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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Democratic lawyer who pledged to make abortion prosecutions under Tennessee’s “trigger law” an extremely low priority in the county that includes Memphis has defeated the incumbent Republican district attorney who refused to say whether she would go after doctors who perform the procedure. Steve Mulroy scored a decisive win over Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich in Thursday’s election after a contentious race that featured clashes over abortion prosecutions as well as a new state law requiring strict sentencing for violent crimes and other issues. Mulroy takes office Sept. 1. He said his top priority is consulting with staff to develop strategies to combat violent crime, which is a persistent problem in Memphis. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the people in the DA’s office, both the leadership and the line attorneys,” he said Friday. A longtime prosecutor, Weirich has been the district attorney in Shelby County county since 2011. She oversaw successful prosecutions in high-profile cases such as the murder of NBA player Lorenzen Wright and developed a program that uses...
    Prosecutors say they charged two Boston men with manslaughter after they crashed while drag racing and killed a 36-year-old woman and mother of two.  Sean Desiree and Damiel Griffiths, both of Dorchester, were racing down Washington Street at speeds up to 71 miles per hour in the early hours of June 11, the Suffolk County Prosecutor's Office said.  As they sped down the street, Griffiths' Infinity swerved to miss another car but accidentally crashed into the passenger door of Desiree's BMW, which caused both cars to lose control, officials said.  Desiree then careened into two other cars, blew through a red light, and stopped along Park Street, where he jumped out and ran away, the prosecutor said.  Griffith also his exited the wrecked vehicle, leaving his passenger, Jennice Sanchez who did not survive the crash despite the efforts of paramedics and the doctors and nurses at Carney Hospital. Sanchez left behind two children.  "Jennice touched many hearts and truly blessed us with her beauty and grace," a GoFundMe organized in her honor read. "An exemplary mother, daughter, sister, cousin and friend…she will be...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who governed Brazil in 2003-2010, was confirmed Thursday as the presidential candidate for the leftist Workers’ Party ahead of October’s election. The vote of party delegates at a hotel in Sao Paulo was widely expected and merely symbolic, with da Silva’s campaign already on the move. The 76-year-old didn’t attend the party’s convention as he is campaigning in his home state of Pernambuco in Brazil’s impoverished northeast. He leads all polls against incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro. This year will mark the sixth presidential bid by da Silva, who Brazilians universally refer to as Lula. Da Silva was also confirmed as the Workers’ Party candidate in its 2018 convention, then a corruption and money laundering conviction removed him from the race and paved the way for Bolsonaro’s victory. The former union leader was released from prison in 2019 and his convictions were quashed last year after the Supreme Court ruled the judge presiding over the case, Sergio Moro, was biased. That enabled da Silva’s presidential run this year. Moro, who oversaw the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The California Attorney General race in the 2022 primary was particularly exciting for Sacramento residents, though, the outcome was not what some might have wanted as the current county District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced she’s bowing out of the race. Schubert stepped in front of a podium at her election party Tuesday night to announce to her supporters here that she will not be continuing on in the race. She focused her speech primarily on crime and law enforcement expressing her hope for California’s future that it is tough on crime. READ MORE: CA Primary 2022: Bonta On Pace To Face GOP Challenger In California Attorney General Race‘The laws and the policies and the elected officials of this state must reflect that human toll of crime. And so for me, I ran this race for one reason: because it’s all I’ve ever done and because I love this state an I believe in accountability and public safety,” she said. “I have no regrets.” READ MORE: CA Primary 2022: San Francisco Recalls Liberal DA Chesa BoudinSchubert is...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY — Pamela Price and Terry Wiley are leading in the wide open, hotly contested race to succeed longtime District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and may be forced to run off against each other in November if early election results hold up. Meanwhile, the outcome in the race for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat long held by the late Wilma Chan also may be decided this fall, with early tallies from Tuesday’s primary election showing Rebecca Kaplan and Lena Tam leading the pack. Sheriff’s deputy Yesenia Sanchez was holding a lead against Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern, who is fending off his first serious contenders since the mid-1980s. If either Sanchez or the other contender, San Francisco police officer JoAnn Walker, ultimately ends up upsetting him, the winner would become the first woman to head the county sheriff’s department. To win outright in those races and avoid a runoff, a candidate must collect more than 50% of the vote. In her 12 years in office before deciding to retire O’Malley has been challenged only once, in 2018 by...
    Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton’s re-election bid has received a hefty financial boost from billionaire George Soros while her opponent is getting a big lift from law enforcement unions, campaign finance records show. The June 7 primary race shares themes with other California district attorney elections that featured competing visions for the future of criminal justice and law enforcement accountability. Becton’s progressive values have come under fire from her more conservative challenger, Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox. Finance records show that Soros, a Hungarian-born investor and frequent donor to U.S. political campaigns, contributed $652,000 to a political action committee, California Justice and Public Safety, that has independently spent more than $1 million to oppose Knox’s candidacy and back Becton’s re-election. Most of that spending went to digital and television advertisements attacking Knox, plus mailers, canvassing and support ads for Becton. Soros also spent $100,000 toward Becton’s 2018 election bid, in which she ran as the incumbent after being appointed a year earlier to replace Mark Peterson, who resigned before pleading no contest to felony perjury. She went on to defeat...
    A judge trying to unseat Riverside County’s two-term top prosecutor has accused District Attorney Mike Hestrin’s office of attempting to paint him as soft on crime by capitalizing on the death of a baby boy, something the office spokesperson denies. Burke Strunsky, a Riverside County Superior Court judge who is one of two candidates challenging Hestrin, said it was highly unusual for a prosecuting attorney recently to suggest in a court document that a 7-month-old child might not have died had Strunsky mandated the boy’s father do jail time, in approving a plea agreement in a domestic violence case in September. “Had the court followed the People’ s recommended sentence of a felony plea with 180 days custody time a life could have been spared,” Deputy District Attorney Barrett A. Von Esch wrote in a 10-page sentencing memorandum filed April 28. Lara Gressley is running for Riverside County district attorney in the Tuesday, June 7, 2022, election. (Courtesy of Lara Gressley) Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin is seeking another term in the...
    MARTINEZ — Four years after Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton withstood a challenge from her political right, she appears to have another viable opponent who is running against the recent wave of progressive justice reformist DAs across California. Mary Knox, a longtime prosecutor and former senior deputy district attorney — until she was demoted by Becton — has been hitting the campaign trail hard, with regular appearances at farmer’s markets, rallies, and fundraising efforts sometimes tied with county Sheriff David Livingston, one of many law enforcement officials supporting Knox’s candidacy. Whereas other DA candidates in the Bay Area are vying to run as the most progressive candidate in their respective races, Knox is banking that outrage over high profile crimes — like a spate of televised retail thefts in Walnut Creek — will lend voter support to her promises to pursue tougher penalties and “work hand-in-hand” with local police. Becton — appointed in 2017 after a campaign fund embezzlement scandal saw the former county DA resign and plead no contest to felony perjury — has run on her record...
    The June primary will host the first competitive race for Santa Clara County District Attorney in 12 years, with incumbent Jeff Rosen facing challengers after running uncontested in his last two re-election bids. As Rosen, career public defender Sajid Khan and Daniel Chung, a prosecutor who recently worked under Rosen, move closer to election day, they have presented three distinct visions for the top law-enforcement position in the South Bay. Incumbent Jeff Rosen is running for Santa Clara County District Attorney in the June elections. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group Archive)  Jeff Rosen How he defines himself: Rosen was first elected in 2010 and is positioning himself as the only candidate with the established ability to lead the state’s second-largest district attorney’s office. He also touts himself as the only candidate who has worked with law enforcement in investigations, in contrast to his opponents, whom Rosen points out do not have meaningful experience trying cases. “The choice comes down to proven leadership of complex and important issues, and whether people want a balanced approach,” Rosen said in an interview....
    Four people want to become Alameda County’s top prosecutor, and with District Attorney Nancy O’Malley not running for the office she’s held since 2009, the June 7 race is wide open for them. The candidates are longtime civil rights attorney Pamela Price, former San Francisco prosecutor Seth Steward, Alameda County chief deputy district attorney Terry Wiley and Alameda County deputy district attorney Jimmie Wilson. By collecting more than 50% of the vote in the primary election, a candidate can win the seat outright. Otherwise, the two top vote getters will square off in the Nov. 8 general election. O’Malley, who served three terms as district attorney and  37 years total as a county prosecutor, faced only one challenger in 12 years — Price in 2018. For Price, “administering justice fairly” is the most important task of the District Attorney’s Office. But that hasn’t been the case, and it’s why she is running again, she said. “There is no more pressing, critical issue at this point than criminal justice reform,” Price said. Like some other reform-minded district attorney candidates across the...
