In September 2001, he went on trial. He admitted assaulting a 12-year old boy. It was in December 1999. It was in the Nokdim settlement.
The child allegedly hit his son. Boys scrap with other kids often. Fathers seldom intervene violently. He was charged with assault and threatening a minor.
He was convicted. He copped a plea. He paid a small fine to avoid harsher punishment. He got off virtually scot-free.
Perhaps a repeat this time is likely. The fullness of time will tell. He's criminally indicted. Clear evidence shows he committed bribery, embezzlement, money laundering, obstruction of justice, breach of trust, and perhaps more.
In mid-December, Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein dropped major charges. Fraud and breach of trust alone remained.
His day in court arrived. Haaretz explained serious reservations earlier. On December 25, it headlined "The prosecution's negligence over Lieberman," saying:
"Who in the prosecution will be held accountable for its flawed conduct throughout the entire Lieberman case?"
He evaded serious fraud and money laundering charges. Breach of trust involves rewarding former ambassador Ze'ev Ben Aryeh. It was done in return for services rendered. He revealed confidential legal information relating to Lieberman's case.
Before his indictment, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein "wavered over whether it was really appropriate to attribute criminal significance to the matter."