Lawyer for Man Who Dismembered 8 Year Old Claims Inbreeding the Culprit
The Hasidic Jewish community in New York City is deeply religious and extremely close knit. They dress in old-fashioned clothing which looks somewhat unusual to those outside the sect, with long black coats and hats which indicate exactly which rabbinic tradition they espouse. Hasidic Jews typically takecare of their own and live lives centered on their faith community.
The death of little Leiby Kletzky, age 8, at the hands of another member of this community was a deep and painful shock which shook the group to its core last summer. Leiby disappeared during his walk home from school in his own neighborhood. He was later found murdered and dismembered.
Levi Aron stands accused of abducting Leiby, drugging him with prescription medication, and killing him in a planned attack. His legal team announced shortly after the arrest that Aron planned to plead insanity. The court found Aron to be deeply troubled, but able to stand trial.
Now his lawyer is claiming that Aron has mental defects due to inbreeding. Lead attorney Howard Greenberg stated, “Look, everybody knows when blood relations have offspring, there can be genetic defects. It needs to be investigated down to the ground.”
Like the Amish, the Hasidic community is a small one which does not allow members to marry outsiders. No information was provided regarding the
family ties between his parents. However, in an unusual move, the court has already cited Aron’s legal team for unprofessional conduct, including their posting case information on personal Facebook accounts.
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