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DA’s Association Statement on Election of George Gascón

DA’s Association Statement on Election of George Gascón

Los Angeles, November 6, 2020 – Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA), issued the following statement regarding the election of George Gascón as the 43rd District Attorney in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County has elected a new District Attorney.  Our Association and its members are committed to ensuring a seamless transition from this administration to […]

George Gascón’s History of Hiding Evidence and Silencing Whistleblowers

George Gascón’s History of Hiding Evidence and Silencing Whistleblowers

. . . By Michele Hanisee . In response to a Public Records Act request for George Gascón’s disciplinary records, the LAPD, rather than indicating that no such records exist, has instead stated that “records responsive to your request remain privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure. “Gascón, who has publicly advocated for transparency in the criminal […]

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 […]

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 […]

Legislation Advances Allowing Sleeping, Hostile and Unintelligible Jurors

Legislation Advances Allowing Sleeping, Hostile and Unintelligible Jurors

. . . By Michele Hanisee As a member of the public, who would you choose to serve as a juror on a serious criminal case? Jurors need to be responsible enough to get to court on time every day. They must be attentive to complex evidence. They must listen to and comprehend legal instructions […]

The Spotlight Of Truth – The Internet Gives a Voice of Justice

The Spotlight Of Truth – The Internet Gives a Voice of Justice

. . . By Michele Hanisee . While the internet may have flaws, one of its redeeming features is that those who have do not own a printing press or media outlet no longer have to rely on the largess of newspapers or media outlets to have their voice heard. The internet has allowed the […]

Los Angeles D.A.’s Race | Gascon’s Dystopia

Los Angeles D.A.’s Race | Gascon’s Dystopia

. . . By Michele Hanisee . “If somebody gets arrested, they’re not going to serve any time in jail. If they do serve time in jail, they’re not going to be prosecuted. If they do get prosecuted, they’re not going to be sentenced, and if they are sentenced, they’re out right away. It’s a […]

New DA Begins The Purge in San Francisco

New DA Begins The Purge in San Francisco

. . . By Michele Hanisee   When George Gascón abandoned his position as San Francisco District Attorney with more than a year left in his term, the law required an election be held to replace him. The winner of that election was a  public defender and former translator for the late Venezuelan dictator President Hugo […]

The Attempt to Buy District Attorneys Continues

The Attempt to Buy District Attorneys Continues

. . . By Michele Hanisee . After the Supreme court decided Citizens United, special interest dark money flooded political campaigns. District Attorney races, traditionally non-partisan, non-political, were not spared from this onslaught. Eighteen months ago we wrote about an example of this problem. Special interest groups, funded by George Soros, pumped millions of dollars […]

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