The defense rested their case today in the trial of the well-respected Rabbi Osher Eisemann, founder of the School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI).
Closing statements at the courthouse in East Brunswick, NJ, are scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, after which the jury will deliberate. Middlesex County Judge Benjamin Bucca is presiding over the case.
“Based on what we’ve seen,” a Matzav.com reporter related from the courthouse, “we’d be surprised if they deliberate for more than a short while.”
The trial followed an indictment on trumped-up charges, and Rabbi Eisemann is facing up to 10-20 in prison if convicted.
The jury is comprised of fourteen jurors, five men and nine women.
The School for Children with Hidden Intelligence began in a Route 9 storefront in 1995 with just five students. For Rabbi Osher Eisemann, creating such a school was personal – he needed a school for his special-needs son that would stop at nothing to help him succeed. The school quickly grew, with 18 students in 1998, 130 in 2010, and over 500 currently. Concurrent with its growth, its acclaim spread far and wide as well. Despite his natural aversion to fame and the limelight, Rabbi Eisemann was given numerous awards and honors, and the steady stream of praise from parents and visitors alike continued to increase.
Right from the start, SCHI stood out. The school raised the bar in special-needs education. Every means available was utilized to ensure that each child would exceed expectations. The school also placed great emphasis on maintaining a low teacher-to-pupil ratio to ensure maximum progress for each student.
The school has always had a profound effect on visitors. People walk through SCHI’s doors and experience humanity in its purest form. They see care and dedication that don’t exist elsewhere in their lives. It is always extremely moving, leaving an indelible impression on them.
All are asked to daven for Osher ben Chana Frumet.