Kudos to Abe George and John O’Hara

There is a lot to celebrate about last night’s electoral defeat of Charles Joe Hynes. At last, with the victory Kenneth Thompson, we have a shot at honest constructive prosecution in Brooklyn. What is now obvious was not a given. As the New York Times pointed out, “Mr. Hynes is one of the longest-serving district attorneys in a city where unseating district attorneys is considered next to impossible.”

Many people contributed to this victory, not least Ken Thompson and the able campaign team he assembled. I want to focus on the man who first raised the banner and made the defeat of Joe Hynes thinkable.

Rabbi Nuchem rosenberg, Abe George

Rabbi Nuchem rosenberg, Abe George

Abe George took on this very long-shot gamble way before anyone else and emphasized Hynes’ shameful failure to protect Jewish children from sex abuse. It was a morally based, but politically risky, position because it meant Abe George entered the race with the predictable opposition of most of the orthodox Jewish leadership. His judgement was vindicated by the fact that Thompson took the same position, lost the endorsements of both Satmar factions, but nevertheless won by a 10% margin.

Abe George also made it clear early on that this was about defeating Hynes, and if necessary he would withdraw rather than split the opposition vote. He was good to his word, and did withdraw when it became clear that Thompson had better prospects of winning. He also made sure to remove his name from the ballot. Then he went one better and worked energetically to promote Thompson’s victory.

John Kennedy O'Hara

John Kennedy O’Hara

Abe, I thank you for rising above any personal disappointment and sticking to your promise to help us get better prosecutor in Brooklyn.

I also want to thank John K. O’hara who ably handled the intricate job of securing your candidacy petition signatures. John, congratulations on finally realizing a dream for which you have worked so hard, and at so much personal cost, for decades.

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9 thoughts on “Kudos to Abe George and John O’Hara

  1. “I want to focus on the man who first raised the banner and made the defeat of Ken Thompson thinkable.”

    Charles Hynes, surely?

  2. From the NY Post today: “Joining in the raucous Thompson victory party was corrupt former Assemblyman and ex-Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Clarence Norman, whom Hynes prosecuted. “God said it was finally time that justice should be served in Brooklyn,” said Norman.”

    This is the bed that you people have made, and in which you will sleep. Thompson calls Hynes corrupt and then beds down with the most corrupt politician of them all, who is an actual convicted felon. The hypocrisy didn’t take long to set in, huh? Just wait until Haredi sex cases fold under Thompson, for the same reasons they did under Hynes – not because of favors to the rabbis, but because you’re a screwed up community that would rather let molesters go than be prosecuted. It will be fun to see who you’ll blame once Hynes is long gone.

  3. Time will indeed tell. The question is not whether Norman or some dubious chasidishe askanim supported Thompson; it is whether Thompson improperly supports them. This was an open event. Indeed, time will tell. But in the meantime the Kellner case will be thrown out. You can be sure that Kellner will be out there helping again to bring more molesters to justice.

    Of course there are major problems prosecuting ultra orthodox molesters and some of them, perhaps most are generated within the community. Truther, I believe you are wrong about Hyne’s. If however, Thompson turns out as bad as Hynes, you can rest assured I will go after him as well. For the moment I am optimistic about him, but no one gets carte blanche to collaborate with orthodox fixers to go easy on molesters.

  4. There is also a difference between being financially corrupt and morally corrupt. Taking a bribe to look the other way for a million dollar crime is bad, but certainly not as bad as not prosecuting child molestors.

  5. Truther, how do you explain evil dishonorable Hynes bringing a convicted/confessed child molester, Eugene Gold (Hynes’ former boss/mentor/advisor/friend), to his own inauguration and publicly heaping praise on this child molester?

    Hynes is the New York District Attorney that brought his mentor/former boss/current advisor/ convicted/confessed child rapist Eugene Gold to Hynes’ inauguration and publicly honored him years after Gold’s confession and conviction in regard to multiple sex assaults on a 10 year old girl. Gold remained Hynes advisor for decades.

    In 1983 former NY District Attorney Eugene Gold was charged with the rape of the 10 year old daughter of an Alabama district attorney while, according to the girl’s father, two other children, children of another district attorney, were present. Gold faced a minimum sentence of 20 years on the aggravated rape charge. Instead Gold plead guilty to lesser sexual molestation charges and acknowledged that he sexually assaulted the 10 year old girl on an additional occasion. The plea agreement was touted as saving the 10 year old girl the trauma of testifying at trial. Gold only received probation and moved to Israel where he was to get counseling. Sound familiar?

