Show Up In Court to Support the Dascalowitz Victim and To Keep an Eye on the Prosecution – Wednesday, February
May 23, 9 AM, Kings County Supreme Court, Part 20, 320 Jay Street, Brooklyn, 11201
Meir Dascalowitz, a 27-year-old hasidic (Pupa) Jew from Williamsburg, should show up tomorrow (Wednesday, 2/23/11, 9 am) in Kings County Supreme Court, Part 20, for yet another appearance before a judge in the slow-moving process which goes back over nine months to his arrest and arraignment in May 2010 on ten felony charges of criminal sexual activity with a child. Dascalowitz has been out on bail since then.
ADA Louise Cohen was handlng the case. About 6 months after the arrest the DA ‘s office told the victim’s parent that they were going to accept a plea bargain which did not call for any prison time.
Advocates working with the family responded with a protest press conference. Only then did the DA’s office unequivocally state that no plea deal would be accepted for less than five years of imprisonment. Commitments were also made to do a better job of keeping the victim’s family apprised of developments in the case.
The Honorable Danny K Chun, a pretty tough judge, presided on the case till now. For no clear reason he was replaced by the Honorable Dineen Riviezzo. The official website of the court system lists her with an acting (i.e., not secure) appointment in the Bronx. But according to the Brooklyn Eagle she accepted a plea bargain on May 16, 2010 in Brooklyn for two years imprisonment for Moshe Spitzer on charges of sex abuse. It is not clear why she replaced the presiding judge on the Dascalowitz case or whether she has a tenured judicial appointment. This of course raises the question, is she more susceptible to political pressure? As a side note, in 2009 she dismissed charges against a gang murderer because the prosecution wasn’t ready for trial within 6 months from the arrest.
So readers, heed all the calls to attend this hearing. Come back here and let us know what you observed in the courtroom. Your presence could encourage the prosecution to do his/her best and will certainly help the morale of this brave family.
This will also send a message to the Ms. Henna White of the DA’s Office that sex abuse advocates take nothing for granted, especially while she pals around with Steve Zackheim who allegedly assaulted women protesting Henna’s alleged misconduct as the director of the Brooklyn DA’s Kol Tzedek office.
Show Up In Court to Support the Dascalowitz Victim and To Keep an Eye on the Prosecution – Wednesday, February 23, 9 AM, Kings County Supreme Court, Part 20, 320 Jay Street, Brooklyn, 11201