Brooklyn DA Hynes Discriminates Against Orthodox Jewish Children

Charles Hynes does a lousy job of protecting ultra-orthodox Jewish children from sexual abuse. I cannot think of any other large group in Brooklyn whose leadership colludes with the DA to protect their molesters. But the DA is not sworn to protect his voting blocks; he is supposed to protect its citizens, especially its most vulnerable ones.

Charles Hynes photo by Patrick Cashin / Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2012

Charles Hynes photo by Patrick Cashin / Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2012

Some will say, “But most ultra orthodox children are molested by their own.” This, alas, is true in every community. Sexual assaults on children are rarely committed by strangers jumping out of the bushes. Molesters are usually friends, relatives, youth workers, teachers, and neighbors. Almost all these roles are filled by other Jews in Williamsburg, Boro Park, Flatbush and Seagate.

It is also true that most acts of violence afflicting the African-American community are committed by other African-Americans. That does not exempt the DA from the obligation to prosecute them.

I am the first to agree with the District Attorney that many in the orthodox community obstruct the prosecution of sexual abuse. But it is the job of the DA to go after the obstruction of justice. To date, as confirmed in an earlier story on Frum Follies, no member of the ultra-orthodox community has ever been sentenced to even one day in prison for obstructing the enforcement of laws against sexually abusing children.

Henna White, unidentified, & Joe Hynes

Henna White, unidentified, & Joe Hynes

The DA claims he created a Kol Tzedek initiative under Henna White to facilitate the prosecution of sex crimes against children in the orthodox community. This was to be done in partnership with Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, an agency with an atrocious record on reporting sex abuse. According to Michael Lesher, “Bringing this agency into a partnership with the D.A. to prosecute Orthodox sex offenders makes as much sense as teaming up with the Gotti family to break up organized crime.”

However, other than Nechemya Weberman and Emanuel Yegutkin, he has been short on impressive victories. Most orthodox offenders get off, or get sweetheart plea bargains (e.g., Simcha Adler Solomon Hafner, Menachem Deutsch, Yehuda Kolko, Lewis (Lipa) Brenner).

Vecchione Stock 2aInstead of working hard on convicting molesters, Hynes’ disreputable rackets chief, Michael Vecchione, has been hounding Samuel Kellner, the Hasidic whistleblower who helped get other Hasidim convicted of sex abuse. In Hynes’ Brooklyn, no good deed goes unpunished.

I am not a lawyer and I have not looked into civil remedies for religious discrimination by omission. I leave it to others to propose actions. However I feel comfortable claiming that this is discrimination that ought to be remedied as a gross violation of the civil rights of these children. This should be investigated by the NYS Attorney General and the U. S. Department of Justice.

Legal remedies are slow and tedious. The swiftest solution would be a voter verdict on September 10th denying Hynes the Democratic Party line on the ballot in November.

Kenneth Thompson

Kenneth Thompson

City Councilman David Greenfield is Hynes’ most prominent surrogate in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community. He is trying to turn reality upside down by claiming that Kenneth Thompson, Hynes’ opponent in the primary, is anti-Semitic and will “target” Haredim. That is malarkey, or as we say, narishkeit (foolishness). Thompson has spoken of wanting to protect Jewish children better than Hynes. And duh, yes, he will have to target molesters and their enablers. Greenfield should be put on the Anti Defamation League’s hit list of bigots for daring to equate child rapists with ordinary orthodox Jews.

The election-day question is simple. Do orthodox Jews want to protect their cover-up artists and victim intimidators or do they want to protect their children? One preference leads to Hynes and the other leads to Thompson.

This is an issue that divides Haredim on generational lines. I am not talking about children versus adults; I am talking about voters. There is a whole new generation of younger adults who are parents and are determined to spare their own children the abuse that they and their siblings endured. Most of them are not brave enough to publicly fight the heavy hand of their leadership that quashes discussion. But in the privacy of voting booths many of them will cast their ballot for child safety. Thompson can pick up a chunk of these votes by sticking to his guns about fighting molesting. However, he also has to show the community that he wants their votes enough to court them. Otherwise, the “targeting” meme will get legs and spread.

Albert Friedman, the influential Satmar publisher of the Tzeitung newspaper has been sniping at Hynes, regularly conveying news reports about Hynes screw-ups. However, he has not come out for Thompson. He complains that Thompson isn’t taking the effort to show the community he really wants their votes. I don’t think Friedman is calling for pandering (though I suppose he wouldn’t mind it).

I think Friedman is voicing a suspicion that Thompson has decided that it doesn’t pay to campaign in the orthodox community and is instead content to rely on his surrogate Dov Hikind. If this is true, Thompson is making a mistake. Even if he can win, he will have to govern. He needs to build ties to the community. He might as well start now and improve his odds of winning.

