Mike Diederich, Jr. – DA Candidate Rockland County, NY – Op Ed., Values that Protect All Citizens

About Mike Diederich’s DA Opponent, Judge Thomas E. Walsh II

Note to Reader:

Mike Diederich, Jr. is running against Judge Thomas E. Walsh II for the DA position in Rockland County, NY. Judge Walsh, who is running as both an avid Republican and an avid Democrat (depending upon the locations of the signs) seems not to have been able to decide which platform suits him best. We are not really certain what to make of that, except to state that it would seem he has no particular sense of loyalty.

Walsh has been endorsed by a number of law enforcement agencies; but is also funded in large part by big development within Rockland County, with money coming in from Brooklyn, from Lakewood and from other areas which are currently mired in development controversies.

The same people who equate code enforcement with anti-Semitism are the same people supporting Walsh.

In 2013, Judge Walsh, in an article entitlted “New York’s Double Dippers” was cited in the Democratic Chronicle as one of the top paid members of the judiciary at that time:

17 state judges collected salaries and pensions last year, the highest earner being Surrogate Court Judge Thomas E. Walsh II, a retired local judge in Haverstraw, Rockland County, and a former county attorney. State records show he earned a $104,687 pension and two salaries — $3,750 from the state Department of Taxation and Finance and $132,260 as a state judge; he’s also an acting Supreme Court judge. His total compensation was $240,698.

We suspect a win for DA would mark him squarely as one of the top paid people in the County, if not the State, when you attach all of his accumulated pension and benefits; but we cannot independently verify how exactly that works, whether or not he keeps other pensions or has to relinquish them. To the best of our knowledge Walsh is no longer paid as a judge, though we are uncertain what other benefits he may be receiving.

 

Opinion – Mike Diederich, Jr.

 

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No, It Isn’t Anti-Semitism

In response to “Chassidim Are The Target, Not Overdevelopment” (op-ed, Sept. 13):

Concerns about irresponsible development in Rockland County are not anti-chassidic; “us vs. them” name-calling is counterproductive; and labeling people anti-Semitic when they are simply concerned about the problems they see around them is un-American.

Rockland’s homeowners see ever-increasing taxes of all sorts; public corruption that stems, at least in part, from bloc voting; housing and fire code violations endangering lives; crumbling public schools; and educationally-deficient private schools.

Our nation is great because we welcome diversity and respect everyone’s right to their own religious beliefs. I learned this from my father, who fought in World War II. But religious belief does not give a citizen a free pass to ignore the obligations of citizenship – and one of these obligations is to be an educated citizen.

An informed, educated citizen knows it’s wrong to discriminate against a person because of his religious faith, knows it’s wrong to say, “You cannot live in my neighborhood” because of unfamiliar clothing attire or customs, and knows it’s wrong to be a bigot.

But an informed, educated citizen also knows it’s wrong to deny children their right to a sound secular education and know it’s wrong to call someone an anti-Semite for supporting core American values.

I am an independent Democrat running for District Attorney in Rockland County who served with the U.S. military in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been part of the fight against religious hatred. And as District Attorney, I will promote the values I outlined above since these values protect all citizens.

Mike Diederich, Jr.
Stony Point, NY

Land Use and Shuls Hot Topics to Focus on For Upcoming Elections – Toms River, NJ

Land Use and Shuls Front and Center in Toms River Election

A recent Asbury Park Press article highlighted the prominent place that issues surrounding Toms River’s Orthodox population have taken in its local elections set to be held this November.

Most prominent is a proposed zoning change that would significantly reduce the amount of acreage needed to build a house of worship. The 10 acre requirement, has stymied the development of shuls in the North Dover area which is home to several hundred Orthodox families.

The proposal was released last month, but was quickly pulled from the agenda by retiring Town Council President, George Wittman Jr. He and Council Vice President Maurice “Mo” Hill said they would not support the change. Yet, later, Mr. Hill, a Republican, said that he would approve it if it would satisfy federal authorities who are presently investigating the town’s land use laws amid accusations of bias.

