Ben Brafman, a prominent defense lawyer who represented DiPietro and describes himself as a friend of her father, called the Voice to say that DiPietro was a minor witness who cooperated fully.

"A story like this could damage her career irreparably, but there are people who don't care about that," he says. "Anybody who thinks she got the job because of the Fisher case is crazy. Two years later, her father made a contribution to Hynes. One thing has nothing to do with the other."

Brafman has been a staunch Hynes defender, most recently in a letter to the website ProPublica.

Brafman told the Voice that he was able to get articles about DiPietro's hiring "killed" at the New York Post and the New York Daily News in recent weeks. "I went all the way up the chain at the Post and the News, and they ultimately concluded that this is a bad story," he says.

On Monday, after learning that the Voice had called the Post and Daily News for comment, Brafman called again. "This is a bad story based on inaccuracies and lies," he said to a reporter. "That's why they didn't run it." He also insisted that he never told the Voice he had spoken to the Post.

When reached for comment, a Daily News spokesman said that "the story is still in the works." A spokesperson for the Post had not responded to the Voice's questions by press time.

grayman@villagevoice.com

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ajweberman
ajweberman

Graham Rayman has a hard arm for the police, the same police you want to protect gays from being beaten by brainwashed sexually insecure gay bashers.  

Northwoods
Northwoods

Charles Hynes has recused himself from hundreds of cases throughout his term at even the hint of a conflict of interest! And yet he remains on this (John Giuca's) case, receives an endorsement from one of the (false) witness's mothers and directly benefits from doing so!

Let's get this guy OUT of office this year!

Northwoods
Northwoods

Charles Hynes has recused himself from hundreds of cases throughout his term at even the hint of a conflict of interest! And yet he remains on this (John Giuca's) case, receives an endorsement from one of the (false) witness's mothers and directly benefits from doing so!

Let's get this guy OUT of office this year!

mikeycolu
mikeycolu

Ghetto Mafia is that a joke! Prosecutors dirty a defendant up by reporting speculation as facts. This helps them poison the minds of potential jurors.

Angel DiPietro had connections and Al Cleary had connections. What did the accused have? Nothing but the public lynching  because the prosecutors said they were a gang.

andrebonnot
andrebonnot

Bklynsfinest- Do you mean the Wilson Pakula? What is that worth these days?

BrooklynKnows
BrooklynKnows

@andrebonnot It was worth 60,000 Brooklyn Republican votes in the last election.  Possible life or death to Hynes' political career if he loses the Democratic primary race this year, a distinct possibility with the seemingly endless disclosure of his bad acts, and is forced to run as a Republican candidate.

bixsco
bixsco

@andrebonnot apparently it's worth a few people's lives, huh?


down4sk8n
down4sk8n

The juror was tainted- Hynes benefited from indicting John instead of Albert Cleary and Angel got a good job fresh out of law school- aren't jobs hard to come by now-a days? If my daddy gives Hynes 3,000 dollars can I get a job there?

bixsco
bixsco

@down4sk8nIt looks like she wasn't even out of law school yet- she didn't start the job until TWO YEARS after she was offered!! He must have offered it to her in her first year of law school. Sketchy. 

Bklynsfinest
Bklynsfinest

Al Cleary's (where the body was found) mother was a Republican Executive Vice Chair member and that very same year his mother Susan gave a critical endorsement to Charles Hynes.

 
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