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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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The Ramon Trial

The Ramon Trial

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(p.283) 30 The Ramon Trial
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The Purse and the Sword
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Daniel Friedmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.003.0030

This chapter examines the 2006 investigation and trial of Minister of Justice Haim Ramon following an incident with a female officer. What had been a simple matter was blown out of proportion as police investigators attempted to charge Ramon for indecency, despite conflicting testimonies of the affair as well as the female officer’s own unwillingness to press charges until pressured to do so. The main charge against Ramon was committing an indecent act, although a charge of obstruction of justice was added which provided grounds for a wiretap. The obstruction of justice file was closed but the prosecution decided to press the indecent act charge—a decision which proved unpopular, even among feminists. The court later issued a verdict which wrongly convicted Ramon—but ruled that his conviction does not carry moral turpitude. The aftermath produced internal shockwaves within the government as the issue was scrutinized in more depth, and, coincidentally enough, the Ramon affair also led to the author’s own appointment to Ramon’s previous post of minister of justice. Ramon subsequently returned to the government as vice prime minister for special assignments.

Keywords:   Haim Ramon, Ramon trial, Ramon affair, indecency, obstruction of justice, wiretaps, butterfly effect

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