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Thursday, December 27, 2012 

Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg's attacker has been indicted

Meilech Schnitzler, the Satmar community member who threw bleach at rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, one of the people who helped support one of the victims of Nechemya Weberman, has been officially indicted for his assault:
A Brooklyn fishmonger was indicted for throwing a cup of bleach in the face of a Chasidic rabbi who advocates for victims of sexual abuse in the haredi Orthodox community.

Meilech Schnitzler, 36, of Williamsburg, a member of the Satmar Hasidic sect, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of attempted assault, two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He could face up to 15 years in prison.
Throw the book at him hard. The gavel, too. DNA Info also reports:
Though Hynes and Rosenberg have had their differences in the past, Hynes has promised to vigorously prosecute the case against Schnitzler.

“This indictment alleges an act of thuggery in broad daylight that cannot be tolerated,” Hynes said in a statement. “The indictment sends a clear message that anyone who would seek to intimidate someone opposed to the uncovering of sexual abuse in the Orthodox community will face serious criminal charges and if convicted, I will ask for the maximum jail time.”
If Mr. Hynes is making an effort to overcome his flaws of yesteryear, that's something to appreciate. The perpetrator deserves a stern sentence for doing something that dangerous, and Hynes will be doing the right thing to ensure that Schnitzler is punished severely.

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