Philly’s new progressive DA instituting ‘wild, unprecedented criminal justice reforms’

Philly’s new progressive DA instituting ‘wild, unprecedented criminal justice reforms’
Larry Krasner, Soros' man in Philly. (Image: Screen grab of WHYY News video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Ignoring the law on plea-sentence guidelines, suing doctors and Big Pharma instead of taking local dealers off the streets, prioritizing an in-house “innocence project”…what could go wrong?  This is the guy we published on when he took office in January.  You broke it, you bought it, Philly. Don’t say you weren’t warned.]

In the church, queries and complaints from constituents that might have made his predecessors cringe were softballs for [new DA Larry] Krasner: a loved one has been wrongfully incarcerated? Send the case to the revamped Conviction Review Unit, a sort of in-house innocence project. How can lying officers be kept off the stand? He has staff working to verify and expand a formerly secret “do not call” list of 29 suspect officers. Late in the meeting, one elderly woman asked a question that cuts to the core of concerns for those who doubt Krasner’s reforms: What would he do about the drug dealers and users on her street that make her feel unsafe? He didn’t miss a beat: “The past solution was to lock [corner drug dealers] all up and that didn’t work. We have to go after root cause,” he says. This came after an extended riff promising “to go after doctors, and pharmaceutical corporations” for their role in the nation’s opioid crisis. Notably, his office had already initiated legal proceedings against some of those pharmaceutical companies. …

Over 90 percent of criminal cases nationwide are decided in plea bargains, a system which has been broken beyond repair by mandatory minimum sentences and standardized prosecutorial excess. In an about-face from how these transactions typically work, Krasner’s 300 lawyers are to start many plea offers at the low end of sentencing guidelines. For most nonviolent and nonsexual crimes, or economic crimes below a $50,000 threshold, Krasner’s lawyers are now to offer defendants sentences below the bottom end of the state’s guidelines.

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