Hat Tip: Michael Lesher

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32 thoughts on “Brooklyn DA Hynes Discriminates Against Orthodox Jewish Children

  1. Here’s the main problem that I (and others who don’t just simply drink the Lopin Kool-Aid) have with this narrative about Hynes being soft on Hasidic child molesters: this has been a notoriously difficult community in which to pursue successful prosecutions. For a long time, no matter how hard the DA’s tried, case after case would fall apart because the victims or their families refused to cooperate. The same went for victims of intimidation within the community, which is why there have been few prosecutions for obstruction or witness tampering. These problems still exist, although the situation is improving thanks to more and more people from within the community who are speaking out and trying to provide support to those who come forward. Let me tell you something: Rhonnie Jaus and her Sex Crimes bureau under Hynes try very very hard to prosecute offenders, from every community. They are incredibly frustrated by the difficulties with making Hasidic cases stick, even in cases where the victims cooperated at first – they then just stop, or pressure is put on them to do so and it’s impossible to find out who did it.. Indeed, any defense attorney with experience with these cases in Brooklyn will tell you how zealously that bureau goes after these defendants – many times, TOO zealously, as there tends to be a higher incidence of false reporting in these cases as compared to others, and these prosecutors very rarely choose to believe that a complainant who is “sincere” about their story may actually be lying.

    Now, about those “sweetheart” deals for Hasidic defendants: you have no real insight as to why they received lighter sentences, and you simply choose to disbelieve that the victims’ and/or their families’ lack of cooperation was to blame for it. You’re wrong. The worst is when a Hasid who claims to be “close” to a victim, or worse, a family member of the victim, later states publicly that the DA sold out the case even though the family was supportive. What’s really happening there is that person is ashamed to admit to the league of victims’ advocates in the community that he or his family pressured the victim to back off. It’s a new kind of pressure in the community – victims are still pressured to avoid ratting out fellow Jews, preserving their ability to get a shiddach, etc., but now, victims and their families are strongly pressured by very vocal (and righteous, but the way) advocacy groups to condemn such discouragement. So, often we now see victims’ families actually blaming the DA for ditching a prosecution, even though those SAME families were begging the DA to drop the case because they couldn’t violate mesirah, or they wanted to preserve a shiddach, or they wanted to use a bet din, etc. This happens ALL THE TIME. So what does Hynes get for all his Herculean efforts to pierce this veil and prosecute Orthodox offenders? Speculative, conspiracy-based allegations that he is selling out Jewish sex cases for votes. If only you could all sit in the Sex Crimes Bureau and watch these dedicated professionals work, day in and day out, to try to make these cases. You’d feel very differently about Hynes.

    And here’s another bit of food for thought: if Hynes was pandering for Hasidic votes, and he doles out sweet deals in the community’s sex cases, then why did Weberman get so harshly prosecuted and sentenced? Don’t tell me that you think it’s because the case became too public for Hynes to handle discreetly. The case was lingering for a long time before it hit the press big time, and there has probably never been a case that had so many high-ranking rabbis (all the way to Teitelbaum) pulling for a defendant. If the most influential and important Hasidic defendant to ever get prosecuted got the cold shoulder from Hynes, even before it was in the public eye, and even though Weberman had one of the best connected lawyers in Brooklyn with a long history with Hynes, then how can anyone say that Hynes buys votes with sex cases? It’s really absurd.

    Maybe you’ll say something like, “I hear all the time from victims’ families that the DA gave probation in a case where we were demanding 20 years in prison.” I dare you to name those people, so we can hear from the ADA handling that case what actually happened. I’m sure the truth is more like this: “a guy who knows a guy who is related to the victim told me……” Any Hasid who doubts this isn’t being honest about his or her own community.

  2. http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b71f69e20192ac8bbb69970d-popup

    Is this Agudah board member Leon Goldenberg standing in front with Hynes & Greenfield as Greenfield told Boro Park to be afraid that a Black challenger to Hynes is “bad for Jews”?

    Shame on you Leon! You are a NIMBY Agudist who got Yudi Kolko kicked out of your bungalow colony Mesorah Woods in Woodridge because you don’t want a molester around YOUR grandchildren, but it’s ok if Hynes protects all the other child molesters that are not in your own backyard?

  3. Note that the only 2 Black politicians supporting Hynes for re-election are:

    A. Eric Adams who is friends with convicted felon Moishe Rubashkin, brother of convicted felon Sholom Rubashkin.

    B. David Dinkins who the Wall St Journal said is possibly the worst political leader in American history.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/big-endorsements-boost-hynes-rival-article-1.1425454

    Nydia Velazquez and Jerry Nadler back Kenneth Thompson to unseat Hynes. Velazquez says Hynes is politically corrupt.

