Southern California is now ground zero in the Radical Left’s campaign to elect “woke” prosecutors. Left-wing billionaires have launched a last-minute attack against Los Angeles D.A. Jackie Lacey, carpet-bombing her with millions of dollars in attack ads. George Soros and a group of other far-Left billionaires have pumped $2.5 Million to fund a media blitz to unseat D.A. Lacey, Los Angeles’s first black prosecutor. They have vowed to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat Lacey.
She has implemented sensible reforms such as diverting mentally ill defendants into treatment rather than jail, no longer sends people to jail for mere possession of marijuana, and established a conviction review unit to reverse wrongful convictions. You would think Lacey would be exactly the type of prosecutor the self-proclaimed reformers would support.
However, these wealthy radicals’ purpose is not to reform the system but to undermine it. What they are doing now to Jackie Lacey they have done in prosecutor races across the country. In the last five years this group of wealthy donors has poured more than $100 Million in last minute, dark money to (ostensibly) non-partisan pacs which in turn funnel money into paid workers who do the ground work to elect radical prosecutors. At the last minute these pacs pour huge sums of money into media buys. The billionaires are not seeking to elect true reformers, but instead install radicals who seek to overturn the entire criminal justice system.
If you think I am exaggerating let’s examine the record of some of the woke prosecutors Soros and his allies have installed:
Larry Krasner (Philadelphia) announced he won’t prosecute people arrested for the violence that rocked the city with widespread looting and many cars torched. He has dropped charges on more than 60 percent of shooting cases and dropped 37 percent of illegal firearms cases. It is not surprising then that shooting incidents in Philadelphia are up 57% from last year, and there have been 201 homicides so far this year, up 24%.
By Pat Nolan
About Pat Nolan
Pat Nolan is the Director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform. Previously, he served for 15 years in the California State Assembly, and was Assembly Republican Leader for four years. He was a leader on behalf of victims’ rights, and was awarded the “Victims Advocate Award” by Parents of Murdered Children.
Nolan was convicted of campaign finance violations and served 29 months in federal custody. He was recently pardoned by President Trump.