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Commentary | Ideology, Not Data, Drives DA’s Pro-Criminal Crusade

Commentary | Ideology, Not Data, Drives DA’s Pro-Criminal Crusade

Editorial By Eric Siddall  Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón says that “science and data” justify his criminal justice policies, including his decision to eliminate sentencing enhancements and abandon the three strikes law. According to Gascón, scientific evidence unequivocally confirms that longer sentences harm public safety by boosting repeat offenses. “While initial incarceration prevents crime through […]

Politics | Race for Los Angeles D.A. – The Two Faces of Gascón

Politics | Race for Los Angeles D.A. – The Two Faces of Gascón

. . . By Eric Siddall . If you talk to prosecutors around the country, they will tell you two things about the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA): that it’s the nation’s largest and that it’s led the way on many issues related to the criminal justice system. . George Gascón won’t say […]

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 […]

Los Angeles D.A. Heats Up – Evolving or Catering? Gascón and Gangs

Los Angeles D.A. Heats Up – Evolving or Catering? Gascón and Gangs

. . . By Eric Siddall . Ever the opportunist, candidate George Gascón is continuing his disinformation campaign with the hope of winning over progressives. This time, his sights are set on the gang enhancement. This enhancement, first enacted in 1988 in the midst of a gang crime wave throughout California, ensured gang motivated crimes received tougher sentences. With 10,000 gang-related homicides in […]

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 […]

Who is Afraid of Judicial Review?

Who is Afraid of Judicial Review?

By Eric Siddall On March 2, 2019, the Los Angeles Times editorial board attacked district attorneys as craven politicians out to maximize punitive sentences. The reason for the attack is because a number of district attorneys have challenged the constitutionality of a law enacted by the state Legislature. The law, enacted pursuant to Senate Bill 1391, prohibits the transfers of 14 and […]

The “No consequences for crime” bill

The “No consequences for crime” bill

By Eric Siddall   It is hard to believe, but it is the truth; should Governor Brown sign into law SB 1437, criminals in California can no longer be punished for the natural and probable consequences of violent crimes they knowingly aided and encouraged.  SB 1437 was ostensibly introduced by Senator Skinner to abolish the application of […]