A verdict ordering Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes to pay $30,000 to a former prosecutor turned novelist who was demoted for making comments about the borough’s murder rate has been upheld by a federal appeals court.

A divided 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the findings of Eastern District Judge John Gleeson, who directed a verdict in favor of Robert Charles Reuland in his retaliation suit against Hynes.

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