“Let It Be” Lennon-McCartney
Mary D. Hughes, a very close friend of Pat Hynes, the wife of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles (Joe) Hynes, has some sway in the Office of the Kings County District Attorney (KCDA). She holds the title Confidential Assistant District Attorney. As of 2010 Mary was the 5th best paid employee in KCDA at $180,605, within ten thousand dollars of the DA himself. The source of the salary information writes:
Mary D Hughes is “Chief of the Crime Prevention Division”. “Crime Prevention Division”? If a crime doesn’t happen, how do you know if it was prevented from happening or if it wasn’t going to happen anyway?
This is a good question right up there with that old chestnut: “If a tree lands on a philosopher in the forest and no one hears it…?” The snarky answer is: “Who cares?”
Crime Prevention is the perfect dumping ground for cosseted mediocrities that cannot be sent to the Siberia of KCDA, the Early Case Assessment Bureau (ECAB). After Stacey Frascogna (Jamieson) couldn’t make it as a trial ADA, even with the sponsorship of Michael Vecchione, she was shuffled off to Crime Prevention for the remaining 10 years of her career at KCDA. Mary had a soft spot for her. I hear that people who crossed Stacey quickly encountered the fury of Mary. People are scared of Mary. I don’t know if it is because she is a formidable person in her own right or because she had the ear of the DA through his wife. Either way, anyone crossing Stacey quickly stepped back into line.
PS. I wonder if Mary’s job as Confidential Assistant District Attorney includes keeping the secrets of all of Mike’s lovelorn cast-offs. Maintaining those sorts of secrets for that long list might even justify the hefty salary. However, this is an unseemly job for a woman who once was a nun (Sister Martha Mary) with the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary (Sparkhill, NY) who switched from being a teacher to a lawyer and went to work for KCDA in 1990.
UPDATE 9/1/13: Strangely, Stacey remains on the official roster of employees of the KCDA though no one has seen her on premises in eons. It is not clear if she is a no-show employee, or if she on some very, very extended leave.