The fallout from State Senator John Sampson's alleged corruption scheme is spilling over into the race for Brooklyn District Attorney.
Speaking to radio host Zev Brenner, Hynes said he asked the court to impose the maximum sentence possible because that is what the victim said she wanted.
"But we said that we that we understood that it would probably be reduced by the appellate division, to 50 years," Hynes told the radio host. "But we were following her desire that it be a maximum sentence. But it will be reduced to 50 years."
Charles Hynes, who is seeking his seventh term as Brooklyn District Attorney, has $373,165 on hand in his campaign account after raising only $27,275 in the last six months.
Earlier this year, Brooklyn assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries toppled the longtime incumbent Ed Towns, and won the Democratic nomination in what's expected to be an easy coast to Congress in early November.
Kenneth Thompson, the defense attorney who represented the hotel housekeeper who accused Dominique-Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault last year, is considering a primary challenge to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes in 2013.
Thompson has represented a number of high-profile clients since he served as a prosecutor in New York's Eastern District in the mid-1990s, when he first made a name for himself by delivering the opening statements in the Abner Louima case.
Here's one Alternative to Incarceration program Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes told me had support the cops and courts, but not the mayor's office. When a first-time offender is arrested with a small amount of marijuana, a judge usually issues an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismals (ACDs), where the incident is wiped off an offenders record if they don't get in trouble again.
Hynes' plan would allow cops in police stations to issue the ACDs, rather than a have the cop and suspect show up in court for the procedure. "The cops are on board because it would save on overtime. The courts are on board, because it's efficient. It's ready as a pilot project," Hynes told me, "but it's in the black hole, called the Criminal Justice Coordinators office and it may never emerge."
"To me, it's a shame," said Hynes.
A former Brooklyn assistant district attorney who unsuccessfully challenged longtime incumbent D.A. Charles Hynes in 2005 said Hynes made a "pact with the devil" by agreeing not publicize the names of ultra-Orthodox child-sex offenders.
Brooklyn D.A. Charles (Joe) Hynes doesn't actually dispute the main point of the 2,580-word story in The New York Times, that his office treats sex abuse cases from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Borough Park and Wiliamsburg differently than ones in the rest of the borough.(1)
Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes has a special way of handling sexual assault in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods
The Times has a lengthy piece about Brooklyn District Charles Hynes prosecution of sex offenders in the ultra Orthodox Jewish community, suggesting he doesn't prosecute crimes there similar to the borough.
The case of David Zimmer is particular tragic. He plead guilty to one charge after he was arrested for groping a 9-year-old and telling cops "She liked it."
Zimmer wound up pleading guilty to "one count of sexual abuse in the first degree and received five years probation."
The lawyer representing Zimmer, is married to "Hyne's longtime liaison to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community.
But more starting is the statement from Hyne's office defending their practice of not publicizing the identities of the people accused or convicted, if they're are from the ultar-Orthodox Jewish community.
The office said that because it's a "very tight-knit and insular" community, and publicizing those identities would create "significant danger" in getting co-operation, and ultimately would make getting prosecutions "extremely difficult, if not impossible."