  4. Hynes must go. Hynes had made Brooklyn a haven who those who sexually abuse Orthodox Jewish children:

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4418413,00.html
    Butcher suspected of sexually assaulting children
    Suspect, who also serves as a kashrut supervisor, was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport just before returning to Brooklyn – where he had escaped one decade ago. ‘He was always surrounded by children,’ says one complainant
    Itay Blumenthal Published: 08.15.13, 19:48 / Israel News

    Border police arrested a 45-year-old kashrut supervisor at the airport earlier this week, on suspicion of child sex offenses committed in the south of the country. The suspect, whose name is under gag order, fled the country in 2001 and has lived in Brooklyn ever since. He was arrested shortly before he boarded a flight to the United States.

  5. Fresser – you don’t actually have any even slight evidence that Hynes created a safe haven for that guy, do you? Or, for that matter, why the NYPD (which is not run by Hynes) didn’t do anything about him? Of course you don’t. But it’s easy to lob conspiracy theories, isn’t it?

    Name for me one child molester that Hynes supposedly “protects.” Go ahead. Name one. Certainly not Weberman, right? Oh, are you saying that Hynes protects only the molesters that don’t matter to the big rabbis in the community, but he goes after the really important molesters? How does that help him at all?! The illogic is staggering, but people like you keep making these flippant arguments that Hynes is to blame, as opposed to the sick community in which we live.

    I actually hope that Thompson wins, so we can sit back and see what crazy excuses that you and your ilk come up with when Hasidic sex cases continue to fall apart (again, because the victims or their families refuse to cooperate, due to mesirah or shiddach pressure or whatever). Maybe you’ll say that Hynes is dressing in Hasidic garb, prowling the streets to prevent victims from cooperating with any of Thompson’s cases? That will be a good one.

    • Have you looked at the links in the article. I named five he protected. Moreover, per link in my article, by his own admission the DA has never sent an ultra orthodox Jew to prison for a single day for obstructing sex abuse prosecution. If they are worse than the mafia, he can crack down on the mafia why cant he figure out how to get anyone sentenced to a single day. He has had 24 years to try. This is a wink-wink, nod-nod arrangement. He insults them publicly but leaves them alone.

    • Non-Truther,

      The most prominent example is that Hynes protected Lipa Brenner / Lewis Brenner who even though he was convicted of raping a child in a shul bathroom AND embezzling $80 million, he never sat a day in jail.

      Show me one other jurisdiction in the United States where anyone could get away with that?

      Brenner was at the at the time Executive VP of the same organization Iggud Haganovim, where another Iggud offiical Ben Barber holds an annual fundraiser in Boro Park so that corrupt rabbis can bring bags of cash to win exoneration for their favorite molesters.

      It’s easy to get stuck in the muck at the Iggud whose current Exec VP Gershon Tannenbaum is another convicted felon & career criminal spanning 40 years of various white collar crimes for which he also never sat a day in jail.

      Yisroel Belsky is an Iggud dayan who has a long history of intimidating abuse victims, witnesses & advocates but never so much as an investigation by Hynes. It took prosecutors all the way down in Ocean County NJ to threaten Belsky with arrest.

    • Hynes also conveniently screwed up extraditing Avrohom Mondrowitz, the single worst identified serial anal rapist of boys in the orthodox community. Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky speaks of dozens of Mondrowitz victims and of suicides (plural) that resulted. I and others involved in the issue believe he rapes hundreds of teenage boys.

      • Hynes only relented decades later on extraditing Mondrowitz after the blogger UOJ aka Rabbi Mendlowitz encouraged readers to call the DA’s office and threaten to vote him out of office unless he changes course. Over 1100 readers did exactly that.

  6. You consistently cite those cases, but you have no evidence of misconduct aside from your outsider’s view of what you think happened and what you think was “right”. You don’t know what the victims and their families were actually saying to the DA, you don’t know what the evidence actually was, etc. You’ve chosen the most damning conclusions possible. You’re right to be outraged at the results, but you’re misdirecting the blame away from the community and on to the DA.

    A note on non-jail sentences. I don’t think you have any ability to criticize, since there are many factors that go into such a decision. Many times, it seems to the public like something nefarious happened when a Non-jail sentence is imposed. Just because the public thinks that someone should go to jail, it doesn’t mean that jail is appropriate or common in the system. There are judges involved too, you know. I see DA’s in court every day expressing fury at how judges undercut their plea offers, because they don’t see cases as requiring the kind of jail time that the DA does. And in cases where jail isn’t recommended but the DA in the first place, it usually has a damned good reason (some examples: desires of the victim or the family, first time offenders, comparable sentences in other cases, weakness of the prosecution’s evidence resulting in a lack of leverage to successfully to go trial, etc). The bottom line is that there are many variables, and you just don’t know what they were.

