Purge in San Francisco Begins D.A. Chesa Boudin Fires Seven Prosecutors For...Prosecuting!
SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Starting a new job can be intimidating, especially if it’s a position of some type of authority. Taking a few days to ease into a position to get to know the system or business you’re working for, getting to know the people you work with, and what’s best for the job’s purpose overall is necessary.
Unless you’re Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s brand new District Attorney.
Then you jump right in headfirst, doing stupid crap right off the bat.
He did warn everyone that he was going to essentially make crime legal and rip justice away from victims, so at least we know he keeps his promises.
Chesa was in office as DA for an impressive two full days before he fired seven senior prosecutors, one of whom boasted over thirty years of experience. Why? Because he promised a “new style of justice,” and what better way to do that than have no one to prosecute the criminals?
In a statement after the firings, Chesa said: “I had to make difficult staffing decisions [Friday] in order to put in place a management team that will help me accomplish the work I committed to do for San Francisco.”
We can all read into the meaning behind his words: The people he fired actually wanted to do their jobs and seek retribution for criminals and justice for victims, which is so not Chesa’s jam. Although the prosecutors said they were “absolutely willing” to do things Chesa’s way, he kicked them to the curb.
Interestingly, the types of prosecutors kicked out Friday line up with his attempt to fix a “broken justice system” as he called it.
So far, the fired personnel are:
-Kara Lacey, a felony trial lawyer
-Ana Gonzalez, managing attorney in the office’s Gang Unit
-Linda Allen and Todd Barrett, managing attorneys in the General Felonies Unit
-Michael Swart, managing attorney of the office’s Homicide Unit
-Tom Ostly, a trial attorney in the Crime Strategies Unit
-Craig Menchin in the Writs and Appeals Unit Apparently, prosecutors are at-will employees, meaning they can be fired at any time without reason.
Oh, Chesa had a reason: He wants to keep criminals out of jail.