Mr. Hill’s Democratic rival, Jonathan Petro, has increasingly seized on the issue, in attempt to paint his opponent as sympathetic to the needs of the Orthodox community. Mr. Hill has vehemently denied that he has been influenced by any special interests.

Toms River is one of the state’s largest Republican strongholds, but in 2017 elections three Democrats won seats on its council largely with rhetoric criticizing what they portrayed as the council’s accommodation of the Orthodox community’s growth. Some of their campaign literature was criticized as anti-Semitic. One of the group’s most outspoken members, Daniel Roderick, who was recently censured by his fellow council members, re-registered as a Republican shortly after the election.

 

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Controversy Over Proposed Zoning Changes For Houses of Worship in Toms River

LAKEWOOD –

A last-minute move to pull a zoning change that would have eased stiff restrictions on building houses of worship in Toms River boiled over into a public squabble among the township’s Council members.

Township documents reveal that under pressure from the federal Department of Justice (DOJ), the Council had acquiesced to amend an ordinance that required a 10-acre lot in order to build a house of worship, along with a set of related bylaws that have stood in the way of applications from both shuls and mosques in the past.

Yet, last week, when changes appeared on the agenda of a Land Use Committee hearing, they were suddenly pulled. Council President George Wittmann and Council Vice President Maurice “Mo” Hill both questioned how the amendments had found their way to meeting and stated that they would oppose such moves.

Shortly after the Council leaders’ statements appeared in the Asbury Park Press, Councilwoman Laurie Huryk called them out in a press release.

“Council President Wittmann knows exactly how the zoning changes ended up on the Land Use Committee agenda; the Township had committed to the Department of Justice that Toms River would be brought into compliance with Federal Law this year,” she said. “These corrective actions had been discussed many times, and needed to be enacted in a timely manner in order to save the taxpayers of Toms River untoward fines and penalties resulting from the current Federal Investigation.”

Neither Council President Wittmann nor Vice President Hill returned requests for comment from Hamodia.

The DOJ initially opened an investigation of Tom River’s land use regulations vis-à-vis religious organizations in 2016. At the time, a lawsuit was before the courts from the town’s Chabad house, which claimed restrictions on its operation were motivated by a spillover of efforts to block an influx of Orthodox Jews to the town’s North Dover section, which borders Lakewood.

Chabad won the suit and the investigation was closed in April 2018. However, according to a township report on land use rules affecting houses of worship, in December of that year the DOJ announced it was reopening investigations.

Months earlier, the township hired Marci Hamilton, a legal expert specializing in religious land use and a well-known advocate against the expansion of rights for faith groups to advise the Council.

Over the past four years, Mrs. Hamilton’s clients have suffered a string of losses in clashes with Orthodox groups, including attempts to stymie construction of a new Chabad center in Boca Raton, an eruv in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, and a kollel and affiliated housing in Pomona, New York.

The Council, Mrs. Hamilton, and other township officials met with both the DOJ and on at least one occasion with representatives of Toms River’s Orthodox community to appraise the legal viability of its ordinances. The result was an agreement to several changes, most notably a reduction from 10 to seven acres in order to build a house of worship. According to media reports, a clause was also accepted that would lower that to two acres in North Dover, but this is absent from the released documents.

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Rabbi Daniel Greer – Conviction for Molestation over Years, and the Silence of the Press and Jewish Groups is Deafening

From the site of Larry Noodles who has covered Rabbi Greer Extensively.

 

GOAT RECRUITED OUT OF TOWN MENSCHEN FOR YOM KIPPUR

This young Jew from out of town is very happy to bend over and speak with convicted pedophile Rabbi Daniel Greer in his black Mercury on the Eve of Yom Kippur. The Goat had no problem recruiting Jews who believe in conspiracy theories. It’s not just the dumb goyim who believe in conspiracy theories. These Jews believe that the Goat was falsely accused of sexual molestation by Avi Hack, Eli Mirlis and Rafi in order to take the Goat’s ill begotten monies that the Goat received from scamming the State of Connecticut and the City of New Haven for years. In the civil trial the jury heard that Ezi Greer was also molested by the Goat. Talk about a vast right wing deep state pizzagoat conspiracy!

