File this one under weird or Quentin Tarantino scripts. An Orthodox Jewish Rabbi is facing trial for criminal charges related to assisting women obtain divorces.
According to Kentucky. com, Mendel Epstein, is accused of employing a kidnap team to force unwilling Jewish husbands to divorce their wives. Epstein has been charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted kidnapping.
Prosecutors allege the Orthodox rabbi’s team used brutal methods and tools, including handcuffs and electric cattle prods, to torture the men into granting divorces. The kidnap team brought surgical blades, a screwdriver and rope to a staged kidnapping in 2013, authorities have said. Epstein allegedly told the undercover agents he arranged similar kidnappings every year or year and a half, U.S. Attorney Joseph Gribko said.
The defense has argued that Epstein is just a really good advocate for women.
The good news for Kentuckians is that if you want a divorce, all of that cattle prod play is unnecessary. As I explain on my Kentucky “get a divorce” page, Kentucky is a no fault divorce state:
This means that there is no need to prove grounds (reasons) in order to get a divorce. You do not have to blame the other person or explain the reasons why the marriage failed. The reasons why the marriage failed may be important in other areas of your divorce but are not necessary to file for a divorce in Kentucky or Florida. You do not have to prove infidelity, habitual drunkenness, abandonment, or any of the other reasons one used to have to give, in order to get a divorce. The only thing that must be proven is that there has been an “irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship” and there are no prospects for reconciliation.
If you are seeking a divorce or just have questions you need answered, please consult with a northern KY divorce attorney or an attorney in your jurisdiction before you begin arranging kidnappings.