Today is the 1-year anniversary of one of the greatest honors given to Frum Follies.
Joe, you are an important busy man and yet you have taken time out to honor me. Charles Joseph Hynes, you are District Attorney of Brooklyn and I am just a blogger. You have over a thousand employees and I am a one-man operation. You get covered by the New York Times; so far, I have only had a few mentions in the mainstream media. Yet you have honored me.
I am surprised because I’ve been criticizing your office for four years. I have accused your Jewish liaison, Henna White, of covering up sex abuse. I accused you of colluding with your buddy, Arthur Aidala, to give Menachem Deutsch a sweetheart deal on serious molesting charges. I accused your Rackets Bureau chief, Michael Vecchione, of perjury, when he denied remembering the content of Lauren Hersh’s training session about Brady disclosure obligations.
I confess; I am obnoxious to you. I call your Jewish liaison, Henna Whitewash, and I refer to Michael Vecchione as your “racketeer.” Just in the last year, I raked you over the coals with pejorative article titles such as:
- Did Hynes Perpetrate a Fraud on the Court?
- Another Attempt by Hynes to neither Try nor Exonerate Whistleblower Kellner
- Is The Brooklyn DA Losing Control Of His Staff?
- Hynes Has NEVER Sent a Haredi to Jail for Obstructing the Prosecution of Sex Abuse
- From Six Years in Jail to None, Courtesy of Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes
- The Brooklyn DA Structures His Office to Avoid Accountability
- Hynes Delivers Scalps to Hasidim, Just the Wrong Ones
Yet you honor me by taking me seriously, reading all my posts about your office, and even worrying about my deleterious influence on your impressionable staff. You have honored me, ABOVE ALL, by instructing your IT department to block my blog.
Sometimes I wonder if anyone cares about the things I write. You have convinced me that my sources in your office are correct. I am scaring you, Joe. Now everyone knows that you are panicking and resorting to desperate measures to control your restless natives. I expect the leaking to accelerate. Thank you, Joe.
Joe, you will not succeed in blocking my messages. You are not in North Korea or Iran. Your employees have home computers and smart phones. However, to spare your staff from squinting at tiny screens, I will try to schedule stories about the Kings County District Attorney Office (KCDA) during evenings and weekends. Some breaking stories will go up during business hours. But all my posts about your office will be Tweeted with the hashtag #KCDA to facilitate following.
Joe, do you realize that by blocking sites, you are helping your opponents diagnose your vulnerabilities? Speaking of which, one source tells me that you have honored Scott H. Greenfield and blocked Simple Justice. I am guessing you are sensitive to most of the following posts (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). Once again, Joe, thanks for revealing that you feel vulnerable to charges of prosecutorial misconduct including improper convictions and going easy on cops. Perhaps you are especially sensitive to reminders of your disastrous attempt to prosecut ex-FBI agent, Lindley DeVecchio.
EPILOGUE: In the year since this post went up, Joe Hynes was defeated after 24 years as an incumbent and he now is being investigated for using office funds for his campaign. A grand jury is meeting in the Federal Court building but the investigation includes the new Brooklyn DA and the NYS Attorney General in addition to the US Department of Justice. The corridors outside the grand jury room are a virtual reunion of his old executive team.
The Kol Tzedek program run by Henna White (aka Henna Whitewash) was finally dissolved by the new DA, Kenneth Thompson.
Hynes has been hiding from the press and is done with preening. It is possible he will end up in a jail cell.
Yet, just a little over a year ago when it was a three-way political race most activists despaired of ever seeing him lose his corrupt grip on the office. Which goes to show, it pays to take the long view; just because something has gone on for a while does not mean it cannot be changed.