printed below, taken from beautifully designedCross-Currents.
â€œHoly Callâ€ from our masters and teachers, great scholars of Israel, may they have long lives.
Since several of the dearest of our city (Jerusalem), among them the Rabbis of the student Israel Asher Valis, are working with all their strength to bring out the right and the truth to light, and to prove that he is clean of transgression, and to remove him from prison. Therefore we call upon our brethren the Children of Israel in every place to help them, and every person should do what he can to work with them, and to also help the family because the expenses are great and the family doesn’t have in their hands enough to withstand the expenses. And all who help and assist shall be blessed from the Source of Blessings.
Signed by Rav Elyashiv, Rav Steinman, Rav MY Lefkowitz, Rav Karelitz, Rav Kanievsky, Rav Shmuel Auerbach, Rav G Edelstein, and Rav Meir Tzvi Bergman. [emphasis Muffti’s]
Anyhow, Muffti appologizes for passing on misleading information. He finds the letter reprehensible since it presupposes Valis’ innocence (or a complete lack of sensitivity on behalf of the community to justice!) – why else would they call for a search for exonerating evidence rather than just evidence? Muffti is not against treating people as innocent until proven guilty: but he is against the insensitivity to evidence. Let us remember that ‘innocent until proven’ guilty is a legal maxim – no one may be penalized without being found guilty. It doesn’t follow that people should treat any and all evidence against his innocence as misleading. The whole point of doing an investigation is no to prove innocence but to establish whether or not the person is guilty. Why are the Rabbi’s treating his innocence as a given?
Consider the opposite proposal that Muffti makes in parody:
â€œGeneral Callâ€ from the Muffti’s secular heroes, great atheist thinkers, may they have long lives.
Since several of the dearest of our city (Jerusalem), among them the Police and investigators, are working with all their strength to bring out the right and the truth to light, and to prove that he guilty of being a baby abuser and killer, and to send him straight back to prison. Therefore we call upon our brethren the Children of Israel in every place to help them, and every person should do what he can to work with them.
Pretty silly, no?
Valis, for his part, retracted his confession as soon as he could.
They [the police] are total criminals; you cannot imagine which despicable methods they used against me to fabricate a ‘confession.’ Even if they wanted to prove that I made an atomic bomb they would have succeeded,”
Let Muffti guess: they bit you, beat you, kicked you and smashed you against the wall? According to Mrs. Valis, a shady investigator disguised as a lawyer convinced Valis that pleading guilty would lead to immeadiate release. Here’s the account as told by Ynet:
Valas’ wife told confidents that when her husband was arrested, an investigator disguised as a lawyer sent by the family spoke to her husband in Yiddish and succeeded in convincing him that if he pleads guilty he will be released immediately.
She said her husband told the investigator he is not willing to lie but he offered to put this in writing so no lies are said on his behalf.
That’s why the police possess a confession to the murder written by her husband, something which is not acceptable in general. She said her husband suffered a series of “menacing and terrible” abuses.
Huh? Can anyone explain what this means to the Muffti? Valis didn’t want to lie but offered to put ‘this’ in writing so no lies are said? What is ‘this’? And how did the poor child, get the bite marks? This case is as perplexing as it is heartbreaking.
In any case, so the Muffti isn’t thought to be heartless, he would like to express just how awful this whole incident is, and how at the centre of the story is not Valis, the police or the Hareidim but the poor child (whose name Muffti can scarcely track down). Not only has he suffered the most, he’s the only person involved in the case who is clearly blameless.