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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:42 am

Andrea Sneiderman seemingly was handed a legal and personal setback last week when DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams set an Oct. 12 hearing date on her request for modification of her bond ruling to allow her to attend services for the Jewish High Holy Days.

On Monday, Judge Adams ordered a change in the date for that hearing to this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The reason for the change is likely because all but one of the Jewish High Holy Day services listed in her request would have been over by Oct. 12.

Also on Monday, Judge Adams ordered another hearing for Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m. on Sneiderman’s request to quash a civil case by the state that has frozen $2,275,778 of her cash assets at the Bank of New York Mellon.

Defense attorneys filed the motion Sept. 10 for modification of Sneiderman’s bond ruling to allow the widow of Dunwoody murder victim Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman to attend religious services for Jewish High Holy Days at Chabad of North Fulton in Johns Creek. Sneiderman needs the judge’s permission to attend those services.

On Aug. 21, Judge Adams ordered that Sneiderman, who faces arraignment Oct. 8 on eight charges related to the shooting death of her husband, be released on $500,000 bond subject to other special conditions, including house arrest an limited mobility and interaction with people other than family and her rabbi.

The first of the High Holy Days observances listed in the defense motion was for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, which began at sundown on Sunday and continued through Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The defense motion also requested she be allowed to attend services for Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish day of the year, Sept. 25-26, Sukkot on Oct. 3 and Yizkor on Oct. 8.

The Oct.12 hearing date Judge Adams set for deliberation of this defense motion fell four days after the last of these four Jewish holidays were over. The only holiday mentioned in the motion that takes place after the original hearing date is Hunukkah, which begins Dec. 8.

With the change in the hearing date to this Thursday, only Rosh Hashana will have passed and the remaining holidays start again five days after the new hearing date.

According to an attorney close to all of the proceedings involving Andrea Sneiderman, the DeKalb DA’s office did not object to the defense request and the judge could have just granted Sneiderman permission to attend the services without a hearing on the matter. Why Judge Adams did not do that is not known.

The other hearing involving Sneiderman before Judge Adams this Wednesday, is for parties to show cause why Sneidermans motion for dismissal should not be granted in the case by which the DeKalb DA’s office has frozen Sneiderman’s assets in four bank accounts at Bank of New York Mellon. The funds in the four accounts, according to court records, are $1,930,706.99, $285,680.59, $23,069.21 and $36,321.64.

Meanwhile there also has been activity regarding civil suits involving Sneiderman and her in-laws in cases both in Fulton County and DeKalb County courts in the past week.

Sneiderman and the parents of her murdered husband last week reached a settlement in their months-long visitation and custody battle involving her children. Notice of the settlement was filed last Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court, but conditions of the agreement were not disclosed.

Neither the widow’s attorney nor the Dunwoody attorney Esther Panitch, who represents Don and Marilyn Sneiderman, would comment on the terms of the settlement. However, Panitch said that her filing for “dismissal without prejudice”, filed Sept. 13 in Fulton Superior Court, allows for a refilling of the case later on if necessary.

The day after Andrea Sneiderman’s arrest, her in-laws filed a motion in Fulton Superior Court seeking emergency custody of their two grandchildren, ages 6 and 3. The Sneidermans had previously been embroiled for months in a dispute over visitation rights, alleging their daughter-in-law was keeping her children away from them.

In another action last week in the DeKalb court of Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh, attorneys for Sneiderman asked that her brother-in-law Steve Sneiderman be removed as executor of her late husband’s will and his father be removed as backup executor., Andrea’s attorneys argued before Judge Rosh that Steve and his father have shown bias because of statements made to the media alleging Andrea’s guilt and because of a wrongful death suit filed against Andrea.

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