One former Brooklyn D.A., Charles Hynes, was accused of refusing to prosecute ultra-Orthodox Jews alleged to have committed child abuse and of shielding the names of the few who were convicted. According to a 2012 New York Times article, Hynes was close to a prominent rabbi, Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, who has argued that adherent Jews should not report abuse until a rabbi has determined their accusations to be credible. With the staunch backing of the Orthodox community, Hynes won six elections for D.A.
Ben Hirsch told me that he complained about the Schnitzler sentencing to the then chief assistant district attorney, Eric Gonzalez, and was largely ignored. When I contacted Gonzalez, who is now the Brooklyn D.A., his press representative emailed me to say that my questions concerning Hirsch’s claims “bordered on anti-Semitism.”