A senior judge who was investigated for allegedly beating his children will
return to his duties at the beginning of next year, but will not handle criminal
cases, Supreme Court President Asher D. Grunis and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni
announced on Friday.
The judge took a voluntary leave of absence in
February as Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein approved a police request to
interrogate him about the allegations.
A complaint was first filed
against the judge three years ago, after one of his children’s teachers notified
The judge allegedly admitted to the teacher that he beat
his children, apologized and expressed regret. However, subsequently there were
additional reports of beatings.
Police said the evidence in the case
warranted an investigation but the attorney-general decided in May not to charge
the judge and he was not relieved of his duties.
Livni and Grunis said
Friday that “the judge will return to his duties on January 1, 2014. Let it be
noted that the judge will handle civil cases only and will no longer judge any
criminal cases, including youth and family cases.”
September, he will review cases he was working on before stepping
Upon closing the case without an indictment in May, Weinstein said
that “the good of the children” and existing prosecution policies in such cases
were the main reasons behind his decision.
“Handling a case of violence
between children and parents requires great sensitivity. Crudely
interfering in this delicate fabric can be more damaging than
He added that an indictment would have required the children to
testify against their father.
“The evidence suggests that the children
are not currently [in danger of ] being harmed and that the suspect’s behavior
has changed for the better in recent years,” stated the attorney-general.
“Apparently, the crisis in [their] family life has passed.”
Bob contributed to this report.
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