Longtime Brooklyn DA Hynes unseated in primary - New York News

Longtime Brooklyn DA Hynes unseated in primary

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Kenneth Thompson has won the Democratic nomination for Brooklyn District Attorney, unseating Charles Hynes, who has held the job more than 20 years.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Thompson was leading with 55 percent of the vote.

There is no major party challenger in the general election.

Thompson is a 48-year-old former federal prosecutor who is most well-known for representing the hotel maid at the center of the sex assault scandal involving former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Hynes has come under fire recently for his handling of some cases within the insular Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. He was accused of catering to powerful rabbis who did not want sex assault cases handled by secular authorities. Hynes denied any favoritism.

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