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  1.  On May 25, 2001, a grand jury at New York State Supreme Court in
    Brooklyn indicted Chehebar on 11 counts, including two each of
    second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Although a
    conviction on these charges would have been enough to warrant several
    years behind bars, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes arranged a
    plea bargain with Chehebar that spared him a lengthy prison sentence. On
    Feb. 26, 2002 Chehebar pleaded guilty to both counts of criminally
    negligent homicide in exchange for which Hynes dropped the remaining
    nine charges and sought a six-month sentence as opposed to a six-year
    sentence. Chehebar ultimately served four months on Rikers’ Island, from
    March to July of 2002, followed by two years of house arrest. He was
    also sentenced to 1,200 hours of community service and prohibited from
    driving for five years.

  2.  Between 2001 and 2005 more than 30 members of Sephardic Bikur Holim,
    the Brooklyn synagogue where the Chehebar family worships, contributed a
    total of nearly $80,000 to the Hynes campaign, as shown by comparing
    Hynes’s campaign-finance disclosures to the Sephardic Bikur Holim web
    site. The Chehebar family owns the well-known Rainbow Apparel shops
    based in Brooklyn and founded the Accessory Network Group, which does
    approximately $160 million in business annually according to Brandweek,
    an advertising-industry magazine that profiled the company.

    The family of MartinStein, vice president of the Accessory Network
    Group, gave $6,100. Weeplay Kids, a children’s clothing store owned by
    Alan Maleh, a fellow Sephardic Bikur member, contributed $10,100. The
    Chera family, also Sephardic Bikur members, donated $11,000 to Hynes.
    Sampson has called these donations “blood money,” adding, “It tells
    people that if you have money, you don’t have to face justice.”

  3. I’m sure every DA has cases everyone can  complain about. From what I see, Hynes has done a great job in a tough borough, and has done it in a non-political, unbiased fashion. No, he’s not perfect. Neither is anyone here.

  4. In the 1980’s, I lost a case in civil court because a judge refused to allow crucial information into evidence. I filed a formal complaint against the judge to State Commission of Investigation.. In a few weeks I received a response that they saw no need to investigate. I relayed my story at that time to my political science professor from college who I accidentally ran into. He told me the commission received 300 to 400 complaints every week on judicial misconduct and they only investigate about five. The head of the commission was Joe Hynes. 


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