Rabbi Daniel Greer, AKA “the Goat” has used his conviction to recruit Jews to the compound. There are many Jews living in Amish style communities with little interaction with the outside world. These Jews even dress like the Amish. Jews who live in Lakewood, Kiryas Yoel, Monsey, Williamsburg and Monroe choose to live in these communities because they believe that the outside world is doomed. They insulated themselves from the morally bankrupt secular world. They have good intentions. They do not want their children to be exposed to a country run by criminals in the White House, pedophiles in Hollywood and con artists on Wall Street. You can’t blame them. The President’s Office and the halls of Congress are occupied by rednecks, hillbillies and trailer trash whose only goal is to line their pockets at the expense of the American people. They wrap themselves in the American flag while their families profit off of such thug countries as Russia, China, and the Ukraine. These criminals don’t even know the rules of the criminal underworld. Criminals are not supposed to rat each other out to the authorities. Trump had no problem ratting out Biden to China for Biden’s sleezy business dealings with the Ukraine. The United States government is run by criminals, traitors and rats. It takes a criminal like myself to recognize another criminal. The guys I lived with in Otisville Federal prison are amateurs compared to the professional crooks in Washington DC, Wall Street, and Beverly Hills.

The Jews who chose to set up their own utopian communes created their own set of problems. They created a yeshiva system that protects and even honors pedophile Rabbis. They created a backward, fundamentalist world where conspiracy theories abound. They think that the goyim want to kill them with the measles vaccine. They rail against homosexuals yet homosexuality is rampant at their all boys yeshiva high schools and summer camps. The Goat has capitalized on their fears and stupidity. The Goat has told these Jews that his conviction was a plot to get his money. These Jews were not hard to convince. They already believe in conspiracy theories. They willingly arrived in the compound to help the Goat.

The Jews who helped the Goat with his minyan on Yom Kippur could be seen, and heard, praying from the second floor of the Goat’s nightmare on Elm Street building all day on Yom Kippur. I walked by and recognized a few of them as some of the drifters who have been recruited in the past. I have occasionally run into these guys and have spoken with them. They are actually decent individuals. They are desperate. They lack money. Some of them can’t carry on an intelligent conversation. Some of them have nervous facial tics. Some are mentally deficient. One guy has a really bad rash all over his body. Some are newly religious. They are misfits. It’s unfortunate that these young men have fallen through the cracks of the traditional Jewish world. Jewish organizations have ignored them. On Yom Kippur they ended up with a 79 year old pedophile who puts the moves on them. I believe Rabbi Notis sent a few guys of his own to help out.

Rabbi Notis is the perfect example of a conspiracy theorist. I watched Notis testify for the Goat in his criminal trial. Notis stated that anyone who was raped by a rabbi would never go back to that rabbi as an adult. Notis knew very well that Avi Hack went back to the Goat for many years as an adult. Notis would probably argue that Avi Hack was part of the conspiracy to take the Goat down and get his money. Why would Avi Hack voluntarily testify that he was raped by the Goat? Avi had no reason to come forward. Why would Avi want to embarrass himself and his family by coming forward? There was no evidence that Avi was raped by the Goat other than Avi’s own statements. Notis had nothing to say about the Goat molesting Rafi. Rafi never went back to the compound as an adult to honor the Goat. Rafi didn’t have anything to gain by testifying against the Goat. Notis had nothing to say about the allegation that Ezi Greer was molested by his own father. During the civil trial the expert witness for Eli Mirlis testified that Ezi Greer may have been raped by his father. Such inflammatory information would never have been disclosed to the jury had there not been some grain of truth to it.

