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POLITICS | DA Race Los Angeles – George Gascón: A Political Chameleon

POLITICS | DA Race Los Angeles – George Gascón: A Political Chameleon

  By Michele Hanisee . George Gascón panders to progressive audiences by claiming to support efforts to defund the police and moral opposition to the death penalty.  The truth is Gascón’s positioning on the death penalty depends on his audience. During an interview with the ADDA, Gascón was specifically asked if he would change the […]

POLITICS | Battle for the Office Los Angeles DA – George Gascon Obscuring his Background

POLITICS | Battle for the Office Los Angeles DA – George Gascon Obscuring his Background

George Gascon, who was previously sanctioned by the San Francisco Ethics Commission and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines for violating campaign finance and ethics laws, today sought to distract from his dismal debate performance on Sunday by attacking Jackie Lacey’s choice of Zoom backgrounds. It’s ironic.  Gascon has spent this whole campaign […]

Los Angeles | ADDA Campaigns Against Proposed Charter Amendment Defunding the Police

Los Angeles | ADDA Campaigns Against Proposed Charter Amendment Defunding the Police

On July 21, 2020, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 (Supervisor Kathryn Barger voting “No”) to approve a proposed Charter Amendment.  If approved by the voters, it will defund public safety to the tune of hundreds of million dollars. On Tuesday, July 28, the Supervisors are expected to introduce ballot language for the Defund […]

Flawed Berkeley Law Study Produces Flawed Conclusions

Flawed Berkeley Law Study Produces Flawed Conclusions

. . . By Michele Hanisee . The Death Penalty Clinic at Berkley Law released a study last week that concludes that “racial discrimination is an ever-present feature of jury selection in California.” The study was authored by long-time criminal defense attorney Elisabeth Semel, who runs the Death Penalty Clinic at UC Berkeley. It is […]

Justice Reform Should Rely on Fact

Justice Reform Should Rely on Fact

.   By R.J. Dreiling . The conviction-and-incarceration obsessed district attorney is a common caricature used among “progressive prosecutors” looking to unseat their more experienced opponents. Condemning “mass incarceration,” they fuel the fear that nonviolent, mentally ill people are being needlessly incarcerated by unscrupulous prosecutors. A recent article in the Huffington Post covering the Los Angeles […]

Commentary | L.A. District Attorney Race – Spewing Falsehoods and Ignoring the Record

Commentary | L.A. District Attorney Race – Spewing Falsehoods and Ignoring the Record

. By Eric Siddall   Once again, Opportunist Candidate Gascón is spewing falsehoods. Ironically, what he titled “Jackie Lacey’s Lie-Laden… TV Performance” is itself a lie. Gascón claims that Jackie Lacey opposed SB 10, bail reform. Actually, she helped rewrite the bill that was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.  Her revisions turned a flawed […]

Los Angeles District Attorney | Is Gascon the Progressive Hero He Claims to Be?

Los Angeles District Attorney | Is Gascon the Progressive Hero He Claims to Be?

. By Eric Siddall   Candidate George Gascon has claimed he will be a progressive district attorney. He often speaks of racial disparities in the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. He talks passionately about how communities of color are arrested and targeted at unacceptable rates. Yet, his record tells a different story. His county […]

Association of Deputy District Attorneys Endorsements for L.A. Superior Court Judges

Association of Deputy District Attorneys Endorsements for L.A. Superior Court Judges

The Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) endorses the following individuals in the 2020 Los Angeles County judicial races: For Los Angeles Superior Court Judge:   Seat 42 – Robert Villa Seat 72 – Stephen Morgan Seat 76 – Emily Cole Seat 80 – David Berger and Nicholas Rini Seat 97 – Sherry Powell Seat 145 – Adan Montalban Seat 150 – Manuel Almada […]

Monday Morning Memo – Association of  Deputy District Attorneys

Monday Morning Memo – Association of  Deputy District Attorneys

Association of  Deputy District Attorneys       Courts & Rulings Fliers can sue over airport screener abuses: U.S. appeals court A federal appeals court on Friday handed a victory to travelers who object to invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, saying screeners are not absolutely immune from lawsuits accusing them of abusive conduct. […]

Anti-Recidivism Coalition Provides Transformational Criminal Justice Reform

Anti-Recidivism Coalition Provides Transformational Criminal Justice Reform

  By Michele Hanisee …   The ADDA has long advocated rehabilitation as an alternative to incarceration – so long as that rehabilitation is effective and successful. We also believe reducing the prison population is a laudable goal so long as it can be done without endangering public safety. However, the initial focus should be […]

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