Thursday, February 13, 2020

D.A. Vance plans to overlook a bulk of cases because of work overload from bail reform law


There may end up being a startling and some say worrisome consequence of New York’s controversial criminal justice reform laws.

CBS2’s Marcia Kramer has learned that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is considering dropping some cases over an inability to comply with new evidence rules.

Overwhelmed by paperwork and what he calls the “unsustainable hours” required to comply with the new so-called “discovery” rules enacted by state lawmakers as part of the new laws, Vance is considering the drastic step of simply letting some bad guys off the hook, not indicting them, Kramer reported.

“We are evaluating whether to defer or even decline prosecution in certain classes of cases,” Vance said in a Jan. 24 email to the approximately 500 assistant district attorneys who work for him.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)
CBS2 urban affairs expert Mark Peters said Vance is being driven to consider the extreme solution by new rules that require prosecutors to turn over evidence to defense attorneys within 15 days of an arrest.

“That’s a real public safety concern,” Peters said. “Whenever you’ve got a situation where prosecutors feel like they need to start declining cases — not because they don’t have enough evidence, not because they’re not convinced of guilt, but simply because the burdens of discovery make it impossible to get the work done — that’s going to impact public safety"

How much work was Cy overloaded with when he blew off witness accounts of Harvey Weinstein's sexual assaults and Donald Trump and his kin's screwing over their clients from his former Soho building?


Anonymous said...

So, why to New Yorker's keep reelecting this loser? If you're not in agreement with releasing felons back into your society, giving them the right to vote and have driver's licenses or live with you/off of you, as illegal aliens, then vote them out. There is another party or two or three, ya know.

Anonymous said...

Hire more $#%& prosecutors so there's enough to get the job done.

This shouldn't be a choice between accused been railroaded into plea bargaining before they even get to see the evidence against them, and them just being let off the hook.

Anonymous said...

If you protect yourself,your family or your property and injure a CRIMINAL you will go to jail

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dems!!

Anonymous said...

"So, why to New Yorker's keep reelecting this loser?"
Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder and the New York Dems have a bad case !