Neal Sher: Consider the source (updated)

Last month I noted the accusation by Neal Sher that Jimmy Carter had once lobbied the Justice Department on behalf of a former SS concentration camp guard who had been deported. Today Lucianne is featuring the Israel National News story by Ezra HaLevi on the same subject based on an interview with Sher.
Sher’s story may be true, but extreme caution is in order with respect to Sher’s accusation. Sher’s story is based on his description of a letter he allegedly received with a note on it from Carter while Sher worked in the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations in 1987. Sher was in a position to have received such a note, but Sher has not produced a copy of the letter with the note.
Reliance on Sher’s word is, to say the least, problematic. Sher is simply not a credible source. In 2003 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit disbarred Sher for his admitted “unauthorized reimbursements” of travel expenses from the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, where he had served as chief of staff. See Tom Schoenberg’s “The unraveling of Neal Sher.”
In short, Sher’s accusation should not be taken at face value unless and until it is corroborated by Carter himself or by a credible source. No story should be accepted based on Sher’s word alone. This is one instance in which we must have what Othello calls “the ocular proof” or the corroboration of a trustworthy source.
UPDATE: Daniel Freedman confirms Sher’s story here and posts a digital image of the letter with Carter’s note. Freedman’s contribution helps to round out the image of Mahatma Jimmy.


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