Brooklyn DA

Hynes Revives His Re-Election Campaign

After Democrat loss, Brooklyn DA to seek 7th term as Republican.

10/04/2013
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After conceding defeat to challenger Ken Thompson, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has decided not to pack up his office just yet. He'll campaign for a seventh term as the Republican and Conservative candidate.

Charles Hynes

Brooklyn D.A. Releases Names Of Sex Offenders In Orthodox Community

07/25/2013
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Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes released the names of 46 child sex offenders from the New York borough’s Orthodox community.

DA’s Role In Rabbi’s 1990 Murder Case Under Scrutiny

Hynes ‘did the right thing’ in freeing convicted man, but handling of original investigation raising questions amid re-election fight.

04/04/2013
Special Correspondent

Late last month, after 23 years behind bars for crimes he almost certainly did not commit, a gray-haired David Ranta, 58, carrying a purple fishnet laundry bag containing all his worldly possessions, walked out of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn a free man.

The conduct of Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, right, is being scrutinized in the case of David Ranta, left.

Hynes Issues Warning To Rabbis On Abuse Policy

Tells Jewish Week clergy could face obstruction charges for first vetting molestation allegations; urges Agudah
to bring cases to police.

05/29/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

After months of equivocal statements about Agudath Israel’s longstanding position that — with very limited exception — child sexual abuse allegations must first be investigated by rabbis, the Brooklyn district attorney has issued a clear warning to the haredi umbrella organization that its policy puts rabbis at risk of running afoul of the law.

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, top, and Rabbi David Zwiebel: At odds over reporting policy.

Questions Surfacing On Hynes’ Task Force

Critics wonder if new panel on abuse cases will be independent enough; DA may include victims’ advocates.

05/22/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Under fire for his handling of child sexual abuse cases in the ultra-Orthodox community, the Brooklyn district attorney will “possibly” involve some members of the advocacy community on his new task force to combat intimidation of witnesses in such cases, according to a spokesman.

Former Mayor Ed Koch is pushing the Brooklyn DA to put anti-abuse advocates on new panel. getty images

Brooklyn DA, In Shift, Opens Window On Abusers’ Names

Won’t release Kol Tzedek names directly; charges of favored treatment of Orthodox community defendants.

04/24/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

While Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has repeatedly refused to divulge names of Orthodox child molesters charged or prosecuted though his office’s confidential Kol Tzedek hotline, a spokesman for the DA this week told The Jewish Week that, if presented with a name obtained through other means, his office would confirm whether the individual was reported through Kol Tzedek.

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes: Apparent policy change.

High Court Ruling On Mondrowitz ‘Troublesome’

Brooklyn DA not required to release documents pertaining to failed extradition of alleged child molester.

04/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

A decision by New York State’s highest court regarding the decision not to release documents by the Brooklyn District Attorney is being criticized as “troublesome” by some experts in Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

Documents related to Avrohom Mondrowitz' extradition to Israel remain sealed.

Brooklyn DA Released Abusers’ Names In Recent Years

Jewish Week uncovers press releases from 2009-’10; Hynes’ office mum on possible policy change?

12/20/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes continues to refuse to reveal the names of 85 Orthodox Jewish child molesters his office claims have been arrested and charged through the Kol Tzedek program, a confidential hotline it established in March 2009.

Yet while Hynes’ office has explained this refusal by citing the confidentiality rights of the victims, The Jewish Week has uncovered four press releases it issued as recently as 2010 naming convicted child molesters from the Brooklyn Orthodox community.

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