High Court expected to let Pinto plea bargain go through

Despite its dramatic October 20 order to freeze the plea bargain of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, the High Court of Justice on Monday indicated that it would likely let the deal go through.
The court did sympathize with the petitioners' criticism of the leniency of the plea bargain and the police's failure to question top police official Efrayim Bracha under caution.
However, the court noted that Pinto would go to jail for 12 months and that Bracha had been questioned for his role in the Pinto affair, just not under caution.
Expressing impatience with the petitioners' focus on Bracha not being questioned under caution, Deputy Supreme Court President Miriam Naor said about the treatment of Bracha, "what, does he need to be stoned to death?"
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