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Has Soros Bought Another DA's Office?

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Prosecutors are generally elected locally in this country, and the races are typically not big-money campaigns.  Donors are typically local. In the past couple of years, though, criminal-friendly billionaire George Soros has been pumping big money into these little races, with appalling results.

In the Orlando, Florida area, he bankrolled the successful challenge of Aramis Ayala.  See this story by Elyssa Cherney in the Orlando Sentinel last August. After the election, not before, Ms. Ayala announced that she was effectively imposing her own personal moratorium on the death penalty in her jurisdiction, causing Governor Scott to remove her from a case.  See this post.

Now we have Philadelphia.  Scott Calvert reported last week in the WSJ:

Philadelphia defense lawyer Larry Krasner has made a career of standing up to law enforcement. Now he is now poised to be the city's top prosecutor.

Mr. Krasner, a self-proclaimed progressive who has filed 75 civil-rights lawsuits in his 30-year career and represented Black Lives Matter activists, won the Democratic primary for district attorney last month. His win--with 38% of the vote, nearly double his nearest rival--was fueled by strong support from African-American voters and a $1.5 million ad blitz from billionaire investor George Soros.
People who care about law enforcement are understandably alarmed.  "Eleven former city prosecutors signed an editorial ahead of the primary, warning that Mr. Krasner was a 'dangerous' candidate gaining 'a foothold thanks to money from a European billionaire.' "
Mr. Krasner's critics, including the city's main police union, question how he can be effective as Philadelphia's chief law-enforcement officer.

"It's going to be tougher for the cops out there," said John McNesby, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge, in a radio interview. "This guy, his whole career has been anti-law-enforcement."

In an interview Mr. Krasner rejected that label and expressed confidence he can work well with police, saying he thinks most officers follow the Constitution.

Huh?  What does the fact that most officers follow the Constitution have to do with Krasner being anti-law-enforcement?  Anti-law-enforcement activists assail the police whether they are following the Constitution or not.  That is the whole point.  BLM, in particular, just plain hates police, with members chanting "Pigs in a blanket.  Fry 'em like bacon" at rallies and leaders doing nothing to discourage it.  The organization got a big boost out of attacking Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, even though he followed the Constitution.  False accusation of officers correctly and constitutionally doing their duty is standard procedure.

Philadelphia is so heavily Democratic that the Dem primary is pretty much the whole ball game, but there is a ray of hope that may not be the case this time.

Dan Siegel, campaign manager for one of Mr. Krasner's challengers, said winning the general election could be more complicated than usual for a Democrat in Philadelphia. One key factor, he said: "How angry are people who don't agree with him? I know there's a lot of angst among prosecutors, a lot of angst among police."
The Republican nominee is Beth Grossman, a longtime former prosecutor.  Let us hope that there are enough persons of sense in Philadelphia who can ignore the ad blitz and cross party lines.

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Krasner presents a clear and present danger to the administration of justice in Philadelphia.

There is certainly a place for a law enforcement critic/zealous advocate of criminals in our justice system-but it should not be posing as the system's representative of the law-abiding public.

Finally, I fear there are an insufficient number persons of good sense in Philadelphia-some precincts in the city infamously failed to register a single vote for Romney in the 2012 election.

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