    I said this in another post, and I’ll repeat it: I almost hope that Thompson wins, so you can see how the SAME things will be happening in Hasidic sex cases. Actually, there may be one difference if Thompson wins, owing only to politics and not good prosecution practice: Thompson may push all Hasid cases to trial and never offer any reasonable pleas, no matter how appropriate that may or may not be, just so he can avoid any allegation that he exercised his judgment in a way that can be criticized. That would be a real tragedy, because it would steamroll many defendants who don’t deserve such treatment (this is what Greenfield fears is coming). Either way, because in the end the same number of cases will fall apart and the same number of intimidators won’t be successfully prosecuted, you’ll all see how it’s not the DA’s problem, it’s the community’s!

    • “You don’t know what the victims and their families were actually saying to the DA”

      Cut it out already. We know that Kolko victims told Jewish Week they were railroaded by Hynes who LIED about their willingness to testify so that he could let Kolko walk with a only a misdemeanor and no sex offender status.

      “Truther” is the “Birther” of revisionist history to cover up for Hynes. Are his blog comments covered by Brooklyn DA overtime pay? That’s another item for DOJ to investigate.

    • Make up your mind about how you want to rationalize Hynes’ lousy record. First you say it is impossible to successfully prosecute those cases because of social factors within the Jewish community which inhibit witnesses. You insist Thompson will be equally helpless in the face of those forces. Then you say that Thompson will mercilessly steamroll defendants “who don’t deserve such treatment.” So now you are saying the guys are innocent. I get the feeling you are playing to two audiences with different messages. You are appealing the perv defenders to vote for Greenfield because Thompson will succeed in getting convictions. You are appealing to those concerned about abuse by claiming that Hynes is their best friend in prosecuting pervs. I can only imagine what you say in private.

  7. NY Law Journal reporting that Thompson has just as much money in his war chest now as Hynes.

    That sounds like the business world views Hynes as a loser and are scared to be seen as having bet on him

  8. Omerta – check your facts. Thompson donated 150k to his own campaign, that’s why the coffers are roughly the same now. When asked whether this showed weakness in his ability to raise interest in his campaign, Thompson responded that his donations shows how much confidence he has in his chances. You be the judge.

    Fresser – the Kolko case is an excellent example. These people are liars (now, anyhow). The ADA’s on that case did no such thing. Let’s try to remember that Hynes doesn’t handle individual cases – Rhonnie Jaus and her Sex Crimes Bureau ADA’s do. They’re the ones dealing directly with the victims and their families. I wish you could speak to them and hear what they went through with the Kolko witnesses. I don’t know who these supposed victims are or who is now speaking for them, but I can come up with many reasons to disbelieve their recent claims, even beyond my knowledge of what the ADA’s on that case had to deal with when it was being prosecuted. Again, you live in a really sick and twisted community, full of sick and twisted people (molesters and fressers alike). They give the good people of the community a terrible name to be sure, but they’re out there, pursuing their own agendas. The Kolko “revelations” are total BS that the anti-Hynes camp has happily swallowed whole, without any healthy skepticism.

    • That knee-jerk reaction from Toother hilariously zeros in first on the campaign piggy bank. Who would be so touchy about that except Hynes himself or maybe someone from Staten Island living off Hynes largess who was already caught propagandizing on another blog? All you’ve got is a measly $150k as the BIG difference in funds? That’s a drop in the bucket. How pathetic can you get?

      You are not going to get away with calling Kolko victims liars. That’s what Kolko and his cronies did for years and everyone sees right through it. You can parse all you want but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the ADAs are puppets in the Hynes regime.

      Just wait until the Feds start poking around at you rotten apples in the Brooklyn DA’s office, from the big dog on down.

    • See Hella Winston’s account which argues strongly that the office of the DA is lying in claiming the Kolko witnessees were unwilling to go forward. If so why are they now pursuing a lawsuit complete with depositions etc. They have been offered settlements but are determined to go to trial to establish the truth to the world.

      Have your really talked to Rhonnie Jaus or are you taking the word of Henna White about what Rhonnie Jaus says?

      Obviously Hynes has done better at getting donations. It is always easier to get contributions when you are an incumbent for 24 years. That is true of most sitting congressman. They does not prove they are the best candidates for the job. Being a political DA improves your ability to get contributions. If Thompson has the money and is willing to lend it to his campaign, why do you consider it proof he is less qualified?

      Truther, you behave like you are arguing facts. You are wildly inconsistent except in your determination to criticize Thompson and defend Hynes. Are you a paid operative of Hynes, just a fanatical partisan, or someone invested in the Hynes go-slow approach to orthodox sex abuse.

