Former judge sentenced for privacy invasion

October 19, 2006 20:13


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The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday sentenced former judge Osnat Alon-Laufer to six months suspended sentence and fined her NIS 10,000 after convicting her of penetrating computer material and invading the privacy of her former boyfriend, whom she suspected of betraying her. Alon-Laufer reached a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution in which she admitted that she had obtained the printout of her boyfriend's cellular phone calls. The former judge hired a private detective whom she knew from previous appearances in her courtroom to obtain the printouts even though she knew this was illegal. Alon-Laufer asked the private detective to penetrate the company's data bank and obtain printouts on two separate occasions. The court, headed by Tel Aviv District Court President Uri Goren, said the worst thing about the act was that Alon-Laufer had served as a judge at the time and her actions damaged public faith in the judicial system.

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