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    A New York man who went on a spree of sexual crimes after receiving a sweetheart plea deal in a rape case involving his teenage relative appeared in court on Wednesday. Justin Washington at last appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court after 'progressive' Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg previously refused to throw him behind bars.  Washington, 25, was previously given a light 30-day sentence and five years of probation after he pleaded guilty in August to a charge of coercion in his rape case, though the charge carries a maximum penalty of 16 months to four years. Despite the horrific crime he was accused of, DA Bragg allowed him to be released on bail before the sentencing - which was when the further five sex attacks allegedly happened.   The teenage relative of Washington told police he raped her as the two watched television together.  The survivor told the New York Post last week that she 'can't sleep' and added that 'If I hear anything, I get up and look around. I get nervous. I get anxiety.' She also said that Washington...
    A New York man went on a spree of sexual crimes after receiving a sweetheart plea deal in a rape case involving his teenage relative as Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg refused to throw him behind bars. Justin Washington, 25, was given a light 30-day sentence and five years of probation after he pleaded guilty in August to a charge of coercion in his Manhattan rape case, though the charge carries a maximum penalty of 16 months to four years. A teenage relative of Washington told police he raped her as the two watched television together.   A week before Washington was set to be sentenced for that, he engaged in a horrifying spree of sexual assaults with his last days of freedom that affected four women and one man.  Justin Washington, 25, is seen here after sneaking into a woman's apartment building where he attempted to rape her, among a series of horrifying sexual assaults The rampage began at 8.20am when Washington snuck into an 18-year-old man's apartment window, put his hands in the man's underwear and gripped his buttocks  RELATED...
    New York's governor has questioned why the Manhattan district attorney released without bail a man who terrorized McDonald's patrons with an ax. Michael Palacios, a 31-year-old bike messenger, lunged wildly at the crowds inside a Lower East Side branch of the fast food chain at 2:30am on Friday. He admitted he had been drinking, and said he was angry that people inside the restaurant laughed at him when a woman spurned his advances. On Monday Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, questioned why Alvin Bragg did not order he be held pending trial. Palacios was released on Friday afternoon, having been arraigned on charges of criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.  Neither of the charges against him was eligible for bail under the state's controversial bail reform laws. Kathy Hochul (left), the governor of New York, asked why Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan DA (right) did not press tougher charges, which would have seen Palacios needing to pay bail before being released Michael Palacios appeared extremely angry as he threw his ax down hard onto the furniture at...
    Manhattan's woke district attorney has been blasted for trying to defend the release of a suspected teenage mugger who was filmed beating an NYPD cop two days later. Alvin Bragg's office was blasted over its decision to free the 16 year-old, who hasn't been named, over a mugging on Madison Avenue last Wednesday - only for the same suspect to allegedly punch a cop 20 times in a Harlem subway station three days later.  Former prosecutor turned defense lawyer Mark Bederow, argued that the DA bungled the case which he told Fox News, definitely falls under 'extraordinary circumstances.' 'The DA clearly knew that they were prosecuting the same offender for a violent robbery,' he told the news outlet. 'If that is not an extraordinary circumstance, what is? If violence against police officers is unacceptable, why ignore the violent robbery arrest. This isn't accountability. This is lunacy.' Bederow spoke in response to Bragg spokesperson Emily Tuttle's insistence that they'd made the right move with freeing the young offender - and letting him walk free again after the cop attack. The youngster...
    There is mounting anger over woke Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's decision to charge a 51-year-old bodega employee with murder for killing a career criminal in self-defense after the thug attacked him in his store.  Jose Alba, 51, is in Rikers Island this morning awaiting his first court appearance on charges of murder.  His bail has been set at $250,000 - an exorbitant amount compared with the low-or-no cash bail that is routinely given to repeat offenders by Bragg's soft-touch office.  On Friday night, Alba stabbed Austin Simon to death after Simon attacked him in the Bluemoon Convenient Store in Harlem.  Alba, who is beloved in the local community, has worked there for decades and has no criminal record.  His family launched a GoFundMe page to help pay his legal expenses - but the page was removed on Wednesday night after raising $20,000. GoFundMe is yet to explain the decision.  On Thursday, DA Bragg's officer is expected to present the case to a grand jury. He asked the judge to set Alba's bail at $500,000 - which the judge deemed too high.  This...
    A grand jury in New York that has been reviewing evidence in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's criminal investigation into the Trump Organization's alleged tax and bank fraud schemes will not be renewed after it expires this week, CNN reported on Wednesday. Bragg has faced an upswelling of public scrutiny over his handling of the city's probe into former President Donald Trump's sketchy business practices ever since two of his top prosecutors abruptly resigned earlier this year. One of them, Mark Pomerantz, wrote after he quit that there is "evidence sufficient to establish Mr. Trump's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt" and that "I also do not believe that suspending the investigation pending future developments will lead to a stronger case or dispel your reluctance to bring charges." He added that "I and others believe that your decision not to authorize prosecution now will doom any future prospects that Mr. Trump will be prosecuted for the criminal conduct we have been investigating," referring to Bragg's handling of the case. According to what sources told CNN, however, Bragg has been "skeptical about...
