Is Oren Yaniv a Courthouse Reporter or a DA Megaphone?

Rally to Free Sam Kellner (7/11/13) in front of Office of Brooklyn DA

Rally to Free Sam Kellner (7/11/13) in front of Office of Brooklyn DA

Coming straight from a press conference at the DA’s office, Oren Yaniv, the Daily News’ courthouse reporter, approached the group demonstrating to free Sam Kellner.  He was holding a text containing 2009 notes from a police interview with a witness that testified against Lebovits. Alan Dershowitz incorporated this note into his appeal which got Baruch Lebovits a new trial. But the appellate ruling was based on notes about Ashkenazi, not about Kellner.

Alan Dershowitz (photo by Sage Ross) GNU License

Alan Dershowitz (photo by Sage Ross) GNU License

‘It’s not so simple. Kellner was involved in extortion,” Yaniv said in ear-shot of several of the demonstrators. He then proffered the text to make the case. According to a source attending the demonstration, several people reported the same riff.

The excerpts of the text prove nothing of the sort, as anyone familiar with the case knows, especially, Detective Steve Litwin, the man who took those notes.

If Yaniv had done his job and spoken to Kellner’s attorneys he would have understood that he was handed a bum lead. Instead he was parroting Dershowitz who is aggressively touting his Kellner extortion conspiracy theory to get Baruch Lebovits off the hook.

Yaniv’s “proof” that “Kellner was involved in extortion” will probably never make it into print. If he manages to pull the wool over his editor’s eyes, the rejoinder by Kellner’s attorneys will be swift and humiliating either in the Daily News or another newspaper.

In my opinion, Yaniv’s conduct was unethical. He should be doing the hard work of sorting out this complicated case, digging into its intrigues, and honestly representing competing claims. Instead, he became an extension of the DA’s propaganda machine and tried to manipulate the story by sowing disinformation.

Yaniv’ editors at the Daily News should reconsider their confidence in his professionalism. Why should the Daily News pay a courthouse reporter to be a stenographer and megaphone for Hynes, Vecchione, and Dershowitz?

Jerry Schmetterer, Yaniv’s buddy and Director of Public Information at the Office of the DA, used to work for the Daily News as an editor.  If Oren Yaniv is going to work for the DA, he should join Schmetterer on the DA’s payroll.

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6 thoughts on “Is Oren Yaniv a Courthouse Reporter or a DA Megaphone?

  1. A gutt voch,

    I agree with the above. After dealing with the man myself I have come to the same conclusion. Did not do the Daskalowitz case justice either in his write up.

  2. Dershowitz is a disgusting human being who went off the derech after leaving Boro Park’s Eitz Chaim yeshiva. The menuval promotes nudist colonies in his biography that he attends each summer and is a bottom feeder even among trial lawyers. Remember his antics during the Leona Helmsley trial pulling the anti-Semite card? Or his smug smiles & shoulder rubbing with OJ Simpson?

  3. Is there anyone working for Hynes who is not slimy? The schmatta Schmetterer lied through his teeth about the Mondrowitz scandal and then there is Henna White and all the other dishonest stooges.

    During the UOJ instigated campaign to flood Hynes’s phone lines with threats against his re-election if he continues to fight the Mondrowitz extradition, the staffer kept who took my call repeatedly badgered me to reveal my name. We know how vindictive Hynes is like when he filed politically motivated charges against a challenger from a previous election campaign.

  4. Ships to stores nationally under 5 Towns Vaad and Volover Rov hashgocho
    http://fivetowns.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/inspectors-find-beetles-in-ingredients-roaches-at-zomicks

    Inspectors Find Beetles in Ingredients, Roaches at Zomick’s
    Inwood-based bakery plagued by pest problems since 2006, according to state health inspections.

    Matthew Hogan
    July 11, 2013

    Zomick’s Bakery is internationally known for its kosher breads, cakes & pastries, but you probably don’t know the Inwood-based warehouse has battled an unhealthy pest problem since opening in 2005, according to inspection records from the state’s Department of Agriculture & Markets.

    In fact, Zomick’s, located at 85 Inip Dr in Inwood, has failed 10 of its last 17 inspections, all pest-related to some degree.

    Inspectors found vermin including cockroaches, beetles, mice & flies – even birds have been spotted flying around the facility on multiple occasions. All of these represent critical health hazards by the state.

    The good news is on Feb. 28, the facility passed inspection for the first time since July 2011. But prior to that, on Oct. 4, 2012, inspectors seized and destroyed 13, 50-pound bags of cornmeal that were infested with beetles.

    Just three months before that, on July 10, 2012, nearly 100 live cockroaches were found in various areas of the facility. The inspectors noted “40-50 live cockroaches, adults & nymphs, were observed in and around the crevices of wheels on a work table in the cookie baking area.”

    The beetle infestation also reared its head in the July 2012 inspection.

