Thursday, December 15, 2011
A New Square judge refused to dismiss a misdemeanor charge Wednesday of violating a court order of protection against an 18-year-old man also charged with attempting to murder a religious dissident by setting him on fire May 22. Shaul Spitzer's lawyer, Kenneth Gribetz, said his client will fight the second-degree criminal contempt charge at trial on Feb. 6 in New Square Court. Spitzer faces more serious charges of attempted murder and arson in criminal court in New City on accusations of trying to kill Aron Rottenberg during an arson attempt. Rottenberg had been targeted for months before the attack by the Hasidic Jewish community's leaders for refusing to pray in Grand Rabbi David Twersky's synagogue in New Square. Rottenberg led a contingent of men who prayed at the Friedwald Home on the Sabbath. Ramapo police accused Spitzer, who lived in Twersky's house and performed butler duties for the Skver Hasidic Jewish community's spiritual leader, of walking past Aron Rottenberg's Truman Avenue house on Oct. 4 in violation of a court order to stay away from family members, their home and business.
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