    A grand jury hearing evidence in the Manhattan district attorney's investigation into the Trump Organization's finances will reportedly not be extended when its term expires at the end of the week. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has previously denied speculation that his office was about to drop its high-profile investigation into the former president, but the latest twist offers the clearest hint yet that Donald Trump may escape criminal charges. Bragg inherited the case when he took office on Jan. 1 but quickly decided his team had failed to prove that Trump deliberately inflated asset values to gain more favorable loans, prompting the resignation of two prosecutors, according to The New York Times. As a result, presentations to the grand jury were halted earlier this year.  On Wednesday, CNN reported that people familiar with the investigation said the grand jury's term will not be extended. It could reduce the chances that Trump becomes the first president - sitting or past - to face criminal charges, although he continues to face a string of other investigations.  But Bragg has previously said that...
    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is doubling down on his soft-on-crime approach by rolling out a new division that will oversee alternatives to prison sentences in some criminal cases. Since becoming NYC’s district attorney in January, Bragg’s tenure been mired in controversy due to an internal memo in which he asked prosecutors in his office to seek jail or prison time in only the most severe cases - a pledge he was ultimately forced to back away from in the face of public criticism.  Now, Bragg has unveiled the district attorney’s first 'Pathways to Public Safety Division,' which will review ‘opportunities for diversion’ on an individual basis to determine if suspects in criminal cases could be placed in programs like rehabilitation or psychiatric treatment rather than traditional incarceration. It's unclear which crimes will qualify for the more lenient punishments, or if there will be any specific crimes exempted from the office's diversionary programs.  His announcement comes as crime continues to soar in New York City, spiking over 47% last week as compared to the same period last year. In February,...
    A high-profile criminal probe into Donald Trump's finances fell apart when prosecutors working on bringing charges were unable to convince their new district attorney to do so.  Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg stress-tested his office's case against Trump behind closed doors on January 24, with prosecutors Carey Dunn and Mark Pomerantz laying out the case against the former president.  A grand jury had already heard the case against Trump in secret, and was set to expire in April, leading to a push to file charges.  Doing so would have made Trump the first president - sitting or past - to ever have faced criminal charges.  But Bragg - sworn into office on January 1 - halted the case because his own team couldn't convince him that Trump had inflated the value of his assets to gain more favorable loan terms on purpose, according to The New York Times. He was unconvinced that the probe could prove Trump had a criminal intent when doing so, with the president repeatedly denying claims of wrongdoing.  A key issue is thought to have been Trump's...
    New York's crime problem is so bad now that the head of the largest supermarket chain announced on Thursday he is hiring extra security to crackdown on thieves, after a 50 percent spike in shoplifting that the woke District Attorney is determined to ignore.  John Catsimatidis, owner and CEO of the Gristedes/D'Agostino's, told DailyMail.com that he has become so frustrated with the authorities doing nothing to solve the problem that he is taking it upon himself.  He says he has noticed a 50 percent spike in shoplifting across his stores in the last year, costing him 'several million' dollars.  In an interview with DailyMail.com on Thursday, Catsimatidis said the thieves are not hungry homeless vagrants in need of meals or basic hygiene products, but are 'professional criminals' who often travel to New York City from other states where they wouldn't get away with the crimes.  'I love New York City and it has got to survive. We have got to put our foot down to make sure that it does survive. Enough is enough,' he said.  Catsimatidis will hire dozens of...
    A criminal with a lengthy rap sheet who had charges downgraded under woke DA Alvin Bragg was arrested again for sucker-punching a New York City sanitation worker on the job.  Christian Hall, 30, Uniondale, Long Island, allegedly snuck up on a 55-year-old sanitation worker as he was collecting trash outside a Manhattan building on Wednesday morning and hit him in the head without warning, causing pain and swelling, the New York Post reported.  Hall was arrested at the scene and taken into custody pending arraignment, sources said. He was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, under a provision of state law that enhances the penalty for attacking certain public employees, as well as menacing and harassment, the Post reported.   Police are holding newly elected Manhattan DA Bragg accountable for the assault after his office was accused of 'intentionally omit(ing) all facts' from court documents for a previous violent theft at a TJ Maxx in Chelsea in January, with an 'assault and robbery recidivist' ending up with a mere shoplifting charge.  Bragg's office is accused of meddling in the 30-year-old's court papers. Hall has...
    A disturbing allegation against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg during the primary led a George Soros-backed political action committee, Color Of Change, to pull a half million dollars in funding from his campaign last spring, DailyMail.com can now reveal. 'Color of Change Political Action Committee ceased our independent expenditure on this electoral campaign after receiving this information,' a Color of Change source with firsthand knowledge of the situation told DailyMail.com. Color Of Change PAC, the political action committee of the nation's largest online racial justice group, received $1 million in May from billionaire philanthropist George Soros to support Bragg's progressive candidacy for district attorney, one of the biggest and most important races in the country. But following the allegation the group pulled back the $1million donation by half. A disturbing allegation was made against Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg during the primary election last spring, DailyMail.com can reveal The allegation, made by an unnamed woman, caused Color of Change, the political action committee backed by billionaire George Soros, to pull funding 'For too long, New Yorkers have lived under two systems...
    New York City’s Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg reiterated clarifications related to the controversial memo he submitted to his office earlier this year, and said the city was "really in crisis" as shootings spiked nearly 30% year-to-date.  Bragg, who took office in January, spoke Tuesday as part of a virtual speaker series hosted by Coro New York Leadership Center, and largely discussed his career and path toward D.A. He also took questions from attendees, including one who asked about the memo that Bragg had released to his staff just days after beginning his tenure.  The former federal prosecutor previously acknowledged that the memo "left the wrong impression" about his policy plans and added that it "left many New Yorkers justifiably concerned." He then released a letter to staff on Friday further clarifying and outlining new plans for how certain policies should be addressed.  VideoEMBATTLED MANHATTAN DA ALVIN BRAGG BACKPEDALS ON CONTROVERSIAL SOFT-ON-CRIME POLICIES "I take accountability for that, not kind of having the appropriate kind of scaffolding and context around some of the things," he told the group on...
