The defense line: I am from the former Soviet Union, and I was never used to obeying the law. On the contrary, we all considered that the Law was imposed by the regime in order to control and subjugate the masses, and you had to lie and steal from the state in order to preserve your rights and get ahead.// I think this line will not exonerate Lieberman, but he will get some understanding from the judges, and a considerably reduced sentence. Too bad Katzav didn't use such a line of defense, attributing his behavior towards women to Iranian culture. He denied the charges categorically instead of embracing them and blaming Iran. This would have gotten him some sympathy at least.
from the article: Lieberman to be served draft indictment for graft in next 24 hours