Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes

Kellner Case Dismissed

Prosecutors drop all extortion and perjury charges against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner after finding the two witnesses unreliable.

03/04/2014 - 19:00
Special Correspondent

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."

Sam Kellner, seated at left, with his lawyers, Michael Dowd and Nail MacGiollabhui. Hella Winston

Case Reveals Split In DA’s Office

New documents suggest Rackets Division did end-run around Sex Crimes unit in chasidic whistleblower prosecution.

12/10/2013 - 19:00
Special Correspondent

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.

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes: One part of office undermining another? Getty Images

Thompson: Adjourn Lebovits Case

DA-elect asks outgoing Hynes that ‘no procedural steps be taken’ in case of alleged abuser.

11/14/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

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.

Ken Thompson

Holding Hynes Accountable

07/09/2013 - 20:00

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.

New Evidence Hurts DA's Case

Emergence of tape suggests a witness was pressured to fabricate claims about Sam Kellner.
05/22/2013 - 20:00
Special Correspondent

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.

Sam Kellner and his lawyers, Michael Dowd (seated) and Niall MacGiollabhui. Hella Winston

Hynes Faces Criticism, Challengers

Controversy over sex abuse cases and challengers’ fundraising spell tough re-election campaign for Brooklyn DA.
03/12/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

In the four years since he was easily re-elected to his fourth term, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has seen his political fortunes, and the landscape around him, dramatically change.

“I see no evidence of any lingering anger against me or my office” among Orthodox Jews, says Brooklyn DA Hynes.

Abuse Whistleblower Battling Both Haredi Community, DA

Sam Kellner, who says his son was abused, helped the Brooklyn DA in his fight against child sexual abuse. Now, Kellner himself is himself facing accusations of extortion. Is he being set up?
01/13/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For Jews, Chanukah is a season of light and miracles. It wasn’t like that last month for Sam Kellner, a chasidic resident of Brooklyn’s Borough Park.

Sam Kellner, left, with his attorney, Michael Dowd (seated), and Dowd¹s associate, Niall MacGiollabhui. Hella Winston
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