There is a Connecticut Jewish media blackout with regard to the Goat’s guilty verdict. The silence of the New Haven Jewish Federation, synagogues of all denominations, and Rabbis of all persuasions is deafening. The Goat was always critical of Jewish organizations, especially the Jewish Federation. The Goat was not affiliated with any of these organizations. The Goat never needed their handouts. The Goat got his money by scamming the State of Connecticut with grants for his non-profits and scamming the City of New Haven for grants to plant trees in the Edgewood neighborhood. The Goat used to mockingly say that these organizations focused on the Holocaust and Israel, and ignored the Torah, the source of moral law. Jewish organizations raise money by appealing to Jewish guilt. The Goat was right in this regard. These Jewish institutions lack any moral foundation whatsoever. All they care about is fundraising. If a Jewish child was raped by a Gentile the Jewish organizations would make sure the entire world knew about it. But if your Jewish kid is raped by a Rabbi, the Rabbi gets a free pass. The Rabbi’s crimes get swept under the rug. Victims get silenced. The Goat knew that he could get away with his crimes for 40 years because he knew that Jewish organizations support Rabbi pedophiles over Jewish victims. The Goat is laughing all the way to prison. The Goat got away with raping numerous Jewish children for 40 years. I have been contacted by others out there who claim that the Goat raped children other than Avi Hack and Eli Mirlis. The leaders of Jewish organizations do not realize that when you don’t speak out for other parents’ children, nobody will speak out for you if something happens to your child. Ironically the depraved Goat knows more about morals than the Jewish Federation.

One of the Goat’s recruits at the Goat’s dorm at 777 Elm Street, greeting New Haven Independent reporter Chris Peak when Peak went to interview guys staying at the compound

I expect the Goat to start recruiting young men for Sukkot. Reserve your seat in the Goat’s sukkah now in order to get a good view of the Goat. Just be careful not to bend over when you wave your luluv and esrog.

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Malka Leifer, Israel S. Ct. Overturns Decision to Release on Bail – Justice at Last?

Malka Leifer is led from the court by a police woman.

Israel’s Supreme Court overturns decision to release alleged paedophile Malka Leifer on bail

Israel’s Supreme Court has overturned a decision to release alleged paedophile Malka Leifer on bail.

Key points:

  • The Supreme Court rejected an order by the Jerusalem District Court to release Malka Leifer to house arrest
  • Victoria Police is attempting to extradite her to Australia to face the child sexual abuse charges
  • Ms Leifer has fought against her extradition on mental health grounds since 2014

Victoria Police is seeking to extradite Ms Leifer to face 74 charges of sexual abuse against students at the Adass Israel Jewish girls school in Melbourne, where she was the principal.

The Supreme Court judge who ruled in their favour, Anat Baron, mentioned concerns during the appeal about Ms Leifer seeking to evade extradition, as she left Australia hours after allegations against her surfaced in 2008.

 

Ms Leifer has been fighting extradition to Australia on mental health grounds since 2014.

The extradition stalled after a court ruled she had a debilitating mental illness and was not fit to be sent to Australia to face charges.

But private investigators commissioned by the group Jewish Community Watch filmed Ms Leifer shopping, socialising and going into Tel Aviv to cash welfare cheques, despite her telling the court she was housebound and catatonic.

That led Israeli police to arrest her on suspicion of obstruction of justice and she was jailed in February 2018, although that particular case against her has not progressed in Israel’s courts.

The country’s Deputy Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman, has also been accused of trying to stop the extradition by pressuring the Jerusalem District Psychiatrist to find Ms Leifer mentally unfit for extradition.

Police have recommended he be indicted for abusing his authority, but he denies any wrongdoing or that he sought to help Ms Leifer because she is from the same Jewish Orthodox sect.

On Thursday (local time), the Supreme Court of Israel rejected an order by the Jerusalem District Court last week to release Ms Leifer from jail to house arrest while her extradition case is underway.

