|Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes|
“Somehow,” Lipner added, “media attention, protests and calls for a federal investigation created this incredibly unlikely ‘lucky’ break.”
Indeed, a 1994 editorial in the Times — written when Hynes had been in office for only five years — asserted that “The delicate balance between being a politician and being a prosecutor has been most evident in District Attorney Charles J. Hynes’ dealings with Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish population” and took the DA to task on a number of counts.
Specifically, the paper noted that Hynes’ then adviser on Jewish affairs, deputy district attorney Charles Posner, was in violation of ethical guidelines barring any ADA from serving as an official of a political committee, club or organization; in addition to his position as an ADA, Posner also served as the president of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush.
In addition to these cases, there is also the extradition of Avrohom Mondrowitz, which Hynes failed to pursue until 2007, despite an opinion from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv that extradition could have been possible in 1988. Hynes claimed that the ultimately unsuccessful 2007 attempt was precipitated by a change in the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Israel that went into effect in January of that year. However, Mondrowitz’s arrest in Israel came 10 months later, after several men who grew up in the Orthodox community but were not part of the original case went public in the media alleging Mondrowitz had molested them as children, too.
But the case from the past that is perhaps most relevant to the recent witness intimidation arrests is that of Rabbi Bernard Freilich.