New York mayor adds voice to growing criticism of Charles Hynes, Orthodox rabbis who refuses special treatment
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted the Brooklyn prosecutor for his handling of cases of sexual abuse within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.
In a statement to The New York Times, Bloomberg spokesman said "strongly disagree" with the decision of the Attorney Charles Hynes, without taking into account the powerful rabbinic leaders accused of helping cover up cases of abuse.
systematic refusal of some ultra-Orthodox Jews to cooperate with secular judges was responsible for child molesters are protected by law, such as the Guardian the first time in March.
Despite criticism from increasingly victim advocates, Hynes continues to defend his actions, in particular his refusal to publicly challenge the suspects or rabbinic leaders inviting community members to inform them of abuse before going to the police.
Questions were also raised about the number of arrests for Hynes claimed responsibility, and the alleged intimidation of victims and family members who reported abuse to secular authorities.
Thursday Hynes - whose jurisdiction extends to most ultra-Orthodox community outside Israel - told the Guardian: "The Brooklyn district attorney active research [and] prosecution of all members of the Orthodox country. Located in Los Angeles or any other major center of Orthodox communities, no judgment. "
He then challenged he gave special treatment to criminals ultra-Orthodox not to name them, saying it was necessary to protect the victims of Brooklyn knit community.As a result, many victims are reluctant to file complaints, while those who do often fail to cooperate with prosecutors in the case where the case is brought before the court, the lawyers alleged victims. Speaking on the issue, Marc LaVorgna, spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg, told the New York Times. "The allegations of abuse must be reported to the police, who are trained to assess the accuracy and act accordingly"