People of the State of New York v. Raphael Golb

STATUS: Trial commenced Sept 14, 2010

N.Y. Sup.: Dead Sea Scrolls Debate Spurs NY Criminal Trial

Associated Press
Attorney, Raphael Golb, went on trial Tuesday on criminal charges of online impersonation and harassment for creating false emails and blog posts in a hoax to champion his professor father's views and discredit NYU professor Lawrence Schiffman's views in a debate over the origin of the Dead Sea Scrolls. While impersonation claims have generated civil lawsuits, prosecutions are few unless phony identities are used to steal money, experts say. Golb, 50, has pleaded not guilty to identity theft, criminal impersonation and other charges. He hasn't acknowledged crafting the messages, but his lawyers say the plagiarism allegations are true, and the writings amount to typical blogosphere banter — not crime." target="_blank

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UPDATE (11/18/10)
STATUS: Golb sentenced six months imprisonment on Nov. 18, 2010

N.Y. Sup.: Raphael Golb Gets Six Months in Prison for Impersonating Dead Sea Scrolls Scholar

New York Daily News
A judge Thursday sentenced Raphael Golb to six months behind bars - for his stealing his victims' e-mail identities and trashing them.

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