Klagsblad released from prison

Lawyer jailed for causing death by criminal negligence gets sentence reduced.

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Lawyer Avigdor (Dori) Klagsblad, convicted of causing death by criminal negligence when he smashed into a car and killed both its passengers in April 2006, was released from jail Tuesday, having served eight months of his jail term. Klagsblad had a third of his term reduced for good behavior. His original sentence carried 15 months imprisonment but following an appeal, it was reduced to 13 months with a fine of NIS 10,000 and his license was revoked for a period of ten years. Klagsblad has a record of numerous traffic violations, several of which were related to traffic safety. Among the offenses were driving in reverse while endangering pedestrians, several speeding offenses, disobeying a sign prohibiting U-turns and other offenses. According to the sentence, Klagsblad suddenly swerved into a traffic lane to his left and crashed into the back of a stationary car at a north Tel Aviv intersection, killing its occupants, Yevgenia Vexler, 23, and her six-year-old son, Alex. The 'death caused by negligence' charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Vexler's uncle, Vitaly, told The Jerusalem Post in July 2006 the state should have charged Klagsblad with manslaughter, a crime carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years. Klagsblad has represented prominent politicians during his career as a lawyer, including Ehud Barak in 2002 and Meretz leader Yossi Beilin in 1999 (when Beilin was serving as justice minister). The relatively short sentence he received for his offense was criticized as a concession granted to him for his connections with Israel's 'heavyweights'. Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.