Jewish Voice says: "This singling out of the bad seeds of only the Orthodox Jewish community seems to contradict promises made to Assemblyman Dov Hikind... While Hynes was in office, these names and cases were kept private as a courtesy to the Orthodox Jewish community, and now that he is gone it’s open season...."
The Brooklyn Independent Republican Fountainhead takes this opportunity to ask: When will a policy of openness be applied to the HANDLING of sex-related cases involving the R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn ?
Is the honeymoon over between Brooklyn's new DA and some of those who supported him in the Orthodox Jewish Community ? According to the Jewish Voice, "After years of many messy cases staying neatly tucked away out of the public spot light during Charles Hynes’ stint as Brooklyn District Attorney, his predecessor now DA Kenneth Thompson has flung it all on stage. *** This singling out of the bad seeds of only the Orthodox Jewish community seems to contradict promises made to Assemblyman Dov Hikind, whom [sic] had so graciously endorsed Thomson during his candidacy, under the impression that the new DA would treat everyone equal. *** At the request of the New York Post, Thompson’s staff released the names of 20 defendants in cases in which suspects and/or victims are Orthodox Jews. While Hynes was in office, these names and cases were kept private as a courtesy to the Orthodox Jewish community..." (See "Brooklyn DA Exposes Orthodox Sex-Offender Cases" by Charles Bernstein, 8/13/14, The Jewish Voice [http://jewishvoiceny.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8249:brooklyn-da-exposes-orthodox-sex-offender-cases&catid=112:new-york&Itemid=295]).
Although this might be an early indicator that the Thompson-run DA's Office is not properly sensistive and attuned to some of the impulses and traditions in the Orthodox Jewish Community, the public handling of sex offense cases, which criminal prosecution of such crimes clearly is, of necessity has to be >>> PUBLIC.
Whether sensible accommodations by the new prosecuting team can be achieved so as to entertain certain community notions of of solidarity in the face of a perceived scandal, together with the victims' notions of embarrassment, "shame" and their rights to privacy remains an open question.
At this particular moment I have to wonder whether and/or when the same level of openness will be applied to similar cases involving the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn --- and not limited to those where prosecutions have been completed or even undertaken. As a start, DA Thompson should make public any agreements between the DA's Office and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn that might have existed concerning the HANDLING of sex-related cases during the regime of DA Hynes; and whether those agreements remain in full force and effect now that Mr. Thompson has become the DA.