Sentence Reduced of Man Who Threw Shoes at Supreme Court Chief

Court cuts prison term of Pini Cohen from three years to two; Cohen threw two shoes at Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch in January.

The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday reduced the prisone sentence of Pini Cohen, the man convicted of throwing two shoes at Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch in January, from three years to two.

The court stated that the incident was serious but that it was not aggravated assault and did not cause grievous bodily harm. The court also credited Cohen for confessing to the act.

During a Supreme Court hearing in January, Cohen shouted "you're corrupt" and threw two shoes from the spectators' gallery at Beinisch.

One hit Beinisch between the eyes and she was knocked to the floor. She returned to the bench minutes later.

Cohen, 52, said he believed he had been treated unfairly by Israeli courts in divorce proceedings.

Cohen was convicted in June and given the maximum sentence – three years in prison and a year of probation following his release.