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Where Were the Prosecutors?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.17.2016 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

The close to 2,000 exonerations, and the thousands of other innocent defendants who may be in jails around the country, tell an unsettling story about some prosecutors.

Woman's Lawsuit Claims Cop Called Her 'Dyke,' Assaulted Her During False Arrest

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.15.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn woman who alleges a police officer called her a homophobic slur before assaulting and falsely arresting her is suing New York C...

Justice Still Denied: The Killing of Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr.

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 08.17.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

The toy rifle that little Naquan had that night, which was perfectly legal and could be bought at any toy store in 1994, had bright orange coloring and was not shown by Hynes. Recently, in a case eerily similar to the Heyward shooting, a judge recommended that charges be brought against the Cleveland police officer that shot and killed 12 year old Tamir Rice.

What Will the Brooklyn District Attorney Do to Achieve Justice for Akai Gurley?

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 02.08.2015 | Crime

As of January, Brooklyn has a new district attorney, Kenneth Thompson. After Michael Brown and now Eric Garner, how will Thompson handle the wrongful-death case of Akai Gurley? Like his predecessor, will he convene a grand jury? Or will he charge the police officer? Pass the case to federal prosecutors?

Exonerated Man Dies Days Before 124 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.23.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

William Lopez dreamt he would one day live the American Dream, despite the 24 years he spent in prison wrongly convicted of a murder he did not commit. His dream ended this weekend when he suddenly died from complications of an asthma attack.

REPORT: Ex-Brooklyn DA May Have Misused Public Funds

Reuters | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) - An investigation into former six-term Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes found his office spent more than $200,00...

Don't Let the Prosecutor Off the Hook

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

There is hardly ever a postmortem of a derailment in the criminal justice system, as there typically is when a train derails, or a plane crashes.

For Charles Hynes, A Troubled Last Term, And A Trail Of Lingering Questions

ProPublica | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, Dec. 30, 2013, 10:16 a.m.By the spring of 2009, Charles "Joe" Hynes was nearing the end of his fifth term of service a...

Brooklyn One Step Closer To Decriminalizing Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.25.2013 | New York

Ken Thompson, the Democratic nominee for Brooklyn district attorney, plans to weed out low-level marijuana arrests. This will be a huge change for the...

Michael McLaughlin

The Other NY Races You Need To Know About | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.11.2013 | New York

The race for New York City mayor looks more and more like a runaway with Democrat Bill de Blasio ahead of his GOP opponent by 44 points in a recent po...


| Posted 11.11.2013 | New York

By Julie Shapiro BROOKLYN — In a surprise rejection of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes' nearly 24 years on the job, challenger Kenneth T...

Asst. Principal Accused Of Raping Student

| Posted 09.05.2013 | New York

By Meredith Hoffman EAST WILLIAMSBURG — The assistant principal of a public high school raped a 17-year-old recent graduate in his office and his...

Stop Arresting New Yorkers for Carrying Condoms

Abe George | Posted 06.29.2013 | New York
Abe George

Targeting condoms is ineffective at deterring prostitution and threatens public health, and the practice also contributes to police discrimination against New York's LGBT community.

Who Polices Prosecutors Who Abuse Their Authority? Usually Nobody

ProPublica | Posted 04.03.2013 | New York

By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, and Sergio Hernandez, Special to ProPublica, April 3, 2013, 5:30 a.m. The murder case against Tony Bennett seemed prett...

Brooklyn DA Hynes Must Admit Role in Wrongful Conviction, Submit to Independent Review by State Attorney General

Kenneth_Thompson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Crime

A grave miscarriage of justice was only partially corrected recently with the long-overdue release of David Ranta from prison.

Incompetence Or Corruption: Ultra-Orthodox Sex Abuse And The Brooklyn District Attorney

Chaim Levin | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Chaim Levin

It is time that the Brooklyn D.A. take a real stand against victim and advocate intimidation and witness tampering. It appears that the exact opposite is occurring.

"A Scandal Grows in Brooklyn" -- the Problem When a D.A. Plays Politics

Abe George | Posted 11.28.2012 | New York
Abe George

As a former prosecutor, I have seen first-hand the critical importance of pursuing justice with no regard for special interests. That is because a district attorney should never play politics with people's lives. Charles Hynes clearly thinks differently.

NYPD Recovers Assault Rifle At Gun Buyback

Posted 09.20.2012 | New York

85 weapons were recovered at an NYPD gun buyback program organized over the weekend at at the Evergeen Baptist Church in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The da...

Brooklyn Is Behind the Times in Fighting Identity Theft and Cybercrime

Abe George | Posted 10.27.2012 | New York
Abe George

We need to be concerned that without a dedicated identity theft unit, the Brooklyn DA is failing to arm his prosecutors with the most effective and advanced tools to take on the most widespread crimes of a modern age.

Racism And The Public's Trust: One More Stain On The Brooklyn DA's Office

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 09.17.2012 | New York

Every so often a racially offensive image comes across my computer screen that stops me cold. These images, so powerful and telling, that they assaul...

Jabbar Collins: The Sins of Joe Hynes?

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

There is nothing more harmful to society than an unprincipled district attorney. Unfortunately, that description seems to fit Brooklyn's longtime D.A. Charles J. Hynes.

Attorneys From City's Biggest Frims Head To Brooklyn DA

Brooklyn Eagle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

JAY STREET - Attorneys from some of the city's biggest firms were welcomed by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes at a small breakfast reception ...

Charles Hynes, Brooklyn DA, To Lead ACORN Investigation

Newsday | James T. Madore | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

State officials are letting Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes take the lead on investigating ACORN, though state money going to the group has b...