Two weeks ago, the Orthodox-Jewish head-Janitor of Pupa Shul in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was arrested on charges that he illegally sold cigarettes and that he had in his possession a stamp to certify boxes as if they were taxed. He was released within 24 hours and without any bail. However, from reading some reports, you went away with a total different story.
For example, the initial report was headlined as Holy Smokes. Rabbi in Cig-Tax Bust. The report reads that a ‘Brooklyn Rabbi… could land 15 years behind bars’ for the above offenses. Oddly, the reporters claim the person to be 26 years of age, when in fact he is 45. Being off by 21 years on the age is chump change of a mistake in an era when Janitors are elevated to rabbinical statues for sensational purposes. A report from a different news agency went a step further crowning the person in question as “a leader of the Pupa Hasidic sect.”
Neither of the reports mentioned a word of bail or for how long the Janitor-crowned-Rabbi was held under arrest. No need to wonder why this was omitted, because if it were reported that he was released the same day and without bail, few readers would believe that the person is facing anything close to fifteen years in prison.