Hella Winston

Thompson: Adjourn Lebovits Case

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

11/15/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent
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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

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
Jewish Week Correspondent
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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

Kellner Lawyers Call For 'Outside Investigation' In Chasidic Whistleblower Case

Material turned over by Brooklyn DA at 11th hour suggests inconsistent statements from key witness.

07/07/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent
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On the eve of his scheduled trial date, prosecutors turned over to Sam Kellner’s defense attorneys evidence that appears highly damaging to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ case against the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower, prompting his lawyers to call for an “outside investigation.”

Jewish Week Receives Casey Medal Honor

Paper’s investigative series on child abuse in Orthodox community cited in national contest.

07/03/2012

Hella Winston, who has been reporting about the problem of child sexual abuse in the fervently Orthodox community for The Jewish Week for four years, and the paper’s managing editor, Robert Goldblum, received an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism.

The awards were announced last week by The Journalism Center on Children and Families, which sponsors the investigative journalism contest, now in its 18th year.

Hella Winston: Her reporting, the Casey judges said, “encouraged abuse victims to come forward.”

Jewish Week Wins Six Awards From American Jewish Press Association

06/14/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

The Jewish Week took home six awards for excellence in Jewish journalism from the American Jewish Press Association's annual banquet in Philadelphia Wednesday.

The awards included first and second place honors in both the new and feature categories in the annual Simon Rockower contest, as well as first place honors for best personality profile and special sections.

Award winners Eric Herschthal, left, Stewart Ain and Julie Wiener. (photo by Michael Datikash)

At Least The NY Times Public Editor Does Right By The Jewish Media

After years of seeing our reporting poached by The New York Times, it was a pleasant surprise to see the public editor, Arthur Brisbane, devote his Sunday column this week to that very topic.

DA Struggles To Explain Kolko Plea Deal

04/30/2008
Staff Writers
It's the case they can't keep straight. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes' shifting explanations of a widely criticized plea deal earlier this month for alleged child sex molester Rabbi Yehuda Kolko took several dizzying turns this week.
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