By Wendy Runge for Matzav.com
L’Shana Tova and Shavua Tov. When I arrived at home Erev Rosh Hashana, it was merely an hour before candle lighting, and the 500 mile round trip drive was absolutely exhausting. However, I arrived with the scent of Yom Tov bursting through the windows, the table beautifully set and wonderful members of the kehilla delivering food, flowers and their sincere good wishes! What an experience!Just the day before, the Judge corrected the glaring mistake of scheduling my pre-trial hearing on Rosh Hashana, and changed
it…pending the hearing on Wednesday. Pending is the key word because on a whim of the Judge, I would be in court whenever he wanted me to be. Remember, in the US legal system, the Judge has all of the power…and there are many, many layers of protocol and procedure to navigate lest we do something wrong and face his ire. Judge Gamble is a fair and experienced Judge, and my attorney, Matt Whitaker, feels that we were blessed that this chief Judge selected our case to handle personally. However, in this round of hearings I have now seen His Honor show his temper and his impatience and it is scary how my life will be dictated these realities. I almost did not make it home before Yom Tov.
It was clear that the Prosecutors have put many road blocks in our way to make sure Mr. Whitaker spends as many (expensive) hours as possible working to make sure my Constitutional rights are preserved. They have worked tirelessly (remember, the Prosecutors are paid a salary by the State to pursue criminals…and sometimes people that can be an effective political tool to make their bosses look “not so bad”) to smear me and ruin my personal and professional reputation.
When the dust settled Wednesday, we won more motions than we lost and we’re in a good position to go to trial in January. This is
purposefully scheduled after the Governor and the Attorney General face their worthy opponents in the election. We feel this is very important to changing the “witch hunt” mood of this case.
Hours equal dollars. One hundred hours of work by Matt Whitaker to prepare my defense will cost $40,000. It will take 100 hours to merely depose the State’s witnesses against me and organize the case. My former partner is scheduled to go to trial on November 1 and we are deposing these witnesses together to split the cost so this money must be raised immediately.
$40,000 I don’t currently have and I need your help to raise this month. With your help and prayers, we can continue to fight for my life. Please mail your tax deductable contributions to Kenesseth Israel Synagogue, 4330 W 28th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55416. Attn: Wendy’s legal defense fund.
It isn’t lost on me that B’nei Yisroel has a court date every year with the heavenly Judge. The great thing is that He is Avinu
Malkanu, Our Father – Our King and we must approach Him directly. Minimal protocol. No procedures that take us away from analyzing and repairing our behavior. AND HE’S OUR FATHER!!! We get to go to our loving father and get things straightened out to move into the New Year with a clean slate.
Not so in Iowa…unless you help me.
May this year bring you everything good, and everything that comes to you should be recognized as good because it all comes from Avinu Malkenu.
Thank you so much for your support. Please pass this to anyone who might be able to assist us. G-d bless.