The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing in New York City next week to highlight Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s deliberate choice not to prosecute serious crime while at the same time deciding to go after Donald Trump. Let’s take a closer look at Alvin Bragg:
More than a dozen prosecutors in Manhattan have quit because Bragg is soft on crime. “They didn’t want to work in this kind of office. They wanted to continue prosecuting the law,” a source told the New York Post.
Bragg is bought and paid for. George Soros donated $1 million to get Bragg elected. Soros denies it, but it’s undisputed he donated $1 million to the Color of Change group only days after Color of Change pledged to donate $1 million to Braggs’ campaign. That’s quite a coincidence, don’t you think?
When he was installed in office, Bragg issued a “day one” memo to staff directing them not to prosecute armed robberies. After a raft of criticism, he tried to weasel out of it, saying he only meant armed robberies where something other than a gun was used, but a plain reading of the memo shows it did instruct prosecutors not to bring felony charges in some instances for armed robberies with guns, but to downgrade the charges to misdemeanors, instead. Any way you slice it, it’s still an insane policy coming out of the same Woke school of thought that says abolish all prisons and courts. This is normalizing serious criminal behavior, something Bragg said he will not do when it comes to Donald Trump.
His office has unleashed another insane policy on the City. His lead prosecutor, Meg Reis, believes in ‘restorative justice’ – attempting to rehabilitate criminals by arranging kumbaya meetings between victims and offenders. She believes “incarceration doesn’t really solve any problems” and criminals are not really “bad dudes”. The victims of crime would beg to differ. This policy allowed a murderer to escape jail time. Moreover, this is the “default” position of the office, even for violent felons, and she works with a left-wing nonprofit called Common Justice to screen cases and divert them away from incarceration. Diversion is not a new concept in criminal justice but, until the Woke crowd came along, it was reserved for minor cases like shoplifting. But murderers and violent felons? Kumbaya!
One consequence of all this is that New York City police officers are leaving the department in record numbers. They’re fed up with being told they’re the enemy and with watching the thugs they arrest go right back out on the streets due to the state’s cashless bail law. Overtime costs for the officers who are left are through the roof, double the City’s extra-duty budget.
The City is dealing with an explosion of youth and gang violence. High rates of assault, car theft, and shoplifting continue to plague the City. Jim Jordan is right to throw a spotlight on all this and to question Alvin Bragg’s priorities in going after Trump.
The indictment fails to specify the underlying crime necessary to prosecute Trump. Thus, it fails to inform Trump of the charges against him, thereby violating his Due Process rights. Maybe Alvin Bragg should stick to prosecuting crimes we can see instead of obsessing on ones we cannot.
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