    Rodents have also plagued the facility. In 2008, inspectors found “50-75 fresh & old intermingled rat droppings observed in one corner of the receiving area. Signs of a rat’s nest were also observed in this corner.”

    Despite the fact that the failures outweigh the passing grades, according to a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture & Markets, proceedings to remove a license would require 4 or more consecutive failing inspections.

    The closest Zomick’s has come to having its license removed was from May 18, 2006 to Dec. 20, 2006. The facility failed 3 consecutive inspections before passing on May 10, 2007.

    Reasons for the 3 consecutive failures ranged from “live birds flying over the baking area” to bags of flour “found to be rodent defiled with mouse droppings & gnaw marks.”

    Zomick’s passed 2 consecutive inspections on 2 occasions, but has never passed 3 consecutive inspections.

    Multiple phone calls to Zomick’s were not returned.

    • The Kaff family owns Kaff bakery, Zomick’s bakery and Steinberg’s bake shop.

      You think they really care about bugs in the kokosh when they rip so many people off?

      http://decisions.courts.state.ny.us/fcas/fcas_docs/2010DEC/2300099082010100SCIV.pdf

      Here is a judge threatening Moishe Kaff with arrest after he took $50,000 from Sterling bank.

      http://decisions.courts.state.ny.us/fcas/fcas_docs/2011DEC/2300227272009101SCIV.pdf

      Here a judge threatens Moishe Kaff with arrest after he took $67,000 from TD bank.

      https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentDisplayServlet?documentId=AidiirrBTYCK9dNOTWpKPA==&system=prod

      Moishe Kaff owes $86,000 to Bank of America

      The Kaffs even let their own homes go into foreclosure:

      Kings Civil Supreme
      Index Number: 030384/2010
      Case Name: CITIMORTGAGE INC vs. KAFF,MORRIS
      Case Type: Res Foreclosure

      Kings Civil Supreme
      Index Number: 029914/2009
      Case Name: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOC. vs. KAFF,HILLEL
      Case Type: Res Foreclosure

      Nassau Civil Supreme
      Index Number: 011291/2010
      Case Name: JPMORGAN CHASE BANK NA vs. ZOMICKS FOOD PRODUCTS LTD
      Case Type: Other
      Track: Complex

      Kings County Civil Court
      Index Number: CV-064433-04/KI
      Case Name: HANN FINANCIAL SERVICE CORPORATION vs. KAFF, MORRIS KAFF

      Kings County Civil Court
      Index Number: RE-424079-08/KI
      Case Name: BROOKLYN UNION GAS COMPANY, DBA NATIONAL GRID NEW YORK vs. KAFF, MORRIS

      Kings County Civil Court
      Index Number: CV-064182-10/KI
      Case Name: CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), NA vs. KAFF, HILLEL

      Kings County Civil Court
      Index Number: CV-030189-11/KI
      Case Name: ASSET ACCEPTANCE LLC vs. KAFF, GITTY

      New York County Civil Court
      Index Number: CV-000085-10/NY
      Case Name: Commissioners of State Insurance Fund vs. KAFF BAKERY INC.

      Kings County Civil Court
      Index Number: CV-017072-09/KI
      Case Name: TANGIZ HACKING CORP vs. ZOMICK KOSHER KAFE & BAKE SHOP

      Nassau County District Court – 1st District
      Index Number: CV-000754-07/NA
      Case Name: ECONNERGY ENERGY COMPANY, INC vs. ZOMICK’S KOSHER KAFE & BAKE SHOP, LTD.

      Nassau County District Court – 1st District
      Index Number: LT-005164-10/NA
      Case Name: GREAT LINCOLN LLC vs. DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE STEINBERGS BAKE SHOP LTD DBA STEINBERGS BAKERY
      Case Type: Landlord and Tenant
      Classification: Non-Payment

      Kings Civil Supreme
      Index Number: 001860/2012
      Case Name: VILLAGE DRIVE ASSOCIATES LLC vs. KAFF,ABRAHAM

      Kings County Civil Court
      Index Number: CV-085071-09/KI
      Case Name: DISCOVER BANK vs. KAFF, ABRAHAM

      Kings County Civil Court
      Index Number: CV-011412-11/KI
      Case Name: METRO PORTFOLIOS, INC vs. KAFF, ABRAHAM

  5. When you read this disgusting account of Zomicks consider how the 5 Towns Vaad works. It doesn’t matter if the member rabbi is a Lefty like Kenny Hain whose name has come in the YU-Boca molester stories or the self-described yeshivish Aryeh Zev Ginzburg who covered up for Yudi Kolko and Rabbi Scheinberg. They have a Flatbush rabbi as kashrus administrator who they boss around and do not let implement any system that gets in the way of profit or angering certain constituents. These 5 Town shul rabbis are making nice salaries from their Shuls + a fortune from hashgochos and they will not do anything to risk losing it. Spinmeister Menachem Lubinsky reportedly released a letter on behalf of Zomicks denying the State inspection findings.

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