The number of DA’s is up to 84 in 29 states….
As the days go by…..
And it sinks in that the Alito 5 are not in sych with the majority of Americans on their ‘Rights’?
Level headed local officals and others ARE seeking to find ways to get around the politics of a few on the High Court…(Will state Attorney General’s still go after women?…Will they risk the national media attention of women in cuff’s for having an abortion along with violent crime suspects?…Would they?)
There will be more action to counter the 6 judges efforts to drag American backwards….
The High Court ruling puts it up to the state POLITICANS….Hmmmm?
Dozens of elected prosecutors across the country — including a number representing blue cities nestled inside red states — are pledging to not press charges against patients or providers over abortion in the wake of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling giving states full control over abortion policy.
So far, 84 district attorneys and other prosecutors from 29 states and territories and Washington, D.C., have signed the statement distributed by Fair and Just Prosecution. Altogether, the officials represent jurisdictions covering 87 million Americans, according to the organization.
Significantly, the signatories include district attorneys in states like Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas — all Republican-controlled states with abortion “trigger bans” set to activate within a month, now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. Other prosecutors have also joined in via public statements online.
“Criminalizing abortion will not end abortion; it will simply end safe abortions, forcing the most vulnerable among us — as well as medical providers — to make impossible decisions,” the statement read. Later, it added: “Our legislatures may decide to criminalize personal healthcare decisions, but we remain obligated to prosecute only those cases that serve the interests of justice and the people.”
The statement marks a public, preemptive deployment of “prosecutorial discretion” in the battle over abortion policy. Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have significant leeway over what cases they choose to pursue.
But it’s still unclear what practical effect the prosecutors’ stand will have in each state…..
“The Prosecutor’s Office will continue to use its limited resources on addressing violent crime and those that threaten the safety of the public at large,” Mears continued.
Prosecutors in 45 states are elected, Hessick noted, and they have used their ability to decline cases in recent years to effectively decriminalize recreational marijuana use or homelessness in their jurisdictions in recent years.
“Back in the ‘60s, there were prosecutors who took a public stance saying that they weren’t going to prosecute violations of the segregation laws that were on the books,” Hessick said. “The power to not prosecute is exercised every single day, and people just don’t really know about it.”….