- The Washington Times - Friday, December 14, 2001

Attention. This horrific news of injustice comes to you from Tel Aviv to Rockville.
No, it's not about more bombs and body bags in the endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict. No, they didn't find Osama bin Laden proselytizing by the Wailing Wall.
This is about the sickening saga of Slick Sol Sheinbein, who is still making a mint from American corporations while he remains a fugitive from American justice. But maybe not for long, if Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler and the Attorney Grievance Commission get their way and have him disbarred.
"To the extent we can levy any penalty against [Sheinbein], we should," Mr. Gansler said yesterday.
Not front page news, exactly, but important news buried amid the metropolitan mix nonetheless.
In case you've forgotten, Sol Sheinbein is a patent attorney who lived in Montgomery County until he helped his 17-year-old son, Samuel, escape the USA after the teen-ager was accused of making mincemeat of an acquaintance.
This senseless-murder case created an international firestorm. At one point, U.S. congressional representatives threatened to withhold U.S. aid to Israel if Sheinbein the younger was not extradited and tried on his native soil. Here, he would face life imprisonment, rather than the 24-year, light-duty sentence he received in Tel Aviv after a yearlong debate.
Remember the howls and hackles that were raised when it was first learned in September 1997 that Sammy the Slicer Sheinbein fled to Israel and claimed citizenship in that country although he was born in this one because his disingenuous daddy was born there before Israel became a nation?
Israeli law does not permit the extradition of its citizens, and Israel's Supreme Court judges wouldn't let Sheinbein go.
The Sheinbeins' move was a cruel and calculated act to avoid prosecution in the burning and bludgeoning of Alfredo Enrique Tello Jr., 19, of Silver Spring, whose body parts were found in a garbage bag in a vacant house near the Sheinbeins.
A second youth, Aaron Needles, 16, also was charged in the murder but was never tried. He committed suicide in the county jail.
Yesterday, Mr. Gansler said both suspects fled to New York City after the murder. However, Needles' parents made him return to the county and said they would stand by him as he accepted responsibility for the crime.
But Sol Sheinbein gave his son a one-way ticket to Israel. He has since moved there and re-established his law practice.
Maybe father knows best, but Slick Sol will never win an award for Father of the Year.
Hardly the right way to teach your child about personal responsibility. Get the feeling that punishment is a word or an activity that was banished from the Sheinbein household?
The elder Sheinbein was charged with obstructing justice and being a fugitive from justice. But since he didn't allow his son to go to face trial, it's unlikely he would face prosecution for his own charges.
To add insult to injury, Sol Sheinbein just packed up his life and started all over again without ever looking back and cleaning up the mess he left behind.
There's a reason you are supposed to strip a wall of its old paint before you apply a new coat. Eventually the dirt and grime and cracks and crevices show through. And when the ugly truth is exposed, it does not make for a pretty picture.
Well, Mr. Gansler helped the attorneys' commission file a petition last week in the Maryland Court of Appeals to stop Sol Sheinbein from practicing law and be disbarred. The fugitive could receive a lesser punishment, such as a reprimand or suspension of his license, after a hearing on the matter next month.
The decision is a no-brainer. In fact, Sol Sheinbein's law license should have be revoked sooner so he could not profit and provide for his family, while the Tello family will never be whole again after their progeny loss.
Mr. Gansler calls Sol Sheinbein's actions "cowardly" and "insulting."
"He should not be able to benefit from the privilege of practicing law," the prosecutor said. Ditto to that sentiment.
Mr. Gansler says "someone with the moral fiber to harbor a fugitive does not have the ethical fiber to practice law." Double that ditto.
Wrong is wrong. Someone must pay for the debt for the damage done. To date, no one has been brought to justice here for Mr. Tello's murder.
It's really a sin and a shame that Sheinbein got off easy for the murder and that the elder Sheinbein continues to profit and earn a living on an American license, though he remains a fugitive from American justice.
Now, is that a headline for "Ripley's Believe It or Not" or what?
Adrienne T. Washington's e-mail address is atwashin@aol.com.

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