Prosecutors in Manhattan are heading for the exits on the heels of a memo issued by new District Attorney Alvin Braggs, the latest left-wing ‘counter-revolutionary’ DA elected to a major city who appears hell-bent on societal destruction.
After official taking office last week, Bragg said in a “Day One” memo prosecutors must begin seeking lesser charges and prison time for a host of crimes.
“I know one [ADA] who was with the office over 20 years who left without a job,” said a law enforcement source, according to Newsmax.”They didn’t want to work in this kind of office. They wanted to continue prosecuting the law.”
The outlet continued:
In his memo, Brigg said the assistant district attorneys should not seek prison sentences for many criminals, and that they were to downgrade some felony charges to misdemeanors. There is already an online petition seeking his removal, and at least a dozen lawyers have quit their jobs in the past two weeks.
Senior trial counsel Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, who prosecuted Harvey Weinstein and won a 2016 conviction in the 1979 murder of Etan Patz, is one of those who have resigned. She is a Republican but has been at the office since 1988, only leaving for a short time when she unsuccessfully ran for district attorney in Staten Island.
John Irwin, a one-time trial division chief, has also resigned, reports The Post, and an unnamed veteran prosecutor left after losing her title and being told she would have to work for a person Bragg was bringing in from the Legal Aid Society.
“He wants to get rid of all the senior people who prosecuted high-profile cases and replace them with young inexperienced people who think like him and don’t want to uphold the law,” a former prosecutor added.
A source added that none of the prosecutors who are leaving were fired.
The New York Post reported earlier this month:
Who needs soft-on-crime judges when the district attorney doesn’t even want to lock up the bad guys?
Manhattan’s new DA has ordered his prosecutors to stop seeking prison sentences for hordes of criminals and to downgrade felony charges in cases including armed robberies and drug dealing, according to a set of progressive policies made public Tuesday.
In his first memo to staff on Monday, Alvin Bragg said his office “will not seek a carceral sentence” except with homicides and a handful of other cases, including domestic violence felonies, some sex crimes and public corruption.
“This rule may be excepted only in extraordinary circumstances based on a holistic analysis of the facts, criminal history, victim’s input (particularly in cases of violence or trauma), and any other information available,” the memo said, according to the outlet.
The memo also instructed assistant district attorneys to always consider the “impacts of incarceration” including whether or not it actually increases public safety (of course, it does), as well as future potential barriers for convicts to get jobs, housing, and other necessities of life. And of course, ADAs are to consider “the racial disparities over who gets time,” The Post added.
“In cases where prosecutors do seek to put a convict behind bars, the request can be for no more than 20 years for a determinate sentence, meaning one that can’t be reviewed or changed by a parole board,” the paper continued.
The memo added: “The Office shall not seek a sentence of life without parole” — apparently no matter how horrendous the crime.
That includes armed robbery if no one gets hurt and there was never a “genuine risk of physical harm,” though Bragg doesn’t explain how anyone who’s being robbed at gunpoint would arrive at a place where they did not think they were going to be seriously harmed.
It’s no wonder the Manhattan DA’s office is seeing prosecutors walk. They know better than anyone what a risk Bragg is to the social fabric of New York City.