Independent informed sources report that Michael (Mike) Vecchione is fighting a rear guard action to protect alleged molester Baruch Lebovits by withholding incriminating information about Lebovits, and agents acting on Lebovits’ behalf.
Earlier this week, Oren Yaniv reported that Vecchione and Joseph (Joe) Alexis almost came to blows because Alexis insisted on dismissing the case against whistleblower Samuel (Sam) Kellner. However, my sources claim that this wasn’t the issue at stake. Instead, it went down like this: Alexis and Nicholas (Nick) Batsidis recommended dismissal. When they were overuled and told to delay some more they were willing to do that. However, they insisted that they would then be obliged to share additional exculpatory information (known as Brady material) with Kellner’s lawyers.
The fight, I am told (which never came to blows) erupted when Vecchione insisted the material be withheld and Alexis refused because that would be a violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights. Given Vecchione’s long history of violating the rights of other defendants (and framing some) it is hardly surprising that he would countenance doing it again.
But why would he do it in this case? Probably because the entire case, from its onset was a favor to Lebovits’ attorney, Arthur Aidala, a very, very close friend of Hynes. Aidala co-chaired Hynes failed campaign for New York State Attorney General in 1994. He is currently the chair of “Friends of Joe Hynes.”
The evidence for this case came from friends and associates of Aidala’s client, Lebovits. Aidala working with the brothers Alan and Nathan Dershowitz want a sweetheart, no-additional-jail-time deal for Lebovits. In the past, exculpatory evidence for Kellner has often turned into incriminating evidence against Lebovits. In the past, the Dershowitz brothers incorporated the allegations against Kellner into their appeals on behalf of Lebovits.
At this point the clock is running down. Vecchione himself decided to request the next court session happen in January when everyone expects the new DA, Ken Thompson, to dismiss charges. However, there is one piece of work that can still be accomplished. Lebovits can get a sweetheart plea deal. But it depends on the public buying the idea that the case will be difficult to prosecute. Dismissal of the charges against Kellner, or more incriminating evidence, will make that a harder sell. Hence, Vecchione’s rearguard persistence in violating Kellner’s constitutional rights, all for Aidala and the Dershbag brothers.