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Recall of LA’s Soros Prosecutor Faces Brutal Setback as Gascon Doubles Down

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2022
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AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

The effort to force a recall election of the hard-left Los Angeles district attorney, George Gascon, whose radical approach to criminal justice unleashed mayhem on the city, has been dealt a potentially fatal blow.

On Monday, Los Angeles County announced that an extraordinarily high portion of the signatures for the recall petition—27%—have been ruled invalid. Although the recall effort’s backers plan to challenge the County’s findings, the announcement would, if it stands, leave the campaign without the required number of signatures for the measure to be included on the ballot this fall.

The setback leaves America’s second largest city facing the prospect of at least two more years with Gascon in the prosecutor’s office, as the city is being torn apart by a historic crime wave brought on by his extreme left-wing policies.

Gascon, meanwhile, far from being deterred by the threat of the recall effort against him, has only doubled down.

Just a few weeks ago, with the recall campaign in full swing, Gascon announced that he was disbanding the Parole Unit, more commonly known as the “Lifer Unit,” which is charged with notifying victims when their assailants are up for parole. The Lifer Unit, in addition to providing information about sentencing, also provides valuable emotional support for families who have been victims of violent crime.

While the DA’s office claims this was done to protect against the “triggering” of victims, victim advocacy groups have argued that it only further shields criminals from accountability –paving the way for them to be released back onto the streets, often to commit more crimes.

Patricia Wenskunas, founder and CEO of Crime Survivors Inc., a California-based organization focused on helping victims of violent crime and their family members, told Fox News that Gascon is “going against every grain of support that the victims deserve and should have. And he’s supporting offenders and criminals.” Deputy District Attorney Julianne Walker, a longtime Gascon critic, further suggested that the real reason Gascon disbanded the unit was so that he “and his public defender cronies can, in essence, do what they’re doing in the dark, and no one will ever know.”

Deputy DA Walker’s skepticism is not unfounded. Throughout his tenure, Gascon has displayed a penchant for defying norms and even written law to enact his extremist agenda. Immediately after assuming office in December of 2020, for example, Gascon enacted a number of “reforms” to change how cases are prosecuted. Among these measures was one barring deputy district attorneys from prosecuting “strikes” and other sentencing enhancements. California has a “three-strike” rule that extends sentences for repeat offenders. This rule has effectively ensured recidivist rapists, murderers, and drug dealers remain in prison. In July, a court ruled against Gascon in a lawsuit and said that he must abide by the state’s three-strike rule. Never deterred, Gascon is appealing that decision – hiring one of the most high-profile and expensive lawyers in the country to represent him in his appeal efforts. California taxpayers will be footing the bill.

Meanwhile, Gascon’s soft-on-crime policies are continuing to wreak havoc on the lives of LA residents. Last month, police in Culver City, an area under Gascon’s jurisdiction, reported that “there has been a 90% increase in crime in 2021 and 2022, compared to numbers from 2018 and 2019.” Just last week, police officer Gardiel Solorio was gunned down by a repeat offender who was recently released early from prison thanks to Gascon’s policies – at least the third such incident this year of a convicted criminal being released early only to go on to kill a police officer. Last November, alleged gang member and convicted murderer Andrew Cachu was released only six years into a 50-year sentence. In July, police discovered Cachu passed out and intoxicated in a vehicle blocking traffic with a gun and “many drugs” in his car. The list goes on.

Throughout all of this, Gascon has remained unrepentant. In an interview with Politico’s Playbook Deep Dive, he bragged about how he won his election “handsomely” and thus has the right to implement whatever policies he wants. He also dismissed criticism of him as the result of a California “deep state,” blaming his ineffectiveness on not being able to fire the deputies critical of his tenure and replace them with loyalists. In a June appearance on a local LA tv station, Gascon boasted, “I know how to keep communities safe.” In 2021, LA had 397 murders, the highest total since 2007. Murders in 2022 are on pace to top even that.

Los Angeles County’s announcement this week marks a second, and likely decisive, defeat for the city’s residents who want to see common sense restored to the prosecutor’s office. After the first recall push against Gascon fizzled out last year, hopes for this second effort were high following the successful recall of fellow far-left prosecutor Chesa Boudin in San Francisco.

Regardless, the growing backlash against far-left criminal justice policies, often centered in deep blue urban centers like LA, has sent an undeniable message to leftist prosecutors nationwide – and their liberal billionaire backer George Soros – that, even if they cling to power, for now, the days of their assault on law and order may well be numbered.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.

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legally present
legally present
1 year ago

Hmm I wonder if those 27% voted in the last election?? You think?? Votes GOOD when it’s to get rid of President Trump, BUT BAD when they signed on for better safety. This guy is nuts!

