The Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) of Los Angeles County sued newly-installed, George Soros-backed District Attorney George Gascón on Wednesday over his recent orders to reduce sentence enhancements for certain crimes.
Gascón took office earlier this month and immediately announced radical changes, including an end to cash bail, a ban on the death penalty, and a prohibition on extended sentences for exacerbating circumstances, such as using a gun or belonging to a gang.
The new rules affected ongoing cases, such as a case involving a suspect charged with a double murder, including that of L.A. Sherrif’s Deputy Gilbert Solano. After intense public criticism and n outcry from the officer’s family, Gascón restored some enhancements, though only for a limited set of circumstances, such as hate crimes, child abuse, or sex trafficking.
BREAKING: Just days after new LA DA George Gascon said there would be “no exceptions” to his getting rid of all enhancements, he is changing course. Enhancements for hate crimes, elder abuse, child abuse, sex trafficking, financial crimes, etc will now be allowed. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/CvyKvoHQPI
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) December 18, 2020
The ADDA lawsuit seeks an injunction against Gascón’s new policy on sentences, saying that it violates California state law.
NEW: @LACountyADDA, the union representing nearly 1,000 L.A. County prosecutors, has filed a lawsuit against their boss, D.A. George Gascon, arguing that his directives to end enhancements, special circumstances, strikes, violate state law. Asking judge for an injunction. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/ZVIrQ9sFn6
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) December 30, 2020
In a statement, the ADDA explained:
As detailed in the lawsuit,