Thompson Vows to 'Transform' D.A.'s Office

, New York Law Journal

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"I'm excited and look forward to the very important work that awaits us," Kenneth Thompson told reporters the day after locking up the Democratic nomination for Brooklyn district attorney with a convincing 10-point win over Charles Hynes, who took office as Brooklyn's top prosecutor in 1990.

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    It will be interesting to see how well Thompson succeeds in his goals. He claims he'll change the culture of the DA's office, which he described during the campaign as corrupt, unethical and incompetent. In support of this argument, Thompson pointed to less than 50 cases out of the almost 250,000 cases the office processed during Hynes' 25 year tenure - less than a tenth of a percent. When anyone is wrongly convicted, it's a travesty of justice but let's give the devil his due- .02 percent of 250,000 cases is truly not an indication of systematic unethical behavior. A great number of good attorneys have worked in the DA's office over the years and have gone on to jobs in the judiciary, private practice and other gov't agencies. To tarnish them and the ones that remain on such a miniscule margin is wrong. It may be what you need to do to get elected, but Thompson should remember this election when he's the incumbent and is being challenged on his record. What goes around comes around.

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