Los Angeles DA recall doesn’t qualify for ballot

Gascón has battled political headwinds — and multiple recall attempts — as he pushed to revamp crime and punishment in California’s largest county. Rising violent crime and a string of brazen offenses darkened the public mood as law enforcement rallied against Gascón and conservative media portrayed him as the epitome of lawlessness liberal.

After an initial recall push failed, this latest attempt garnered more than 700,000 raw signatures and around $6 million – much of it from wealthy donors, including prominent Republicans – while the forces of the order have closed ranks against the district attorney. Sheriff Alex Villanueva endorsed the recall effort, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck waived Gascón, and Gascón’s deputy prosecutors, who had opposed his election, voted overwhelmingly to support the reminder.

In a reflection of the larger political moment, other candidates running on policing platforms joined Gascón’s opponents. Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso endorsed the recall and donated $50,000 to help him qualify. Republican Attorney General candidate Nathan Hochman used Gascón as a foil and was on hand when supporters submitted recall signatures.

Gascón is a leading figure in a network of elected prosecutors working to reduce incarceration and criminal penalties, arguing that decades of harsh penalties have failed. He quickly followed through on his campaign platform by ordering sweeping sentencing changes, including barring prosecutors from charging minors as adults and seeking various enhancements that increase criminal penalties.

But only part of that survived. Deputy prosecutors sued and obtained a court order invalidating many of these changes. Gascón changed others after public backlash, including a case in which a woman arrested at 26 for sexually assaulting a child was charged as a minor because she allegedly committed the offense when she was 17. .


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