At sentencing hearing, Pinto apologizes, accepts state’s judgment

Closing out the sentencing arguments which will determine whether Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto goes to prison on a reduced bribery conviction as part of a plea bargain, Pinto told the court, “I apologize and accept the judgment of the state.”

Most of Pinto’s statement was made behind closed doors, but the News1 website reported that one comment from Pinto, with nothing left now to the saga other than for Tel Aviv District Court Judge Oded Mudrik to pronounce Pinto’s sentence on May 12.

Earlier in the hearing, the state argued that Pinto should receive 12 months in prison, the maximum it could request as part of his plea deal, and in favor of that sentence noted that, absent a plea bargain, Pinto could have served several years in prison for bribery and obstruction of justice.


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