Charles Hynes

Case Reveals Split In DA’s Office

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

12/11/2013
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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

DA-Elect Thompson Urges Hynes To Adjourn Lebovits Case

Asks that ‘no procedural steps to be taken’ in case of alleged abuser.

11/19/2013
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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.

Ken Thompson, left, wants an opportunity to review controversial case of Baruch Lebovits. Via Kenthompson4da.com

Kellner Case Suffers Setback

Assistant district attorney in Hynes’ office tells chasidic whistleblower’s lawyers he and partner are off the case.

11/12/2013
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Prosecutors in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office were set to dismiss the case against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner this week for lack of evidence, but were overruled by their supervisor and then reassigned, The Jewish Week has learned.

Sam Kellner, seated at left, with his attorneys Michael Dowd, seated at right, and Niall MacGiollabhui. Hella Winston

New Revelation As Retrial Nears

Lebovits' exchange with alleged abuse victim, caught on a tape not used at trial, seen as damaging to his defense.

10/31/2013
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A “notorious” alleged chasidic sex abuser, who was sentenced to up to 32 years in jail but got that verdict overturned because of a prosecution violation, has all but admitted on tape to sexually abusing the young man who testified against him, The Jewish Week has learned.

The prosectuion of Baruch Lebovits has been plagued with problems. Photo courtesy New York Daily News

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.

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Kellner Attorneys: Hynes Engaging In ‘Blatant Strategy of Delay’

Chasidic whistleblower lawyers blast Brooklyn DA for stalling on his case.

09/10/2013
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Lawyers for chasidic whistleblower Sam Kellner have accused the Brooklyn district attorney of engaging in a “blatant strategy of delay” to avoid exposing the “utter shamefulness” of their client’s prosecution ... to the electorate” in advance of this Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, left. Right, Sam Kellner, seated, and his legal team, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui, standing.

Chasidic Whistleblower Trial Postponed

Sam Kellner’s ordeal with the Brooklyn DA continues, as prosecutors investigate his accusers.

07/30/2013
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On Monday, a Brooklyn judge for the second time postponed the start of chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner’s trial. The move, which effectively delays the trial until after the Democratic primaries in which Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is seeking re-election, came in response to a request from prosecutors to continue an investigation that court documents show they began 10 months ago but did not disclose to Kellner’s attorneys until the eve of his first trial date, July 8. Kellner’s attorneys filed a new motion on July 26 to dismiss several of the charges.

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

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.

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

07/23/2013
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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.

Holding Hynes Accountable

07/10/2013
Editorial

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.

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