Hynes voted out

Charles Hynes, the 77 year-old Brooklyn District Attorney, was soundly defeated in the Democratic by Ken Thompson, an African American. No doubt the electorate woke up and saw the numerous wrongful convictions, especially of African Americans, that have occurred during Hynes’s tenure. The people were not fooled despite the ridiculous attempt to turn the DA’s office into an actual TV reality show, which was basically an attempt to burnish the record of Hynes and the rest of the operatives in this office. Whether the new DA will stand up for the wrongly convicted remains to be seen. Just because he is an African American is no guarantee; Obama has been a huge disappointment on justice issues.

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About ken

I am a former Toronto teacher and writer now living in Vancouver. I work with Dr. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, with whom I published Eye of the Hurricane: My path from Darkness to Freedom (Chicago review Press, 2011), as Director of Media Relations and as an advocate for wrongly convicted prisoners. Other publication credits include Songs of Aging Children (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992) a book of short stories about troubled youth, and Taking Steam, a play co-authored with the late Brian Shein, staged at New York's Jewish Repertory Theatre and Toronto in 1983. Life Without (Quattro Books, 2012) is a novella about a New York cab driver wrongly convicted of killing his pregnant wife. Gary Geddes (Lt. Governor's Award for Literary Excellence) described it as "one of the most brilliant and harrowing short novels I've read since I went on a John Hawkes binge."

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