Man throws shoes at Israeli judge

Jan. 27, 2010 at 8:18 AM

JERUSALEM, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Jerusalem resident hurled shoes at the Israeli Supreme Court president during a hearing on medical marijuana, calling the judge corrupt and a traitor.

The man told police he threw his shoes at Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch because she affected his life in a negative way for years over a matter not related to the court hearing, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday. The man did not elaborate.

As he threw the shoes at the judge, the man said, "You're corrupt! Traitor!" the Post said.

One shoe struck the judge on her forehead, breaking her glasses and knocking her from her chair, court officials said. Beinisch was taken to her chambers where she received medical treatment. She was expected to return to the courtroom.

Israeli President Shimon Peres interrupted his visit to Germany to call Beinisch, telling her that an attack on a judge was an attack on the Supreme Court and would not be tolerated, the Post said.

Guards at the courthouse told Haaretz the shoe thrower was a driver who was seen often around the court building.

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