A woman accused of a bizarre crime could be facing criminal consequences, according to local sources. An upstate New York woman stands accused of hurling pork products at a synagogue, an action authorities are calling a hate crime. She has been released on her own recognizance and was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 3, likely alongside a criminal defense attorney.
According to police reports, on Jan. 19 the 47-year-old woman is believed to have thrown a package of pork chops on the front steps of the Congregation Anshe Emeth Jewish Temple in Greenport. This caused the package to rupture, spilling fluids onto the temple steps. This constitutes an insult in the Jewish faith, which eschews pork products.
The woman is then believed to have returned to the scene in the early morning, estimated at around 3 a.m., to photograph the evidence of her alleged actions. The membership of the temple expressed considerable apprehension to police, fearing these actions could lead to further anti-Semitic acts directed at their congregation. This is why the criminal complaint lists her as charged with first-degree harassment as a hate crime.
If she is found guilty, she could face fines and even prison time. Even if she is found innocent, the accusation of a hate crime is a serious one, and could have repercussions on her career and reputation. This is why she will be represented in a New York court by a criminal defense attorney who work to protect her legal rights and to ensure that she is treated fairly and impartially before the court.