Samuel Kellner was in court today hoping to finally get his trial. The office of the DA continued its blather about needing to delay the trial to investigate the connection between Zalman Ashkenazi and the Lebovits family — an investigation that began in September, 2012. The investigation is of course irrelevant to Kellner’s case as it deals with a witness who already imploded and will not take the stand (even according to the DA). ADA Joe Alexis was sweating so badly his suit was soaked through. Nicholas (Nick) Batsidis also looked pretty nervous but he didn’t talk. I don’t blame Joe. He knows the DA can’t, and won’t ever, bring this case to trial despite his mendacious statements on the Zev Brenner show. They know that any attempt to conduct a trial would be gross prosecutorial misconduct and it would be exposed.
Most of all Joe Alexis knows the sickening truth that Hynes and Vecchione contrived to instigate a spurious Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB) investigation of NYPD Detective Steve Litwin. All this was done just to help buy time and to justify their mishandling of this case. Detective Litwin did a lot to bring sex abuse charges against Baruch Lebovits, Nechemya Weberman, Meir Dascalowitz, and many others. In 2012 his was recognized publicly by the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. Now Litwin is being screwed by a sham investigation which will ultimately clear him. But it is a nasty business and without justification. (For a full understanding of the venality of this case read this motion to dismiss by Kellner’s Attorneys).
Given all this, Joe Alexis, who ordinarily is believed to be clean, knows in his heart that he perpetrated a fraud on the court to further Hynes’ election prospects and this will come out in a matter of months if not sooner. Kellner’s next court date is September 30.
I hear another rumor about Hynes’ wheeling and dealing to get reelected. As I reported, DA Hynes has never gotten an ultra orthodox Jew sentenced to even one day in jail for obstructing the prosecution of a sex abuse case. The last case on the docket is Abraham Rubin’s. He was indicted in the lead-up to the trial of Nechemya Weberman, (according to the DA press release of 6/21/12) for:
Charges including four counts of Bribing a Witness, two counts of Tampering with a Witness in the Fourth Degree and one count of Coercion in the Second Degree. If convicted, Rubin faces up to seven years in prison. The indictment charges Rubin with trying to silence the victim and her boyfriend, who was the outcry witness, and to get them to drop the case by bribing them with $500,000, telling them that they should drop the case because justice would be better served. Rubin even offered to provide an attorney to the witnesses to counsel them on how to be uncooperative and make themselves unavailable for the upcoming trial. Rubin suggested that they flee the country to avoid testifying.
The rumor swirling around Williamsburg is that Hynes has agreed to a plea bargain with no jail time for Rubin in return for the election support of the Aaron Teitelbaum faction of Satmar in Williamsburg. Rubin is a major supporter of the Aaron camp. Supposedly, there were already two private fundraisers organized by that faction on behalf of Hynes. It wouldn’t surprise me and it would be a coup for Hynes. Normally, if the Zaali faction supports a candidate, the Aaron faction goes the other way or sits it out. If both factions overtly or tacitly support Hynes it would demonstrate that the desire to intimidate witnesses against abuse even outweighs the normally fratricidal relations between those two factions.
Hynes always complains that ultra orthodox Jews are worse than the mafia at intimidating abuse witnesses. If this rumor is true, Hynes has just brokered a truce in the intra-mafia wars of Satmar uniting them in the enforcement of omerta. Way to go, Joe!