NY Court Clarifies Disclosures in Criminal Probes

By The Associated Press
April 3, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's top court has upheld the decision by Brooklyn prosecutors to withhold information about their investigation of an alleged serial pedophile they wanted extradited from Israel.

The Court of Appeals says Tuesday the state's Freedom of Information Law grants an exemption from publicly disclosing information when it would interfere with police investigations or judicial proceedings. That can include "generic kinds of documents."

The court notes the exemption ends after investigations and court cases "have run their course."

Attorney Michael Lesher requested extradition communications between prosecutors and the U.S. State Department concerning Avrohom Mondrowitz.

The court says Lesher may want to refile his request since the Supreme Court of Israel has decided against extraditing Mondrowitz, an Orthodox rabbi and psychotherapist accused in 1984 of molesting young boys in Brooklyn.