Lori Lightfoot just made a shocking comment undermining due process

Lightfoot’s comments are a bit confusing, and certainly troubling. She says charged individuals are entitled to a presumption of innocence, and yet in the same breath deems them guilty and dangerous. What’s clear is that based on her proposal — refusing an entire category of defendants the possibility of release from jail — it seems she’s challenging the cornerstone of American jurisprudence and arguing that people charged with certain crimes are to be treated as guilty until proven innocent…

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But the mayor’s remarks were not a function of misunderstanding defendants’ civil liberties. It was a political gesture meant to signal that she thinks the criminal justice system needs to crack down more harshly on crime, which has surged in the city in recent years.

Her rhetoric is reminiscent of New York Mayor Eric Adams’ approach to getting tough on crime, in which he has advocated for rolling back bail reforms in his state that have made certain kinds of crimes ineligible for cash bail. Despite the fact that there is no evidence that links bail reform to an increase in the crime rate in New York, Adams sees giving judges more power and latitude to keep defendants locked up as a way to bring down the crime rate — or at least convince the public that he’s trying to.

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