    Three people were injured — one seriously — after a driver allegedly lost control of his car, striking them in the Lehigh Valley last year, authorities said. Jorge Ramon Torres, 24, of Allentown, was behind the wheel of a Honda Civic that struck three people watching cars race on North Dauphin Street and Allentown Drive on Nov. 26, 2021, according to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Allentown Police Chief Charles Roca. Responding officers found the injured victims at the scene around 10:40 p.m., along with an unoccupied, disabled Honda Civic with no license plate, police said. Police later discovered that members of the "Lehigh Valley Car Meets & Car Shows" Facebook group had gathered in the area where the crash happened to watch vehicles race up and down the road, they said. One victim “was struck with such force, he was launched into a neighboring business sign” and suffered numerous broken bones and internal damage, the DA and police chief said.  Torres gathered documents from the glove compartment after the crash, wiped down the inside of the car in an attempt to destroy fingerprint evidence, and...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The homicide conviction of a former Tennessee nurse for a medication error that killed a patient in 2017 has become a flashpoint in the campaign for Nashville district attorney. RaDonda Vaught, 38, injected the paralyzing drug vecuronium into 75-year-old Charlene Murphey instead of the sedative Versed on Dec. 26, 2017. Last week, a jury found her guilty of criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect. She will be sentenced in May and could face years in prison. Nursing and patient safety groups have spoken against the decision to criminally prosecute a medical error, saying it will cause other providers to try to hide their mistakes and make health care less safe overall. After the guilty verdict, the two candidates hoping to replace Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk issued their own statements condemning the prosecution. P. Danielle Nellis said that the medical mistake was “ a classic medical malpractice issue and should have been resolved as such.” She suggested that Funk does not use his prosecutorial discretion wisely and may be influenced by politics. Candidate Sara Beth Myers...
    In his hometown of Los Angeles, Todd Spitzer’s conservatism would have made a political career difficult. After moving to Orange County, Spitzer thrived, winning every election he entered for more than two decades, from school board to county supervisor to state assembly to district attorney. Now, as he campaigns for a second term as O.C.'s top prosecutor, Spitzer finds himself in unfamiliar territory — more politically vulnerable than he has been in a long time. In part, the challenges for Spitzer are demographic. Orange County has evolved from its John Wayne-style law and order roots to a place that twice voted against Donald Trump and is majority Latino and Asian. Spitzer, a Republican, is also limping from self-inflicted wounds after racist comments he made surfaced last month, along with a video of him saying the N-word while quoting a hate crime defendant. All of this could strengthen the chances of his opponents, Peter Hardin, Mike Jacobs and Bryan Chehock, in the June primary. Hardin, a Marine Corp. veteran and Democrat, is attacking Spitzer from the left, while...
    ORANGE COUNTY (CBSLA) – Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer is under fire once again over controversial comments he made at an event nearly three years ago. Spitzer said he used the racial epithet, which negatively refers to African Americans, while quoting a white supremacist. The controversial comments came during a discussion about hate crimes at a 2019 event hosted by the Iranian American Bar Association. READ MORE: Skiers And Boarders Enjoy The Fresh Snow In Big BearVideo of the event was released by a media group that calls itself OC Watch. “…and says — there’s no kids here so I’m good I guess — hey, you [expletive], I’m going to drop your baby because [expletives] shouldn’t have babies,” Spitzer can be seen saying in the video. RELATED: Former OC Prosecutor Alleges DA Todd Spitzer Raised Race As Issue In Death Penalty Case A challenger in the district attorney’s race is calling on Spitzer to resign. The DA condemns what he called deceitful editing of the video into a shorter clip without giving context to the discussion, which went on...
    ORANGE COUNTY (CBSLA) – Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer was accused of racism for comments he made over a death penalty debate. Murder victim Darren Partch pictured here with his mother, Brenda Partch. (source: Brenda Partch) READ MORE: MLB Postpones Spring Training Games Until March 5; More Lockout Talks Scheduled For MondayThe mother of Newport Beach murder victim Darren Partch said she wasn’t told by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office or elected DA Todd Spitzer that they wouldn’t go for the death penalty for suspect Jamon Buggs. She claims she heard it from police despite the fact that she’d been led to believe that the death penalty would be sought by prosecutors for the accused killer of her son and another woman. “She feels as though the defendant has won because her impression is the decision was made to seek only life without parole simply to protect the elected District Attorney Todd Spitzer from the release of racist comments he made during a death penalty meeting about this case,” said Rick Welsh, the victim’s mother’s attorney. A...
