Sam Kellner

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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chasidic 'Whistleblower' Case Suffers Setback

Assistant district attorney in Hynes’ office tells Sam Kellner's lawyers he and partner are off the case.

11/11/2013
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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.

Last Wednesday, one day after Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes suffered a crushing defeat by Ken Thompson in his bid for re-election, Assistant District Attorney Joe Alexis informed Kellner’s lawyers, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui, by phone that the case against their client would be dismissed at the next scheduled court date, Nov. 12.

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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.

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Whistleblower's Lawyers Blast Hynes

On eve of primary, Kellner's attorneys say Brooklyn DA is engaging in ‘blatant strategy of delay.’

09/09/2013
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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.

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.

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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
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