Spectrum News 1: Judge Mulls DA Union Request to Stop DA From Enforcing Directives

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The union representing Los Angeles County prosecutors urged a judge Tuesday to issue a preliminary injunction stopping District Attorney George Gascón from enforcing directives eliminating three-strikes allegations and some sentencing enhancements, but a lawyer for the county’s top prosecutor said that would thwart the will of voters who elected Gascón.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant did not immediately rule, saying he was taking the issues under submission and may have a decision by the end of the week. However, he commented on the absolute nature of the language in the directives, saying Gascón would probably be on safe ground if he instead said he would “rarely” seek some sentencing enhancements instead of saying never.

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