Prosecutors say they’ll move to drop all charges against a Brooklyn man in a controversial extortion case involving a Hasidic Jewish religious leader.
Kenneth Thompson was elected district attorney in Brooklyn Tuesday night, defeating longtime incumbent Charles “Joe” Hynes, who refused to accept defeat after a bruising Democratic primary.
The Democratic nominee for Brooklyn district attorney wants to decriminalize marijuana. But others argue this strategy will overburden the criminal justice system.
He’s not done yet. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes lost the Democratic primary and said that he would not seek re-election. Now he says he’s on the ballot and in it to win it,
Charles Hynes, who’s served as Brooklyn’s top prosecutor for 24 years, lost in the Democratic primary to Kenneth Thompson. He had said he would not actively campaign after losing.
Hynes lost to Kenneth Thompson, a former federal prosecutor, 55 percent to 45 percent in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.
Ken Thompson said he wants to crack down on identity theft with a cyber unit, and believes there is a role the office can play in the implementation of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program.
Charles Hynes has been Kings County District Attorney for 24 years. No sitting DA had been voted out of office in New York City since 1955.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Thompson was leading with 55 percent of the vote.
Bronx state Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon’s ruling kept alive the civil case that emerged from a May 2011 hotel-room encounter that also spurred now-dismissed criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
A March 15 hearing has scheduled for a lawsuit filed by the woman who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her in a Manhattan hotel.
Banon claims Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her while she was interviewing him in 2002.
Attorneys Kenneth Thompson and Douglas Wigdor said people deserve to hear Strauss-Kahn “answer pointed questions about his conduct.” They note Guinean maid Nafissatou Diallo answered questions in July interviews and gave a detailed account of the May 14 encounter.
Strauss-Kahn, his wife and daughter left the rented house Saturday afternoon, carrying luggage. He didn’t say where he was going, but French media have reported he was expected to board a plane to Paris on Saturday.
The lawyer for the woman who accused former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault reportedly said Saturday that he believes prosecutors plan to dismiss some or all of the charges.