About a dozen people were fired (or allowed to resign) on Friday afternoon at the Office of the Kings County District Attorney. Some of those forced out were allowed to resign effective a few weeks from now.
Headlining the confirmed list are ADAs Mike Morelli, Jr. and Steven Kramer, both implicated in misconduct in the collection and spending of Costs of Prosecution (COP) extracted from defendants charged with money laundering. I reported on that scam in 2013. Kramer was also implicated in misconduct that cost the late Judge John Phillips his estate, a crime that also involved Harvey Greenberg, husband of Mary Hughes, a “Confidential District Attorney” in the Hynes era. I have an unconfirmed report that another associated with the scam who is out is ADA Joe McCarthy . [update, McCarthy’s downfall has since been confirmed].
As I reported earlier, the Jewish liaison, Wolf Sender was forced to resign. [Update 69/14 According to KCDA press office, Sender “is not leaving… He is not being terminated or resigning now or in a few weeks.”]
Two people hired for press and communications by Thompson, Sheila Stainback and Sharon Toomer, are out.
ADA Lauren Mack who headed a unit for prosecuting subsidy fraud is also out, allegedly for extravagant use of funds in a special grant to prosecute subsidy fraud (e.g., government social welfare benefits).
Also out are Anne Seeley, Christine M. Grillo, and Annemarie McAvoy. It is not clear if it was for lackadaisical performance, or a history of fierce and suspect loyalty to Michael Vecchione, Hynes’ ethically challenged Rackets man.
Not included in the list, though losing ground by the day, is the Head of Crimes Against Children, ADA Miss Gregory, who mishandled the Baruch Lebovits case, and her number two, Roger McGreedy. I expect to write more about Miss Gregory’s abysmal performance in that case, conduct so negligent that it should be considered criminal, but alas, prosecutors have immunity.
Equally culpable is Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi who did most of the court work on Lebovits under Thompson, who is also on short lease at KCDA. Insiders expect the DA to overturn the John Giuca conviction because of gross prosecutorial misconduct by Nicolazzi.
Both Gregory and Nicolazzi had every reason to avoid a trial that could have ended in acquittal. A bad showing would have hurt them as they sought other jobs. Instead they helped to persuade the DA at the last minute to settle for less than one year of additional jail time instead of four more years. Until that momentthe DA was holding out for the longer sentence. This begs the question: Why would the DA leave the case in the hands of prosecutors whose best interests did not lie in going for the max?
UPDATE 6/8/14, 7 am: Since I posted last night, The Daily News confirmed that Joe McCarthy was let go. Also let go was James Leeper who failed to show up to complete a trial because of alcoholism and was also identified in connection with two instances of wrongful conviction.