Ex-Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes dead at 83

NEW YORK (AP) -- The former district attorney of Brooklyn who served 24 years as the top law enforcement officer in New York City's most populous borough has died at age 83.

Charles J. Hynes died Tuesday at a hospice in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Sean Hynes said on Wednesday that his father had been in failing health for some time.

Hynes was first elected district attorney in 1989 and served until 2013, when he lost the Democratic primary for re-election to Kenneth Thompson.

Thompson died of cancer in 2016.

A former Legal Aid lawyer, Hynes was at first known as a reformer who started pioneering drug-treatment and domestic violence prevention programs.

But his legacy was tarnished by reports that prosecutors in his office secured convictions by coercing witnesses into giving false testimony.

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