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In Patz Trial, Defense Will Present a Different Suspect

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Defense attorneys for Pedro Hernandez will ask an informant to testify against a convicted child molester who's long been seen as the lead suspect in the Etan Patz disappearance. 

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Lucinda Franks on Life, Love, and her Marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Morgenthau

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

She was 26 when she interviewed the 53-year-old  Manhattan District Attorney in 1973. She admired his high forehead and he couldn't stop thinking about her hippie poncho.

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Lucinda Franks on Life, Love and her Marriage to Robert Morgenthau

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

She was 26 when she interviewed the53-year-old  Manhattan District Attorney in 1973. She admired his high forehead and he couldn't stop thinking about her hippie poncho.

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WNYC News

Morgenthau Rips Council's NYPD Reform Bill

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Former District Attorney Robert Morgenthau ripped the City Council’s proposal to create an NYPD monitor – one of a series of proposals aimed at increasing oversight over the department.

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WNYC News

After 35 Years, Moving Day for Robert Morgenthau

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has been in office since 1975 -- and he’s literally been in the same offices for all those years.

As anyone who has moved after a very long time knows, it can be quite a task.

This week, the eighth floor at 1 Hogan Place was ...

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WNYC News

Manhattan D.A.'s Race Heats Up

Friday, August 07, 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau speaks at a press conference February 27, 2009, where he announced he would not seek re-election in the fall. (Getty)

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau speaks at a press conference February 27, 2009, where he announced he would not seek re-election in the fall. (Getty)

With this year's retirement of 90-year-old Robert Morgenthau, Manhattan voters will have to pick a new district attorney for the first time in 34 years.

The last time Manhattan voters had to pick a new district attorney was in the mid 1970's. The top song was Barbara Streisand's 'The Way We Were'. New York, teetering on bankruptcy, appealed to President Gerald Ford for a lifeline.

President Ford: 'I can assure you this president will never allow the doors of the United States Treasury to be flung open to every city with a fiscal hole in its pocket.'

In 1975, Morgenthau's first year on the job, there were 648 murders in Manhattan alone. Last year, the borough had only 62. There were 4400 robberies last year, 30,000 in 1975. Morgenthau became a kind of institution, a D.A.'s D.A. The TV show 'Law and Order' is modeled on his office. Morganthau was more than a politician -- he became a brand.

No wonder then, all three of the Democrats who want to succeed him make sure voters know they worked for him.

There are few empty seats at the DA debate at the CUNY Graduate School. On stage, the three candidates exchange pleasantries. The field consists of former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder, former prosecutor Cyrus Vance Jr, and former Handgun Control President Richard Aborn.Manhattan DA hopeful Cy Vance Jr wins the endorsement of Pamela Bowens. Bowens crossed paths with Vance back when he was a young Assistant District Attorney and decided that Bowens, who was addicted to cocaine, should be given a second chance through an alternative to conventional criminal prosecution.

Manhattan DA hopeful Cy Vance Jr wins the endorsement of Pamela Bowens. Bowens crossed paths with Vance back when he was a young Assistant District Attorney and decided that Bowens, who was addicted to cocaine, should be given a second chance through an alternative to conventional criminal prosecution.

Vance, son of the late secretary of state won the endorsement of Morgenthau early on. But at the debate, a New York 1 reporter was quick to ask him about his experience in private practice -- 3000 miles away.

Grace Rauh: 'You have spent much of your career, 16 years in Seattle, a city that one local columnist once described as where a weak latte constitutes a major crime.'

Vance quickly pointed out that he has the endorsement not only of Morgenthau, but of three former U.S. attorneys.

Vance: 'They know me and believe I have the best combination of qualities.'

But Vance also has to pivot away from Morgenthau so as to appear to be his own man.

Vance: 'Looking back at Bob's career I think he could have come earlier to his decisions on cases that ultimately were dismissed had he had a convictions integrity unit to evaluate cases like the Central Park jogger case.'

In 2005, Judge Snyder -- who served both Morgenthau and his predecessor Frank Hogan -- made the bold move of running against him. Backed by law enforcement unions and The New York times, she won 42 percent of the vote. She distinguished herself from Morgenthau. She came across as a tough on crime judge who, unlike Morgenthau, supported the death penalty.

Snyder: 'Now I am concerned about protecting the residents of Manhattan. I am concerned about the little guy, the seniors, the most vulnerable. I want to make sure our white collar plan first and foremost protects those people which means the smaller frauds, the internet scams, the credit card scams, the immigration scams, the identity theft.'

Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder wins the endorsement of Ruth Messenger.

Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder wins the endorsement of Ruth Messenger.

She is also now opposing the death penalty. In the forum, opponent Richard Aborn pushed her to explain.

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WNYC News

Illegal Dollars Flowing Through NYC Banks to Iran

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

morgenthau500Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau unsealed a sweeping 118-count indictment of a fugitive Chinese businessman, Li Fang Wei, who is illegally funneling money through New York City banks in order to sell materials to Iran that could be used for building nuclear weapons. Li Fang Wei has been banned from using the U.S. banking system since 2006, but Morgenthau says he created aliases and shell companies to deceive the banks into processing his transactions.


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