The Saddest Aspect of the Trial of Raphael Golb…

Is that his father, whom he defended so vociferously and so hazardously and so stringently, didn’t bother to attend a single moment of the proceedings.  If my child were on trial, nothing could keep me away.  How about you?  But Raphael’s father stayed home and worked. A Sumerian proverb may fit- cah2-gin7 cu ab-/kar\-kar-re! i-gi4-in-/zu\ […]

The End of the Trial of Raphael Golb and The Impending Verdict

A Manhattan prosecutor has asked jurors to set aside the history and drama behind a forgery case involving the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls, and focus on evidence that shows a lawyer and writer is guilty of identity theft. … Assistant District Attorney John Bandler said in closing statements Thursday the case could’ve involved anyone — […]

Today at the Trial of Raphael Golb

According to one unconfirmed report (by a supporter of Raphael Golb), Golb is alleged to be testifying today in his own defense.  If so, then there surely will be some news outlets offering accurate accounts of his testimony later on this evening. The testimony of Jeffrey Gibson and Robert Cargill were the last of the […]

Today at the Trial of Raphael Golb

A kindly soul in the trial audience who knows I’ve been following the proceedings has sent along the following report from the trial today.  I’m unable to verify, of course, the details, but here are the facts as I’ve received them: Jim, I was in the gallery at the trial today, the first time I’ve […]

Today In New York at the Trial of Raphael Golb

Robert Cargill is scheduled to testify.   Bob was, along with Lawrence Schiffman, the primary target of Raphael Golb’s character assassination in his attempt to promote his father Norman Golb’s theory about the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Over a period of literally years Cargill carefully assembled extraordinary evidence which clearly, and incontrovertibly showed that […]

Today at the Trial of Raphael Golb

The news hasn’t reported anything but there was testimony and the trial is in fact continuing.  Some of the most important testimony will take place tomorrow and the case will wrap up shortly thereafter. When the decision comes down I’ll post it.  I’m more than confident that the jury will find R. Golb guilty on […]

Today at the Trial of Raphael Golb

The Associated Press reports A New York lawyer denies he impersonated a Judaic studies professor and calls the allegation payback in a scholarly dispute over the Dead Sea Scrolls. Raphael Golb’s 2009 videotaped statement to authorities was played Monday at his Manhattan identity theft trial. … In the video, Raphael Golb denies sending the e-mails. […]

The Trial of Raphael Golb: How Did We Get Here?

It might be useful, with the trial of R. Golb heading into its second week, to remind those unfamiliar with the case how we got here. And the best way to do that is to go back to January and Bob Cargill’s summary of the evidence. court docs allege: norman golb knew about the smear […]

Today at the Trial of Raphael Golb

The NY Post observes A leading Hebrew scholar today angrily lashed out at accusations he ripped off a rival’s work and deserved to be targeted by a relentless cyber bully. Lawrence Schiffman — chairman of NYU’s department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies — minced no words in defending his academic reputation against defenders of Manhattan […]

Raphael Golb Rejects a Deal: He Wants a Trial

I suppose that a deal would rob him of the opportunity to gain further publicity for his dad’s theories concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls, so a trial it is.  And if it’s anything like the trial presently going on in Israel of Oded Golan, we will all be dead before it’s over. Plea negotiations broke […]

Raphael and His Jail Adventure

A disbarred attorney who admitted assuming the identities of scholars in an Internet debate over the Dead Sea Scrolls was sentenced on Monday to two months in jail for charges including criminal impersonation and forgery, prosecutors said.  Raphael Golb, the son of Dead Sea Scrolls expert Norman Golb, has said the campaign was designed to […]

Raphael Golb’s Case is Going to the New York Supreme Court

As the AP reports New York’s highest court on Tuesday will consider whether to overturn convictions in the Internet impersonation case of a man who argues that mocking scholars in an academic debate about the Dead Sea Scrolls was protected by the First Amendment. Raphael Golb, an attorney and writer, was convicted of identity theft […]

Raphael Golb Takes His Case to the Public

Why?  Who knows.  It certainly won’t help his appeal (since he’s laid all his cards on the table).  Instead it seems aimed at garnering sympathy.  But again, from whom? It’s a mind numbing and rambling treatise which shows, it seems quite clearly, that the lad may need professional help.  In it, he blames basically everyone […]

The Wall Street Journal on the Sentencing of Raphael Golb

Is available here. A lawyer is facing the possibility of prison time after being convicted of an ultramodern crime that was all about antiquity: using online aliases to harass people in an academic debate about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Raphael Golb was set to be sentenced Thursday on identity theft and other charges in a […]

The Sentencing of Raphael Golb

Is scheduled for today in Manhattan Supreme Court.  Coincidentally, UCLA news has a piece featuring Bob Cargill on the trial that’s must see tv. I’ll try to pass on word of the verdict when I hear it, though I’ll be tied up in interesting sessions most of the day. However, if I were to hazard […]