Does the Governor Have the Authority NOT to Enforce Laws?

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent executive order declaring a moratorium on the death penalty is a test of the boundaries of executive privilege. California Constitution Article 5, Section 1 states, “The supreme executive power of this State is vested in the Governor. The Governor shall see that the law is faithfully enforced.” But does the governor […]

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Emperor Newsom and Californians Distrust of Government

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

If you want an example of why a staggering 61% of Californians distrust their state government, look no farther than Governor/Emperor Gavin Newsom. In the past seven years, California voters three times voted on death penalty initiatives and made clear they want the death penalty in place and enforced. This week, in spite of the […]

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The Well-Founded Legal Challenges To SB 1391

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

In a recent op ed, UC Berkeley Dean Erwin Chemerinsky criticized the legal challenges filed against SB 1391 by multiple District Attorney Offices in California. These legal challenges were based on the grounds that the legislation was an unconstitutional amendment of Prop 57. As detailed in a letter from Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff […]

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The Long Stall

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

Every time the issue of capital punishment has been put before California voters, they have voted to keep the death penalty and rejected efforts to eliminate it. Yet our paternalistic elected officials and their appointees smugly substitute their own values over the ratified votes of the majority. This includes the Attorney General, who is supposed […]

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The Oddly Tragic Position of Wishing We Had Been Wrong…

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

We have repeatedly documented how ex-Governor Jerry Brown, falsely promised that violent felons would not be freed early from prison under Prop 57. Brown knew if he admitted the truth voters would reject his pet initiative. Reality has struck again.

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A Common Sense Public Safety Blueprint for Gov. Gavin Newsom

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

Governor Gavin Newsom enters office with a liberal resume and promises to fulfill a progressive agenda. But this doesn’t condemn the Governor to stumbling down the dangerous path that his predecessor carved out. This path is littered with a series of public safety experiments that former Gov. Jerry Brown championed and signed, including Props 47 […]

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Rebuked Repeatedly by the Supreme Court, Brown Sues to Prevent Voters from Following Suit

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

Governor Brown, having been rebuked multiple times last month by the California Supreme Court for “abuse of power” in issuing pardons and commutations, has now resorted to a lawsuit aiming to prevent voters from enacting common sense fixes to his badly flawed Proposition 57.

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Legislature and Governor to Crime Victims:  Drop Dead

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

The utter disdain for crime victims by Governor Brown and the State Legislature has been apparent for some time now. Two bills signed into law this past week are punctuation points on that fact. SB 1391 will prohibit 14 and 15-year-old juveniles from being tried in adult court for a crime, even if it was […]

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On Prop 57—Once Again, We Told You So

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

We told the truth about Prop 57 prior to the November 2016 election; that it would free violent felons years early. We said it would free sex offenders. We said it would free criminals whose sentences were enhanced due to prior violent strike offenses.  Well, the sex offenders already sued and won their claim that they are entitled to be […]

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State Legislature Proposes Additional Protections for Criminals at the Expense Of Victims

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

Proving once again that they care more about the welfare of criminals than victims and the public, the state Legislature continues to assail us with legislation to prevent criminals from being held fully accountable. Two cases in point: Senate Bill 1279 and Senate Bill 1437. SB 1279 would cap the maximum sentence for criminals who […]

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