Judge Finds No Jury Tampering In Kolko Trial

By Shmarya Rosenberg (Failed Messiah blog)
August 9, 2012

A Brooklyn judge yesterday ruled that there was no jury tampering in the trial of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko. The serial pedophile was acquitted of violating an order of protection and harassing one of his child victims. The mother of a juror sat in court during the trial, became friendly with Kolko and appeared to be signalling her daughter to vote in Kolko's favor.

A Brooklyn judge has ruled that there was no jury tampering in the trial of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko. The serial pedophile was acquitted of violating an order of protection and harassing one of his child victims. The mother of a juror sat in court during the trial, became friendly with Kolko and appeared to be signalling her daughter to vote in Kolko's favor.

The trial judge, Michael Gerstein, did not call in the mother or the daughter or do any of the things judges can to investigate potential jury tampering.

Instead, Gerstein ruled 'blind,' allowing Kolko to escape punishment for what easily could have been a crime.

The jury that acquitted Kolko of violating the order of protection was not allowed to know that Kolko had sexually abused the boy victim or the reason – sexual abuse – the order was in place.

After acquitting Kolko, jurors appeared stunned when they found out.

Kolko moved to Lakewood after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of two children. One of those children and his family moved to home in the Brooklyn neighborhood after Kolko had relocated to New Jersey.

After that, Kolko returned to Brooklyn and found another residence, one very close to the boy's new home. (It appears clear that Kolko knew the boy lived there.)

Kolko then confronted the boy and the boy's father as they walked to synagogue, glaring at the child and menacing him.