    A defense attorney in a death penalty case brought against a 26-year-old Vallejo man charged with three killings in late 2014 and early 2015 said the Solano County District Attorney’s Office is “not the gatekeeper” when it comes to providing the defense relevant information and evidence for a proposed discovery motion. Speaking during the Wednesday afternoon session in Department 7 in Vallejo, attorney Thomas Kensok of Napa told Superior Court Judge Tim P. Kam that the state Legislature settled the issue in 2020 with the passage of AB 2542, which added Section 745 to the Penal Code, declaring that sentencing on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin is unlawful. But the defense must first prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant was charged or convicted of a more serious offense than defendants of other races, ethnicities or national origins who commit similar offenses, and that the evidence shows prosecutors more often sought or obtained convictions for more serious offenses against people who share the defendant’s race, ethnicity, or national origin. Kensok, who along with Martinez-based...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA/CNS) – Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer allegedly told a group of prosecutors discussing the case of a Black murder defendant that some Black men intentionally date white women to escape “bad circumstances or bad situations,” according to a December memo written by a recently fired prosecutor and obtained by City News Service Wednesday. But today Spitzer told CNS the fired prosecutor, Ebrahim Baytieh, misrepresented his comments and generated the memo as a way to “extort” him after an internal probe was launched into Baytieh’s handling of an unrelated murder case. READ MORE: $50,000 Reward Announced For Information On Fatal Sept. Beating In Chinatown SANTA ANA, CA – JUNE 20: Orange County Assistant District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh answer questions about the investigation findings in the Tustin Police Department fatal officer-involved shooting of Edwin Moreno Fuentes in Santa Ana, CA, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images) According to the Dec. 3 memo penned by then-Assistant District Attorney Baytieh, Spitzer was in an October 2021 meeting with other...
    In 2018, attorney Ivan Bates ran against incumbent Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and performed terribly, receiving only 28 percent of the vote. Undeterred, he is now running again for June's Democratic primary—with an eye on undoing Mosby's policy, introduced amid the pandemic earlier this year, of not prosecuting simple drug possession and sex work charges. Bates has claimed, falsely, that Mosby's non-prosecution of marijuana possession—a policy that is not radical in any way—is a threat to public safety. "What you have done is you have now created a marijuana turf war," he told the Intercept, "with these guys killing each other for control of the black market." Out of 741 people whose possession cases Mosby declined to prosecute, the number later rearrested on "serious" charges—violent crimes, sex crimes or drug distribution—was six. Bates believes that people charged with drug possession shouldn't necessarily be prosecuted, but that "we need to steer them to drug treatment." This oft-repeated political talking point belies the realities that most people found in possession of a state-banned substance do not have substance use disorder (SUD),...
    WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — Election Day is just eight days away, and one race is getting some attention in Westmoreland County. District Attorney John Peck is getting his first serious challenge in years. READ MORE: Local Pharmacies Start Rolling Out COVID-19 Booster ShotsDemocrat Peck is a familiar figure in the courthouse, a seasoned prosecutor who has been the county’s district attorney since 1994. Last year, Peck got the death penalty for the convicted killer of New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Republican Nicole Ziccarelli, 30 years younger than Peck, said she can bring new vitality to the office, something Peck says he hasn’t lost. “We want it to be as safe as it possibly can be for a better future in Westmoreland County. We need to aggressively fight the war on drugs that we are desperately losing right now. And’s it time we had a fresh perspective after 40 years. It’s time for a change, and it’s time for Nicole Ziccarelli,” Ziccarelli told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Monday. “I have a passion for...
    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...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Alvin Bragg, a law professor and former top deputy in the New York attorney general's office, is poised to become the next Manhattan District Attorney after his last remaining opponent in the Democratic Primary conceded Friday.Former federal prosecutor Tali Farhadian Weinstein released a statement saying that with the majority of paper ballots counted, it became clear that she could not overcome the narrow vote margin."I remain immensely proud of what we accomplished over this past year," she said. "From start to finish, we insisted that safety is the precondition of opportunity and a good life, and that our recovery from this brutal year depends on it. We raised awareness about some of the city's toughest problems, looked them in the eye, and offered real, concrete solutions that I hope will come to life. We also insisted that every person working in the criminal justice system, including prosecutors, must confront and correct the deeply embedded race, gender, and income biases in our country."Bragg will face Republican Thomas Kenniff in the general election in November, and if...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Manhattan district attorney race continues to be a close one. Former federal prosecutor Alvin Bragg leads former Justice Department official Tali Farhadian Weinstein by about 34% to 30% of votes for the Democratic nomination. READ MORE: NYC Mayoral Primary: Adams Leads 1st Round, Wiley And Garcia Neck And Neck The next district attorney has a full plate already. They’re going to inherit the possible prosecution of former President Donald Trump for alleged financial crimes. They’ll also have to find ways to make New Yorkers feel safe, as crime skyrockets across the city, while balancing criminal justice reform. When Cy Vance Jr. announced he would not run for another term, eight Democrats went all in. Bragg is from Harlem, was once chief deputy attorney general and promises to end cash bail. READ MORE: NYC Primary: Eric Adams Leads Democratic Mayoral Race In First Round Of Results; Andrew Yang Concedes Early If he wins, he will become the first Black person to hold the office. Weinstein would be the first woman to do so. Both candidates spoke...
    More On: republicans How liberals turned on JD Vance, working-class author of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Vaccinated lawmakers no longer need masks on the House floor YouTube suspends GOP senator over COVID treatment video Critics claim CNN favoring liberal men by keeping Jeffrey Toobin, Chris Cuomo The Staten Island District Attorney’s office is investigating allegations that a City Council candidate has committed massive election fraud – including registering a dead man to vote for him. David Carr, a Republican candidate for the 50th District Council seat representing the borough’s Mid-Island section, fired off a recent letter to DA Michael McMahon asking him to probe whether the campaign of fellow GOP candidate, US Marine Marko Kepi, is running an illegal ballot-harvesting and forgery operation. Carr told The Post Friday night McMahon’s office is reviewing the allegations, adding the case has been assigned to a prosecutor who requested voter documents Carr collected. “It’s really despicable, especially at a time when people’s faith in the electoral system has been shaken, that Marko Kepi is trying to steal this election from Staten Island voters,” Carr said....
    Eight days after Donald Trump turns 75 next month, New York City voters will cast their last ballots in an election that's sure to have consequences for the former president.It's not another White House run, but a vote in the Democratic Party primary for Manhattan's next district attorney - the person who would likely end up handling prosecution if an ongoing investigation of Trump's business finds criminal wrongdoing.The current district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., is leaving office at the end of the year, meaning there's a good chance he'll pass the two-year probe to his successor.The matter of who will take over has taken on new urgency after the announcement this week that the state attorney general's office had joined the DA's Trump criminal investigation - a sweeping look at hush-money payments, property valuations, tax strategies, executive compensation and other dealings.In a solidly Democratic borough, the party's June 22 primary is highly likely to decide the winner.The eight candidates have made clear they're not afraid of taking on the former president, but most have been cautious to stay away from...
    They voted her off two islands, but now she’s trying her luck on a third. Eliza Orlins, a former two-time participant of the CBS reality show “Survivor,” has thrown her name into a crowded race for Manhattan District Attorney and says she’s aiming to shake up the office ruled for a decade by Cyrus Vance Jr. Orlins, 38, participated in Season 9 of “Survivor Vanuatu” in 2004 when she was a student at Syracuse University. She came back for Season 16 in Micronesia in 2008. “‘Survivor’ was a learning experience. It definitely pushed my limits and my boundaries and was really challenging,” she said of the often harrowing moments she endured. Orlins lived mostly on a diet of coconuts and the root vegetable manioc while on Vanuatu in the South Pacific. During one night, she recalled a particularly unpleasant incident when she almost ate from a coconut filled with maggots. “It looked like Parmesan cheese,” she said. During another moment, after winning a challenge, Orlins was rewarded with a surprise visit from her mother. Ami Cusack, JParvati Shallow, Eliza...
    More On: district attorneys Assistant Penn. DA demoted for making DoorDash deliveries Manhattan DA race ‘wide open’ with Cy Vance retirement Manhattan DA done: Vance won’t seek re-election NYC district attorneys’ bogus gesture on subway safety They voted her off two islands, but now she’s trying her luck on a third. Eliza Orlins, a former two-time participant of the CBS reality show “Survivor,” has thrown her name into a crowded race for Manhattan District Attorney and says she’s aiming to shake up the office ruled for a decade by Cyrus Vance Jr. Orlins, 38, participated in Season 9 of “Survivor Vanuatu” in 2004 when she was a student at Syracuse University. She came back for Season 16 in Micronesia in 2008. “‘Survivor’ was a learning experience. It definitely pushed my limits and my boundaries and was really challenging,” she said of the often harrowing moments she endured. Orlins lived mostly on a diet of coconuts and the root vegetable manioc while on Vanuatu in the South Pacific. During one night, she recalled a particularly unpleasant incident when she...
    When Green book won the Oscar for Best Film two editions ago there were many critical voices, but few with the volume of that of Spike lee. The director was not convinced by the approach of Peter farrelly to the racist problem in the US, and since it ended up imposing itself on his film Infiltrators in the KKKlan, which was also nominated, the anger was understandable. Lee’s reaction to the victory of Green book was much commented on then, and has come back to the fore in relation to his recent film Give 5 Bloods (Brothers in Arms) and the oblivion that it has suffered at the hands of some calls for prizes. Among them the Golden Globes, which precisely in its last edition were involved in controversy due to the limited diversity of its members. During an interview at The New York Times, Lee has talked about the journey of Give 5 Bloods in the current race to the Oscars, and brought up the memory of Green book. Well, I’d say I had a feeling that the...
    The race to replace Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is anyone’s game, insiders say. “It’s a completely wide open race at this point. Most of the public doesn’t know any of these candidates really well yet,” Janos Marton, a one-time contender for the job who dropped out in December, told The Post. Vance confirmed on Friday he would not stand for reelection. He has served as Manhattan DA since 2010. Among the most notable aspirants are Tali Weinstein, a Rhodes Scholar, law professor and former clerk to then-Judge Merrick Garland. She most recently served as general counsel to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. Weinstein has the added advantage of being married to Boaz Weinstein, a hedge fund manager worth hundreds of millions of dollars, in a campaign that’s expected to be expensive. Another contender is Alvin Bragg, a Harlem resident and most recently chief deputy attorney general in New York state. Executive Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg.BRIGITTE STELZER There’s also Lucy Lang, a director of John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecutions; Diana Florence, a...
    This week on The Brief, hosts Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld interviewed two fierce women who are fighting for a progressive agenda through their work. This episode’s guests were Jill Barkley Roy, the Affiliate Director of Emerge America, a training organization that focuses on recruiting, training, and supporting Democratic women from all across the country to run for office at all levels; and Eliza Orlins, candidate for Manhattan district attorney. Markos and Kerry opened the show talking about how Democratic strategy has shifted—and continues to do so—since Barack Obama left office. On bipartisanship and placating Republicans, both agree that this strategy is not only unnecessary—it also has been proven to be ineffectual. Markos believes the “fatal flaw” of the Obama administration was the desire to get Republican support on legislation in the hopes of seeming “bipartisan.” As Kerry explained, I think it’s such a new day in Washington, because Democrats have been like, for decades, ‘If we just go the centrist route and get a few Republican votes, we will be seen as bipartisan, and that will win us elections.’ … But I’ll tell...
    Progressive candidate Deborah Gonzalez will be Georgia's first Latina district attorney after she won a race for the position on Tuesday. Gonzalez told NBC News that her victory to become the Western Judicial Circuit district attorney will also make her the first woman to become the district attorney for the circuit and the first Puerto Rican woman in the country to be elected as district attorney.  The progressive candidate defeated James Chafin in a runoff and will serve Clarke County, which contains the city of Athens, and Oconee County. The unofficial results show Gonzalez won about 51.66 percent of the vote, while Chafin earned 48.34 percent, according to NBC News.  “We did this together,” she said in a video posted to Facebook on Tuesday. “This is the people’s vote. We are ready to roll up our sleeves, work really hard to bring justice to Athens and Oconee.” Her platform includes ending cash bail for low-level crime, ending use of the death penalty and addressing racial disparity in the justice system. Gonzalez, a former Georgia state House representative, could participate in the race after the Georgia Supreme...
    By Brian Melley | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Advocates for criminal justice reform who have elected a wave of progressive prosecutors nationwide captured the crown jewel Friday as former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon defeated Los Angeles DA Jackie Lacey. The bitter race to run the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office was seen as a referendum on whether LA voters wanted to reform policies after a summer of activism over police brutality and racial inequality ignited by George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis police. The election created an unusual dynamic in which Gascon, a former beat cop and police chief, was opposed by law enforcement unions, while Lacey, the first woman and Black person to run the office, was criticized by Black Lives Matter activists. Gascon had nearly 54% of the 3 million votes counted when an emotional Lacey conceded, saying that even though votes remained to be counted, her consultants concluded she could not make up the difference. “Our nation is going through a reckoning, and what happened in my election may one day be listed as a...
    LOS ANGELES (CBS / AP) — Los Angeles voters have elected former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, who ran on a platform of criminal justice reform, to run the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office. Gascon unseated two-term incumbent Jackie Lacey, who conceded defeat Friday after a race that was seen as a referendum on reforming justice. The race created an unusual dynamic in which Gascon, a former Los Angeles beat cop and San Francisco police chief, was fiercely opposed by law enforcement unions and Lacey, the first woman and Black person to run the office, was criticized by Black Lives Matter activists. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Gascon vowed to bring sweeping changes to the office such as jailing only dangerous criminals and holding police officers accountable for unjustified killings. Gascon’s message resonated with voters after a summer of activism over the killing of George Floyd brought attention to the issue of police brutality and racial inequality. Lacey ran on a more traditional law-and-order platform focused on public safety. Gascon served as District Attorney in San...
    George Gascon at City Hall in San Francisco in 2009, when he was chief of the city's police department.Eric Risberg/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.In one of the highest-profile races for criminal justice reform this year, George Gascón, a progressive challenger, has won the election to become Los Angeles’ next district attorney, beating an incumbent who was heavily criticized for not charging enough police officers who killed people in their custody.  Gascón, who promised to prosecute more officers, had about 53 percent of the vote Friday morning, prompting his opponent Jackie Lacey to concede the race even though ballots are still being counted. “My consultants tell me that while I may close the gap between the two of us, I will not be able to make up enough, based on the trending of the ballots, to win this election,” Lacey, the first woman and first Black person to hold the position, said in an emotional speech at the Hall of Justice, where protesters often gathered to oppose...
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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California election (all times local): 10:10 p.m. A progressive prosecutor promising major criminal justice reforms jumped out to an early lead in the bitter race to run the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon led two-term incumbent DA Jackie Lacey with 54% of more than 2.5 million votes counted Tuesday. The race is a test to see if residents are willing to reform criminal justice following months of protests over police brutality. Lacey is the first woman and Black person to hold the office, and Gascon was a longtime police officer. The winner will run the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office. 9:50 p.m. California voters were soundly rejecting a measure requiring a doctor or highly trained nurse at each of the state’s 600 dialysis clinics. Proposition 23 was the second measure seeking to regulate dialysis clinics that had been placed on the ballot in recent years by unions representing health care workers. It drew enormous spending. Supporters say a doctor is needed at clinics whenever the...
    Incumbent Republican District Attorney Jackie Johnson has been defeated by Independent Keith Higgins in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit. More than 86,000 voters cast a ballot in the contested judicial race spanning across Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis, and Wayne counties in south Georgia. Higgins carried 52.8% of the vote. The results of the race between Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson and challenger Keith Higgins are as follows: APPLING CAMDEN GLYNN JEFF DAVIS WAYNE
    MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa District Attorney’s office is getting ready to publicly release data that local lawyers, activists, and journalists have been seeking for years: a breakdown of charging decisions and outcomes of criminal cases by race, gender, and other demographic information. The data is being compiled as part of the District Attorney’s partnership with the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, a data-driven nonprofit that pursues progressive policies and training in the justice system. The data will cover a five-year period starting in 2014 and include “case dispositions, charges and enhancements, demographics, pleas, bail, sentencing,” along with the defendants’ race, gender, and other identifying information, a District Attorney spokesman said. “Data from any law enforcement agency tells a story. We need this data analysis to improve our communication with the public and our law enforcement partners,” District Attorney Diana Becton said in a written statement as part of a news release. “As a former judge and now district attorney, I understand the systemic issues in our county with racial disparities. We must think critically about how best to...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Incumbent Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey took part in a virtual debate Thursday night against George Gascón, the man attempting to unseat her, amid one the most closely watched Southern California races this November to decide will lead the nation’s largest local prosecutor’s office. “But now that he sees the job, he wants it, and he’ll say whatever he can to get it,” Lacey said. “Mrs. Lacey is out of touch with reality, and her rhetoric doesn’t match her actions,” Gascon responded. The 63-year-old Lacey is seeking her third term as L.A. County DA, a position she has held since December 2012. The 66-year-old Gascón, a retired Los Angeles police officer, has served as both police chief and district attorney for San Francisco. Both appointments were made by current California governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Both candidates started the debate accusing each of letting hate crime spike on their respective watches. “You’re actually safer from violent crime in L.A. County, if you look at crime per capita, than you are in...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) —  Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Monday joined Mayor Eric Garcetti in endorsing George Gascón in the race for Los Angeles County district attorney. Ridley-Thomas tweeted the following message in support of the former LAPD officer and former San Francisco DA: “Our values and priorities are aligned when it comes to ending mass incarceration, investing in diversion, re-entry and real mental health solutions for the homeless. I urge you to support him too.” He is the only one of the five L.A. County supervisors who did not endorse Lacey in the March primary. A day earlier, Mayor Garcetti announced he was withdrawing his support of incumbent D.A. Jackie Lacey, who is running for her third term, and called Gascón “a leader who I have known and trusted for nearly twenty years who can meet this moment.” Garcetti said he is “proud to endorse” Gascón for the role, months after he initially gave his endorsement to Lacey before Gascón entered the race. The reversal of the mayor’s support for Lacey comes after protests against brutality and...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has pulled his endorsement for incumbent Jackie Lacey and is now endorsing challenger George Gascón in the race for L.A. County District Attorney.Garcetti had previously endorsed Lacey, but hinted this summer that he was re-evaluating his stance on the race."I am proud to endorse George Gascón for District Attorney. He knows how to promote public safety through partnerships with and beyond law enforcement," Garcetti said in a statement Sunday."George Gascón will help our county shift the burden from the criminal justice system and jails toward diversion, intervention, and re-entry programs that save money and save lives," the statement said.RELATED: ABC7 Presents the LA County District Attorney DebateEMBED More News Videos Marc Brown moderated as Jackie Lacey and George Gascón met in an hour-long debate on ABC7. In the wake of nationwide protests calling for criminal justice reforms after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, many officeholders have walked back their endorsements of Lacey.Gascón is a former San Francisco D.A. and Los Angeles police officer.Gascón has said he would abolish...