"Hasidic parents of young children are reeling. They finally had a major Hasidic group fully supporting the prosecution of one of its own. They had two witnesses. The evidence was solid and included videotapes. Yet, Menachem Deutsch got off with 6 months for three felonies and six misdemeanors. As one Hasid told me last night, 'If we can’t win Deutsch it is time to give up.'”
"Yerachmiel Lopin" reports:
… Hasidic parents of young children are reeling. They finally had a major Hasidic group fully supporting the prosecution of one of its own. They had two witnesses. The evidence was solid and included videotapes. Yet, Menachem Deutsch got off with 6 months for three felonies and six misdemeanors. As one Hasid told me last night, “If we can’t win Deutsch it is time to give up.” I don’t agree, but I can’t fault his sentiment.
I do fault a District Attorney who only meets with victims when they have agreed to sweetheart plea deals for defendants such as Meir Dascalowitz and Menachem Deutsch. Hynes did meet with Weberman’s victim, but only after sentencing. I suppose we should be grateful that he didn’t meet her beforehand to give his blessing to a lousy plea bargain. But then of course, Arthur Aidala wasn’t representing Weberman.…
The victims in this case allegedly didn't want to testify – except that they did want to testify and only "changed their minds" very late in the process after receiving a talking to by Hynes' prosecutors, who apparently encouraged them to agree to a plea deal so they would not have to testify.
The original plea deal was supposed to be for 3 years in prison and 10 years probation, but Deutsch and Aidala – the DA's former deputy campaign chairman and friend – refused it.
Hynes and his corrupt aides then offered six months. Deutsch took it.
Objective people might smell a strong whiff of corruption in that process. An encouragement to the victims to take a plea deal that – lo and behold, wink, wink, nudge, nudge – Aidala will refuse.
Prosecutors – already equipped with the victims' agreement to a plea deal – then offer appallingly weak deal that sees the molester serve, at most, six months in prison.
The victims are told it's that or nothing, and are told that in the end, it's still a good outcome because the molester will be "in the system" and can be watched.
And the victims – manipulated, tricked or simply scared – give in. The deal is done.
Bribery, be it paid in cash or in kind or in campaign 'contributions' or in bloc votes has two guilty parties, not one – the person who accepts the bribe and the person who offered it.
The corrupting factor of bribery is so serious that even small bribes are punished severely – society cannot function when its institutions are corrupt.
And that is the criminal justice system and divorce court system in Brooklyn – corrupted by bloc voting and by apparent bribery and by men like Charles Hynes.
If you are are married to a well-connected haredi man and live in Brooklyn, and if you want a divorce, unless you have access to lots of money and your own good connections, your life can (and most likely, will) be made a living hell – not for months, but for years.
If you are a haredi child molested by a member of your community, you have little chance to see justice done, and when your family and other victims are threatened by haredi community thugs, no justice will be done.
If the DA needs a quick conviction to shore up his poll numbers, he's got friendly cops and a corrupt ADA or two (or three, or four, or…) to make that happen. Never mind that the man they convict is innocent and that the evidence against him has been fabricated.
This is Brooklyn, America's very own banana republic. On a good day, it is the Soviet Union. On a bad day, Mozambique.
Visit it, live there, at your own peril.
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