  9. Oy, it’s hard to get a point across when the forum doesn’t respect opposing views. Let me try this again. First of all, I really haven’t criticized Thompson. I don’t know where you get that from. My purpose here has only been to explain why the Hynes criticism is unfair. I do think that Thompson will be under a lot of pressure if elected to show different results, which can lead to unfairly harsh prosecution practices. But none of that is an attack on him. I think he’s a good lawyer and a respectable individual. That’s not the point.

    Next, all I did was correct Omerta’s faulty conclusion about the “business world” and the contribution levels. 150k is a big difference in a race like this. There aren’t millions of dollars being raised and spent. You be the judge as to who has the better argument: Thompson, who says his donation shows his confidence level, or Hynes, who says it’s a sign of weakness. I don’t care. Why jump on me for this? I never said that this shows Thompson isn’t qualified. You made that up!

    Next, time will just have to tell on Kolko. I’m saying that you’ll never see any Justice Department or other investigations conclude anything nefarious. To answer Lopin’s question, yes, I speak with Rhonnie very often, and her ADA’s as well. And I am not an ADA now – haven’t been for a long time. These ADA’s are very dedicated and are absolutely not “puppets” of Hynes or anyone. They take their jobs very seriously and want nothing more than to help victims and do justice. The only instructions they get from “the top” is to vigorously pursue their cases. My own personal belief is that they’re TOO zealous at times, making it difficult for them to see it when sir defendants are actually innocent. But that’s not something that would trouble you, now is it? Back to the ADA’s, have you ever spoken to one of the thousands of victims who have been helped by this bureau? I’m betting no. If you had, you’d hear very emotional accounts of how sincere and dedicated these ADA’s are. But why would you want to hear something contrary to your narrative?

    A few last points: the “go slow” approach is your messed up community’s, not Hynes’. Read my prior posts for explanation. And I hate Henna White and I never speak to her. Finally, to answer your last question, I’m not on Hynes’ team or a partisan. I’m just someone who really knows how things work, and I can’t stand how you make stuff up constantly in order to fit your narrative. Why do I care about your blog? Because it’s my community, too.

    • Someone called you Toother but to me you sound mealy mouthed. You have the chutzpah to complain of disrespect as you slander Kolko victims and others. Where do they manufacture people like you who are so callous to further anguish the hundreds of victims that Kolko destroyed in his 45 year career of molestation?

      I have spoken to a Brooklyn ADA. It was once several years and it was a complete waste of time. A child was molested for so many years that she turned into a vegetable. The ADA who took my call was such a blithering idiot that I could not believe it. I always did hear that many ADAs are losers who are passed over by law firms but this one took the cake.

      It would be an anachronism to advocate elimination of a very specific brand of lawyer, the moronic or corrupt ADAs

  10. Shakespeare – unfortunately, not every ADA is proficient or even smart. There are over 2000 of them in New York City, and like any other thing in life, sometimes you meet smart people and sometimes you don’t. I’m sorry if you had a bad experience with an ADA. But it certainly doesn’t sound like you encountered any “corruption.” Now, I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt thus far, but you may actually be one of the fressers who talk out of the sides of their mouths and never say the same thing twice. Any Hasid reading this knows the type that I’m talking about. You may very well be the idiot who goes to the DA’s Office, tries to tell them that “everyone knows” a particular guy is a “molester,” and even though you have no legally competent evidence with which an ADA can use to prosecute anyone, you then complain that the DA’s Office “does nothing about molesters.” That kind of person walks in and out of the office every day, and is too ignorant and stupid to realize that in America, you need actual non-hearsay and eyewitness testimony, or forensics, to make a case, AND if it’s a case without forensics, then you need a live person giving non-hearsay testimony to actually cooperate as well. People like that will never be satisfied with law enforcement. But they make good bloggers.

    As for Kolko’s victims, I never maligned them at all. I malign the liars who told the DA’s Office one thing and now say another, or worse, the lairs who had no part in the case when it was with the DA’s Office and now claim to have “told them to prosecute.” Pathetic. Take a good look at yourselves and your community if you ever want justice. Or do you just want scapegoats instead of safe children?

    • You malign the Kolko victims and their supporters by misstating the facts of the case. The 9 year old victim and his family brought the case to the Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center on Schermerhorn Street where they met with an ADA and a DA social worker. The agreement was that the ADA would interview the child and if deemed credible would move for an indictment before a grand jury. The boy–who wanted to testify and see Kolko prosecuted from day 1 through this very moment–was found credible. The NYPD detective assigned to the case was about to do what is done in every other case–arrest the accused perp based upon probable cause. Alas, word from on high within the DA’s office came down instructing her NOT to make the arrest since. Those orders had everything to do with the fact that Kolko was a member of the ultra-Orthodox community and a rabbi. The case languished.