    Manhattan's new 'woke' prosecutor on Friday backtracked on his soft-on-crime approach that had been greeted with derision by cops. Alvin Bragg sent out a memo to all his staff making it clear that any crime involving a firearm would be prosecuted as a felony — reversing the stance he took just a month ago. 'Gun possession cases are a key part of our plan for public safety,' Bragg wrote in his memo.  'People walking the streets with guns will be prosecuted and held accountable. The default in gun cases is a felony prosecution,' he added. The move by Bragg, the Manhattan District Attorney, was in direct contradiction to the position he laid out in a memo on his first full day on the job. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg drew criticism from police officers and public officials after unveiling his shockingly soft stance on crime to staff last month  Bragg backtracked on his statements in a memo sent  to staff Friday making it clear that any crime involving a firearm would be prosecuted as a felony Then he said...
    Beleaguered Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has made a stunning about face – walking back his soft-on-crime agenda that was memorialized in a controversial memo issued when he took office in January. In a one-page letter to staff Friday, Bragg acknowledged that the Jan. 3 memo giving directives to prosecutors on how to handle cases "has been a source of confusion, rather than clarity." Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg during a Get Out the Vote rally in Harlem before he took office.  (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) The memo released on Bragg's third day in office, ordered prosecutors not to seek prison sentences for a slew of crimes and to downgrade charges – including for robberies and commercial burglaries. FORMER. PROSECUTORS CALL MANHATTAN DA'S SOFT-ON-CRIME POLICIES ‘DEFINITION OF INSANITY’ It specifically stated that a robbery should be downgraded to petit larceny if the brandishing of the weapon "does not create a genuine risk of physical harm."  The office came under fire when it began implementing the progressive policy.  An ex-convict was arrested for felony robbery for allegedly stealing...
    New York City Mayor Eric Adams tore into new Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, criticizing the woke prosecutor's soft-on-crime approach as violent crimes continue to plague the Big Apple. 'We need to now stop the domestic terror that we're living out every day in these cities,' Adams, 61, told radio anchor Rita Cosby on her late-night program The Rita Cosby Show on Thursday night, speaking on how he plans to address the city's massive crime surge since assuming office last month.  During the interview, the former NYPD captain blamed the increase on sweeping policy changes Bragg made last month that lighten punishments for armed robbery and burglary suspects and allow career criminals and repeat offenders back on the streets after committing violent, felony offenses.  'Let's be clear. We are in a city, in a country, where consequences must go with inappropriate actions,' Adams asserted during the 17-minute exchange after being questioned about his opinion on Bragg's policies and the surge of crimes seen since the start of the pandemic. New York City Mayor Eric Adams criticized new Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg in...
    Dominique Luzuriaga, the widow of New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Jason Rivera delivered a stinging rebuke to new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in her eulogy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral before thousands of mourners. “Although you won’t be here anymore, I want you to live through me,” she said, addressing her slain husband. “The system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore, not even the members of the service. “I know you were tired of these laws, especially the ones from the new DA,” she continued. “I hope he’s watching you speak through me right now.” The audience, including the attending clergy, burst into spontaneous applause and a standing ovation for over half a minute. Bragg was, in fact, in the audience, the New York Post reported. Tonight, we mourn the loss of a hero officer — a son, husband, and friend. Only 22 years old, Police Officer Jason… Posted by NYPD on Friday, January 21, 2022 “I’m sure all of our blue family is tired too. But I promise, we promise, that your death won’t be...
    New York Kathy Hochul says that she's given a warning to progressive Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg - saying she'll use her powers to stop his soft-on-crime policies.  Hochul - a Democrat who is running for a full term after replacing sex pest ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2021 - has said she'll be meeting Bragg for the first time on Friday.  It comes as crime has risen in almost every category in New York City as fellow Democrat Eric Adams continues to propose reforms and President Joe Biden plans to visit the city to discuss the problem of gun crime with Adams.  'I know full well the powers that the governor has — I'll be having a conversation very shortly to convey, to let him tell me what his plans are and make sure that we're all in alignment.' Hochul has stopped short of demanding Bragg's removal from office, but added that she will 'be monitoring the situation very closely' to the New York Post Wednesday.     The pair is set to meet at Governor Hochul's Manhattan offices, which are located...
    An artist poured fake blood outside Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office to protest the newly-elected DA's 'woke policies' as the Big Apple is racked by a spike in crime and violence. Scott Lobaido was recorded on camera Tuesday outside Bragg's office in downtown Manhattan splashing stage blood on a pink toddler's coat, a pair of girl's footwear, and a police officer's hat displayed on the sidewalk.  'This is the blood of the innocent people of New York City getting slaughtered because of DA Bragg,' Lobaido, a self-proclaimed patriot activist and artist, said as he poured the fake blood.   'Eleven-month-old girl shot in the face because of woke criminal-loving district attorneys like Alvin Bragg!' he said, in reference to a January 19 incident in which a baby girl was struck by a bullet during a shooting in the Bronx.  The staged protest featured symbolical items which represented the most recent victims of a staggering rise in violence in New York City, which has been widely blamed on Bragg's 'bail-reducing, woke policies.' The shoes Lobaido displayed on the sidewalk seemingly represented a Deloitte consultant...
