Streams

After 23 years, Brooklyn Gets a New District Attorney

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kenneth Thompson Kenneth Thompson (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

For the first time in more than two decades, Brooklyn will have a new district attorney. Former federal prosecutor Kenneth Thompson defeated Charles Hynes for the Democratic nomination — and there's no major-party challenger in the general election.

Murray Weiss, criminal justice editor for DNAinfo, said Hynes may have lost the election in part due to criticism over his handling of sexual abuse cases in the Orthodox Jewish community. Thompson's win is significant for Brooklyn, he said.

"Mr. Thompson is an African American, so you'll have a face and a leader who reflects a large portion of the population of Brooklyn," Weiss said. "Two, you're going to have a very interesting challenge for Mr. Thompson in that he has to be somebody who represents all of Brooklyn, which is what he said he will be in his acceptance speech." 

To hear Host Amy Eddings' full conversation with Murry Weiss, click on the audio above.

Guests:

Murray Weiss

Hosted by:

Amy Eddings

Tags:

More in:

The Morning Brief

Enter your email address and we’ll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.

Comments [4]

Oops! Wrong page! Sorry.

Sep. 12 2013 09:10 PM

Ellen (1st post, Sep. 12 2013 10:34 AM):

Some fairly serious charges there, esp. the last one, that "Thompson went against Bloomberg on purpose so that Bloomberg would win."

Any evidence to back them up?
___
NinaB, 11:05 AM: Reasonable sounding arguments.
___
IK from Bklyn, 11:05; jerry, 11:14: Valid questions.
___
Billy Pilgrim, 12:45 PM: While I didn't listen to enough of the coverage to have heard for myself any of what you allege, I find your post entirely credible. I suggest that if you haven't already, that you contact WNYC about the matter using the form at http://www.wnyc.org/contact/ or by phone.

Sep. 12 2013 09:10 PM
GOP

I thought Hynes was on the Republican ticket for the election?

Sep. 12 2013 07:29 PM
Meryl from Brooklyn

Weiss said. "Two, you're going to have a very interesting challenge for Mr. Thompson in that he has to be somebody who represents all of Brooklyn, which is what he said he will be in his acceptance speech."

WHAT? Of course, he will represent ALL of Brooklyn, UNLIKE Joe Hynes who didn't seem to give a damn about the MAJORITY population in Brooklyn! Can't WNYC ever get a different perspective? This is getting a little ridiculous now.

Sep. 12 2013 06:30 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by