By 7/06 12:10pm
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who has been the subject of continued criticism over his handling of sex abuse cases in the Orthodox Jewish community, looks like he now has a Democratic primary on his hands. The New York Law Journal reports that Abe George, an eight-year veteran of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, plans to make Mr. Hynes’ reelection path more difficult in 2013:
“George said he had been considering elective office for ‘a long time,’ and that running for district attorney makes sense given his own experience. He said that Hynes’ conduct has been ‘about politics and not justice,’ citing the recent flurry of criticism surrounding the district attorney’s investigation of sexual abuse in Orthodox Jewish communities. George also said the office under Hynes has focused too much on non-violent crimes, especially those related to marijuana.”
Mr. George indeed seems to be focusing his campaign on Mr. Hynes’ handling of those sex abuse cases. On his Facebook and Twitter accounts, he has been steadily posting article after article bashing Mr. Hynes on the issue.
“Another example of how the Brooklyn D.A.’s policy of non-disclosure of the name of pedophiles in the Orthodox community serves only to protect the defendant, not the children or public at large,” he wrote on one link.
However, defeating an established incumbent is never an easy task. Although Mr. Hynes narrowly beat back a challenge from State Senator John Sampson in 2005, he didn’t even have an opponent in 2009.
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From Abe George’s Webpage
Protecting Our Children
In most press cases, the current Brooklyn District Attorney discloses the names of defendants his office is prosecuting. However, he has had a long-standing policy of not disclosing the names of accused pedophiles from the ultra-Orthodox community, claiming that this policy protects victims from intimidation. Mr. Hynes has stated that the intimidation of witnesses in the ultra-Orthodox community is worse than in the world of organized crime. It was only after recent media pressure that Mr. Hynes revised his policy; the names of the accused in these cases will now be disclosed, but only if the victim consents. I wholeheartedly disagree with this policy, and question whether it is truly motivated by protecting victims, or rather aimed at maintaining the political support of certain members of this constituency.
The revised policy of disclosing a defendant’s name only if the victim consents is inconsistent with Mr. Hynes’ rationale for non-disclosure. If the ultra-Orthodox community is as dangerous as Mr. Hynes claims, then the revised policy will result in exposing those victims who have consented to disclosure to increased victimization and intimidation. The key to stopping witness intimidation is to prosecute those who intimidate witnesses.
Mr. Hynes' policy does not protect our children. Publishing the names of pedophiles, which are already disclosed in public court documents once legal proceedings have commenced, serves as a deterrent to anyone thinking of committing these atrocious attacks on the most vulnerable segment of our population, our children. The pedophiles in this community do not deserve special protection; our children do.
As the next Brooklyn District Attorney, I will fight to protect our children, regardless of the political consequences of my actions.
Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 7/08/2012
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