    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been subjected to a tough grilling from CEOs and business leaders venting their fury over his new policies downgrading many felony charges. Bragg on Friday joined a private Zoom meeting with members of the Partnership for New York City, as he continues his public relations junket in a bid to soothe concerns over his policies.  It came just hours before two NYPD cops in were shot in Harlem, at least one fatally, leading to a top police union boss to point the finger at Bragg for endangering officers with his controversial policies.   During the meeting, many of the city's top CEOs warned Bragg that violent crime was approaching epidemic levels in the city, and that their workers don't feel safe coming to the offices, according to Fox Business.  Deloitte USA CEO Joe Ucuzoglu was reportedly especially vocal, following the horror death of Deloitte employee Michelle Go at the hands of a deranged subway pusher last weekend.  Several of the business leaders expressed concern about Bragg's new policies, which aim to eliminate prison sentences for all but the...
    Hate crimes surged a shocking 96 percent in the Big Apple throughout 2021, new data from the NYPD has revealed, as Manhattan's woke DA announced on Friday that he'll be expanding the hate crimes unit to address radically motivated attacks.  Asian hate crimes skyrocketed 343 percent from 2020 to 2021 as the pandemic rattled on, with 133 Asian Americans experiencing terrifying and dangerous experiences of discrimination, according to the new data, which was first reported by Fox News.  Hispanic hate crimes were also up a staggering 700 percent last year with a total of eight people being harassed or harmed in 2021, up from one in 2020.  Overall, the City That Never Sleeps city saw a 96 percent increase in bias crimes throughout 2021, as more and more New Yorkers are being attacked in the streets, pushed onto subway tracks, and harassed for their gender, race and religion.  A total of 538 hate crimes occurred throughout 2021, compared to 275 in 2020.  Asian Americans have experienced a 343 percent increase in hate crimes in 2021 with 133 attacks. Hispanics are...
    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has apologized for 'confusion' over his new policies downgrading many felony charges, but is not backing down from his stance despite weeks of criticism. In remarks on Thursday at an NYU School of Law virtual conference, Bragg blamed poor 'messaging' and communication for the backlash over his stance downgrading many charges and declining to seek prison terms for all but the most serious crimes. 'I take full accountability for that confusion caused by the memo,' he said of his January 3 policy memo, which drew harsh criticism from NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, among others.  '[It] left many New Yorkers justifiably concerned for how we will keep them safe,' he added, blaming the dense legalistic language of the memo.  'I've got a lot to learn about comms and messaging,' Bragg conceded Thursday. 'Lesson learned.'  Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has apologized for 'confusion' over his new policies downgrading many felony charges, but is not backing down Bragg's controversial 'Day One' policy memo instructed his office to stop prosecuting low-level offenses including marijuana misdemeanors, prostitution, resisting arrest...
    New York City's Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said Thursday that a controversial memo he released at the start of his term left "the wrong impression" about his law enforcement policy plans, adding that it "left many New Yorkers justifiably concerned."  Bragg, who took on the elected role at the beginning of the year, was speaking at the New York University’s School of Law Thursday afternoon when he said he took "full accountability" for the confusion the January 3 memo caused, further describing the missive as being "unclear and legalistic." FORMER PROSECUTORS CALL MANHATTAN DA'S SOFT-ON-CRIME POLICIES 'DEFINITION OF INSANITY' Then-Democratic candidate for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks to the press after casting his ballot in the New York City election in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 2, 2021. Reuters/Mike Segar The memo called for Manhattan prosecutors to look for alternatives to prison sentences for criminals convicted of several kinds of offenses, and "reduce pretrial incarceration," unless for "very serious cases." It also directed his office not to prosecute offenders accused of the following...
    New York City's embattled district attorney has sought the help of his former boss and drafted a crisis PR guru to combat the outrage over his soft-on-crime policies.  Alvin Bragg has turned to former Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara and veteran public relations professional Risa Heller to address the mounting criticisms he has received after he circulated a day-one memo earlier this month vowing to stop going after some low-level offenses, including subway turnstile jumping, prostitution, and trespassing.  'Risa and Preet have been making calls to people about what Bragg is doing and how to handle the fallout,' an insider told the New York Post. Bragg made the desperate move to devise a crisis communications team after telling his church congregation on Sunday that he's had a 'challenging two weeks' since his start as Manhattan's top prosecutor, days after it was reported that nine attorneys have quit his office over his 'soft-on-crime' policies.  'It has been a challenging two weeks church family, challenging. That hour with the Sunday school is one of the best hours of the week. I always tell them, "They...
    Embattled Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whom critics have slammed for his soft-on-crime policies, said Monday that his office was urgently addressing a spike in gun crimes. "We know we've seen an uptick in gun crimes and we're working on that every day, working with our law enforcement partners on tracking the guns that are flowing into our communities as people sit from far away and profit off of our pain," he said at a Martin Luther King Jr. event hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in Harlem.  Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.  (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)  ((Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)) During the brief three-minute speech, Bragg emphasized the importance of focusing on public safety and "fairness in the system." NEW MANHATTAN DA GIVES MISDEMEANORS A PASS "Your first civil right is the right to walk safely to your corner store, so as your district attorney I'm working on that every day," he said. He added, "We cannot have safety without fairness, and we cannot have fairness without safety." Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg...
