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Prosecutorial Institutionalism – Gascón will refuse to enforce key elements of California’s Penal Code

Prosecutorial Institutionalism – Gascón will refuse to enforce key elements of California’s Penal Code

. . . By Eric Siddall George Gascón has publicly stated that he will refuse to enforce key parts of California’s Penal Code that are mandated by both constitutional and statutory authority. He recently promised certain fringe groups, including one that advocates for the abolishment of prisons, that he would not enforce gang crimes and […]

POLITICS | Association of Deputy District Attorneys Release Election Endorsements

POLITICS | Association of Deputy District Attorneys Release Election Endorsements

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Making the case for ‘Yes’ on Prop 20

Making the case for ‘Yes’ on Prop 20

. . . By Michele Hanisee . As prosecutors who see how changes in the law actually play out in the justice system, we strongly support Proposition 20 which appears on the November ballot. Prop 20 will make reasonable changes to fix some of the unintended consequences caused by Props 47 and 57 and AB […]

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 […]

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