One of Ms Leifer’s alleged victims, Dassi Erlich, welcomed the decision.

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The Platinum (Teflon) Partners – and a New Trial for One an Acquittal for Another – An Unheard of Move…

Note to readers:

One of the problems with having lost total anonymity (see here) is the second hat worn by the blogger, that of an attorney. Unfortunately of late, attorneys have been suspended for criticizing judges. Whistle blowers are now at risk for their lives from the ruler of what used to be the free world; and the moral compass of the judicial system in the US seems to have turned on its axis. Being a nameless and faceless spokesperson for truth or some form of justice is risky; but putting a face to that is like removing a Kevlar vest. 

Anonymity provided protection, not by allowing us to type words we otherwise would not have typed, but by affording us with a voice without the weights and burdens of multiple degrees and professional demands and what could appear to be attorney advertising were it to have a face. Our voice spoke words of a faceless anybody who did the research and came to a set of conclusions. We no longer have that level of protection. So we tread lightly, a chilling of speech in full force and effect. And for the sake of attorney ethics, perhaps call this attorney advertising, perhaps not. View it as you will. 

And we digress. The ruling below by Judge Brian Cogan feels nothing short of a betrayal of justice for the victims, for justice and for the entire financial system. The jury had it right despite the theatrics of truly gifted attorneys representing the defendants. The attorneys did their jobs and the jury ruled, even at the many legal and judicial disadvantages imposed by Judge Cogan. And then the judge overruled. 

We don’t get it. It feels very wrong.

The jury was an unsophisticated jury with likely precious little by way of experience in the investment world. And yet they were convinced that there was enough evidence to convict Mark Nordlicht and David Levy. We were disappointed they missed the whole picture but they got a piece of it right.

Unfortunately the Prosecution team did a rather inadequate job of breaking up the entire fraud piece by precious piece; and missed so many crucial bits of evidence to put before the jury, not the least of which was a comparison to how the global markets were performing at the time the Platinum Partners were active. This comparison shed light on how lacking in transparency were the activities of Platinum Partners now Teflon Partners at the time.

It was all very complicated; but could have been broken down by someone with enough experience in investments to break it all down. Yet the jury got the significance of Black Elk, a feat of epic proportions. 

We have years of research behind our stories on this subject, a lifetime in the hedge fund world and extensive knowledge of the subject matter. The lawyers representing the State were out-played by master craftsmen. Simple.

But the jury got it right.

To be undone by the judge came as a surprise, accompanied by a deep sense of sadness and a feeling of despair for everything just and true about our judicial system, if such truth exists, and our financial markets. The markets work because of the integrity of the investment vehicles, the rules the hedge fund managers MUST play by.  Teflon/Platinum Partners did not play by those rules. It all only works in concert when the investors can count on the judicial system to ensure act as referees or alternatively dole out equitable and judicial remedies when all else has failed. In this case, the justice system was in discord, as we see it.

The world’s financial markets continue to function only when investors can trust the underlying materials about the risks,  solely when investors understand the thickness of the ice they are going to be skating on, which is supposed to be transparently laid out. There can be no substrata of lies and deceit or the entire endeavor is accompanied by hidden risks. That was the Teflon/Platinum Partners strategy. They hid risks, the ice was thinner in places. 

This case, if not for any other in our anonymous and not-so-anonymous viewpoint, is representative of an entirely broken system. If risks can be so well hidden that minutiae determine a Judge’s unilateral decision to overturn a verdict, no market is safe.

The jury understood the material and afforded us with a just result. The judge here we simply do not understand. 

Hopefully the prosecution team will retry this case; and perhaps they will contact those with an abundance of knowledge on the materials for assistance. If they decide not to retry the case, the victims will have been re-victimized by the very system designed to protect them. 

If the Prosecution does not retry this case it will only either serve to substantiate a belief in unequal justice for the wealthy or prove that the Securities Acts and the investor laws are meaningless or some combination of the two. The Jury got it right. One of those convicted has been acquitted by Judge Cogan. Game well played.