    District Attorney Alvin Bragg told his congregation he's had a 'challenging two weeks' since his start as Manhattan's top prosecutor, days after it was reported that nine attorneys have quit his office over his 'soft-on-crime' policies. 'It has been a challenging two weeks church family, challenging. That hour with the Sunday school is one of the best hours of the week. I always tell them, "They do more for me than I do for them,'" he said. Bragg made the comments during Sunday service at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. The church was honoring the the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. ahead of MLK Day on Monday. The Harvard-educated former federal prosecutor dismissed criticisms that he's naïve about public safety after he circulated a day-one memo earlier this month vowing to stop going after some low-level offenses, including subway turnstile jumping, prostitution, and trespassing.  The January 3 memo also outlines a number of circumstances in which charges should be downgraded, including certain cases of armed robbery and drug dealing. Nine assistant district attorneys reportedly quit since Bragg took...
    Controversial woke Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is already seeing some prosecutors leave his office as he attempts to enact progressive policies in the Big Apple.   Bragg has spent most of his first month in office under fire over his soft-on-crime policies, which include calling on prosecutors to ditch felony armed robbery charges and instead charge suspects with petit larceny and not seeking carceral sentences for criminals.  At least a dozen lawyers have quit Bragg's office in the first two weeks of Bragg's term. 'I know one [ADA] who was with the office over 20 years who left without a job,' a law enforcement source told the New York Post. 'They didn't want to work in this kind of office. They wanted to continue prosecuting the law.'  Perhaps the most high profile departure is Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, who successfully prosecuted sex pest Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.  Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a former top deputy to New York's attorney general, has seen an exodus of prosecutors in his first two weeks in the job Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon is seen as one...
    Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg prioritize criminals over law-abiding citizens, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), a Republican candidate for governor in New York, said on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with special guest host Jerome Hudson. Zeldin remarked on Bragg’s recently imposed left-wing decrees to reform arrest and sentencing policies. Breitbart News reported, “Newly-installed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg instructed staff on Monday that his office will not seek pre-trial detention or prison sentences for crimes other than homicide, public corruption, and a few other exceptional cases. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg-elect, a former top deputy to New York’s attorney general, speaks to supporters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) Zeldin stated, “The New York State Constitution gives the governor of the state of New York the authority to remove a district attorney if they refuse to enforce the law. It’s in the New York State Constitution. I called on Gov. Hochul — the person who took over as governor after Andrew Cuomo stepped aside — called on Gov. Hochul,...
    Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy ripped the controversial decisions of new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and reflected on the potential consequences of progressive ideology on law and justice on the latest episode of "The Trey Gowdy Podcast" on Fox News Radio. TREY GOWDY: New York passes laws [that say] you can't rob someone with a weapon, you can't take something that belongs to someone else. If you do, it's a crime, and you can be put in jail for, let's say, hypothetically, five years and 20 years. I'm making up the punishment because I don't know the punishment in New York, but it doesn't matter what the law is in New York because the new top law enforcement officer has decided he's not going to follow it. That is almost the textbook definition for anti-Democrat: Have one person substitute his or her will for that of the people, as expressed in a duly enacted law.  This new D.A. will decide which laws to enforce and which ones not to, which cases to plead down or plea bargain, to reduce...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell met Tuesday to discuss how the DA plans to prosecute certain crimes. The meeting comes days after Sewell sent an email to every NYPD officer saying the new DA’s policies made her worry about the safety of her department and the public. READ MORE: Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Discuses Justice Reform & Plan To Stop Prosecuting Certain Crimes At National Action Network The commissioner and the DA released a statement saying, “The discussion was open, candid and productive. It was agreed that police and prosecutors would weigh the individual facts and circumstances of each case with a view toward justice and work together to keep New Yorkers safe.”
    Manhattan's new District Attorney Alvin Bragg regularly gives speeches about his childhood, recalling that cops and civilians pointed guns at him a half dozen times, and says it's his hardships growing up in Harlem that make him the right man for the moment. But critics familiar with his upbringing tell DailyMail.com that he actually enjoyed quite a cushy existence, and should stop distorting his past to justify reforms that would keep all but the most serious felons out of jail. Bragg, the first black Manhattan DA, grew up in Harlem but on one of the safest blocks around, an upper middle-class enclave of brownstones known as Strivers Row, and since age 4 commuted to the elite Trinity School on Manhattan's Upper West Side - details he conveniently leaves out when he makes his case. 'He's made his biography his moral compass, making it seem like there's something magic about his life story that gives him the wisdom to establish policies that affect over one million people,' one insider told DailyMall.com. 'I'm not saying he hasn't experienced racism, but there's lots...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There were demands Monday to remove Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg from office. It’s part of continuing backlash over Bragg’s decision to order prosecutors to avoid seeking jail for all but the most serious crimes, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported. READ MORE: In Wake Of Deadly Bronx Blaze, FDNY Offers Safety Guidance To Residents Living In Fireproof And Non-Fireproof Buildings“It may be new to him, but DA doesn’t stand for ‘defense attorney.’ It stands for district attorney. If Alvin Bragg wants to keep people out of prison, he should go be a defense attorney,” said U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican candidate for governor. Zeldin joined other officials in demanding Gov. Kathy Hochul remove Bragg from office after he sent a memo to his staff telling them to seek jail only for serious offenses. Bragg wants alternatives to incarceration for first-time offenders and people charged with certain robberies and assaults, even gun possession and resisting arrest in cases where no other crimes are involved. “Alvin Bragg’s get out of jail free card,” Zeldin said. “This man ran...
    Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton lashed out at woke newly-elected Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, claiming the city's top prosecutor is 'handcuffing the police' while blaming liberal billionaire George Soros for Bragg's election. Bratton, who said that Soros has 'effectively destroyed the criminal justice system in America,' called Bragg's woke policies of downgrading burglary, armed robbery and drug dealing from felonies to just misdemeanors a 'recipe for disaster.'  'He's well-intended in the sense that he's trying to find a way to address some of the issues of the past,' Bratton said.  'You don't address the issues of the past by effectively decriminalizing just about everything in New York City.' Bratton said newly-elected Mayor Eric Adams has his hands tied in terms of crime while Bragg's office implements its woke policies.  Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, pictured, lashed out at woke newly-elected Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, claiming the city's top prosecutor is 'handcuffing the police' Pictured: Manhattan District Attorney-elect Alvin Bragg, a former top deputy to New York's attorney general, speaks to supporters in New York on November 2, 2021 after his election Mayor Adams...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said Saturday gun crimes are a top priority under his plan to fight crime in the city. As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported, Bragg spoke about his new policies, which have drawn criticism from police unions, at the National Action Network in Harlem. READ MORE: NHL And More Pay Tribute To Connecticut Teen Teddy Balkind, Who Died After Being Injured In High School Hockey Game“I’ve had a semi-automatic weapon pointed at my head. I’ve been shot at,” said Bragg. “So don’t tell me about guns. I know about guns.” Bragg, speaking at the National Action Network’s House of Justice on West 145th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, had a message for the crowd. “My top priority, and I’ve been talking about this not just for two years, but for decades, is guns,” Bragg said. Bragg said fighting the most serious crimes requires more effort. He has directed his office to shift away from prosecuting lesser crimes like marijuana misdemeanors, prostitution and fare evasion. “It’s going to give us the resources to focus...
    HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- Manhattan's new district attorney has only been in office for a week, but he's already seen a lot of pushback on his policy, which he is now trying to clarify."This is gonna make us safer. It's intuitive, it's common sense. I don't understand the pushback," Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said.There has been plenty of pushback for Bragg during his very first week in office.Critics pounced on the new policy and procedure memo issued Monday, outlining which crimes would be downgraded or no longer prosecuted, like fare evasion."We were specific. We said we were going to marry fairness and safety, and we laid out a specific plan. We put on the website, we put it in print," Bragg said.RELATED | Suspect shot by police after firing at officers in BrooklynEMBED More News Videos Josh Einiger has more on the police shooting at a Dollar Store in Brooklyn. "I called the Manhattan DA myself and asked if he can come and speak this morning to the community so people can be clear on what he's saying and...
    The New York Police Department's first black female commissioner slammed the new Manhattan district attorney's policies to downgrade serious crimes to felonies and said it could endanger the lives of officers and the public.  Newly appointed commissioner Keechant Sewell sent an email to NYPD officers on Friday saying she's concerned about the effects of DA Alvin Bragg's decision to stop prosecuting low-level offenses, make burglary, carrying a weapon and drug dealing felonies and to not ask for bail except in the most serious of cases.  'I have studied these policies and I am very concerned about the implications to your safety as police officers, the safety of the public and justice for the victims,' Sewell wrote in the email obtained by the New York Post.  Sewell wrote that among her biggest concerns included Bragg's refusal to prosecute resisting arrest charges unless they part of a larger felony case.  She feared the decision would 'invite violence against police officers and will have deleterious effects on our relationship with the communities we protect.' NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell (left) criticized newly elected Manhattan...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is discussing his plan to fight crime in the city, which has drawn criticism from police unions. As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported, Bragg is speaking Saturday morning at the National Action Network in Harlem. READ MORE: Suspect Under Arrest Following Deadly Stabbing In Elmhurst, QueensLast week, Bragg sent a memo outlining new bail, charging, plea and sentencing policies which he said will make the city safer. “You go back 35 years, you saw sort of increased incarceration with not necessarily leading to public safety benefits, and then the most recent chapter in our city, pre-pandemic, of incarceration and crime both decreasing. That’s what we have to get back to,” said Bragg. Bragg said his office will no longer prosecute crimes like marijuana misdemeanors, prostitution and fare evasion. He said longer sentences do not deter crime or make society safer. He also advised “lesser charges for some low level drug offenders and for some burglaries.” In low-level store robberies, Bragg supports lesser charges if a suspect “displays a dangerous instrument but does...
