Yisrael Valis: The Court Transcript
Unbelievable. We already know that the officer saw things that no medical examiner was able to see — e.g. not merely bite marks, but “pinch marks.” But the whole allegation that Valis confessed to long-term abuse of the child, and to not wanting him because of a birth defect? She has no clue where she got it from.
I’m going to offer a theory — Valis said his baby had a Mum, a blemish, on his neck. My theory is that the baby had a birthmark, which the officer misconstrued as a bite mark. Because as you will see herein, Valis “unequivocally denied” hitting the child, and never confessed to her to biting, to pinching, and certainly never confessed to not wanting his baby, and never confessed to having abused his baby from birth. And as we know, both medical reports say that no signs of abuse or deliberate harm were found on the baby.
What the officer told the press was one fabrication piled upon another. Excerpts from the court transcript have been posted in the original Hebrew; what follows is a translation of the last excerpted sections.
At this point Mr. Feldman [Lawyer for the Defense] exposes what happened behind the scenes with the police, surrounding this investigation. He argues to the officer [on the witness stand] that it went like a media circus (lit. “circus arrest”) and she lied to the press.
Q. Did you recive permission to speak with the press?
A. Yes. From the spokesman.
Q. You went to the spokesman?
Q. The spokesman told you to go to the press?
A. Yes. The spokesman was Shmulik ben Ruby, and all was done with their supervision. Segal, the spokesman’s assistant, was with me.
Q. Do you remember what you said to the press?
A. If you remind me, I will tell you.
Q. Even when you spoke to the press, didn’t you see before you a man who was hurt enough, that you didn’t need to hurt him more?
A. It’s different, when a man standing before you who is crying sometimes, and sometimes it is difficult for him, from when you are speaking when he is not in front of you, and you are talking about, about how the reality, how it is difficult.
Q. You spoke to the press about the actual reality? You didn’t exaggerate and didn’t overdo it. You spoke about the reality, exactly? Did you speak to the press about what was in the interrogation, in truth, and didn’t exaggerate, overdo, or describe the accused in the most disgusting way possible?
A. That’s how you see it?
Q. You told the television that he slammed the child’s head into the wall, did you say that?
A. Could be.
Q. I’m saying to you, on the basis of the fact before me that he unequivocally denied that he slammed the child’s head into the wall, on what basis did you say this?
A. I know that he confessed this regarding him.
Q. You know what he admitted in front of Brickman. You read it?
A. I didn’t read it. I heard it from Brickman.
Q. You go to the press and say terrible things about him, to be seen and heard immediately, without reading the confession?
A. That’s not true and never was. Not what you say and no part of it.
Q. We’ll show a piece from the Jerusalem Hot News, April 10, 2006. Where were you interviewed here?
A. At the station.
Q. And this is after the spokesman told you to be interviewed by the press. You said that he admitted that he hit him with anything he could. In any way possible. He bit him. He pinched him. He hit him with slaps and punches and threw his head into the wall. On what basis? He is sitting in jail at this point, and you’re taking it out on him in the press. For what?
A. I went to the press not because I asked. We went to photograph him, the kid. And there was a bite mark (pointing to her neck) and a pinch (behind the ear), and I told what I saw.
Q. Did he admit in front of you that he hit, pinched, and slammed his head into the wall?
A. I said exactly what I told the judge now.
Q. You said that he admitted to all that you said now. Where did he say this?
A. He confessed this regarding him to Brickman.
Q. And upon this you relied without reading. And more than this, let’s say he admitted. The interrogation isn’t over. They didn’t bring a charge sheet. He’s in prison? What’s this business going to the press?
A. They told me to be interviewed. They didn’t tell me what to say. They said to me to tell everything.
Q. When did the spokesman tell you to respond? This announcement was on April 10. Can I assume that this was close to the time that the spokesman told you to be interviewed, and the photographers came to the police station?
A. I don’t know. There were also photographers at the court.
Q. Let’s go back to April 4. There was an arrest process [perhaps indictment] that you participated in. Did the spokesman tell you before the arrest to be interviewed by the press after the arrest?
A. I was accompanied by the spokesman’s assistant, I think, Segal.
Q. Segal, the spokesman’s assistant, came with you already to the arrest. What is this media circus? What is the public’s involvement with an arrest? What is this?
A. In terms of what are you asking me?
Q. But they sent you to the front? The spokesman also knew what was happening in the investigation?
A. Yes, they were informed.
Q. And she told you what to say when the arrest was over?
A. She didn’t tell me what to say.
Q. You said, when the arrest was over, terrible things.
A. In your opinion.
Q. In anybody’s opinion. “That have no morning.” [“That are utterly fabricated and ludicrous.” — Eliezer Barzilai, in comments below.]
A. This was a terrible thing.
Q. You said he claimed an additional thing. That the child was born with a defect and that he really didn’t want him. Where did he claim this? That he didn’t want him, and therefore he killed him. Where is this written?
A. He told me that the child was born with a defect in his neck.
Q. Where did he say that he didn’t want him?
A. I truly don’t know where.
Q. Where is your responsibility?
Feldman added and asked the officer: you were interviewed that day on Galei Tzahal [Army Radio] by Yaron Vilensky. There you said, “he gave him hits, he gave him punches, he slammed his head into the wall. And moreover, from the day the child was born he had hit him.”
A. It could be that I said that. Things weren’t said that I made up. There were statements that this wasn’t the first time that he hit him.
Judge’s Question: From where did you know this?
A. I didn’t make it up. I don’t know where I got it from. I didn’t make it up.
Lawyer Feldman: You were also interviewed by the paper. There is practically no organ of the press by which you were not interviewed. You were interviewed by Yediot Acharonot [and said] “I cannot bear to listen to the descriptions of the father. He abused him from the day he was born, because he was born with a defect.” You ever heard him say these words? You lie.
A. I don’t recall that I said things like that to the paper, and the paper adds things that were not said and fatten things up. In the paper I tell you that they fatten. The fact is that I didn’t say this in the press when they filmed me. The paper writes what they like, and is good for them. I don’t deny that I was interviewed. I cannot say that what they wrote there, I said word by word. I am not responsible for what the paper writes.