Oppose the L.A. County Initiative To Defund Public Safety and Unlawfully Delegate Control over the Budget

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

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in support of a charter amendment for the November ballot that would defund public safety and require a minimum of 10% of the County’s unrestricted general funds —ROUGHLY $880 MILLION — to be spent on direct community investment and alternatives to incarceration. The proponents on the Board […]

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Flawed Berkeley Law Study Produces Flawed Conclusions

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

The Death Penalty Clinic at Berkley Law released a study last week that concludes that “racial discrimination is an ever-present feature of jury selection in California.” The study was authored by long-time criminal defense attorney Elisabeth Semel, who runs the Death Penalty Clinic at UC Berkeley. It is clear that many of the erroneous conclusions […]

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Legislation Advances Allowing Sleeping, Hostile and Unintelligible Jurors

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

As a member of the public, who would you choose to serve as a juror on a serious criminal case? Jurors need to be responsible enough to get to court on time every day. They must be attentive to complex evidence. They must listen to and comprehend legal instructions from the judge. They must sit […]

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So Much for the Safeguarding of Crime Victims’ Rights

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

In another exhibition of fluff and political grandstanding, George Gascón has promised that if elected District Attorney he would seek resentencing for the 229 inmates on death row who were tried and sentenced in Los Angeles County. Never mind that there is no legal authority for him to recall and resentence a person already on […]

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The Spotlight Of Truth

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

While the internet may have flaws, one of its redeeming features is that those who have do not own a printing press or media outlet no longer have to rely on the largess of newspapers or media outlets to have their voice heard. The internet has allowed the ADDA to use our News & Advocacy […]

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George Gascón Spins As Attempts To Explain the Failures of Prop 47

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

In a devastating investigative series titled “Meth Mayhem,” Fox 11 examined the drug and homeless crisis on L.A. streets, as well as Prop 47’s contribution to that crisis. George Gascón, one of the authors of Prop 47, was given extensive airtime to respond to the series and one of his statements caught our eye. Gascón […]

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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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