Tag Archives: Brooklyn DA’s Office

“What cross-race charge? What are you talking about?”

“All the identifying witnesses were speaking from casual observation of men they had never seen before, men of foreign race, under circumstances of unusual confusion.” Felix Frankfurter, The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti (1923). We recently watched an oral argument … Continue reading

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Brooklyn DA prosecutes purse snatching as a hate crime

A recent press release from the Brooklyn DA’s Office announced that they’re charging a man with hate crimes for purse snatching and lifting a wallet from a handbag left in a shopping cart in T.J. Maxx Department Store. “We will work … Continue reading

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Ken Thompson, Brooklyn’s model DA

We barely know what’s going on in our own office, let alone over at Renaissance Plaza where the Brooklyn DA perches on the heavily guarded 19th floor. But thanks to “Down the Rabbit Hole” by the intrepid blogger ADA Fustian Orotund, … Continue reading

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Humor, Brooklyn DA style

When we were a law student, our professor of trial advocacy was Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes.  He promised everyone, “If you do well in my class, I can get you a job in a DA’s office. And if you don’t … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as Brady material: Part 2

Story so far: Back in April, ADA Jason Petri, a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, decided not to tell the defense that his star witness in a murder case was planning to change his story at trial. That … Continue reading

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