Leftist Los Angeles District Attorney seeks to block prosecutors from fulfilling legal duties
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon is not an unknown in Arizona. As Mesa Police Chief, his propensity was to showboat as he protected illegals aliens, stirred conflict with 6-term elected Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and arrogantly gave the back of his hand to Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and City Manager Chris Brady. The East Valley Tribune previously reported that Gascon accepted the San Francisco Police Chief position as talk swirled of him being terminated in Mesa after traveling to D.C. to rail against enforcement of illegals. His trip was financed by a group advocating for leniency for border invaders.
After moving again following a stint in San Francisco, Cuban-born Gascon is now the Los Angeles County District Attorney where he advocates sweeping leniency for criminal offenders.
Hot Air describes Gascon as “the wildly liberal, anti-cop DA [who] has been working overtime to empty the jails and prevent the prosecution of criminals, even as crime rates have been surging in the City of Angels.” He arrogantly told a murder victim’s family to ‘Keep Their Mouth Shut.”
Currently, prosecutors in Los Angeles County are asking a judge for an order that would keep them from enforcing new directives from District Attorney George Gascon requiring them to be lenient in their sentencing recommendations for specified types of offenders.
The Association of Deputy District Attorney’s for Los Angeles County (ADDA) asserted in a lawsuit that the directives would mean violating state laws that require enhanced sentences in certain cases:
As the District Attorney, Respondent Gascon lacks authority to legislate and has no right to unilaterally abrogate the law — regardless of his personal opinion as to the law’s merits.
Gascon’s directives, the complaint states, prohibits deputies from pursuing sentencing enhancements in future cases under the state’s ‘Three Strikes Law’ and, for current pending cases, requires them to withdraw allegations to support tougher sentences for cases including bail violations, gang-related cases, and situations where special circumstances could result in a sentence of life without parole.
The complaint, signed by Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County can be read here.
Under the voter approved Three Strikes Law, prosecutors are required to seek enhanced sentences. It is not optional and they cannot exercise discretion. For the other enhancements, the complaint states the blanket policies violate Gascon’s own obligation to prosecute violations of the law.
The lawsuit calls for court orders to rescind Gascon’s directives and end their enforcement.