Lawyer For Accused Killer Levi Aron Says Inbreeding Partially To Blame For Crime

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The lawyer for accused killer Levi Aron ignited controversy Wednesday with statements he made at a pre-trial hearing, suggesting inbreeding may have played a role in the gruesome crime.

Defense attorney Howard Greenberg said the actions of his client, who was charged in the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky earlier this year, could, in part, be blamed on inbreeding.

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“Everybody knows when blood relations have offspring there can be genetic defects,” Greenberg said, adding that “it’s something that needs to be investigated.”

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In an interview with CBS 2’s Mark Morgan, Greenberg made similar comments about genetics and the role he says it could have played in Aron’s mental state.

“Relatives getting together, doing the deed and having children. But you don’t have to take it from me, ask any geneticist,” he said.

Greenberg also went on to say that he will carefully go over Aron’s family history, including  “history of mental illness, the tramautic brain injury that he suffered, whether or not by virtue of familial relationships, there is a genetic defect that could manifest itself in mental illness.”

After the comments, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind called Greenberg a “a sick, self-hating Jew who is out of his mind.”

“He has caused unbelievable pain througout this community and far beyond this community — by talking about inbreeding? He is out of his mind,” Hikind told Morgan.

Prosecutors said Aron killed Kletzky back on July 11 and then dismembered his body. Authorities said Aron kidnapped Kletzky from his neighborhood in Borough Park and gave him a toxic mix of prescription and over-the-counter drugs before smothering him.

Aron then allegedly butchered the boy’s body, hiding part of it in his freezer.

Police said Aron killed Kletzky because he panicked after seeing flyers of the 8-year-old around the neighborhood.

Greenberg’s comments prompted outrage and a scathing statement from Hikind, who said the attorney “will stop at nothing in an effort to excuse the heinous crime his client perpetrated against innocent, eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky.”

“It is outrageous that he has the audacity to insinuate that Levi Aron’s crime is a result of inbreeding in the Jewish community. What an absolutely vile, disgusting, and wholly untrue remark,” Hikind said.

Hikind went on to call Aron’s lawyer a “disgrace to his profession” and said he should be “held in contempt by not only Judge Firetog, but by all of us.”

What do you make of the lawyer’s comments? Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Ronny O

    This guy will be convicted and just wait till he finds out what the JAIL CODE OF JUSTICE is for a CHILD MOLESTER. There are TIMES THE GUARDS DO LOOK THE OTHER WAY.

    • Lucius Junius Brutus

      Comments like this are one of the things wrong with America. Too many people think they know who deserved to be killed, mutilated and or raped as revenge. That is exactly what the Iranians, Iraqis, AL Queda and the Red Chinese are doing all the time.
      Americans should imitate the Iranians and Chinese?



  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    I think this lawyer should be the next Mayor Of NYC

  • Reformed Jew

    I wonder if Dov Hikind is a victim of inbreeding. He certainly acts like it.

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      After the comments, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind called Greenberg a “a sick, self-hating Jew who is out of his mind.”He then went on to say he sleeps with little boys but does not kill them and make soup out of there body parts

  • Maddie

    What he is saying is that INBREEDING can cause serious mental defects. He is not saying it’s an excuse. But it can be part of the REASON.
    It is widely known and widely accepted that there is inbreeding withing this secular community.

    One wonders how this can be permitted.

    But, regardless of the REASON, put the killer down like a rabid animal.

    No way to reform this POS.

  • Mr. Staten Island

    Do Hasids still f….. through a hole in a sheet?

  • Lawyer

    Orthodox Jews tend to marry Orthodox Jews. In the last few decades there have been numerous conversions of African Americans, Chinese and Hispanic to the orthodox religion. Religious Jews marry other religious Jews with no bearing on race-the defining factor is religious affiliation-thus the defense attorney does not have a valid argument.

    • Mike


  • SoTired

    While it is a well known fact that children who are the products of inbreeding do suffer from mental and physical maladies, that’s no excuse for what this psycho did.

  • redneck

    Agreed, inbreeding does not excuse this crime, however, I laugh at those naive enough to believe that it is not true. When I was a teen, I worked as an assistant to a wedding photographer and personally witnessed many hasidic weddings between cousins.

  • Besalel

    Thats right, because Jewish people are known throughout the world to be less intelligent than everyone else.

    NYers arent stupid. If this clown lawyer said something like this in front of a NY jury theyd fry his client on the spot.

    • Michael H.

      NY no longer uses the electric chair and has not performed an execution since 1963. Technically he would get a lethal injection but NY’s capital punishment statutes were ruled unconstitutional in 2004. New York’s death row was disestablished in 2008 but then Gov. Paterson.

  • Vernon Hell

    This defense could also work for Southerners and Mormons, where inbreeding is a major problem.

    • Scott



    • Mike

      Southerners dont inbreed any more than northerners do.

  • PaPa Joe

    Many of the comments here are not merely offensive but downright scary. While I’m no judge I think many are made out of ignorance and are protected by on-line annonymity. I am not Jewish – but – having been raised in Bensonhurst I recognize anti-semitism when I see it. Anti anything, when it comes to people, not war, bombs and the like, is futile. Hatred is like a spitting cobra – wonderful if it’s not spitting in your direction but quite frightening when it turns it’s head and spits at you, if you’re the one holding it, as it will and as it must. The haters invite hatred upon themselves.

    • Michael H.

      As a Jew myself it is no secret that the Hassidic and Orthodox communities have a problem with inbreeding.

