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Director Eyes Film on Hynes

New York Daily News
July 5, 2005

by Hugh Son

First Enron, now Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.
The award-winning director behind the documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," has set his sights on Hynes and a political opponent who claims he's been victimized by the district attorney.

For six months, director Alex Gibney trailed John O'Hara - a former Wall Street lawyer and political candidate who believes Hynes pursued voting fraud charges against him as a favor to a political ally O'Hara ran against.

O'Hara was convicted in 1999 of lying about his voting address - a law rarely prosecuted in New York - and was sentenced to five years' probation, $20,000 in fines, 1,500 hours of community service and disbarred as a lawyer.

"I think [O'Hara] got a bum deal," Gibney said. "It seems like a pretty stringent punishment for a small offense."

A major theme of the film will be the battle O'Hara waged against the Brooklyn Democratic machine.