An Orthodox Jewish rabbi pleaded guilty on Wednesday to playing a role in a scheme to kidnap Jewish men and force them to grant divorces to their unhappy wives, said federal authorities in New Jersey.
Even the Hebrew school students know the lurid details of the scandal that has engulfed Rabbi Barry Starr and Temple Israel, a Conservative pillar in the Boston suburb of Sharon.
Two Orthodox rabbis and two others were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and beating men in order to force them to grant their wives religious Jewish divorces.
Two Israeli men were indicted for a $20,000 plot to send women to seduce a New York City rabbi and blackmail him with photos of the encounter.
When lobbyist Jack Abramoff appeared in federal court, where he was eventually convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy, he faced a sartorial dilemma.