The New York Daily News reports that Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has been ordered to give a sworn deposition in the civil suit being brought against his office by wrongfully convicted Jabbar Collins. Brooklyn Federal Court Magistrate Judge Robert Levy today ordered Hynes to submit to the deposition along with the Assistant District Attorney on the case, Michael Vecchione, stating: “I think it is inevitable that his deposition is going to have to be taken.”
The Wall Street Journal notes that Collins’ attorney, Joel Rudin, recently submitted a list of 50 Brooklyn cases from the last several decades in which judges found prosecutorial misconduct: “He has asked the district attorney’s office to provide records showing if those prosecutors were disciplined.”
Jabbar Collins was found guilty in 1995 of shooting his landlord, Rabbi Abraham Pollack, and spent 16 years in prison until his release in 2010. A federal judge found evidence that the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office had relied on false testimony and coerced witnesses to win a conviction against Collins. The Open File reported earlier this year that Judge Block ruled that the civil lawsuit Collins launched against District Attorney Hynes and his office would be allowed to proceed, even though the prosecutor responsible for the alleged misconduct was removed from the suit because he has absolute prosecutorial immunity.
The Daily News reports that Hynes’ deposition is set for August 19.
The Open File is following the case and will continue to provide updates in the lead up to trial.