The uspet defeat of long-serving Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes was celebrated Wednesday by activists for Jewish victims of sex abuse.
“Hynes had to go,” said Mark Meyer Appel, founder of Voice of Justice, who has waged a long campaign to see Hynes defeated, believing he has not adequately prosecuted child molesters within the politically powerful Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox community. “I’m very happy.”
"The election result sends a clear message that the people of Brooklyn want to see fairness, not special treatment, and that when the people choose to speak at the polls, the chasidic bloc vote -- which went to Hynes -- becomes irrelevant," said Ben Hirsch, co-founder of Survivors for Justice, an organization that advocates and educates on issues related to child safety.
"Hynes' record on Orthodox child sex abuse, combined with the growing prosecutorial misconduct scandals, cost him the election," Hirsch said. "Brooklyn's Orthodox community was cynically used by Hynes for political ends."
Hynes, in office since 1989, lost the Democratic nomination to Ken Thompson, a litigator making his first bid for public office, by a large margin, 55-45 percent. Although he is also on the Republican and Conservative ballots, he said he would not continue his campaign.
On eve of primary, Kellner's attorneys say Brooklyn DA is engaging in ‘blatant strategy of delay.’
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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.
The charges were leveled at Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who is running for election to a seventh term, in a letter from Kellner’s attorneys to Brooklyn Supreme Court judge Ann M. Donnelly after they learned that prosecutors had, without notifying them, obtained from the judge an additional two weeks to respond to a defense motion to dismiss charges against their client “in the interests of justice.” The response had been due on Sept. 3, before the Sept. 10 primary, and must now be filed by Sept. 17.
Saying the case against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner “seems to have no witnesses,” Brooklyn state Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes “to drop all charges against” Kellner, a constituent of his Borough Park district.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes is weighing charges in as many as four more cases of possible intimidation of Orthodox sexual abuse victims as a result of a newly formed task force, he told The Jewish Week.
And he reiterated a warning, first made in May, that rabbis who “cross the line” and discourage people from taking complaints to authorities may be charged with obstructing governmental administration.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is apparently considering convening “a law enforcement expert committee to think about an approach” to the problem of witness intimidation in ultra-Orthodox sex abuse cases, The Jewish Week has learned.
Two judges and the Manhattan district attorney were too soft on a man suspected of anti-Semitic hate crimes, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said on Thursday.
David Haddad was released on his own recognizance by Kings County Criminal Court Judge Linda Poust-Lopez, while New York State Acting Supreme Court Judge Abraham Clott in Manhattan set bail at $2,500, which Hikind called " nothing short of shocking. Manhattan DA Cy Vance requested a bail of only $5,000. New Yorkers deserve an explanation."