Hella Winston of the Jewish Week just broke the story that DA-elect Kenneth Thompson has asked Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes to defer any plea bargain for Baruch (Mordechai) Lebovits until Thompson assumes office on January 1, 2014. This comes on the heels of a public letter submitted by concerned individuals in the community addressed to Judge Mark Dwyer requesting he reject any plea bargain for Lebovits pending satisfactory answers to questions about poor handling of the prosecution of Lebovits by the current office of the Kings County District Attorney.
Mr Thompson was aware of the letter and that may very well have tipped him toward this action. Mr. Thompson is also sending a copy of the letter to presiding Judge Mark Dwyer.
Since I began writing the article, it appears Hynes has acceded to the request and naturally now denies he was ever planning such a no-jail-time plea bargain. However in the past there was never any advance notice even when the deal was rigged, at which point it was too late to undo. Believe me there was such a deal based on multiple sources inside and outside the court system.
We have finally stopped a corrupt plea bargain. Thank you to all who participated in this effort. Things will never go back to the Hynes / Kol Tzedek / Henna White era of deals done in the dark with dubious explanations for sweetheart terms.
Lebovits’ next court appearance is Tuesday, November 19, 9:30 a. m.