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New York Times, O'Hara Turns The Tables on Hynes
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Clear John O'Hara's Wrongly Stained Record
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Did Joe Hynes cross ethical lines?
Brooklyn Ron

Voting is a right, not a crime
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Begging the gov's pardon for John O'Hara
New York Daily News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should pardon political-vendetta victim John O'Hara
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Gov. Paterson's final interview about the O'Hara pardon

Gov. Paterson commuted John White’s prison sentence, now he must pardon John O’Hara
New York Daily News

A Life in Court: Friendship and Corruption Inside the Brooklyn System
The Brooklyn Ink, Alysia Santo

Gov. Paterson, pardon John O'Hara!
Time Union, David Kaczynski

Casting a vote made me a felon: As I later learned, the charges against me were fueled by politics
NY Daily News, John O'Hara

The Ballad of John Kennedy O'Hara
Bay Ridge Interpol

A voter, a felon and a lawyer
Times Union

Pardon him, sir: Paterson should clear Brooklyn man of the crime of voting
NY Daily News

Go, Alvin, Go!
Room Eight, John O'Hara

Pardon him, Governor: Brooklyn victim of political persecution should be exonerated
NY Daily News

D.A. Hynes and the Residency Meltdown
Room Eight, Vincent Nunes

Voting Isn't A Crime
New York Daily News

A Voting Outrage
Times Union, Albany

Triple Jeopardy
New York Sun

Hitting'em Where They Live
New York Daily News

Residency Redefined Under the Election Law
New York Law Journal

Voters As Convicts
Times Union, Albany

Brooklyn Eagle Cartoon

No Excuse for Slick Rick Pardon
New York Daily News


Clear John O'Hara's wrongly stained record
Ex-Brooklyn DA Joe Hynes hypocritically targeted a political enemy for outlandish punishment, which DA Ken Thompson must wash clean

New York Daily News
Jan. 18, 2015

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It’s time to clear the record of John O’Hara, an attorney and gadfly who was turned into a felon by the persecuting machinations of former Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes.

O’Hara has filed a petition for exoneration in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Hynes’ successor, DA Ken Thompson, should give his blessing and a judge grant approval forthwith.

As this page has documented, O’Hara persistently annoyed both Hynes and Hynes’ patrons in the Brooklyn Democratic machine. Hynes struck back by indicting O’Hara for voting from the wrong address — not a fake address, but the address of his girlfriend who lived 14 blocks away.

Vengefully, Hynes brought O’Hara to trial three times before convicting him on seven counts; he was fined $20,000, sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service and disbarred.

At that moment, O’Hara joined Susan B. Anthony as the only two New Yorkers ever to be convicted of illegal voting.

“Mr. O’Hara, accurately it appears, claims that the machine went gunning for him,” reported a panel of lawyers who successfully recommended in 2009 that the courts restore his law license.

Now, O’Hara is seeking to have his case washed out on grounds of selective prosecution. Papers filed by his lawyer, Joel Rudin, highlight Hynes’ hypocrisies.

Hynes, who owns a condo in Breezy Point, Queens, registered to vote from the DA’s office in Brooklyn.

His former top assistant district attorney registered to vote from his parents’ house in Queens while living with his family in Long Island.

Hynes, who also convicted O’Hara of filing a false instrument, forged his own wife’s signature on a legal document.

As a candidate, Thompson ripped Hynes’ “double standard” in prosecuting O’Hara. His office now says it will “determine if his conviction should stand.”

It should not. Thompson must say so, and a judge must give O’Hara long-overdue justice.

Read The Court Papers To Overturn Conviction (PDF)