For a while now, staff of the Brooklyn District Attorney, Charles (Joe) Hynes have been leaking information to me because they are disgusted with the unethical conduct in the Brooklyn DA’s office.
The pace of leaks is accelerating because employees are terrified that Hynes might get reelected. Right now they are rooting for Kenneth Thompson to win the election even though he is an unknown. Like employees in any organization contemplating a new boss, they are not sure how a DA Thompson would function and who he would favor, demote, or even dismiss. Everyone is sure he will fire Michael Vecchione and Henna White. Nevertheless, more and more of them are now willing to gamble on the “devil they don’t know.”
Hynes is trying to convince them he will be reelected and will ride out his scandals. Someone is spreading the word that the canvassing by his campaign organization confirms that he will win by a generous margin. That is nonsense. As Nate Silver demonstrated in the Obama-Romney contest, quality polling trumps internal canvassing data. If Hynes is politically competent he has commissioned a high quality voter poll. If the results are favorable he would have released them to demoralize his opposition and stanch the defection of key supporters.
Meanwhile, at home, Hynes is waging war on his loyal employees who insist on being ethical. For example, ADA Barbara Burke used to work on the executive floor (19) responding to Joel Rudin’s discovery requests in the Jabbar Collins lawsuit. She got the same treatment as Mark Posner; she was abruptly transferred to ECAB, the Siberia of the DA’s office for ADAs. Continue reading →
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