Prosecutors drop all extortion and perjury charges against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner after finding the two witnesses unreliable.
Prosecutors in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office dismissed all extortion and perjury charges Friday morning against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner. Assistant District Attorney Kevin O'Donnell, speaking in court Friday, said that his office conducted an independent review of the facts of the case and found the two witnesses against Kellner to be unreliable.
"At the lowest point in my life, the justice system reached over" and did the right thing, Kellner told The Jewish Week Friday morning after his case was thrown out. "I just want to say that everything that I did was according to halacha and rabbinically OK. And what I learned is that following the rules will get you out of trouble, not into trouble."
New documents suggest Rackets Division did end-run around Sex Crimes unit in chasidic whistleblower prosecution.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office possessed compelling evidence that the allegations lodged by a key witness against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner were false, but used that testimony to indict Kellner anyway, The Jewish Week has learned.
DA-elect asks outgoing Hynes that ‘no procedural steps be taken’ in case of alleged abuser.
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Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson is asking outgoing District Attorney Charles Hynes to seek an adjournment in a high-profile sex abuse case until Thompson takes office in January, The Jewish Week has learned from a source close to Thompson’s transition team.
With her persistent and meticulous reporting, Hella Winston has shed light in these pages not only on a number of egregious examples of sexual abuse in certain segments of the Orthodox community in Brooklyn, but on the troublesome actions, or non-actions, on the part of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, and his office, in dealing with the problem.
Emergence of tape suggests a witness was pressured to fabricate claims about Sam Kellner.
New evidence has emerged that could deal a serious blow to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ case against Sam Kellner, a chasidic Borough Park resident who was charged with extortion and perjury after he helped to convict a fellow chasid, Baruch Lebovits, on sex abuse charges.