      The victim and his family were asked to come to the DA’s office time after time after time, with the child missing school and the parents missing work each time. Finally–before Thanksgiving 2006–fed up and believing that the DA was just wearing them out so they’d drop the case, the victim’s family issued an ultimatum to the ADA that if they did not take the victim to a grand jury to testify immediately they were not coming back. ADA asked for one more meeting and the family agreed. A meeting was scheduled for the following Tuesday. The DA’s office canceled the meeting.
      The family and their supporters decided to force the “Reluctant DA” to prosecute the case the one way they knew would work. Media. They filed a civil lawsuit, called a press conference and hours after the NY Post published an article exposing the obvious question of why the Brooklyn DA was allowing a serial child molester to continue roaming free in a school with 1,000 students Kolko was arrested.

      Back story: As soon as the articles on the civil lawsuit was published Rhonnie Jaus called the NYPD and demanded an arrest. This after BLOCKING all efforts to arrest Kolko.

      Hynes and his upper management have blood on their hands. Yes, this is a difficult community but instead of working with people within the community who are ready willing and able to assist with these cases he chose to politicize the issue and made matters even worse. Yes, many even most ADAs are dedicated prosecutors who just want to do their job but are but instead of being supported by upper management they are frustrated by high level staff focused on politics and political favors. Henna White, Michael Vecchione, Charles Hynes and sadly Rhonnie Jaus have all engaged in aggressive efforts to thwart the prosecution of dangerous child molesters from the Orthodox Jewish community.

      Many even most Brooklyn ADAs are fed up with Hynes and Company and want them gone.

      As to the Kolko victims: both children were ready to testify. In fact, one did testify at a later trail after Kolko was arrested for violating the terms of his plea deal and threatening the boy. Sadly, the DA’s office lost the case.

      Fact: The DA’s office did everything they could–including blatantly lying to the Kolko victims’ families–to force a plea deal neither family wanted. In fact, one of the fathers wrote a letter to the DA at the time of the plea deal saying that he was all but forced to go along with the deal.

      As for Hynes and Jaus: They’ve been contradicting themselves and lying about this case since the plea deal–in public and on the record. Take some time over the weekend to read the many articles and view the news footage that expose the truth of this case.

      Kolko–a serial child molester with well over 100 child victims–got no jail time, no sex offender registration requirement, and was allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanors.
      You can’t blame the community for this one. Blame belongs with Hynes, Jaus and White. Callous and uncaring. Cynical and political. Shameless liars.

      Unsafe for children.

  11. You malign the Kolko victims and their supporters by misstating the facts of the case. The 9 year old victim and his family brought the case to the Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center on Schermerhorn Street where they met with an ADA and a DA social worker. The agreement was that the ADA would interview the child and if deemed credible would move for an indictment before a grand jury. The boy–who wanted to testify and see Kolko prosecuted from day 1 through this very moment–was found credible. The NYPD detective assigned to the case was about to do what is done in every other case–arrest the accused perp based upon probable cause. Alas, word from on high within the DA’s office came down the detective’s supervisor to instruct her NOT to make the arrest. Those orders had everything to do with the fact that Kolko was a member of the ultra-Orthodox community and a rabbi.

    The case languished.

    The victim and his family were asked to come to the DA’s office time after time after time, with the child missing school and the parents missing work each time. Finally–before Thanksgiving 2006–fed up and believing that the DA was just wearing them out so they’d drop the case, the victim’s family issued an ultimatum to the ADA that if they did not take the victim to a grand jury to testify immediately they were not coming back. ADA asked for one more meeting and the family agreed. A meeting was scheduled for the following Tuesday. The DA’s office canceled the meeting.

    The family and their supporters decided to force the “Reluctant DA” to prosecute the case the one way they knew would work. Media. They filed a civil lawsuit, called a press conference and hours after the NY Post published an article exposing the obvious question of why the Brooklyn DA was allowing a serial child molester to continue roaming free in a school with 1,000 students Kolko was arrested.

    Back story: As soon as the articles on the civil lawsuit was published Rhonnie Jaus called the NYPD and demanded an arrest. After months of the DA aggressively BLOCKING all efforts to arrest Kolko it took him mere hours once the media reported on the case for Hynes the “Reluctant DA” to assess the political cost of his inaction.

    Hynes and his upper management have blood on their hands. Yes, this is a difficult community but instead of working with people within the community who are ready willing and able to assist with these cases he chose to politicize the issue and made matters even worse. Yes, many even most ADAs are dedicated prosecutors who just want to do their job but are but instead of being supported by upper management they are frustrated by high level staff focused on politics and political favors. Henna White, Michael Vecchione, Charles Hynes and sadly Rhonnie Jaus have all engaged in aggressive efforts to thwart the prosecution of dangerous child molesters from the Orthodox Jewish community.

    Many even most Brooklyn ADAs are fed up with Hynes and Company and want them gone.
    As to the Kolko victims: both children were ready to testify. In fact, one did testify at a later trial after Kolko was arrested for violating the terms of his plea deal and threatening the boy. Sadly, the DA’s office lost the case.

