Raphael Golb Now Faces Sentencing [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Raphael Gold Sentenced to Six Months in Jail

NY lawyer gets 6 months in jail in Dead Sea Scrolls case that blended online, ancient worlds

A New York lawyer was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail for 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, 50, was sentenced on identity theft and other charges in a rare criminal case centered on Internet impersonation _ and a very rare trial that aired a bitter scholarly debate over the scrolls’ origins.

The top count was punishable by up to four years in prison. Golb has said he plans to appeal.

Golb’s father is a historian and Dead Sea Scrolls scholar. Prosecutors said Golb used fake e-mail accounts and wrote blog posts under assumed names to discredit his father’s detractors.

“Using fictitious identities to impersonate victims is not what open academic debate seeks to foster,” District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said when Golb was convicted. [See rest here]

See also: NY lawyer gets jail in Dead Sea Scrolls case

HT: J. Lauer

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Raphael Golb who was convicted on 30 of 31 counts, including identity theft, criminal impersonation and aggravated harassment, in September, will face sentencing today. The following was on the AP today. (Just a quick note: the article does not explain accurately the differences between Schiffman’s and Golb’s views, or their individual views).

NY lawyer faces sentence in Dead Sea Scrolls case
(AP) – 7 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 rare criminal case centered on Internet impersonation — and a very rare trial to air an obscure but bitter debate over the scrolls’ origins.

The top count is punishable by up to four years in prison, though Golb could also get probation. He has said he plans to appeal.
Prosecutors said Golb, 50, used fake e-mail accounts and wrote blog posts under assumed names to discredit his scholar father’s detractors in a dispute over which ancient Jews created the scrolls.

“Using fictitious identities to impersonate victims is not what open academic debate seeks to foster,” District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said when Golb was convicted.

Golb said the writings amounted to academic whistle-blowing and pointed parody, not crime.

“My purpose was to expose the pattern of unethical conduct in the field of studies,” he told jurors during his trial.
Found in caves in Israel beginning in the 1940s, the scrolls contain the earliest known versions of portions of the Hebrew Bible.

They have provided important insight into the history of Judaism and the beginnings of Christianity…[See rest here]

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