Michael Vecchione, head of the Brooklyn DA’s Rackets Division is in his last two weeks before his resignation goes into effect on December 12th. His shenanigans are legendary and include his continued efforts to keep the discredited Samuel Kellner case alive even at the price of removing two veteran prosecutors from the case because they insisted on dismissing it. Mike for all his macho posturing, wasn’t man enough to show up in court himself. Instead he first sent in John Holmes to request a postponement with no facts or arguments to justify it. Then he sent in Monique Ferrell who failed to turn over materials that the judge ordered turned over at the previous session. With a different judge, Ferrell would be sitting in a cell for contempt of the court.
While we all look forward to his departure, there is reason to worry about his handling of evidence. Of late, for reasons only fully known to him (until New York and federal prosecutors catch up) he has been working overtime to subvert justice in the Lebovits case in many ways including his continuation of the Kellner case. At various times he took possession of a lot of evidence in the Lebovits case. I doubt he has returned most of it. If he destroys, or “loses” evidence it would be a prosecutable crime. But proving it depends on the quality of monitoring and documentation. I beg, urge, and beseech the grown ups in the Brooklyn DA to exercise their powers to secure relevant materials and document all missing materials ASAP. If materials should go missing, unless they can pin it on Vecchione or document his control of the evidence, those who are negligent, should be held to account.
The public should not have to accept a facile claim that he slipped a mickey into the system, and nobody remembers what happened. Feigned forgetfulness may yet get Mike convicted of perjury. Anyone colluding with his shenanigans should have to pay the price.