    Fact: The DA’s office did everything they could–including blatantly lying to the Kolko victims’ families–to force a plea deal neither family wanted. In fact, one of the fathers wrote a letter to the DA at the time of the plea deal saying that he was all but forced to go along with the deal.
    As for Hynes and Jaus: They’ve been contradicting themselves and lying about this case since the plea deal–in public and on the record. Take some time over the weekend to read the many articles and view the news footage that expose the truth of this case.

    Kolko–a serial child molester with well over 100 child victims–got no jail time, no sex offender registration requirement, and was allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanors.
    You can’t blame the community for this one. Blame belongs with Hynes, White and Company. Callous and uncaring. Cynical and political. Shameless liars.

    Unsafe for children.

  12. Truther, the only ones lying are you and Hynes’ office.

    Hynes’ office fixed the Kolko case and he fixed the Brenner case and many others so that pedophiles would be back on the street without being on the public part of the sex offender registry. In both cases Hynes’ pressured the survivors and their families to accept the obscene deals offered to pedophiles lying to the families. Hynes is a protector of pedophiles not children. And you “Truther” are a complete liar.

    1) http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/national/no_sex_charge_kolko_boys'_parents_foiled_da_0

    No Sex Charge For Kolko; Boys’ Parents Foiled By DA
    04/18/08
    Hella Winston/ Larry Cohler-Esses

    A law enforcement source told The Jewish Week that parents of the two child witnesses had reveresed their decision to allow the children to testify that Rabbi Kolko had molested them.

    The source said this fatally weakened the prosecution’s case in the wake of the discovery that the alleged adult victim had made false claims in an unrelated matter.

    But the alleged victims offered starkly different accounts.

    “My son was ready to go to trial, and we feel he would have done an excellent job,” the father of one of the children said. “The damage, pain and emotional stress Joel Kolko caused my family, and especially my son — we will never forgive him for this. … We are sorry to hear [the molestation] charges against him will not proceed.”

    The father, whose child is now 10, said that it was Hynes’ prosecutors who pressed him — not the other way around — to keep his son from testifying. The father said he eventually agreed when the prosecutors told him they could better pursue not just Rabbi Kolko but school administrators and the school itself via an alternative route.

    “I know all the hotshots at the DA,” the father said. “They actually want to get him on something more serious.”

    He declined to say what they told him this was. But a source close to the families of both alleged child victims who has been intimately involved in the case said the prosecutors spoke to the father about going after Rabbi Kolko and Rabbi Lipa Margulies, the yeshiva’s founder and administrator, on tax fraud charges, based on recently obtained school financial records that were reported by The Jewish Week. That would preempt any need for testimony from his son.

    But, according to the source, the same prosecutors offered a very different rationale when they approached the family of the second child and convinced the parents they need not put their son forward.

    “The DA told them that they think it’s best to do a plea deal because the other child was too young and his family was not allowing him to testify,” the source said. “This family was also ready and willing to put their child on the stand to testify and face Kolko. In fact, they believed, while difficult for their son to endure, it would be cathartic and benefit him.”

    The family declined to speak with a reporter. But the source, who has been with the family through the entire legal process, said they had asked him to speak for them. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing fear that the children, wo have not been publicly named, could be identified through him.

    “This child’s parents were from day one ready to have their son testify if it was necessary,” he stated. “And they were ready to go to trial. They had come to terms with the reality that their son was going to testify on the stand.”

    Both children, in fact, remain as plaintiffs in the civil suit against Yeshiva Torah Temimah, and are expected to be witnesses in that case, according to Michael Dowd, a plaintiffs’ attorney in that case.

    2) Tripping Up The Prosecution
    By Stephanie Saul – Staff Writer
    Newsday – May 28, 2003
    Last in a series.

    In 1995, for instance, Hynes’ office charged Rabbi Lewis Brenner with repeatedly sexually abusing a boy starting in 1992 and ending in 1995, when the boy, then 15, told police. Among other places, the alleged encounters occurred in the bathroom of the rabbi’s Brooklyn temple.

    In a statement to the court, the boys’ devastated parents said he could not even attend school, he was so troubled by “a raging cyclone of hate.”

    “Our son is with us physically today, but his self-respect, dignity and sense of worth were stolen from him at the tender age of 12,” the boys’ parents said. “Do you realize that you destroyed a world and our family, Mr. Brenner? You have stolen from our son the very essence of his life, his hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future.”

    The charges against Brenner initially included 14 counts, including sodomy, sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a minor. But a plea agreement whittled the charges down to one felony, stunning a Brooklyn judge.

    “Given the nature, gravity and frequency of the sexual contact alleged in the felony complaint, this court was surprised by the People’s plea offer and requested of the prosecutor a statement why it was forthcoming,” said acting Supreme Court Justice Charles J. Heffernan in a court ruling.

