NY - In reversal, Brooklyn DA pursues case vs. whistleblower
For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
We are appalled that Charles Hynes and Michael Vecchione of the Brooklyn DA’s office are ignoring the recommendations of experienced prosecutors and inexplicably deciding to pursue a case against a brave whistleblower, Sam Kellner.
We believe Kellner is a hero, not a criminal. And we believe that Hynes and Vecchione are undermining public respect and confidence in the criminal justice system by this mean-spirited move.
Hynes and Vecchione are making it harder for others who see, suspect or suffer child sex crimes to speak up and prevent abuse.
Hynes has lost his post. There’s absolutely no reason for him to interfere in this case. He should leave it to his successor to decide what, if anything, to do about the Kellner case.
And Kellner should hold his head up high, knowing that in a struggle between the powerful and the powerless, he made the right choice by helping the powerless.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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