crimes and misdemeanors

Rabbis Charged With Plotting Cattle-Prod Torture for Religious Divorces

Members of the Satmar Hassidic Jewish community wait outside the Satmar Synagogue on Rodney street on April 24, Brooklyn, New York City.
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Two Orthodox men were allegedly dealing with undercover FBI agents when they detailed their $50,000 plan to obtain a “get,” the document needed for a proper religious divorce, for Jewish women using “‘tough guys’ who utilize electric cattle prods, karate, handcuffs and place plastic bags over the head of the husbands,” according to court papers. (Orthodox women can file for a legal divorce but cannot officially remarry within the community without a get, which husbands often refuse to grant.) “We take an electric cattle prod,” one of the rabbis described. “You put it in certain parts of his body and in one minute, the guy will know … I guarantee you that if you’re in the van, you’d give a ‘get’ to your wife.” The idea may or may not have come from The Sopranos (NSFW).

Rabbis Charged in Torture Plot for Divorce