כִּי אִם-הַחֲרֵשׁ תַּחֲרִישִׁי
רֶוַח וְהַצָּלָה יַעֲמוֹד לַיְּהוּדִים
וְאַתְּ וּבֵית-אָבִיךְ תֹּאבֵדוּ
For if you hold your peace at this time,
then relief and deliverance will come for the Jews
from another place,
but you and your father’s house will perish
(Book of Esther 4:14)
Yesterday (11/12/13), after the Brooklyn DA continued to put off dismissing the case against the anti-abuse-activist Samuel Kellner, a statement was put out on his behalf by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis,
Director of SNAP, the
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
In reversal, Brooklyn DA pursues case vs. whistleblower
We are appalled that Charles Hynes and Michael Vecchione of the Brooklyn DA’s office are ignoring the recommendations of experienced prosecutors and inexplicably deciding to pursue a case against a brave whistleblower, Sam Kellner.
We believe Kellner is a hero, not a criminal. And we believe that Hynes and Vecchione are undermining public respect and confidence in the criminal justice system by this mean-spirited move.
Hynes and Vecchione are making it harder for others who see, suspect or suffer child sex crimes to speak up and prevent abuse.
Hynes has lost his post. There’s absolutely no reason for him to interfere in this case. He should leave it to his successor to decide what, if anything, to do about the Kellner case.
And Kellner should hold his head up high, knowing that in a struggle between the powerful and the powerless, he made the right choice by helping the powerless.