According to Nuchem Rosenberg’s blog.DA Charles Hynes had a meeting today (Feb. 5, 2013) arranged by [Henna White and] Ben Barber … with … Rabbi Bernard (Berish) Freilich and representatives of the Hasidic community including Satmar, Bobov, Gur, Klausenburg and others. They complained that Weberman got too long a prison sentence which ruins his family even though he really is guilty. … Hynes said that he won’t give in on the length of the sentence. … They said that the community will not give any more money for Weberman’s appeal, and no one wants to give a penny for Malik. So they begged him to go easier on Malik. Hynes pointed out that the case against Malik is very strong including a video of him taking a 14-year-old boy to a hotel at 2 in the morning.Charles Joseph (Joe) Hynes loves mugging to the cameras and decrying haredi witness intimidation as Worse than the Mafia. Yet here he is in a room full of Dons and he is not indicting them for obstruction of justice.Hynes is meeting with rabbis who have publicly claimed Weberman was convicted by a bigoted DA who unfairly stoked and exploited prejudice against Hasidim. Yet in private, these rabbis are saying:
Joe, relax. We know Weberman and Malik are guilty and we are throwing them under the bus and not raising any money for them. But could you just ease up on the sentencing of Weberman and Malik so we can save face with our constituents?
Hynes is no fool. He will not say anything that could hurt him if tape recorded. But there seems to be an understanding. Hynes will go on shouting, “Mafia” as long as the New York Times is breathing down his neck about going easy on ultra orthodox molesters. He will also go for long sentences when the media is hot on the trail. However, he will be “flexible” about the less publicized cases. In return, the rabbis will start cutting off funding for lavish legal expenditures on behalf of the losers. I get the sense that the Hasidim were signalling their willingness to tacitly support Hynes in his Fall, 2013 re-election bid.
Some of you may have a shred of sympathy for the misplaced mercy of these rabbis because they are trying to ameliorate the harsh realities of long prison sentences. Don’t. None of them bothered to ask Hynes to drop the charges against Samuel Kelllner. Kellner’s crime was fighting abuse by bringing in molested kids willing to testify against Rabbi Baruch Mordechai Lebovits, Rabbi Berel Ashkenazi, Meir Dascalowitz, Rabbi David Greenfeld and others. These men were known to the community as serial molesters with many victims. In fact even some rabbis who normally oppose turning in molesters gave Kellner the go-ahead for these cases.
By not mentioning Kellner these rabbis and political bigwigs were giving Hynes a free pass to go on with this wrongful prosecution. After all, you can’t protect your flock of molesters if you allow Hasidim to cooperate with the DA in bringing molesters to justice. After all, Hynes can’t get their support if he gives a free pass to the guy who broke the Omerta code of the Hasidic community. So much for the tough anti-Mafia talk.
These political deals are not kosher, but that’s how rabbinically approved sausage is made in Brooklyn.
UPDATE: 2/8/13- Yesterday, Charles J Hynes announced his bid for re-election as District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn) at a rally with much fanfare. I now wonder if the meeting with Hasidic representatives on 2/5/13 was leaked to dampen opposition to him in the Hasidic world and to lay the groundwork for an endorsement or at least neutrality.