    • Heidi

      Your comment is not quite accurate – it shouldn’t be referred to as “anti-Semite” – it would be “anti-Jewish”. “Semite” refers to the languages of a specific region of the world. All Jews are Semites…but not all Semites are Jews. Otherwise, I basically agree – we’re not qualified to judge each other…and poison does have an effect on the one spraying it. But then, you wouldn’t be qualified to judge those spraying poison either…right…? They’re as entitled to their opinion as you are to yours.

      • Esther Clark

        oh for god’s sake. The term anti-semite was coined specifically to mean anti Jewish. Look it up. Why do people keep bringing up this old canard?

  • oldwolf49

    When asked why I left NY, I point people to comments from stories like this.

  • HoffmanSelma

    Well…as bad as it sounds the defense attorney is doing his job, and that is defending his client… Gross!!…@M.A.D, want to make cash near ten k dollars one month with several hrs work on web? Here MakeCash23.

  • Steve

    I’m glad everyone is not so naive to believe the orthodox don’t have a problem with inbreeding. Everyone give yourselves a pat on the back…and for those who think WE are crazy for thinking ‘inbreeding’ in the orthodox religion is non-existent or a ‘rare’ case. I think you better take a stroll in borough park on a Saturday. EITHER way this loser should be locked in a cell and throw away the key AND by the way the lawyer is doing what he is supposed to be doing and thats defending his client.

  • Fritz Von

    Is that why Sarah Palin has that Trig kid? Her husband is her cousin? Every block in Midwood Brooklyn has at least two Trigs, I wonder why. The females they can’t hide too well, but the males, well, they put a hat on them, pull it down, and hope no one notices.

  • M.A.D

    Well…as bad as it sounds the defense attorney is doing his job, and that is defending his client… Gross!!



  • The Caveman Lawyer

    If inbreeding caused isanity half of staten island would be walking around like zombies.

    • betty

      All the jewish faith would be crazy, and they are ‘nt the only people that marrieds each others ,but they do say something will go wrong with the kids they have ,i don’t think he was walking around trying to find a kid ,he must have seen some before he lead this kid to his death ,rememeber he went other place before he saw the kid.,He’s playing a part .When i think of this kid ,because i have kids it makes me want to kill the low life my self and i’m
      not jewishe

    • Betty

      Hikind want to say this isn’t true but they do married into their own family
      but i can’t say that’s why he killed this child ,it’s sad the child lost his life
      he killed the child to keep him quiet cause he raped him .he should meet the same faith. DEATH.

  • The Realist

    Not so fast with the calls to summarily execute this guy. We still live in America, where even the absolute worst of the worst of the worst still get their day in court. Yes, he probably will be convicted (based on his own statements), but the process must take its course. Otherwise, we’re no better than terrorists.

  • Jay from the Bronx

    “Inbreeding” is not “insanity”. The guy knew fully well that what he did was wrong. I don’t favor the death penalty, but when people chop up little kids (or burn helpless women in elevators for that matter) it’s difficult not to wish we had one in NY.

    The lawyer has to do a very unpleasant job. That being said, one wishes he’d not try to reach out and blame people (including the victim and his family) for belonging to an insular community. Bad form.

  • John

    How do you know when lawyer is lying? When his lips are moving. Execute this evil.

    • eli

      judge judy

  • nathan

    In breeding has nothing to do with this! Me and my sister is just fine, thank you!

  • PaPa Joe

    If this whole “legal” defence was not so pathetic it would be laughable. Rest in peace young man.

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  • vexation

    I find his remarks incredibly offensive. The Idea that an entire religious community can be made to look dirty and immoral because of the actions of one sick member, is disgusting to me. It is time we realize that there are good and bad people. They exist in our world in every race, creed, and religion. It is WRONG to characterize the entire community with bigoted and hateful remarks such as this. Grow up people! God, or Yaweh, or Mohammed, or Buddha would never condone this kind of bigotry. No matter what the religion, they all come down to honoring others and LOVING one another. Why can’t we all just focus on the LOVE and leave the semantics alone?

    • Meme Meyagi

      you invalidated your whole little outburst by putting pedophile rapist and genocidal musrderer moohamad into the mix

  • thor's hammer

    howard, howard, howard. why didn’t you just try to get a change of venue for your loser client. no, you have to grandstand, and run your jive at the beginning of chanukah. you are so devious. hmm d-e-v, same first 3 letters of what your client is – devil. you are both disgraces to humankind. your client should face old time justice and punishment. he is not a victim here. justice for leiby!

  • Marty-o

    As horrendous as it might sound, it is known that Hasidics do marry and have relations with close family members. They’re not allowed to marry non-Hasidics and therefore have a very small genetic pool to choose from. It is one of the reasons why so many have poor eye vision. It doesn’t excuse his actions, though but might have an effect on sentencing.

    • Matt

      I don’t know from where your’e coming from but i come from a large Hasidic neighborhood and there are tens of thousands Hasidic people all over so don’t exaggerate that they have a very small genetic pool also they are allowed to marry non-Hasidics it just not happening that often bc they would rather marry their type.

    • aikoaiko3

      That’s complete crap

  • PaPa Joe

    Ahhhhhh ……… inbred, then it’s Okay and not the poor guy’s fault. It’s like I didn’t know the gun was loaded. Alright, now wake the dead guy up. I agree with Charlie.

  • Derek Schloesser

    Regardless if he’s a product of inbreeding or not, he’s a killer and has no redeeming quility’s to society. There is nothing stopping these kinds of people from killing our children. What life in prison? Free meals and health care for life. They even get cable t.v. My kids don’t have cable t.v. EXECUTE everyone of this child killers.



    • Derek Schloesser

      Amen brother.

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