Lawyer Convicted of Dead Sea Scrolls Slander

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    A section of the Psalms scroll, that was on display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

    A New York lawyer has been convicted of using online aliases to influence scholarly debate over the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    A Manhattan jury convicted Raphael Golb Thursday of 30 of 31 counts against him. Golb was acquitted on one charge of criminal impersonation.

    Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Golb disguised his identity in e-mail messages and blog posts to harass and discredit his professor father's detractors in a dispute over the origins of the scrolls.

    The more than 2,000-year-old documents contain the earliest known versions of portions of the Hebrew Bible.

    Golb didn't acknowledge writing the e-mails or posts but said they amounted to academic whistle-blowing, not crime.