Brooklyn, NY - One of outgoiing DA Charles Hynes’ top prosecutors, controversial rackets chief Michael Vecchione, filed his retirement papers this week and plans to vacate the DA’s office before incoming DA Kenneth Thompson takes over.
The NEW YORK POST reports that sources close to Hynes said Vecchione’s last day will be December 12, and that the embattled ADA is leaving early so he doesn’t have to be part of the Thompson transition.
“He just wanted to get out of there,” the source said. “He doesn’t want to be part of the transition.
Vecchione’s basically said, ‘Thompson said he’s firing me, so f—- him, I’m leaving before he can fire me.”
Vecchione has seen his reputation take a hit since since he found himself at the center of a $150M wrongful conviction lawsuit brought about by Jabbar Collins, who had his murder conviction overturned amid charges that Vecchione withheld evidence.
Kenneth Thomspon was openly critical of Vecchione during his recent campaigns, making prosecutorial misconduct within the DA’s office a high profile issue.