In what surprised many, Jerusalem mayoral candidate Rav Meir Porush appeared as a defense character witness in the negligent death trial of 21-year-old avreich, Yisrael Wallis, who allegedly caused the death of his 3-month-old infant.
Porush has many words of praise for Yisrael, adding that when he was 15, he acted on his behalf to recommend that he be accepted to a prestigious Bnei Brak yeshiva. He added his roshei yeshiva had nothing but words of praise for their new talmid.
On his way out of the courtroom Porush stated he does not see anything wrong with being a character witness at a time he is a contender in the mayoral race. He explained the character testimony is not at all related to the nature of the crime that he faces.
In April 2006, at a time when Wallis was home alone with his son he began shaking him violently when he would not stop crying because his son was disturbing his studies. The baby’s head struck a wall and he died of his injuries a week later in a hospital, a result of internal bleeding and injuries.
The prosecution on Monday called on the Jerusalem District Court to sentence Yisrael to a prolonged sentence. The court is expected to hand down the sentence on 18 November.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)