BROOKLYN, NY [CHI] — Today the six Shomrim members who stood trial for what has been dubbed “a modern day blood libel” have been vindicated. All of the major charges against them were either dropped or found not guilty by a unanimous verdict.
Last week, when the prosecution rested and concluded their case, the judge dismissed all charges relating to the allegations about weapons being used at the incident. The gang assault charges were also dismissed by default, for failure to present enough evidence.
The one charge was found guilty against one of the Shomrim volunteers. It was for assault in the 3rd degree, baffling all who were present in the courtroom, including the co-defendants and lawyers.
Upon exiting, the jurors were polled as to the reasons behind their findings; majority answered that none of the witnesses sounded like they had been telling the truth.
Defense council said it was clear that any attack by Shomrim was out of self-defense and that an appeal is forthcoming.
“This is not a Didan Notzach and Shomrim is not celebrating this verdict,” said a spokesperson for the defendants, adding, “We are devastated that our fellow volunteer and friend has been found guilty of this Messira and blood liable. Let us not forget that we still have the $150 million lawsuit against us.”
On a more positive note, Shomrim said, “We were here yesterday, we are here today, and we will be here tomorrow for anyone who calls on us for assistance.”