As Republican lawmakers across the country try to steer their states to the ‘Right’ on issues like guns, abortion and immigration…
They come across DA’s that use their ‘discretion’ to apply the law*, something they have done since day one….
An emerging effort maybe under way for the lawmakers to ‘mandate’ what their state’s top law enforcement people to do…(Race seems to be simmering below the surface in some cases)….
Moving politics deeper INTO their state’s law enforcement …
Am I’m wrong…Or?
Is American state’s moving deeper into lock step governance like top-down authoritarian countries?
Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida last year suspended a Democratic prosecutor in the Tampa area, Andrew Warren, after Mr. Warren said, among other things, that he would not prosecute anyone seeking abortions. The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House voted in November to impeach Larry Krasner, the liberal district attorney in Philadelphia. And a Republican-backed bill currently under consideration in the Indiana legislature would allow a special prosecuting attorney, appointed by the state attorney general, to step in if a local prosecutor is “categorically refusing to prosecute certain crimes.”
The debate in Georgia is unfolding amid mounting concerns over urban crime, particularly in Atlanta. But Ms. Willis has been a centrist law-and-order prosecutor who has targeted some prominent local rappers in a sprawling gang case. She is also part of the changing face of justice in Georgia: The state now has a record number of minority prosecutors — 14 of them — up from five in 2020, the year Ms. Willis, who is Black, was voted into office.
And of course, there is the Trump inquiry, the latest accelerant to the partisan conflagrations that have consumed the increasingly divided state for years. The subject of Ms. Willis’s investigation is whether Mr. Trump and his allies tried to flout Georgia’s democratic process with numerous instances of interference after his narrow 2020 election loss in the state….
Ms. Willis, who first described the bills as racist in a State Senate hearing last month, repeated the accusation in an interview at her downtown Atlanta office this week, pointing out that the majority of Georgians now live within the jurisdictions of the 14 minority prosecutors.
“For the hundreds of years we’ve had prosecutors, this has been unnecessary,” Ms. Willis said, referring to the bills. “But now all of a sudden this is a priority. And it is racist.”…
At the recent Senate hearing, Ms. Willis told lawmakers that rolling back prosecutorial discretion over when to bring charges would have broader consequences than they might imagine.
How many district attorneys, she asked them, “have prosecuted adultery?”
“That’s a law on the books,” she said…..
* The lawmakers ARE going to NOT get what they want completely in the end….
Trying to force DA’s to enforce EVERY possible crime woul immediuallt overwhelm their criminal justce systems , shitting them down….
In Georgia the effort to protect Trump and even some state politicans that maybe implicated in the Trump case is gonna expose a LOT of people to the spotlight from national media…..
My Name Is Jack says
Georgia crackers strike again!
U KNOW DA’s can’t charge EVERYONE the cops arrest….
The system would shut down in a minute….
This IS just a warning a la’ DeSantis ….
It’s NOT gonna work….