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reversed his endorsement of current L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who is running for her third term this November, opting to support former LAPD officer George Gascón instead. “I am proud to endorse George Gascón for District Attorney. He knows how to promote public safety through partnerships with and beyond law enforcement. George Gascón will help our county shift the burden from the criminal justice system and jails toward diversion, intervention, and re-entry programs that save money and save lives. He is a leader who I have known and trusted for nearly twenty years who can meet this moment,” Garcetti said in a statement released on Sunday. “I am honored to have the support of Mayor Garcetti, and if I’m fortunate to have the support of the voters, I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and work together once again to enhance the safety and livability of our communities,” Gascón responded. “We have a tremendous opportunity to make deep, substantive changes in the largest county in America, and together I...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón pledges to reopen four deadly police shooting investigations that current Los Angeles County D.A. Jackie Lacey declined to prosecute. Among those include the killings of two unarmed people captured on video."They open up significant questions for me," said Gascón about the D.A.'s conclusions in light of available evidence.Among the cases is the 2013 killing of Ricardo Diaz Zeferino by Gardena police. Officers believed he and two other men were suspects of a bicycle theft. But Zeferino's brother was the victim. Zeferino was not armed. After dropping his hands against officers orders, he's shot while his hands are down, palms facing out.MORE: ABC7 Presents the LA County District Attorney Debate"You can see somebody whose hands are coming down and he's shot and killed -- I find it offensive," Gascón said.Gascón said he'd also reopen the investigation into Brendon Glenn's killing in Venice in 2015. For months, Katherine Mader, former LAPD inspector general and retired judge, and Je Long Jung, senior trial attorney under President Barack Obama's civil rights division of...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has endorsed George Gascón over incumbent Jackie Lacey in the election for Los Angeles County District Attorney, one of the most heated local races upcoming this November. Newsom made the unsurprising announcement Tuesday. “This November Angelenos will choose who to turn to as calls to reimagine our dated system of justice grow louder, and I urge them to join me once again in turning to George Gascón,” Newsom said. The two men have a close history. When mayor of San Francisco, Newsom selected the now 66-year-old Gascon to be chief of police for the city. Then, in 2011, he again appointed Gascón to the post of San Francisco District Attorney to replace Kamala Harris, who had been elected state attorney general. Gascón earned a November runoff against Lacey after coming in second to her in the March primary. Lacey received 48.65% of the vote to Gascón’s 28.22%. Lacey needed to finish with more than 50% of the vote to avoid the runoff. Lacey has been under increasing pressure from critics. Protesters have...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom threw his support behind the challenger in the race for Los Angeles County District Attorney.The governor's endorsement of George Gascon, former San Francisco District Attorney, was announced Tuesday, citing his "track record of getting results," Newsom said in a statement."This November Angelenos will choose who to turn to as calls to reimagine our dated system of justice grow louder, and I urge them to join me once again in turning to George Gascón," Newsom added.The winner of the race will oversee the largest prosecutor's office in the U.S., which has been run by incumbent Jackie Lacey, who has faced significant endorsement fallout in her re-election bid.DEVELOPING: The above video is from a previous report. This story will be updated.
    Bachelorette Star Tayshia Adams Dating History Amazing green homes that cost nothing to run Da Costa stretches his lead as Formula E resumes BERLIN (Reuters) - Antonio Felix da Costa stretched his Formula E lead on Wednesday as the all-electric series resumed its COVID-19-hit season behind closed doors at Berlin's Tempelhof airport after 158 days without racing. © Reuters/FABIAN BIMMER FILE PHOTO: Formula E - Berlin E-Prix The Portuguese started the first of a final six races in the space of nine days in the German capital from pole position with DS Techeetah team mate Jean-Eric Vergne, the defending champion, alongside. He then led from start to finish and also set the fastest lap to become the first double winner this season. "Everyone is assuming that I have to win it and that is a lot of pressure but I take it well," he said of his status as title favourite. "Yes I want to win it, but there is a long way to go." Da Costa had also won the last race before the season was suspended...
    Ballots are still being counted, but the Westchester County District Attorney’s race could already be decided, according to challenger Mimi Rocah. Rocha’s camp is declaring victory, saying that her winning margin on Election Day “leaves little hope for incumbent (District Attorney) Tony Scarpino" in what was expected to be a tight race. “With tens of thousands of paper ballots yet to be counted and a week for additional ballots to arrive, the results are not expected to be finalized for several weeks,” she wrote in an email. "However, the strength of her winning margin on Election Day leaves little hope for incumbent Tony Scarpino, who was dogged in the closing weeks of the campaign for failing to act on allegations of police misconduct and systemic corruption in local law enforcement.” As of Wednesday morning on June 24, the Westchester Board of Elections said Rocah has tallied 20,837 (68 percent) of votes, while Scarpino was at 9,668 (32 percent) votes with some still to be counted. Upwards of 50,000 absentee ballots are still expected to be counted during the next week. Rocha, 49,...
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