Friday, January 27, 2017

3rd Circuit Hears Appeal In Convictions For Coercing Jewish Divorce Documents

The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard oral arguments in United States v. Stimler. (Audio of full oral arguments.) In the case, a New Jersey federal district court convicted three defendants on charges growing out of arrangements to abduct, beat and torture recalcitrant Jewish husbands who refused to give their civilly divorced wives a religious divorce document (get). (See prior posting.) According to AP's report on Wednesday's oral arguments, defendants' attorneys argued, among other things, that the trial judge erred in not admitting evidence into trial that explained the defendants' religious beliefs. (See prior related posting.) Attorneys also argued lack of search warrants to obtain cellphone records.