Surprise Protest at Charles Hynes Press Conference

Demonstrators blast DA for controversial convictions and Orthodox sex scandals

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Call them surprise witnesses.

Some two dozen demonstrators rocked the rally held by District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes on Tuesday to announce his political resurrection on the Republican ticket.

Representatives from child advocacy group Voice of Justice pulled off a guerilla protest at Hynes’s press conference on Oct. 8, suddenly unfurling signs and chanting slogans the moment the incumbent stepped up to the microphone.

The demonstrators held up signs reading “Hynes Lies Again,” and chanted “Goodbye Joe” and “Hynes Must Go” as the borough’s top prosecutor tried to speak. Hynes supporters at the event struck back by shouting “Let’s go Joe” and waving Hynes campaign posters. Several skirmishes broke out between the two camps as opponents and supporters pushed each other and ripped signs out of one another’s hands. When the shouting died down, Hynes attacked the protestors for what he claimed was an attempt to blockade democracy and prevent a multi-party election.

“I don’t mind dissenters, you can yell all you want. I just ask you listen to what I have to say,” said the veteran district attorney, who lost the Democratic nomination on Sept. 10, but decided to continue campaigning for reelection on the Republican and Conservative party lines.

But demonstrators argued that Brooklyn had already rendered its verdict on Hynes, when Democratic voters backed challenger Ken Thompson by a double-digit margin on primary night. Voice of Justice leaders warned that a continued Hynes administration would be disastrous for Orthodox Jewish youth, accusing the lawman of overlooking rampant child molestation in that community, at the behest of powerful rabbis in exchange for votes.

“Our position is whether you’re a black child, a white child, a Jewish child, you have a right to be protected,” said Voice of Justice president Mark Appel.

Appel himself resides in Florida, though his group is based in Midwood.

Several protesters unaffiliated with Voice of Justice wore shirts reading “Free John Giuca,” for the Flatbush youth Hynes’s office successfully but controversially prosecuted in 2005 for the murder of New Jersey man Mark Fisher.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him
Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Hynes will probably win. I was disappointed when I read about the ADA's that had been fired for cause were now going to be a big part of Thompson's office if he won.
Oct. 9, 2013, 9:58 am
Barb from Brooklyn says:
Joey, where can I read about the ADAs?
Oct. 9, 2013, 10:25 am
Dee Lee from sunset park says:
Some two dozen demonstrators rocked the rally

That is BS there were 6. There were nothing but annoying and disrespective.
Oct. 9, 2013, 10:32 am
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:
Hynes is certainly not perfect, but he has a solid record of success during his time as DA. And I always say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Hynes will certainly get my vote (I'm working on getting the rest of my family to vote for him over Thompson in the coming weeks) and, as others have pointed out, stands a decent shot to win.

Hynes may have lost the Democratic primary, but voters, particularly the older, more reliable voters, know his name and will gladly pull the lever for him. This is exactly why the Thompson Campaign is responding in such a nasty, unbecoming way.

What sealed the deal for me is Thompson's downright offensive indignation at the fact that Hynes was running on the GOP/Conservative lines. Thompson's attitude at Hynes' decision left a bad taste in my mouth, and showed me that he would solely rather the Democratic Primary to determine who is elected to the Borough's top position. That is not very democratic (no pun intended). That is not conducive to giving the voters (all voters, not just people who voted in the Democratic primary) a choice.
Oct. 9, 2013, 5:51 pm
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:

Here is something on the ADA hires/fires:
Oct. 9, 2013, 6:03 pm
Phatman from Bay4idge says:
Ken Thompson all day .Out with the OLD in with the NEW ..C.H. is to caught up in Orthodox Jewish Molestation cases , and has been turning a blind eye to the Crimes commited by the Hissidic community for years ..** ((what other people in NYC have there own police force....why because they donate the most money? ***(screw that) ... Time has shown his true colors ..and the people of bklyn know just how fashtumped (*yiddish) the Criminal court system is !!!

Time for a fresh set of eyes for a rapidly changing socity !!!
Oct. 10, 2013, 1:20 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Dee Lee from sunset park says:
Some two dozen demonstrators rocked the rally

That is BS there were 6. There were nothing but annoying and disrespective.

"Disrespective"? Congrats, you coined a new word,

And yeah, it's annoying when people protest the fact that our DA coddled pedophiles and acted only when the coddling became infamous. Damned noisemakers!
Oct. 13, 2013, 5:20 pm

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