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Assistant District Attorney in ‘Rasta’ flap

Brooklyn Daily

An assistant district attorney working under DA Charles Hynes — who also happens to be the son of a Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge — took a penitent posture this week when pictures surfaced of him dressed up in blackface and a Rasta wig.

Assistant District Attorney Justin Marrus, the son of Justice Alan Marrus, took the photos back in 2006, but found himself in trouble last week when they were found on his Facebook page.

Marrus has since removed the pictures from the website, and has apologized to Hynes and anyone else who would have been offended.

One picture, which was found in a folder entitled “Halloween” had the caption, “What part of Jamaica you from mon? Da Beach mon,” according to the New York Daily News.

Another folder entitled “Courthouse for 4th of July” had a picture of Marrus and another man simulating a sex act in what appeared to be a prison cell.

A Hynes spokesman said that the DA was satisfied with the apology.

“This is something he did about six years ago while he was in college,” spokesman Jerry Schmetterer said. “He apologized. He admits it was childish and inappropriate.”

Alleged kid shooters arrested

Police arrested two men accused of opening fire on a Bedford-Stuyvesant street corner and hitting a 3-year-old in the leg.

Antonio McCloud, 22, and Stanley Williams, 20, are both facing assault and attempted murder charges in connection with the Sunday afternoon shooting on Pulaski Street in the Roosevelt housing project.

Little Isaiah Gonzalez was playing in a sprinkler with his family nearby when police said that McCloud, who has been arrested more than a dozen times, open fired. Gonzalez was hit and rushed to the hospital as cops began an all-out manhunt for McCloud and Williams, his getaway driver.

Investigators said they were looking for a third individual involved in the 4 pm shooting. About 10 shots were fired during the gunplay, police said.

Attempts to reach McCloud’s attorney were unsuccessful by Monday night.

The Gonzalez shooting was one of 62 shootings that took place in the city last week. His family told the Daily News on Monday that the toddler was home and recovering.

“He’s doing wonderful,” said Isaiah’s dad Jose Rivera. “He’s running around the house.”

Back in Court

Cobble Hill “Momstrosity” Providence Hogan is expected back in court this week for a sentencing update to see if she’s made good on her restitution payments.

The former PS 29 PTA treasurer accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from her daughter’s Cobble Hill school managed to avoid going to prison by agreeing to pay back every penny she took — plus interest Hogan admitted to stealing from the PTA last February after the school discovered the disparity on its tax returns. She said she used the money to pay her rent on her Providence Day Spa on Atlantic Avenue. She also needed money for fertility treatments, she claimed.

During a plea deal hammered out in Brooklyn Supreme Court last July, Hogan agreed to pay $40,000 up front and make quarterly payments of $4,000 for the next two years.

Supreme Court Judge Suzanne Mondo warned Hogan that those checks had better come in on time.

“If you fail to make one payment, I will order a warrant for your arrest, and when you are brought in, you will be incarcerated,” Mondo said, threatening a six-year sentence if Hogan reneged on the deal. “I an not going to accept any excuses for your failure to make a payment.”

Hogan agreed, then choked back tears as she apologized to all the school parents who “put their trust in me.”

“For three years, my responsibility and my duty was to make sure that the money raised by PS 29 went to the children,” she told a half dozen school parents in the gallery. “I failed to do that. What I did was obviously criminal and my actions were morally reprehensible and spiritually bereft.”

Reach Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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Kelly from Carroll Gardens says:
If Justin Marrus wasn't the son of a Judge then i'm sure this would not be forgiven so easily and that man would be out of a job......Wonder why he isn't? Maybe it's because if Charles Hynes fires Justin Marrus then Judge Alan Marrus wouldn't be in a position to help DA Hynes any longer.
July 12, 2012, 8:45 pm

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