Court reviews Klagsbald appeal [pg. 7]

Lawyer who caused deaths of two people in traffic accident fighting for more lenient sentence.

klagsbald 298.88 AJ (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
klagsbald 298.88 AJ
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Tel Aviv District Court on Monday reviewed the appeal of attorney Avigdor Klagsbald for a more lenient sentence after he negligently caused the deaths of Yevgenia Vexler, 23, and her five-year-old son, Arthur, both of Bnei Brak, in a car accident. Klagsbald initially received a sentence of 15 months incarceration, 15 months probation, a NIS 10,000 fine and a 10-year license revocation. His lawyer, Dan Scheinemann, appealed to replace the harsh sentence with a period of intensive community service for Klagsbald. Dan Scheinemann argued that several similar cases were brought to court in Israel recently, and none of the guilty parties received a sentence as harsh. He claimed that the judge, Yitzhak Garti, was taken in by media coverage and the high-profile nature of the case and consequently handed down an unjust sentence that was more severe than sentences in comparable cases. The prosecuting attorney, Eli Schwartz, requested that the sentence stand as is, asserting that it was fair, and maybe even a bit light. Klagsbald, who has already served almost two months of his sentence, sat solemnly throughout the course of the proceedings and declined to add his own comments.