Corb's Ouster Would Harm Olmert Case

Deputy Jerusalem District Prosecutor Uri Corb will be called in by State Prosecutor Moshe Lador to clarify comments he made against the judiciary during a course on questioning witnesses at the Sha'arei Mishpat College in Hod Hasharon.

The statements Corb was recorded as making include the following: "A large portion of the judges in the State of Israel are major asses," and "We are using methods that I think are sometimes rotten and stupid."

Corb, who is one of the prosecutors in the trial against former prime minister Ehud Olmert, did not miss the opportunity to mention any key figures in the legal system. The judges, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, the prosecution, Lador - he criticized them all. His comments, published Friday in Yedioth Ahronoth, stirred a major storm and were quickly condemned.

"Knowing the way our profession works, I tell you that sometimes the judge decides. Why? Because. Either because he is an ass, or because he thinks he knows it all, or because he has already made up his mind at some particular stage," Corb was recorded as saying.

"When someone is a judge, he is no longer a human being. Judges are - depending on whom you ask - something between people and angels. That is their rank ... some of them. If I had to give them a rank, it would be that of ass."

Regarding the Supreme Court, Corb was quoted as saying "we too have an enlightened Supreme Court that cares about the rights of the accused and invents laws for itself ... it sanctifies all sorts of things which I do not understand why it must sanctify ... and in this way allows arch-criminals to make claims in their defense from ridiculous viewpoints of justice."

On the case of former president Moshe Katsav, Corb was recording as saying: "There are laws on evidence in the state of Israel that are bent only in the cases of former presidents. I simply follow this case from the side, and I see how the evidence is bent."

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein was quick to respond. "These are harsh comments that the State Prosecution cannot accept," he wrote in a statement to the media. "The prosecution will not accept or stand for an attack of any sort on the judiciary and especially the judges."