Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The father of a troubled young Orthodox Jewish woman who accused four Brooklyn men of raping her and pimping her out ripped into prosecutors yesterday for giving up, as a judge dismissed the sensational sex-trafficking charges.
"Despite my daughter's total cooperation, the Brooklyn district attorney has surrendered against our will and without our consent," the father said in a statement read aloud by a supporter outside DA Charles Hynes' office.
"I am saddened as a father and as a human being that this decision to drop charges was made," he said.
Hynes fired back that he had "no ethical choice" but to seek a dismissal after it was revealed that prosecutors had failed to give the defense the recantation from the accuser, now 22.
Darrell Dula, Damien Crooks and brothers Jamali and Jawara Brockett were cleared of all charges after prosecutors asked Judge John Walsh to toss the case.
Crooks, 32, who claimed sex with the accuser was consensual, said she was wrong to file charges, "but I forgive her."
Dula, 25, said a year in jail on the charges was "very traumatizing" but "I feel justice has been done for my family."
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