    The district attorney’s office told the judge that the boy’s family agreed to the plea bargain … Recently, an official of the district attorney’s office said the family did not want to go through with a trial.

  13. I can state with authority that the oft repeated canard “the family did not want to go through with a trial” is almost always a fiction or worse a product of manipulation and pressure applied to vulnerable and unsophisticated Orthodox victims and families by certain unscrupulous Office employees who are close to the Boss.

  14. Comment deleted for violating civil decency and rules of this blog by revealing the name of a sex abuse victim in a court case.

  15. I apologize for the oversight.

    My comment asked the following question: how can you explain Hynes’ no-holds-barred prosecution of Weberman? He was much more important to the community leadership (all the way to Teitelbaum) than was Kolko, and the case was pending for a year before it was a major media story (so, you can’t say that he went after Weberman because he had no choice due to media attention). And, critically, the family of the alleged victim was desperate to avoid a trial, so Hynes could have very easily dumped the case and claimed that it was the family’s wish, no matter what the complainant actually wanted. Add to that the fact that Weberman had a very connected attorney in Brooklyn. So, how can you reconcile all this with your belief that “Hynes’ office fixed the Kolko case” and “many others so that pedophiles would be back on the street”? Are you saying that Hynes likes to “fix” the cases of lesser-important molesters with non-influential attorneys, but not the ones that are the most important to the community and have the most influential lawyers? If there was ever one guy who the top Rabbis wanted to call in a favor for, it was Weberman. But did Hynes hook them up on that one, so he could count on the community’s vote? Hell no. And what did that get him? He has now lost the community, many of whom think he “went after” the Satmar.

    Your narrative just doesn’t make sense. And, not by coincidence, the facts as relayed by the ADA’s directly involved in those cases totally refute your claims. I’ll say it again: stop looking for a scapegoat and start blaming the elements in your own community for killing these important cases!

    • 1. No argument- the community itself is part of the problem in prosecuting child abuse. I am sure that you know from reading the blog that I have made that point repeatedly for 4 years.

      2. Weberman was a unique case sui generis. If you will, the stars aligned perfectly. The victim’s first outcry to a mental health professional happened after she stopped going to hasidic schools in Williamsburg. She was in a school with professional mental health workers funded by the secular Jewish Federation, a worker not beholden to orthodox norms about reporting. The report went from there to the police and the initial complaint and arrest was in place before any fixers could touch it.

      3. The victim and her husband (then boyfriend) were quite willing to defy communal pressures and she had major support from sibs though her father was inclined to give into community pressure. For a period between arrest and trial she was lived with others outside of Williamsburg to shield her from pressure.

      4. Under pressure from adverse media and political commentary, Joe Hynes created a task force to deal with intimidation. The boyfriend of the victim (later to become her husband), on his own initiative tape recorded the bribe offer by Avrohom Rubin. He handed the DA the evidence for the celebrated perp walk and arrests. (Note in Allison Yarrow’s new e-book on the trial, she reports that Hynes declined to claim that the office of the DA did the recording that led to the arrest).

      5. Activists repeatedly demonstrated against Weberman (in Williamsburg) on two occasions, and crammed the courtrooms in support of Weberman.

      6. I agree, it is ironic that Hynes’ one good deed will be held against him by a community that was long used to special treatment and did not get it in this case. Indeed, in Satmar/Williamsburg Hynes may be edged out by Thompson on Sept 10. The Aroinis seem to be going for Thompson and the Zaalis, of whom there are more, are not being very enthusiastic. It seems there is justice after all, no thanks to Joe himself.

  16. To use Kolko as an example, the claim I’ve seen here on this blog is that Hynes knew the victims were willing and anxious to testify (like the Weberman victim), but he killed the cases under the fraud that they were not cooperative, possibly because some voices in the families were not enthusiastic about the prosecutions (like the Weberman victim’s father, who, by the way, was not just lukewarm – he was desperate to avoid the trial, as he was horrified by the prospect of being seen as a traitor and losing his standing in the community). There simply isn’t any rational way to believe that Hynes would do this in Kolko but not Weberman, who was far more influential and important to the rabbis.

  17. Hynes has done this to younger more isolated and vulnerable abuse survivors in the past like Kolko’s victims. This is documented in detail in several articles in the Jewish Week which you conveniently ignore. Stop spinning for Hynes,

    Hynes did the same in the Rabbi Lewis/Lipa Brenner case.

    Kolko and Brenner and too many others got the same deal as Hynes’ mentor/friend/advisor former boss, confessed and convicted child molester Eugene Gold. Not one day in jail. Hynes is a friend of the pedophiles like the one Hynes honored at his own inauguration, Eugene Gold.

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