Charles Hynes Out After 24 Years As Brooklyn D.A.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16:  Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes attends the 6th annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on January 16, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Charles Hynes. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/2012 Getty Images

Brooklyn is trading its scandal-plagued district attorney for a man who rose to fame during another notorious case. Kenneth Thompson beat Charles Hynes, who has held the office since 1990, with a 55 percent to 45 percent lead. The New York Times notes that it's rare for a district attorney to be unseated in this city, but there have been a wide range of negative reports on Hynes and his staff recently, ranging from accusations that he was soft on child sex abusers in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to his recent review of more than 50 murder cases due to allegedly shoddy and unethical work by a retired homicide detective. Apparently voters were less troubled by Hynes's claim that Thompson mishandled the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual-assault case, in which he represented housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo.