Former FBI Agent Slams Prosecutor's "potbelly"

A new book by a former FBI agent cleared of involvement in mafia murder conspiracies slams Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes for being "always more interested in publicity than doing his job," the Daily News reports today.

Lindley DeVecchio also takes on one of Hynes' top prosecutors Michael Vecchione, who he describes as "vacant-eyed," with "one of those rock star beards," adding "Someone should tell him that it looks ridiculous on a middle-aged man with a potbelly."

Ouch!

DeVecchio was accused of involvement in plotting four mob hits with Gregory Scarpa, a capo in the Colombo crime family in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But the Hynes/Vecchione case collapsed when their main witness, Scarpa's girlfriend Linda Schiro, was exposed as a liar.

Schiro had testified that she had sat with Scarpa and DeVecchio numerous times as they planned murders.

But reporters Tom Robbins--formerly of the Village Voice--and Jerry Capeci produced tape-recordings in which Schiro specifically cleared DeVecchio. The judge in the case threw out all the charges, though he did lecture DeVecchio and the FBI for using Scarpa, a guy known as "the Grim Reaper," as an informant.

DeVecchio went on to write his book, "We're Going to Win This Thing: The Shocking Frame-Up of a Mafia Crime Buster."

A Hynes spokesman had no comment.



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sid
sid

I would like to kknow only one thing - Why was there no investigation into the murder of Patrick Porco - no one was ever questioned I know this for a fact. The 62nd precent was contacted many times and the same ansawer was always given it is an open investigation but they never did a thing.

Steve
Steve

Devecchio was a scumbag and no doubt was involved with providing info that let to murders. The FBI is incapable of policing their own agency which has had numerous corrupt agents never prosecuted. At the very least, despite the fact I know he was guilty, extreme incompetence, on this guys handling of an informant who is out murdering people on a daily basis during the Columbo war of the early 90's, should have been enough to see something wasnt right. How can you lead a squad, in this case the Columbo squad and not know your prized informant is committing murder after murder. It is simply inconceiveable.

Moo
Moo

Hynes and the whole Brooklyn DA's office is so political and corrupt it boggles the mind. This is just another proof.

Sander Hicks
Sander Hicks

Graham Rayman and the Village Voice have published some very sloppy reporting on this case. Linda Schiro was never "exposed as a liar." That statement is defamatory.

I interviewed the Village Voice's Tom Robbins about his very strange role in helping to scuttle this case, for the New York Megaphone in 2008. Robbins was evasive and defensive on the phone, and yet, even he said, on the record, that the Schiro tapes did NOT exonerate DeVechio. In fact, the Schiro tapes further clarified DeVechio's guilt in the murder of teenager Patrick Porco.

(It was the New York Times that first mis-reported that the tapes exonerated DeVecchio.)

I wasn't surprised to see Robbins quit the Voice recently, it seems that he does have a conscious. He is likely feeling guilt for helping the Brooklyn DA take a "dive to the mat" in what was supposed to be the biggest FBI scandal in history. The Village Voice seems content to continue ignoring that DeVecchio had ties to the railroading of FBI whistle-blower Richard Taus in the Iran/Contra era. DeVecchio had ties to the FBI's cover-up of the 1993 WTC bombing, AND DeVecchio was actively involved in the take-down of CIA rogue Edwin Wilson.

The Village Voice used to be on the side of the people, now it is on the side of the FBI, the NY Mafia and the corporate media? Print a retraction.

msfreeh
msfreeh

FBI agent Lyndley DeVecchio was never cleared of the charges of murder. The case was thrown out on a technicality before the trial ever began. The evidence gathered by forensic investigators Angela Clemente and Stephen Dresch was never allowed into the court because the fix was in between the Brooklyn DA's office and the FBI. Before the trial Angela Clemente was choked and beaten unconscious in a Brooklyn parking lot. Unfortunately the media was complicit as usual in the coverup.The same exact scenario unfolded in Boston as unfolded in the DeVecchio case, and during the same time period. except Boston FBI agent John Connolly was convicted of murder for collaborating with the Boston Mafia in the murder of John Wheeler. google john connolly fbi sentenced.Another important case that came to light in 1999 was a civil trial brought by the Martin Luther King family against one of the assassins of Dr King. The Memphis jury returned a verdict in favor ofthe king family then held a press conference saying the FBI collaborated with the Memphis Mafia to assassinate Dr King. Read the trial transcript in the book ACT OF STATE by William Pepper.

Rodney Stich
Rodney Stich

LInda Schiro was not exposed as a liar. A specially appointed judge attested to herr credibility. Pressure from a powerful force in the federal government caused the Brookln DA to drop the charges. SEe the full story, and the consequences, in the book, Crimes of the FBI-DOJ, Mafia, and al Qaeda.

Rodney Stich
Rodney Stich

There is much more to this story; much more! see www.defraudingamerica.com/al_q..., to see how the DOJ hierarchy need to discredit Gregory Scarpa Jr, about the Devecchio murders had catastrophic effects in New York City and elsewhere. Also see the book, Crimes of the FBI-DOJ, Mafia and al Qaeda, for more on the Devecchio matter that will boggle your mine.

msfreeh
msfreeh

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