    There is growing backlash over the progressive new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his shockingly soft stance on crime that was revealed on Monday in a memo to his staff, less than a week after new Mayor Eric Adams took office.    Bragg, the newly minted prosecutor of the Big Apple's main borough, sent a memo to his staff Monday announcing that he 'will not seek carceral' sentences for criminals, unless they were guilty of murder or a handful of other crimes he deems serious enough to jail a criminal for.  Among his sweeping changes is that prosecutors should ditch felony armed robbery charges and instead charge suspects with petit larceny - a misdemeanor which carries a maximum of one year in prison - even if a weapon is involved 'if do not create a genuine risk of physical harm.'  Burglaries won't be prosecuted as burglaries if the burglar steals from a storage unit or outdoor property that isn't connected to a 'living' dwelling, and lesser crimes like prostitution, turnstile jumping, weapons possession (of non-firearms) and marijuana possession won't be prosecuted...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is making changes to what crimes will be prosecuted. His new plan seeks programs before jail time. But some question how they will impact overall safety in the city, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported Tuesday. READ MORE: CBS2 Investigates: Why Are So Many Repeat Offenders In Need Of Mental Health Services Back On NYC Streets?With just days on the job, Bragg is changing how some crimes will be addressed by his office. It fulfills a campaign promise that Bragg says is informed by his upbringing in Harlem and personal experiences both confronting and upholding the law. “Having had an automatic weapon to my head, a knife to my throat … so I wanted to give voice to the people who know those experiences and to give context to those who don’t,” Bragg said. In a memo to staff, he said offenses like marijuana misdemeanors, prostitution, and fare evasion will no longer be prosecuted. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL MEMO TO DA STAFF Bragg thinks longer sentences do not deter crime...
    Newly-installed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg instructed staff on Monday that his office will not seek pre-trial detention or prison sentences for crimes other than homicide, public corruption, and a few other exceptional cases. In a memorandum obtained by the local CBS News outlet, Bragg declared: Growing up in Harlem in the 1980s, I saw every side of the criminal justice system from a young age. Before I was 21 years old, I had a gun pointed at me six times: three by police officers and three by people who were not police officers. I had a knife to my neck, a semi-automatic gun to my head, and a homicide victim on my doorstep. In my adult life, I have posted bail for family, answered the knock of the warrant squad on my door in the early morning, and watched the challenges of a loved one who was living with me after returning from incarceration. Late last year, during a stretch of multiple shootings within three blocks of my home, I had perhaps the most sobering experience of my life:...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Newly elected Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg outlined Tuesday significant changes to prosecutions of various crimes in New York City. “These policies… reflect both the need for fundamental reforms in the criminal legal system and the need for community safety. The two goals of justice and safety are not opposed to each other.  They are inextricably linked.  We deserve and demand both, and that has been the focus of my career, and indeed, my life,” Bragg said. READ MORE: Police: Man Shot During Attempted Robbery In QueensIn a memo to DA staff, Bragg said his office would not prosecute any of the following unless they are accompanied by a felony: Marijuana misdemeanors Fare evasion Resisting arrest Prostitution CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL MEMO TO DA STAFF Bragg also said his office will also look into making greater investments in diversion programs as an alternative to incarceration, reduce pretrial incarceration, and limit adult prosecution of youthful offenders. “These policy changes not only will, in and of themselves, make us safer; they also will free...
    Alvin Bragg (D) was sworn in as the first Black Manhattan District Attorney on Saturday and will now oversee a case previously presided over by former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. (D) regarding former President TrumpDonald Trump Roberts calls for judicial independence in year-end report The year in weird: 9 bizarre political stories that rocked 2021 Michigan shifts, will follow CDC isolation guidance MORE's business practices. “I am honored by the trust placed in me, motivated by the challenge in front of us, and ready to work together—to make our communities safer, our city more just, and to deliver one standard of justice for all. #JusticeCantWait,” Bragg tweeted on Saturday, including a photo of him being sworn in. I am honored by the trust placed in me, motivated by the challenge in front of us, and ready to work together—to make our communities safer, our city more just, and to deliver one standard of justice for all. #JusticeCantWait pic.twitter.com/UR4fFAG0AB— Alvin Bragg (@AlvinBraggNYC) January 1, 2022 In an interview with CNN in December, Bragg signaled that he would be engaged in...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Alvin Bragg has already notched one historic first, taking office Saturday as Manhattan’s first Black district attorney. Now he’s weighing another: whether to make Donald Trump the first former president ever charged with a crime. As district attorney, Bragg inherited an investigation into Trump and his business practices from his predecessor, Cyrus Vance Jr., who declined to seek reelection last year after 12 years in the high-profile job. After weeks of speculation about whether Vance would close his tenure with a bang by indicting Trump, the former D.A. has passed that decision to Bragg, a 48-year-old civil rights lawyer and former federal prosecutor who was sworn in at a private ceremony, in part because of COVID-19 concerns. Bragg told CNN last month that he’ll be directly involved in the Trump matter. He also said he has asked the two veteran prosecutors who led the case under Vance — general counsel Carey Dunne and former mafia prosecutor Mark Pomerantz — to stay on and see it through. “This is obviously a consequential case, one that merits the...
    New York (CNN)The next Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg Jr., says he plans to personally focus on the high-profile probe into former President Donald Trump's business practices and may expand the investigative team while keeping at least one senior prosecutor on the case. Bragg, who will be sworn into office on January 1, said he hasn't been briefed on the facts of the Trump case, which is before a state grand jury. But he indicated he has no plans to disrupt the investigation he's inheriting even as he also wants to focus on his own agenda."This is obviously a consequential case, one that merits the attention of the DA personally," Bragg said in a recent interview over lunch in Harlem. Forbes writers questioned before Trump Organization grand juryRELATED: Forbes writers questioned before Trump Organization grand juryCarey Dunne, general counsel to the current District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. who argued successfully before the Supreme Court to get Trump's taxes, has agreed to continue on the case, people familiar with his decision told CNN. Bragg said he would like Mark Pomerantz, a...
