This item was on the radio as I was driven back from the airport:-
Widening Investigation Against President Katsav
23:59 Sep 13, '06 / 20 Elul 5766
(IsraelNN.com) When police questioned President Moshe Katsav in the Presidential Residence on Wednesday, the questions did not only address charges of sexual assault from seven women, but also charges of illegal eavesdropping and breach of trust.
Sources close to the investigation state that three of the women allege the president raped them, adding that some of the alleged attacks do not carry legal weight, having passed the statute of limitations.
Jewish ethical Halachic tradition views slander very seriously:-
It has been said that lashon ha-ra (disparaging speech) kills three: the person who speaks it, the person who hears it, and the person about whom it is told.
A tanna recited before R. Nahman b. Isaac: He who publicly shames his neighbour is as though he shed blood.
So, why am I staying up late?
This news report I found in the Daily Telegraph on the plane:-
Man jailed after woman made up sex attack is freed five years later
A father who served five years in jail for sexually assaulting a woman had his conviction quashed yesterday after new evidence suggested his victim was a liar who inflicted her own injuries.
Warren Blackwell, 36, embraced his wife, Tanya, outside the Court of Appeal in London, saying he would always love her for standing by him. But the ordeal made him "a very angry man indeed".
"It took the police and the justice system nine months to convict me of a crime that not only did I not commit, but a crime that never even took place," he said in a statement read by his solicitor. It has taken almost seven years to clear my name." The court was told that the woman, who cannot be named, had made strikingly similar claims of other sex attacks, had an ability to lie and a possible propensity to self harm.
Mr Blackwell, of Woodford Halse, Northants, was found guilty at Northampton crown court in October 1999 of indecently assaulting the woman, at a New Year's Eve party. He was jailed for three years.
Two years later, the Court of Appeal increased his sentence to five years after an application by the Attorney General.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Tugendhat, sitting with Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Silber, concluded the conviction was unsafe after receiving a report from the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The commission referred to new evidence which gave rise to a "very real doubt" over whether the woman was a victim of any assault at all.
David Farrell, QC, who represented the Crown at the trial, did not oppose the appeal yesterday.
Northamptonshire CPS said it was "extremely regrettable" that Mr Blackwell had been convicted but defended the decision to prosecute on the evidence available.
Now, I have no idea whether President Katzav is innocent, a victim or a predator. But the extent to which the media and other interested parties have set up a field tribunal with no assumption of responsibility for the possibility that perhaps these charges are faulty is regrettable and a blow to our democracy. The media are not reporting but allowing themselves to be used and even manipulated.
As shown above, there is an equal alternative to the stories we are getting and that must be taken into consideration.