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Explosive Allegations Against Former DA Hynes

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes (Karly Domb Sadof/WNYC)

A New York City Department of Investigation inquiry implicates former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes in a number of ethical breaches -- including using seized drug money to fund his reelection campaign. New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford, who broke the story yesterday, discusses the report and the Hynes legacy.

Guests:

Stephanie Clifford

Comments [8]

Blame the voters not the guy who is smart enough to take advantage of us

Jun. 03 2014 07:00 PM
Eve from NYC

I'm not so sure about your characterization of Hynes as "squeaky clean." The many convictions being reexamined to see if they were frame-ups include cases that were prosecuted by some of Hynes' most senior and trusted Assistants. Det. Scarcella's antics were notorious among the defense bar, though almost impossible to withstand. Did Joe Hynes not know about any of this? It's positively Nixonian

Jun. 03 2014 12:10 PM
Myron Weiskopf from New Jersey

To jgarbuz from Queens: Infanticide is not legal anywhere in the United States.

Jun. 03 2014 11:48 AM
BK from Hoboken

This is why our police and prosecution offices should not be elected. Too many chances for corruption. Why are prosecutors and sheriffs elected? They should be appointed.

Jun. 03 2014 10:57 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Re: Hynes as "Mr. Clean": There have long been allegations that Hynes did not investigate suspicious fires in the poor communities of Williamsburg/Greenpoint when owned by some in the Hasidic community that may have been arsons because of his donor base there.

Jun. 03 2014 10:50 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Is there more to this? Is there any indication that ex-DA Hynes was also skimming money for his personal use?

Jun. 03 2014 10:50 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Wow, this is a long time coming... Kings County has consistently had the most corrupt office holder's for as long as anyone can remember. Need a favor for a "prominent citizen"? The door is always open. Confirmed by numerous ADA's who know better than to wreck their careers putting it out there. Hynes should rot in prison for a decade at least but I'm sure the punishment will be necessarily light because he know where the bodies are buried.

Jun. 03 2014 10:40 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

How can anybody be "shocked" about anything in this day and age? I'm shocked that anyone is still shocked by anything anymore, in an age when infanticide is legal, and when penises and vaginas are openly discussed by TV comedians, and so why would a DA stealing from confiscated drug money be shocking today? Big deal. He prosecuted them and then took their illicit drug money to pay himself with. Sounds reasonable to me.

Jun. 03 2014 10:39 AM

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