Sam Kellner

Sam Kellner’s defamation suit calls paper a ‘Pravda for pedophiles.’

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was 'low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
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Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for extortion, but whose case was dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

Sam Kellner and his lawyers, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui.
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Chasidic Sex Abuse Whistleblower Sues The Forward For Defamation

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was an attempt at ‘low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
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Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for bribery and extortion, but whose case dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

Wachtler-Hynes Emails Had It Wrong On Kellner

11/05/2014
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Sol Wachtler wasn’t a big fan of The Jewish Week’s coverage of the bribery and extortion prosecution of chasidic child abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner.

Sol Wachtler, left, told former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes that he disagreed with Jewish Week series on chasidic child abuse.

Abuse Advocates Weigh In On Thompson

After release of Orthodox suspects’ names, Brooklyn DA gets mixed reviews.

08/13/2014
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When Kenneth Thompson unseated longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes last November, advocates for Jewish victims of sex abuse were jubilant.

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Kellner’s Lawyer Seeking Tougher Sentence For Molester

Urges judge to consider new witness intimidation allegations by Baruch Lebovits’ associates.

07/08/2014
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On the eve of convicted child molester Baruch Lebovits’ sentencing, a lawyer for Sam Kellner is asking both the judge and probation officer to consider Lebovits’ other alleged victims as well as alleged witness intimidation, tampering and perjury committed by Lebovits’ associates in connection with both his and Kellner’s prosecutions.

Sam Kellner, seated at left, with his attorneys, Niall MacGiollabhui, center, and Michael Dowd.  Hella Winston
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Whistleblower Wants Witness Intimidation Probe

With charges dismissed, chasidic abuse whistleblower now wonders who would come forward again without investigation.

03/12/2014
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‘At the lowest point in my life, the justice system reached over [and did the right thing’,” chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner told The Jewish Week last Friday morning after his three-year-long and dizzyingly complex case was thrown out.

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

Kellner Case Dismissed

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

03/05/2014
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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.

12/11/2013
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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

Key Tape Has 'Gone Missing'

Brooklyn DA's office makes admission, gets adjournment.

11/13/2013
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A secretly recorded tape of an alleged serial pedophile making incriminating statements to one of his victims has apparently “gone missing” from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

Sam Kellner, left, with lawyers Michael Dowd, seated, and Nial McGiollabui. Hella WInston

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
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