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 year ago

Gascon should be in priuson. Kyle L.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 year ago

Gascon is hopelessly corrupt and incompetent. He should never have run for his political position, because his priorities are 100% backward. He is an unapologetic advocate for the criminals who cares more about understanding the imagined sufferings of the lawbreakers. He treats those humans who are considerate and ethical with disrespect and disdain. Gascon is himself a cold-blooded thug who lives in a chaotic world of public deception. For siding with the criminals, he should be both kicked out of office and locked up in prison for the good and safety of all law-abiding people.

R Anthony Botti
R Anthony Botti
1 year ago

if only someone in LA had the stones to place Gascon under citizen’s arrest

Dennis Belotti
Dennis Belotti
1 year ago

Gascon is more that a Socialist….He is a Nazi. Just what Soros wants.
When will the people of California take to the streets in mass revolt ?
As long as there is no mass protests these Communists will continue to subvert the citizens.

Stephen Nicholls
Stephen Nicholls
1 year ago

Please stop calling George Soros a liberal billionaire. He is any thing but liberal. Here are three terms that work, ultra-leftist/fascist or plain old Commie. Ya that’s sounds about right.

Steven Ford
Steven Ford
1 year ago

What a stupid person he must be! I’m surprised he hasn’t had an “accident” that takes his life!!!
SO glad I don’t live there. I’d move, as are a lot of people, simply because of the backwards policies in that state. They should be publicly executed!

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
1 year ago

I’m “shocked” to discover that LA swamp members have called 27% of signatures invalid! Why, we all know how “honest” they are, correct? If a DIMM told me the time, I’d check my watch to be sure!

Mark Jebe
Mark Jebe
1 year ago

You can’t unelect the people who control the elections. In most states the cabal can sway vote totals over 10% in either direction by injecting fraudulent ballots supposedly cast by habitually inactive or completely fictitious phantom voters. In a deep blue state like California that has embraced every form of election fraud known to man, the cabal can probably move vote totals at least 20%. In this case, the signatures will match when the cabal wants them to, and not match when it doesn’t want them to.

Read “Black Box Voting” and “The 2020 Coup” to see how they do it and how long they’ve been doing it. Massive, computerized election fraud goes back to the nineties, when use of computerized voting systems began to gain acceptance.

Chuck
Chuck
1 year ago

Build a wall around Washington state, Oregon and California as well as the Southern border. One around New York State and Massachusetts would be a good idea as well.

Arlene
Arlene
1 year ago

What is to like about high crime rates? I just don’t understand Gascons thinking that it’s a good thing? What does he have to gain from this?

TPS
TPS
1 year ago

So, is this similar to the nonexistent voter fraud?

Gort
Gort
1 year ago

Those who sign the petition decide nothing. Those who validate the signatures decide everything. (A paraphrase of Josef Stalin’s famous quote).

jocko
jocko
1 year ago

HOPE ALL THE CRIMINALS COMMIT CRIMES AGAISNT him AND his F….. FAMILY

jocko
jocko
1 year ago

ONLY ONE SURE AMD PERMANENT WAY TO STOP him………..

R L Huddleston
R L Huddleston
1 year ago

let’s face it . the communist are in charge.

Michael J
Michael J
1 year ago

Who verified all those signatures and who stands to gain by keeping him in office? Certainly not the people who want a “soft on crime” DA to remain in power. This certainly smells of a new type of voter fraud. Conveniently, the only mechanism to remove him is the corrupt election honor system.

Barrett Smith
Barrett Smith
1 year ago

Keep trying. Skunks fight hard when they are cornered.

Rik
Rik
1 year ago

I live in Orange County, Ca. In a city that borders L.A. County. I worked on the petition to Recall Gascon and I was NOT a volunteer. I am a paid “petitioner” so I was properly trained to question signers whereas most volunteer petitioners aren’t. Yet I do believe that these signatures were overly scrupulously reviewed to favor this Communist D.A. And I wasn’t surprised at the outcome. Volunteers are certainly enthusiastic BUT should always be trained properly. Now we’ll just have to see if they try a 3rd time!

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
1 year ago

I don’t smell ANY political bias there, do you?

Dennis M Struk
Dennis M Struk
1 year ago

SET ALL OF THOSE MISERABLE LEFTIES ON FIRE!!!

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
1 year ago

I do believe it’s illegal to do away with the program of notifying the victims of Lifer’s about possible releases. It doesn’t matter what a certain DA wants or not. It’s a state law and a federal law.

russel
russel
1 year ago

When politically active Prosecutors and Judges allow people to walk, the Prosecutor or Judge should be held criminally responsible for any crimes committed in the future, by the person they allowed to walk.

Jeb
Jeb
1 year ago

Perhaps it’s time for LA to burn. There are people who need in their face over and over proof that life needs to change. I’m sure you all know people like this. Can’t save everyone…

Grace
Grace
1 year ago

If the citizens of California don’t have the guts to perpwalk this zit out of his office after the second try. Then they deserve him. If more morons want him in office than citizens who want him out then maybe the citizens should move out and let the state implode on it’s idiocy. Since every one is leaving and no one is moving into the tarnished Golden State then leave it to the beggars, homeless, vagrants and Movie Stars.

