City News Service: LA District Attorney Criticized by Fresno County DA Over New Directives

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Fresno County’s top prosecutor has penned a letter to her counterpart in Los Angeles County, telling him that a series of controversial directives he issued upon taking office last month are “extreme” and “already wreaking havoc on crime victims.”

The letter, dated Monday, is the second that George Gascon has been sent in recent weeks in which a district attorney from another county has refused to grant him jurisdiction in cases involving defendants accused of committing crimes in the counties they represent.

Last week, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert characterized many of Gascon’s directives as “illegal and unconstitutional” — a contention repeated again by Fresno County D.A. Lisa A. Smittcamp.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office could not be reached for immediate comment on the latest letter.

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