The Attempt to Buy District Attorneys Continues

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

After the Supreme court decided Citizens United, special interest dark money flooded political campaigns. District Attorney races, traditionally non-partisan, non-political, were not spared from this onslaught. Eighteen months ago we wrote about an example of this problem. Special interest groups, funded by George Soros, pumped millions of dollars into district attorney races across the county. […]

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LA County Board of Supervisors needs to ensure “Civil Justice” for crime victims

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

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently passed a motionto study the feasibility of creating a “Civil Defense Justice Unit” in the Public Defenders Office to represent “justice involved” individuals in various civil proceedings. (“Justice involved” is the newest politically correct term for “criminal defendant”:. This unit would assist criminal defendants with various civil […]

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New DNA tool helps identify murder victims and elusive killers and rapists

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

They’re neighbors. Church leaders. Business executives. They’re also murders and rapists who share a common bond in addition to their horrific crimes: they were all identified with a cutting-edge new tool called investigative genetic genealogy, or IGG. IGG itself is not new – it’s what millions of genealogists, family historians and adoptees worldwide use to […]

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Anti-Recidivism Coalition Provides Transformational Criminal Justice Reform

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

The ADDA has long advocated rehabilitation as an alternative to incarceration – so long as that rehabilitation is effective and successful.   We also believe reducing the prison population is a laudable goal so long as it can be done without endangering public safety. However, the initial focus should be on effective rehabilitation that does not […]

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State Legislature Continues Its Unwavering Commitment To Undermining Public Safety

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

The most dangerous number in Sacramento these days? 1182. That’s the designation of the latest assault on public safety. Assembly Bill 1182, introduced earlier this month by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, D-Los Angeles, would reduce the amount of time even dangerous offenders must spend on parole after being released from prison. If passed, it will march […]

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Newsom Supports Killers, Rapists And Torturers Over Victims And Their Survivors

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

In 2016, the people of California spoke loudly and unequivocally by passing Prop. 66, a ballot measure to reform and maintain the state’s death penalty. Last week, Governor/Emperor Gavin Newsom thumbed his nose at voters and victims of crime sided squarely with the state’s most monstrous murderers, rapists and torturers by imposing a moratorium on […]

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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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