Los Angeles DA George Gascon recall group has 400,000 signatures; begins to see the “true light” at the end of the tunnel


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FIRST ON FOX: Organizers of a group trying to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said he collected a good chunk of the signatures needed to take the case to voters.

The recall campaign told Fox News Digital on Wednesday that it had collected more than 400,000 signatures and raised $6 million. The campaign needs 566,857 signatures – 10% of registered voters – by the July 6 deadline to ask the recall question on the November ballot.

LOS ANGELES GASCON RECALL ORGANIZERS OPTIMISTIC AS MORE SIGNATURES CONTINUE TO ARRIVE

A reminder sign of George Gascon and Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon. The group leading the recall effort said Wednesday it was getting more signatures in hopes of getting the recall question on a ballot.
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“We’re starting to see some real light at the end of the tunnel here and there’s a real plausible path to getting those signatures if we can just keep going,” campaign spokesman Tim Lineberger said.

The recall effort is the second since Gascon took office in December 2020. The first failed, but the current attempt has gained momentum amid a string of high-profile cases tied to Gascon’s progressive guidelines and to public criticism from victims of crime, elected officials and some of its own prosecutors.

Fox News has reached out to Gascon’s special adviser and his campaign spokesperson.

As crime has increased across the county, so too has scrutiny from its senior prosecutor, who has barred his assistant district attorneys from pursuing allegations of enhancement, which can significantly lengthen prison and prison sentences. charge minors as adults, even those accused of serious crimes, among others. .

The Minors Directive has since been amended after criticism over the case of a 26-year-old transgender woman who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl when she was 17.

While supporters hail Gascon as a reformer trying to change an inequitable criminal justice system, critics say his measures have emboldened criminals who no longer fear harsh punishments, even for serious offences.

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“I think probably 99% of the people of Los Angeles would make a better DA than George Gascon,” Assistant Los Angeles District Attorney Jon Hatami previously told Fox News of his boss. “We have a district attorney right now who is causing havoc and chaos in Los Angeles. His policies are making it more dangerous for individuals.”

Fox News’ Matt Leach and Jon Michael Raasch contributed to this report.


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