We all want justice.
To get it’s version of justice, the left in the US has decided to push a Soros backed strategy for legal reform–unseating tough on crime prosecutors in local elections.
As reported by the New York Post:
For the last several years, billionaire philanthropist George Soros has been quietly financing a revolution in criminal justice reform, doling out tens of millions of dollars to progressive candidates in district attorney races throughout the country amid movements to abolish bail and defund the police.
Patrick Thayer at the Capital Research Center reports:
[W]hen it comes to Soros’s involvement in backing left-wing district attorneys, Soros really is the archvillain that rumor makes him out to be.
In fact, Soros’s influence on left-wing DA candidates is often wildly underestimated. Since 2016, when Soros first began to back the campaigns of district attorneys (presumably as part of the “Resistance” to the Trump administration), CRC researchers have tracked more than $29 million in funding from Soros through a personal network of political action committees (PACs) formed specifically to back left-wing DA candidates. In total, Soros cash has generously supported over 20 individual candidates, many of whom won their elections and remain in office today.
Our justice system is straightforward in its simplicity.
But that system is threatened by the “criminal first victim last” mindset of far-Left prosecutors whose soft-on-crime approach is contributing to a crime explosion & overwhelmed law enforcement.https://t.co/4tGRO6r4gg
— Jason Miyares (@JasonMiyaresVA) April 19, 2022
Prosecutors play a central role in determining who is charged, who goes to prison, and for how long. The left is coming for these local elections. The strategy is well funded and has already rolled out in communities across the US.
Tom Hogan, a former federal prosecutor, local prosecutor, and district attorney, wrote a piece for City Journal sounding the alarm:
A new group of idealistic, untested lawyers with limited or no prosecutorial experience and little interest in actually prosecuting criminals are running for the top prosecutor’s spot in smaller cities across the country. Many of these elections will be effectively decided in primaries this spring.
From Omaha to Portland, communities across the county are being challenged by progressive criminal reform strategies. And public defenders are running for the prosecutor’s office.
So what do voters get if they fall for the reform ploy? Crime, and lots of it.
Just ask voters in San Francisco. They’ve had enough of Chesa Boudin as their city’s district attorney and demand a recall. As noted by Hogan:
The child of convicted murderers from the radical Weather Underground, Boudin had never served as a prosecutor, much less the chief prosecutor for a major city. Instead, he had worked as a translator for the Hugo Chavez administration in Venezuela before attending law school, clerking for a federal judge, and working as a public defender. Upon running for district attorney, Boudin told voters that he intended to stop prosecuting crimes and empty out the jails, respectable goals for a public defender but dubious policies for a DA. Once elected, Boudin delivered on his promises—and crime, homelessness, and disorder have exploded in San Francisco. Boudin now faces a recall election, funded by disgusted citizens and businesses.
[As an interesting aside, on the last night NY governor Cuomo was in office he commuted Boudin’s father’s sentence for murder.]
The National Review had this to say about the radical left agenda:
In recent years, radical left-wing lawyers, many supported by billionaire George Soros, have won elected office across America. They have become district attorneys and state’s attorneys in many major American cities. These so-called Soros prosecutors, or progressive prosecutors, have betrayed the public trust and made our communities less safe. Instead of fighting crime, they are abetting it.
The results are in. Soft on crime policies fuel more crime. Soft on crime prosecutors demoralize law enforcement and place Americans at risk. If you agree, you’ll enjoy Leo Terrell’s take on criminal holidays in Democratic cities: