In 2012, Bracha made waves when he broke the case against Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, after he recorded the rabbi attempting to bribe him.
The decision, which also carried a one million shekel fine, was a major blow to Pinto who had fought all out for community service and no jail time.
“I apologize and accept the judgment of the state,” the well-known Rabbi says in court.
Some groups have accused Pinto of intentionally delaying the hearing to try to back out of the deal.
In exchange for Pinto’s testimony, the state would only seek a 12-month prison term, prompting the Movement for Quality Government to petition the High Court against the agreement.
The court has ordered the state to provide further explanations of its decision to cut the deal in which it reduced the charges against Pinto.
The news piece in question covers the rabbi’s ties to political leaders and crime figures, the “empire” he has built and the millions he has accrued.
Lahav 443 police commander Menashe Arbiv after corruption scandal, though he continues to proclaim innocence and condemns Pinto as corrupt and manipulative.
New York Republican Michael Grimm to face charges for campaign finance violations; previously admitted to receiving generous donations from Rabbi Pinto.
The Arbiv/Pinto case is by no means unique. It's merely the most high-profile instance where the prosecution seemed to seek a shortcut to avoid a showdown in court.