Following Hynes’ reelection defeat I wrote:
Ronnie Jaus, head of sex crimes, is also looking for her next job. No other DA will hire someone tarnished with favoritism to orthodox Jewish molesters. Sadly, I believe she does care about sex abuse victims and does not relish the thought of defending perverts. But that is her most sellable skill.
Apparently, Rhonnie, the head of the Brooklyn DA Sex Crimes unit, is determined to make a splash by prosecuting a defendant accused of child sex abuse. Not having worked on these for a while, she decided to grab a trial-ready case away from the very capable ADA who did all the work, Darren Albanese. It is scheduled for October 7th in front of Judge Goldberg. Normally, no ADA gives up a case, or has it taken away at this stage, unless there is a completely, unavoidable conflict between the schedules of two different trials. Most of the work is in the preparation, not in the trial itself. ADAs are rated on trial numbers and outcomes.
Rhonnie seems to be taking a page out her patron’s playbook, in which, playing for the media is more important than the backstage work.
I am pretty sure she will not fool Thompson into keeping her on. She let the notorious Jewish liaison Henna White “be in charge of” the orthodox sex abuse cases. She never fought the DA’s policy of funneling orthodox complaints into White’s Kol Tzedek telephone hotline which wasn’t even answered. Rhonnie tolerated witness intimidation without ever securing prosecution. During the 24 years of the Hynes administration, no ultra orthodox Jew has ever been sentenced to a single day in prison for intimidating a sex abuse victim. KCDA discriminated against orthodox victims of sex abuse and victims of witness intimidation. Rhonnie presided over a 6 month sweetheart plea deal for Menachem Deutsch when they had two witnesses and videotape evidence of a notorious serial molester. The case was based on two boys he molested in the space of an hour that he never knew before he molested them. It was even a case where prominent Hasidic rabbis supported the prosecution. Rhonnie Jaus was a high-level cog in in a high-volume machine of injustice.
Rhonnie publicly bolstered Hynes during a NY1 interview in absurdly claiming that they were doing their best on those cases.
Rhonnie, a word of advice: Future employers will ask around. Your sex abuse record, for better and worse, will follow you. Now you will also be followed by the resentment of staffers who will report you are a lousy boss who screws subordinates out of credit for their work.
Really Rhonnie: it is time to cut your losses and to move on!