Supreme Court refuses Katsav request for more judges

Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch on Monday refused a request by former president Moshe Katsav's lawyers to expand the number of judges scheduled to hear the appeal of his rape conviction, from three, to five or seven.
Beinisch said that neither the legal arguments nor the identity of the appellant justified the expansion and that the originally assigned panel, consisting of Justices Miriam Naor, Edna Arbel and Salim Joubran, would hear the appeal as planned.