The Corrupted Election for a Corrupt Brooklyn DA

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

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

The polls just closed on a dismal election day. I am not talking about the outcome which is not known yet. Nor am I referring to the mechanical problems of sticky levers on voting machines.

I am referring to a day marred by a sitting DA who tried to violate election law by electioneering inside a polling zone, Satmar which gave raffle rewards to voters in violation of the law not to pay people to either vote or abstain from voting, and other irregularities throughout the day.

The lead-up to the election included massive volumes of paid advertisements for District Attorney without the requisite information on who was paying for the ads.

Elected public officials should not be coercing their employees into supporting their campaign. Yet the Brooklyn DA extorted labor, family campaign donations, and advertisement appearances from his ADAs who are also under an ethical obligation not to engage in political campaigning for their boss according to the NYS Bar Association.

Obviously, if Charles Joe Hynes wins, there is next to no chance that any of these corrupt practices will be corrected. One can only hope he was defeated today. If not, I fear for the fate of justice in Brooklyn over the next four years.

UPDATE 9/10/13- 9:15 p.m. —  Last night a team of young Satmar Aroini men from Williamsburg came into Boro Park and tore down virtually every publicly posted Ken Thompson for DA sign on the streets and on bulletin boards in Jewish communal buildings. Obviously neither Jewish law nor American law allows this, but they don’t care about either. And why should they? No one will sanction them.

Update 9/11/13) — The Gothamist reports an organized Satmar effort to have people vote with the reigstrations of other voters.


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