The sweeping directives Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón issued on his first day in office are rankling longtime justice system officials, with the fight now playing out in some courtrooms.
Almost as soon as Gascón announced his reforms in his inaugural speech earlier this month, the powerful Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys representing hundreds of county prosecutors balked at the announcements. And several of the area’s largest police unions signaled shock and alarm at the changes, which would wipe out bail for thousands of defendants, eliminate most sentencing enhancements and end the death penalty.
Now, as the effects of Gascón’s orders ripple through the court system, a judge has pushed back, too. At least, at first.