Incoming Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has asked outgoing District Attorney Charles J. Hynes to seek the adjournment of the case against accused haredi pedophile Rabbi Baruch Lebovits until Thompson takes office in January.
Rabbi Baruch Lebovits
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Thompson Asks Hynes To Freeze Case Against Accused Haredi Pedophile Rabbi Baruch Lebovits
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Incoming Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has asked outgoing District Attorney Charles J. Hynes to seek the adjournment of the case against accused haredi pedophile Rabbi Baruch Lebovits until Thompson takes office in January, Hella Winston exclusively reports in the Jewish Week.
The written request was reportedly delivered to Hynes earlier today. Copies were also delivered to the trial judge and Lebovits’ attorneys.
“…Based upon the very serious allegations in the case, I request that no disposition be offered to the Defendant, no guilty plea be allowed at the upcoming court conference on November 19, 2013, and that no procedural or substantive steps be taken in the case until I take office. I make this request because it is important that I have a full opportunity to review the Lebovits matter and participate in the decision to take the case to trial or dispose of it by way of a guilty plea. It is also my understanding that the Defendant has been released on bail and therefore would not suffer any substantive prejudice by this brief delay.
"Additionally, I would like to make arrangements to receive a copy of the entire case file and have an opportunity to speak with the assistants who are handling this matter as soon as possible…" Thompson wrote.
Hynes is widely believed to have agreed to offer Lebovits a very light sentence that would see Lebovits serve little or no prison time – even though his original conviction, set aside on a technicality that did not directly impact the evidence against him, found the the alleged serial pedophile serving a 10 2/3- to 32-year prison sentence.
Thompson's letter. Please click to enlarge: