Soros-Funded George Gascon Forced to Drop Radical Policies after Backlash
DA facing uproar amid lenient policies on crime
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón has backed off from some of his controversial policies amid growing public outcry about lenient sentences, rising crime, and a newly-launched effort to force a recall election.
In 2020, Gascón was elected with help of George Soros's millions.
Soros has backed radical prosecutors across the country as Democrats pursue an agenda of “criminal justice reform.”
A massive crime wave overwhelmed many Democrat-run cities and is becoming a major political issue.
As Neon Nettle reported last year, Gascón faced backlash for releasing a convicted murderer just six years in what was meant to be a 50-year sentence.
This month, [Gascón’s] office used a legal technicality that will lead to the release of Andrew Cachu, a convicted murderer and documented gang member who was sentenced to 50 years in prison.Cachu was convicted of gunning down 41-year-old Louis Amela outside a Palmdale restaurant in 2015.
At the time, Cachu was a few weeks shy of his 18th birthday, but was tried as an adult.
An attorney for the Amela family says they are outraged about the release and shocked that the District Attorney’s Office failed to even consult with them about the move.
Gascón also faced criticism for sentencing a 26-year-old sex offender to juvenile prison for the violent assault of a 10-year-old girl.
As Breitbart reproted:
The case was tried in juvenile court because of Gascón’s policy of never trying juveniles as adults. As a result of the juvenile sentence, the convicted assailant, Hannah Tubbs, who has several other criminal convictions, will not have to register as a sex offender.
Gascón is now backing away from his policy on juvenile trials, and a few others:
Los Angeles County prosecutors can now seek to try juveniles as adults and pursue life sentences against defendants in some instances, according to memos issued Friday by Dist. Atty.
Gascón is marking a major shift in his all-or-nothing stances on specific criminal justice reform issues.
According to documents reviewed by The Times, committees will be created to evaluate “extraordinary” cases where a defendant’s conduct might require harsher penalties than those allowed under Gascón’s policies.
In cases involving juvenile defendants, that could mean transferring their cases to adult court.
In murder cases, that means prosecutors can now seek to file special circumstance allegations against a defendant in certain situations — such as killing a police officer who is on duty or killing a witness — making them eligible for a maximum sentence of life without parole.
Under California law, defendants convicted of murder with special circumstances can only be sentenced to death or life without parole, but Gascón’s ban on the use of capital punishment was not affected by Friday’s announcement.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has also issued a moratorium on the use of the death penalty statewide.
Democrats have refused to denounce prosecutors like Gascón, endorsed by the state’s political establishment.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti even switched his endorsement from incumbent Jackie Lacey, the first black woman to hold the job of L.A. District Attorney, to Gascón after Black Lives Matter targeted Lacey and Soros gave millions to Gascón’s campaign.
A second recall campaign was approved to begin gathering signatures last month after a previous effort fell short last year.