We implore upon the Prosecution to take up the case again and to do better. 

New Life In Platinum Partners Case, Acquittal And New Trial

In a rare move, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan (Eastern District of New York) overturned a jury’s conviction.  Cogan acquitted David Levy and granted a new trial for Mark Nordlicht.  Levy and Nordlicht, both executives at now defunct hedge fund Platinum Partners, were convicted of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in July of this year after a 9-week trial.  A third defendant, former Chief Financial Officer Joseph SanFilippo, was cleared of all charges.

Back on December 14, 2016, seven individuals were indicted for their alleged participation in transactions at Platinum Partners, which was founded in 2003.  Two of the primary targets of the investigation were Nordlicht, one of Platinum’s founder partners and its Chief Investment Officer, and David Levy, a senior executive at Platinum who also served as co-portfolio manager for Black Elk, an oil and gas company that Platinum controlled from August 2010 through September 2015.

As the trial approached,  Nordlicht made a change in counsel from high powered attorneys at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to Jose Baez who gained notoriety when he won “not-guilty’ decisions in two separate high profile murder cases defending Casey Anthony (Florida) and former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez.  It was an interesting strategy and one that seems to have paid off for now.

There is no doubt that there was some great lawyering here, but the case is also interesting because it went from some slam dunk Ponzi scheme, to a real hedge, who had some exotic investments, that went out of business after the FBI raided the place.  So was it the hedge fund that was a fraud or an FBI raid that caused the fund to shut down?  One thing is clear, there was a raid.

Platinum managed multiple funds, including Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Fund, L.P. (“PPVA”), Platinum Partners Credit Opportunities Master Fund, L.P. (“PPCO”), and Platinum Partners Liquid Opportunity Master Fund L.P. (“PPLO”). One transaction involved the valuation of one of the funds’ investments, Black Elk – an oil and gas company that Platinum controlled from August 2010 through September 2015, and the subsequent sale.

Government prosecutors claimed that Nordlicht and Levy hatched a plan to get the money from Black Elk’s sale through misrepresentations to bondholders.  The Government claimed that the evidence would show that the defendants rigged the Black Elk bond consent solicitation.  At trial, the jury found Nordlicht and Levy guilty on counts six to eight (related to the Black Elk) but not guilty on counts one to five, which related to Platinum.   

After a 9-week trial and the partial guilty verdict, Nordlicht and Levy moved for a judgment of acquittal under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29 and for a new trial under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 33. Judge Cogan deferred ruling on these motions until Nordlicht, Levy, and the government prosecutors fully briefed their respective positions.  So just when prosecutors thought the trial was over, it wasn’t.  After hearing arguments from both sides, Judge Cogan acquitted Levy and stated that Nordlicht’s motion for acquittal was denied, but a new trial was approved as prosecutors did not provide enough evidence to sustain the conviction.

Judge Cogan wrote;

“In considering whether to grant a new trial, a district court may itself weigh the evidence and the credibility of witnesses, but in doing so, it must be careful not to usurp the role of the jury .. The ultimate test is whether letting a guilty verdict stand would be a manifest injustice. … There must be a real concern that an innocent person may have been convicted.”

Although the Government adduced sufficient evidence for a judgment of acquittal to be unwarranted, letting the verdict stand against Nordlicht would be a manifest injustice. Thus, Nordlicht’s motion for a new trial is granted.

It was a complex case but Platinum was a complex hedge fund, something any jury would struggle with.  It all started with an FBI raid, allegations that Nordlicht was seeking to flee the country and that the hedge fund was a Ponzi scheme.  It turns out that the FBI’s raid was successful in taking down the Platinum but there was no clear motivation as to the defendants when they began to experience a liquidity crisis at Platinum (a real issue but not necessarily criminal).  It’s not against the law to make bad decisions or to lose money … something that seems to have been criminalized in this case.

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