San Francisco, a city plagued with out of control costs of living, rising crime and an intractable homelessness epidemic, has itself a new District Attorney as of this month. He’s a guy with a very, um… interesting history (more on that below) and he was elected on a promise to “put fewer people behind bars” and fight the “destructive effects of mass incarceration.” His name is Chesa Boudin, and if you’re not familiar with his previous work in prosecuting criminal cases, that’s because he’s never prosecuted a case in his life. Sounds like exciting times for San Francisco, eh?
It certainly became exciting for a number of the city’s most seasoned and experienced prosecutors working in the DA’s office and it didn’t take very long for that to happen. On Boudin’s second day in office he fired a bunch of them. Those not in the office to receive their pink slips were given a “you’re fired” phone call from the new DA as a consolation prize. (Defense Mavin)
San Francisco’s new district attorney fired several senior prosecutors on Friday, just two days after he was sworn into office.
Chesa Boudin, who ran on a platform to fix the city’s “broken justice system” and put fewer people behind bars, was sworn into office as district attorney on Wednesday, according to KTVU.
“I had to make difficult staffing decisions today in order to put in place a management team that will help me accomplish the work I committed to do for San Francisco,” Boudin said in a written statement released after the terminations became public.