Brooke Jenkins wins San Francisco district attorneys race

Acting District Attorney Brooke Jenkins is expected to defeat former San Francisco Police Commissioner John Hamasaki and civil rights attorney Joe Alioto Veronese, ending the possibility that the San Francisco District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, be replaced by a similar reforming prosecutor.

Jenkins declared victory last week the day after the election. Although the ballots are still being counted, on Tuesday she reached an insurmountable lead over Hamasaki, the second recipient of the votes.

Jenkins previously worked as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office under Boudin, a former public defender who implemented sweeping criminal justice reforms during his tenure as a prosecutor. Jenkins stop in 2021 after Boudin allowed a seriously mentally ill, unmedicated man convicted of murdering his mother to go to a public psychiatric hospital instead of prison. Although she describes herself as a progressive, Jenkins became an outspoken critic of Boudin and said she would volunteer to help recall him from duty. Jenkins was paid more than $100,000 for her work on the recall campaign, the San Francisco Standard reported earlier this year.

The campaign to recall Boudin has raised $7.2 million, drawing money from law enforcement, the real estate lobby and Republican mega-donors. Recall supporters pushed a false narrative that the San Franciscans were suffering from a crime wave and that Boudin was to blame. It worked. Pudding was recalled in June in a low turnout off-cycle election – only 26% of voters showed up to vote, and 60% of them chose to oust him.

Mayor London Breed appointed Jenkins as Boudin’s interim replacement, and she quickly dismissed 15 people in the district attorney’s office, including those who investigate wrongful convictions and police misconduct. Jenkins also called for reverse many of the reforms implemented by Boudin, including around the use of pretrial detention, improved sentencing, the prosecution of children as well as adults, and the provision of alternatives to incarceration for people convicted of drug-related offences.

Last month, a retired judge filed a complaint with the California State Bar accusing Jenkins of “publicly and falsely asserting that she never engaged in misconduct” and misrepresenting her role in Boudin’s recall campaign. The suit noted that a San Francisco appeals court found Jenkins guilty in 2016 of making inappropriate comments to jurors about a defendant not testifying — a finding that led to the quashing of the charge. conviction in this case.

A few days before the election, Mission Locale reported that after giving notice but before leaving the San Francisco district attorney’s office, Jenkins sent sensitive records to the personal email of another outgoing district attorney, apparently to use them in the upcoming effort to call Boudin back.




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