    More On: eric adams Eric Adams’ win in high-crime areas proves liberals are out of touch Clyburn: Adams win in NYC proves ‘defund the police’ Democrat is ‘non-starter’ Letters to the Editor — July 10, 2021 Analyze this: Eric Adams breaks bread with GOP heavyweights at storied NYC restaurant Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams said Saturday there was little difference on criminal justice issues between him and progressive Manhattan District Attorney candidate Alvin Bragg — who has vowed not to prosecute a raft of offenses if he’s elected. “You may look at our new district attorney and his concepts of how he wants to use that office to deal with public safety, to deal with crime. It’s no different than mine,” said Adams alongside Bragg at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in Harlem. “He may take one street, I may take another, but the destiny is the same.” Adams — a former NYPD captain running on a law-and-order platform that includes increasing policing — and one-time federal prosecutor Bragg won the Democratic nominations for their respective...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In the high profile race for Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg is on track to become the Democratic nominee and the man likely to replace Cy Vance.Bragg will face Republican challenger Thomas Kenniff in the general election, but in the heavily Democratic borough, the 47-year-old is odds on favorite to win and become the first African American to hold that job."I've had a knife to my neck, I had a semi-automatic gun to my head, and I've had a homicide victim on my doorstep," Bragg said. "All growing up in Harlem."Bragg's only remaining opponent in the Democratic primary, former federal prosecutor Tali Farhadian Weinstein, conceded on Friday, leaving him the last man standing.Check here for NYC Primary ResultsHe has a story like few other prosecutors: A victim of stop and frisk who has worked 20+ years on police reform."That's why I went to law school," he said. "Growing up, I had these experiences of being stopped at gun point three times by police in unconstitutional stops."Bragg inherits the investigation into former President Donald Trump and...
    Alvin Bragg is on the cusp of becoming the first Black Manhattan district attorney after his top rival, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, conceded the race Friday, marking the end of a contentious campaign from eight Democratic candidates. Following the June 22 primary, Mr. Bragg won nearly 34% of the vote, compared with Ms. Farhadian Weinstein’s 30%, a lead of about 7,000 ballots. The New York City Board of Elections has been counting absentee ballots since then. "We made history," Mr. Bragg said. "I promise that I will never stop working to bring the change that New York’s criminal justice system so desperately needs." THOMAS, GORSUCH SAY COURT SHOULD REVISIT LIBEL STANDARD FOR PUBLIC FIGURES Mr. Bragg, a former federal prosecutor and deputy attorney general, is likely to take over a tax-fraud prosecution of the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg. Former President Donald Trump has called the probe a politically motivated "witch hunt." Lawyers for the Trump Organization and Mr. Weisselberg pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Thursday. Another looming issue is New York City’s rise in violent...
    More On: manhattan Three people wounded in two separate knife attacks in Manhattan Tali Weinstein concedes Manhattan district attorney race to Alvin Bragg Man slashed during drunken brawl on NYC subway platform Taxi crashes into Japanese restaurant in NYC Alvin Bragg, a former federal prosecutor who is now poised to be Manhattan’s next District Attorney, has promised supporters to “hold police accountable” but said nothing about fighting crime. “We are one step closer to making history and transforming the District Attorney’s office,” Bragg said in a Friday evening statement shortly after his chief opponent Tali Farhadian Weinstein conceded. He vowed to bring an end to “racial disparities and mass incarceration” in the criminal justice system, but didn’t address the rash of shootings and other spiking crimes across the city. In a statement of her own Friday afternoon Weinstein said she would support Bragg and called to congratulate him. “We have now counted a majority of paper ballots, and though we fought a hard race, it has become clear that we cannot overcome the vote margin. When all votes...
    (CNN)Alvin Bragg is set to win the Democratic primary for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, after his top challenger conceded Thursday -- setting the former state and federal prosecutor up to eventually lead the investigation into the Trump Organization.Bragg will likely succeed current district attorney Cyrus Vance, whose term is set to expire at the end of the year, as Manhattan is largely Democratic. He'll first face Republican Thomas Keniff, a former prosecutor, JAG lawyer, Iraq war veteran and defense attorney in the general election in November. If he wins the general election, Bragg would become the first Black leader of the prominent prosecutors' office. "This has been a long journey that started in Harlem. And today, that 15-year old boy who was stopped numerous times at gunpoint by the police is the Democratic nominee to be Manhattan District Attorney," Bragg said in a statement to CNN. "We are one step closer to making history and transforming the District Attorney's office to deliver safety and justice for all." According to the New York City Board of Elections, as of June...
    Alvin Bragg is poised to become the next district attorney for Manhattan, a position that includes overseeing various high-profile investigations including one into the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer. Bragg, a former chief deputy New York State attorney general, was leading in the polls on Friday afternoon as his top Democratic primary challenger, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, conceded. Bragg, who is slated to face Republican Thomas Kenniff in the November, is heavily favored to win the general election. “I spoke with Alvin Bragg and congratulated him on his historic election as Manhattan’s first Black DA. We had important disagreements throughout the campaign, but I am confident in Alvin’s commitment to justice, and I stand ready to support him,” Weinstein said in a statement after conceding. Bragg, whose previous experience includes working as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, led the Democratic primary with 33 percent of the vote with 84 percent reporting as of Friday afternoon, according to The New York Times. If Bragg becomes the next Manhattan district attorney, he would be taking over an investigation from Cyrus Vance...
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