George Soros-backed winner plans to remake the Los Angeles area into Thunderdome.
In 2018, Legal Insurrection started covering leftist billionaire George Soros’ plans to take over the nation’s District Attorney offices and decimate the American criminal justice system.
Soros’ team has helped elect Los Angeles County’s new District Attorney George Gascón. Gascón announced sweeping changes as he was sworn into office, including the end of cash bail.
As he assumed the head of the largest prosecutor’s office in the nation Monday, he said his new agenda for Los Angeles — which includes ending cash bail for certain minor offenses, the death penalty and the practice of charging juveniles as adults — will differ from his predecessor’s in order to better prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and restore victims.
“I recognize that these are big changes, but they are changes that will enable us to actually affect the truly vulnerable,” Gascón said.
Gascón announced he is immediately ending the cash bail system, adding that experts believe hundreds of incarcerated individuals would be eligible for released tomorrow under a new pretrial release policy. He said his office will also roll out a plan to eliminate all bail in the nation’s most populous county beginning January 1, 2021.
How popular is ending cash bail with most citizens? Not very.
To begin with, this November, California voters rejected the proposition that would have ended cash bail, replacing it with risk assessments.
On the other coast, New York was forced to retreat on its grandiose bail reform schemes. The rollback occurred after a serial robber proclaimed the bail-free system “a beautiful thing,” and anti-Semitic attackers left jail only to target new victims.
On top of ending cash bail for “minor offenses,” Gascón will decline to prosecute an extensive number of misdemeanors.
As of Tuesday, many misdemeanor cases will be declined or dismissed prior to arraignment unless “factors for considerations” exist. The list of offenses includes trespassing, disturbing the peace, a minor in possession of alcohol, driving without a license, driving with a suspended license, making criminal threats, drug and paraphernalia possession, being under the influence of a controlled substance, public intoxication, loitering to commit prostitution and resisting arrest.
In addition, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty and those accused of misdemeanors and low-level felonies will be referred to community-based programs.
For juveniles, those accused of misdemeanors will no longer be prosecuted.
“Our prosecutorial approach should be biased towards keeping youth out of the juvenile justice system and when they must become involved, our system must employ the “lightest touch” necessary in order to provide public safety,” Gascon said in another order.
Finally, it appears that the new LA County DA is skeptical that voter fraud in California is significant. Legal Insurrection readers may recall a 2016 case in which 80 different ballots went to a single address. At the time, Gascón offered this analysis:
“There’s nothing rigged about our elections, and even when there are some minor irregularities, the reality is that they will be statistically insignificant,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said Tuesday at a news conference meant to reassure voters.
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