SILENCING DETRACTORS AND THE WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION OF SAM KELLNER
We are learning, little-by-precious-little, that the ultra-Orthodox community will stop at, well, perhaps next to nothing, to silence those most vocal about the dirty laundry within that community. FailedMessiah floated away in a sea of speculation after 10 years of investigative journalism. Whether it’s author agreed to accept money for silence is a matter of speculation. We would be remiss if we faulted him for so doing. The research is emotionally draining, if not devastating and the threats of a tactical assault coming from that community is, well.. tiring.
LostMessiah is the subject of litigation intended to silence our voice, intended to instill fear in those who might want to help this collaborative effort and potentially scare away anyone willing to speak up. Sam Kellner, however, was an example of how a person could be set-up, framed, wrongly accused of a crime.
We are posting the below article from “Frum Follies” with the permission of its author, Yerachmiel Lopin, who should be fully credited. We mention that no support of LostMessiah should be deemed from the consent to repost or from the comments we are making in regard to Sam Kellner. The article’s author may feel differently, we did not ask.
Our opinion, borne of information we have gathered over the last few months, is that Sam Kellner’s story is utterly and completely tragic insofar as he was a crusader. He wanted justice for children who had been victimized, including his own child. He spoke out against his community and has suffered terrible and irreparable losses since that time. He gave everything he had to justice and there are few who can understand the magnitude of corruption involved, in not only the failings of the system to fully punish the abuser; but also in the set-up of Kellner that followed. A book could likely be written on the subject.
To this date, we do not believe that charges have been filed against any of the people involved in what we are referring to as: a conspiracy to discredit someone who speaks out against the community. Despite efforts of nary a journalist and a lawyer to see that justice is appropriately served, to date it has not been. To our understanding, the current DA has not pursued this line at all and we are not certain whether he could given the relevant statutes of limitations in New York.
LostMessiah and the current defamation suit against a blogger is a testament to the lengths to which someone will go to silence detractors, reporters, speakers, journalists and in the Keller case, crusaders. He was a warrior for justice, in our opinion, and based upon the information we have he should have been rewarded, not vilified.
Sources close to the investigation of the original case and then the Kellner case that followed have told us that the conviction of Baruch Lebovitz should have been a fait accompli.
But then, we have been told, there was an exchange, old school, of a bag of cash in the Plaza Hotel. It was a payoff intended to benefit Lebovitz and start the wheels turning against Kellner. We do not know from where the cash originated or how many hands it exchanged, before it landed in the pockets of at two of five people who were instrumental in the investigation into Lebovitz.
The Office of the Kings County District Attorney knew that the charges against Kellner were false when they indicted him. Yet they colluded in a plot to undermine their own prosecution of a notorious pedophile, Baruch Lebovits and abandoned some of his victims who willingly came forward to cooperate with the prosecution.
According to the Jewish Week’s Hella Winston:
Two sworn statements submitted to the court… indicate that both the Sex Crimes prosecutor and the detective on the Lebovits case not only believed that MT was a genuine victim of Lebovits (and, by implication, not paid by Kellner to fabricate his allegations), but also had persuasive information that MT had been pressured and intimidated into backing out of Lebovits’ trial…
In her statement, the Lebovits prosecutor, Miss Gregory, details how she was contacted in November 2009, a few weeks before MT was set to testify against Lebovits at trial, by a lawyer named John Lonuzzi, claiming to represent MT. According to Gregory, Lonuzzi told her that MT was withdrawing from the case because “the pressure” was causing him “severe stress.” Lonuzzi also informed Gregory that, if called to testify, MT would plead the fifth because parts of his grand jury testimony “‘might’ have been embellished.”
Gregory notes that she “arranged multiple appointments” to speak with Lonuzzi and MT in person, but all were cancelled. She also served MT with four subpoenas, but he did not comply with any of them. Indeed, Gregory said she “was never able to speak with MT to confirm what Mr. Lonuzzi had told me about MT’s reasons for becoming uncooperative after twenty-one months of full cooperation” with the DA’s office……
These statements also show that Lebovits’ attorneys not only possessed what they alleged was evidence of Kellner’s extortion plot — including a secretly recorded tape of a conversation between Kellner and Lebovits’ son, Meyer — a year before Lebovits went to trial, but alerted Gregory and the judge to it at that time and received “a lengthy adjournment” to further investigate the matter. While the defense apparently considered bringing the Kellner allegations to law enforcement, according to Gregory, they ultimately declined to do so — a seemingly inexplicable decision, unless they believed the allegations would not hold up to scrutiny……
In an e-mail last week, Kellner attorney Niall MacGiollabhui… excoriated the office for failing to interview MT alone after he withdrew from the Lebovits prosecution and to determine on whose behalf Mr. Lonuzzi was really acting. “The scale and shamelessness … of the collusion by Rackets with a convicted pedophile is beyond shocking,” MacGiollabhui added. “It is a vile, disgusting abomination.”
Read the full article in the Jewish Week for more shocking revelations.
|New York Eastern District Court|
|Judge:||Margo K Brodie|
|Referred:||Sanket J Bulsara|
|Nature of Suit||440 Civil Rights – Other Civil Rights|
|Cause||42:1983 Civil Rights Act|