DenvilleSr
DenvilleSr
1 year ago

I keep coming back to “we get the government we deserve.” Most of the Soros candidates I have followed ran for election on exactly what they delivered after the election. It is easy to fall for the proposition that poor people can’t afford the legal talent available to more wealthy people and therefore deserve a break in terms of a lighter sentence. That may make sense for the first crime they commit. After that, we cannot continue allowing these criminals to return to the street time after time after time with just another slap on the wrist. LA is at the point where law abiding, tax paying citizens are becoming repeat victims. New York City is there too. Both cities are losing population to places like Florida and Texas. If we are not insane for doing this to ourselves, then what else explains it? Maybe China has developed a “stupid” virus which they are inflicting upon western civilization, if we can still call it civilization.

Ed G
Ed G
1 year ago

Invalid 2020 mail-in ballots: less than 1 percent.
Invalid 2022 recall ballots: over 27 percent.

Smili'in Jack
Smili'in Jack
1 year ago

Ve haff Veys of dealing mit himm

Staber
Staber
1 year ago

Gascon is an existential threat and is NOT following rule of law! Yank his backside out of there on those violations! That does not require a recall. He is violating law therefore is a criminal!

Granny
Granny
1 year ago

Gascon likely did the same thing as Michigan’s governor may have done with “signature petitions.” All you have to do to cancel a whole page of signatures (even if they ARE valid) is for the petition originator to “make an accidental mistake” in signing it before turning it in. So the ones starting the petitions themselves are the moles (and likely the opposing parties paid scammers) …not necessarily the people signing them. However, it’s easy to sit down and sign a whole petition page with the same name and a different phone humber, or 25 people with different names with the same address. In Michigan the two top opponents ti the governor in the primary were kicked off the ballot because they had thousands of “invalid” signatures….and ‘mistakes’ on the form. Easy to do.

PFArizona
PFArizona
1 year ago

Recall petition 27% have been ruled invalid. DOES ANYBODY BELIEVE THAT!! Glad to hear that is being challenged! This man is evil and now he is going after victims! Los Angels residents better get together and protest these unbelievable findings. Or they are all going to suffer for the next 2 years.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

The fix was in here too. What they did is put faux signature collectors in various places. My wife noticed the same guy at Ralphs and Costco gathering signatures. The fix was that this guy was having people sign on the line, instead of inside the box. When my wife told him that the signature should not be touching the line, he smirked and said, “Oh well!”
I bet there were hundreds of these people out gathering illegal signatures on purpose under the guise of recalling Gascon.

Texaslil
Texaslil
1 year ago

If the citizens of Los Angeles want their city back, crime to drop, they need to get together and get rid of those that are the cause. The people together are stronger than any billionaire or politician.

Bruce
Bruce
1 year ago

Let them rot. It’s what they voted for.

edward
edward
1 year ago

so the communists have found another way to cheat. signatures that they say are invalid! not much different than “fixing” the vote totals in their favor. this is when you know how powerful they are, they are not even trying to hide their disdain for “the people”!

Cayce
Cayce
1 year ago

If you were going to change a law about notification of victims about their perps in light of triggering the victims, don’t you think leaving that up to the victim would be in order???

John
John
1 year ago

I thought checking signatures was racist!

Susan Miller
Susan Miller
1 year ago

The Big money of Soros and others needs to be shut down in it’s entirety.

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

I wonder if they were as diligent with the presidential election with invalid signatures and the like??

PapaGrouch
PapaGrouch
1 year ago

Soros tosses blood money in these corrupt scumbags’ faces and they grab the money and depart from reality to George’s utopian ooze. Beyond reprehensible.

Randall
Randall
1 year ago

We need a ‘Mac Boland’ to clean this liberal sh????t up!

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

27% of the petition signatures were invalidated.

Less than 1% of mail in ballots were invalidated in the last election.

Anybody still think our election process is fair and secure?

Marie Langley
Marie Langley
1 year ago

Hey, Los Angeles, PROVE IT!!!!!!! Prove that those signatures are invalid. Anybody can say that so PROVE IT!!!!!!! This guy is probably as corrupt as the Biden crime family.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

Los Angeles voters were hoodwinked. My wife noticed that one guy gathering signatures at the local stores she frequents, was allegedly gathering recall signatures. When my wife confronted him on the fact that all the signatures he gathered were written on the line, (instead of inside the box) he replied with a smirk, “Oh well.” He was gathering illegal signatures since the signature needs to be inside the box instead of on the line.

I wonder how many other fraudulent signature gatherers were out there in force.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Recall system corrupt here in LA CA area

jocko
jocko
1 year ago

WHEBN IS THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT GOING TO RID OUR NATION OF LOWER california, TODAY ?

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