'Brady' Comments Are Inaccurate and Below the Belt

, New York Law Journal


Robert T. Johnson, Bronx County District Attorney, writes: Marvin Schechter chairs a section of the New York State Bar Association composed of both defense attorneys and prosecutors. Yet, to my knowledge, he made no effort to get both sides of the story before commenting about the case of People v. Waters

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  • Pete F.

    This is a joke, correct? I was a NYC detective that was part of the Howard Beach Incident. One day while sitting in my office I received a phone call from a law enforcement agency in Virginia. I was advised that Howard Beach 'vicim' Timothy Grimes was arrested for a violent felony. I immediately called a ranking member of Hyne's office and informed him of that. He said he would get back to me. And he did. He told me to 'forget about it.'

    There have been numerous stories published over the years citing instances of reversals because of misconduct of the Brooklyn DA.

    In the Howard Beach case we used a suspect to assist us in identifying the other suspects. The detective offered the kid consideration for his cooperation. It was a sincer gesture for a suspect we believed had a minimal role in this matter. He was dim-witted and cooperated to where we were able to make a case. The detective informed Mr.Hynes of the young man's cooperation. Mr.Hynes responded, " I didn't promise him anything." He sent the kid to jail for 10 years.

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