Daily News guide to the Brooklyn District Attorney Race

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Daily News guide to the Brooklyn District Attorney Race

Is this the end of the line for longtime DA Charles Hynes? Kenneth Thompson emerges as a strong rival.



Longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes faces off against former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson in the Democratic primary.

The race for Brooklyn District Attorney pits incumbent Charles “Joe” Hynes, a 23-year prosecutor, against former federal prosecutor and current attorney Ken Thompson.

Hynes touts himself as a crime fighter and cites a large drop in crime in the borough during his time as DA. He’s been lauded for programs aimed at ridding the streets of guns and working to rehabilitate offenders.

But critics have charged Hynes with failing to go after child molesters in the important voting bloc of Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish community. He has also been criticized for overseeing a string of wrongful convictions, many of which are under review.

Thompson is best known for representing Nafissatou Diallo, the maid who says she was sexually assaulted by French displomat Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Thompson also lead the federal prosecution of former NYPD Officer Justin Volpe in the brutal beating of Abner Louima.

Hon. Charles J. Hynes, DA Kings County speaks at a Forum Club luncheon.

Charles Hynes

Brooklyn District Attorney


Brooklyn Democratic Party, state Sen. Eric Adams, Assemblymen Karim Camara, Nick Perry and Walter Mosley, outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz, former Mayor David Dinkins

The French IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn came to State SUmpreme Court with his wife for court date. Attorney Kenneth Thompson defends his client, the maid who was sexually assualted allegedly by Strauss-Kahn.

Ken Thompson



Working Families Party

Local 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Local 372, Reps. Nydia Velazquez, Jerry Nadler, Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clark, Assemblyman Dov Hikind

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