    This is the monster that Hynes has associated himself and the current office of the New York District Attorney with. Gold used to hold Hynes job.

    Understand who Hynes is? A protector of pedophiles. The pedophiles and their protectors have Hynes ear. Hynes is in their pocket.

    Here’s Hynes inauguration speech where District Attorney Charles J. Hynes publicly honored confessed/convicted pedophile Eugene Gold (square brackets have been added by me):
    http://www.brooklynda.org/News/press_releases%202002.htm

    In the same year a prominent New York City trial lawyer [pedophile Eugene Gold] was chosen to run for the office of Kings County District Attorney. During his [Gold] campaign, he [Gold] added one word to that slogan, which came to embody the goals of his [Gold] administration and mine [Hynes]. The word was Justice, and so his [Gold] campaign promise, which he [Gold] later fulfilled became; Law and Order with Justice. He [Gold] was my [Hynes] mentor for the six years I was fortunate to serve in his [Gold] Office, and he [Gold] has been one of my [Hynes]most important advisers ever since. Please welcome the three term former District Attorney of Kings County, Eugene Gold.

    Hynes has been protecting Orthodox pedophiles for decades. Rabbi Yehuda Kolko got the same deal Rabbi Lewis/Lipa Brenner got a decade earlier, no jail time and their names were not put on the public sex offender registry. This is the same sort of deal Hynes’ advisor Gold negotiated for himself.

    A message was sent yesterday to Charles Hynes and the rest of the “fixers” in Brooklyn who have protected Brooklyn’s pedophiles for decades. Child rapists belong in jail not as honored guests at the DA’s inauguration ceremony.

    Hynes did not leave his office in honor on his own term. Hynes was thrown out by the people of Brooklyn. Hynes’ legacy is the injustice and corruption that he was part of.

    I only regret that Hynes was not taken out of his office in handcuffs and prosecuted for his part in the protection of pedophiles and the injustice and corruption that has characterized his office for decades.

    Good bye and good riddance to Hynes and the rest of his gang in the DA’s office that will be tossed out with him shortly.The trash in Brooklyn is finally being taken out. More to follow. This is not the end. Just the beginning in what will be a new start for Brooklyn.

  6. Whistleblower – rather than dispute your facts, which I could, I will simply do what Mr. Lopin has so intelligently chosen to do: I will allow time to tell. It has been easy, thus far, to lay the blame for failed molestation prosecutions on Hynes’ lap. We shall see in the years ahead whether that blame was fairly attributed. There will certainly be a higher number of successful prosecutions going forward – this is the result of better community involvement recently, and Hynes’ better approach (as seen in Weberman and other high profile wins and pleas recently, which Thompson will certainly continue), but if I’m correct, the number of failed cases will continue to be significant. If so, whereas they would formerly be blamed on Hynes’ corruption, you will finally have the truth about why such cases fall apart.

    • Truther,

      Those of us in the trenches who work with victims willing to prosecute have heard too many stories of frustrating encounters with the Brooklyn DA, especially when Henna White (wash) got involved. I have heard committed ADAs in the office report that Henna will show up in their office with some fixer and Henna will say, this is an important person who you should talk to. Then the fixer will launch into some tirade about why this will affect the standing of Hynes in the community and the case should be withdrawn and even will demand to know the exact strength of the case and the nature of corroborating witnesses. This is disgraceful. If a the Jewish liaison is legit, she would just tell Rabbi x, sorry, we do not disclose facts about cases to third parties. Instead, Henna encourages staff to go along with this nonsense. To make things worse, Ronnie Jaus, Head of Sex Crimes tells people “Henna is in charge of the Jewish cases.” Many ADAs hold the line but the pressure is constant.

      To make things worse, Henna sometimes is handed evidence from police or DA Investigators. Some of it does not make it to the prosecutors. Henna is not a lawyer, or a trained investigator. It is not even clear if it is legal for her to be part of the chain of evidence.

      Of course there will be problems, once Hynes is gone. But this particular set of problems will be gone.

      Truther, if you have read this blog regularly, it will be clear that I and other activists know we are fighting a multi-front war. I will be delighted to have to contend with one less front.

  7. >Whistleblower – rather than dispute your facts, which I could,

    Which you did not do. Nor have you disputed in the past.

    The time for spinning is over.

    Will there be other failed cases? As long as the fixers in our community continue. But at least one of the fixers main resources, Hynes and his gang, will be gone.

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