Earlier today I posted A Not-So Classy Exit Replete with Dirty Smear Tactics. I described a dirty tricks operation in the Office of the Kings County District Attorney (KCDA) being run by Rackets chief Michael Vecchione and Director of Public Information Jerry Schmetterer. The two are exploiting department resources to selectively investigate and smear present and former employees perceived as potential appointees when Kenneth Thompson enters office in January 2014.
Charles Guria, is an ADA in the Rackets Division of the KCDA who had the brass to defy Michael Vecchione and report his protege Lauren Hersh (see here) on ethics charges because she kept Darrell Dula jailed pending trial for ten months even though the initial and only complainant recanted her charges within 24 hours. He went outside the KCDA to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the 2nd Judicial Department (which covers Brooklyn). Because Hynes’ extensive connections to that department, her case was transferred to the 1st Department (which covers Manhattan). At this point I do not know the outcome of charges which can take years to resolve and are not usually publicly reported.
I have no idea if Guria is being considered for significant promotion by the Thompson camp, though I can see why he might be considered. In any event, smearing him is a quadruple whammy for Vecchione. It helps him discredit a potential critic , it extracts revenge for hurting his protege, Lauren Hersh, it discredits a potential Thompson appointee, and it feeds the meme of corrupt Thompson associates who are, conveniently, all Black.
I also anticipate a similar hit job on Rackets ADA Joe Alexis because there are rumors all over KCDA that Alexis supports Thompson, has leaked information to outside sources to hurt Hynes, and will get a higher level job with Thompson. In addition, he has clashed with Vecchione about the handling of the Samuel Kellner case (a point I expect to develop in a future post).
I also expect to address the nature of reporting about expected Thompson appointee, Ama Dwimoh, and Thompson supporter, Clarence Norman.