Wow, what a *shocker*.
Hat Tip to Founding Bloggers.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has declined to bring charges against ACORN, even after it was caught red handed on video giving advice on how to use profits from underage prostitution as a tax shelter.
Might have something to do with this: Hynes got an endorsment by ACORN/Working Families Party.
Office District Incumbent Borough Endorsement Mayor – (Mike Bloomberg Citywide Bill Thompson Comptroller – (open) Citywide John Liu Public Advocate – (open) Citywide Bill De Blasio District Attorney – (open) Manhattan Richard Aborn District Attorney – Charles Hynes Brooklyn Charles Hynes
A commenter on the site brought up this item of interest:
Adam (NY) on March 3, 2010 12:08 pm
How this is NOT a conflict of interest in New York (but would be in every other state except for Oregon) is because of electoral fusion, where smaller parties such as WFP, Green, and Conservative can endorse a candidate of one of the two major parties (Democrat or Republican), and that person does not have to consent to the endorsement.
……Correction to above: There are eight states where this would not be a conflict of interest: CT, DE, NY, OR, ID, SC, VT, and MS.
Which would indicate that at least 8 states don’t view a DA’s ties to an organization as a conflict of interest, even when the DA is tasked with the investigation of the organization.
But another pointed out:
Good Lt. on March 3, 2010 3:23 pm
Hynes APPLIED for the endorsement from the WFP. It says so on their site.
Since Hynes actively sought the political nod from ACORN/WFP, he had no business conducting an investigation or weighing in on a decision.
The conflict of interest is blatant, but Hynes didn’t have the ethics to recuse himself. Politics as usual.