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Not The Only Word She’ll Need to Learn

Accused Kletzky killer’s lawyer is new to the neighborhood

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Jennifer L. McCann(Andrea Morales/NYT)

Jennifer L. McCann is defending Levi Aron, the accused and confessed murderer of the eight-year-old Hasidic boy Leiby Kletzky. The 30-year-old Catholic Long Islander, a fish-out-of-water amid Kletzky’s (and Aron’s) insular Borough Park, Brooklyn, community, has already stepped in her share of puddles. Attempting to explain the adversarial system of justice, for instance, McCann compared her client to a drunk driver in that he, too, is entitled to representation—an analogy that rang both true and off-key.

McCann hints that the insanity defense is in the offing (which should certainly resonate to anyone who has read Aron’s jailhouse interview). But judging by this exchange, she should hope for a jury that is not composed of Aron’s Lubavitcher peers: “In her trial preparations, she has learned about the Hasidic community in Borough Park and has also learned a new word,” reports the New York Times. “‘Shiska,’ Ms. McCann said, mispronouncing the Yiddish word, shiksa, for a non-Jewish woman.”

Ironically, mispronouncing Yiddish words is one thing that makes shiksas so totally hot.

Defending the Accused, and Herself, With Vigor [NYT]
Earlier: A Community to Be Proud Of, a Death to Mourn
Missing Hasidic Boy Found Murdered
Levi Aron’s Interview From Rikers

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Marc, I didn’t know you were a Bachmann fan!

Is Marc Tracy insane or just stupid? An otherwise intersting short article ends with “mispronouncing Yiddish words is one thing hat makes shiksas so totally hot”.
Does that have something to do with the article? Please explain.

Joseph Krausz says:

Er, Leiby Kletzky’s parents and community members are not Lubavitch. Not that Lubavitch is bad, but in a piece questioning someone else’s cultural competency….

Tabletreader says:

I read Tablet all the time and think it is great. But why does the Scroll sometimes read like Marc Tracy’s diary? I can overlook the random you tube music. But why are you commenting on shiksas being hot in a post about a child murderer’s lawyer?

But judging by this exchange, she should hope for a jury that is not composed of Aron’s Lubavitcher peers…

Ironically, mispronouncing Yiddish words is one thing that makes shiksas so totally hot.

These two statements seem very off-base!

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Not The Only Word She’ll Need to Learn

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