When Cain said, “Am I my brother’s keeper,” God cut short the evasion by saying, “The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” (Genesis/bereshis 4:10).
This cry for justice can be exploited by the unscrupulous.
When Abraham Pollack was murdered, the Brooklyn DA delivered a scalp to Hasidim, it was just the wrong one. Jabbar Collins was railroaded and served 15 years of a 33 year sentence before a federal judge vacated his conviction because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct. Collins is now in middle of a lawsuit alleging egregious misconduct by Michael Vecchione and others in the Office of the DA.
According to the Jewish Week’s Hella Winston, a relative of the murdered Pollock still hears that cry and says,
There should be a new investigation, but it’s not going to happen. Charles Hynes has more power than I have.
Winston also reports that,
The Jewish Week learned that after Collins was released, the DA gave assurances to Pollack’s family that the office continued to believe in Collins’ guilt and that he was released only because of a “technical mistake.”……
The relative [interviewed by Winston] is skeptical of Hynes’ assurances, however, particularly in light of recent information that has emerged about the office’s involvement in other wrongful convictions, particularly that of David Ranta; in that case, the district attorney held firm for 23 years that he had convicted the right man of killing Rabbi Cheskel Werzberger, who was the sexton to the Satmar rebbe. Comparing the Pollack case to the Werzberger case, the relative said it appears that in both cases, the district attorney may have been more interested in getting a quick conviction in a high-profile crime involving a key voting bloc than actually delivering justice.
How could [Hynes] get away with [not finding the real killer] for so many years? If he did it in the Jewish community, I bet he did it in other communities, too. In my heart, I am still fuming about how this can happen.
Winston offers a cogent argument for Collin’s innocence and the cynical misconduct of the DA and the police investigators. Read her entire article.
All deaths leave an ache! The ache of murder resonates in a very special way for Abraham Pollack’s relatives, the baby boom generation whose parents survived the holocaust with memories of pits and smokestacks of unavenged and unburied relatives.
Charles Hynes and Michael Vecchione, you are paid handsomely to be your brother’s keeper. You have compounded the torment of Abraham Pollack’s surviving relatives. Do the decent thing and tell them the truth; you convicted the wrong man. Beg their forgiveness for cruelly misleading them. Give them some small measure of closure. They have already resigned themselves to a murder and to never getting the right man convicted.
The two of you claim to be believing Christians. If so, acknowledge the message of Genesis 4:10. Abraham Pollack’s blood still cries out and you will bear the mark of Cain.