Rabbi in forced-divorces case convicted of kidnap conspiracy (access required)

An Orthodox rabbi accused of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives was convicted this week of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. But the federal jury in Rabbi Mendel Epstein's case rendered a mixed verdict Tuesday, acquitting him of attempted kidnapping. Epstein's son was acquitted of conspiracy and kidnapping counts. Two other rabbis were convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted kidnapping.

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