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Political Editors / Jul. 21, 2021

In Brief: Cotton’s Call to Defeat Soros Prosecutors

Renegade lawyers have turned the criminal justice system into the criminal’s justice system.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) is no stranger to a fight. And he brings that fight to the underreported surge in local and state prosecutors funded by billionaire socialist George Soros.

In recent years, radical left-wing lawyers, many supported by billionaire George Soros, have won elected office across America. They have become district attorneys and state’s attorneys in many major American cities. These so-called Soros prosecutors, or progressive prosecutors, have betrayed the public trust and made our communities less safe. Instead of fighting crime, they are abetting it.

Soros prosecutors are refusing to charge criminals for shoplifting, vagrancy, and entire categories of misdemeanors.

Examples abound — Chicago State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and others have stopped prosecuting various crimes, with the predictable results of rising crime.

Cotton says the consequences of Democrats being soft on crime have been deadly.

The malfeasance of these legal arsonists has contributed to an unprecedented surge in murder nationwide. Last year, the United States suffered a 25 percent increase in murder, the largest single-year rise in history. The murder rate has now reached the highest level since the 1990s. Soros prosecutors are not simply negligent; they are culpable in this disintegration of public safety. Indeed, their jurisdictions have disproportionally contributed to the violent crime wave.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner systematically reduced his jurisdiction’s prison population by 30 percent through aggressive criminal leniency policies — and that was before COVID protocols resulted in additional reductions. Predictably, murder in the city skyrocketed over 40 percent after Krasner took office, reaching the highest level in three decades. This year, murder in Philadelphia is on pace to rise another 34 percent.

Other Soros prosecutors have delivered similar results. Last year, murder rose 50 percent in Chicago and 38 percent in Los Angeles. In New York City, murder increased 44 percent and shootings soared 97 percent. In 2020, the murder rate in Baltimore was higher than El Salvador’s or Guatemala’s — nations from which citizens can claim asylum purely based on gang violence and murder. In California, America’s richest and most populous state, murder rose 31 percent.

According to Cotton, “These courtroom extremists have accomplished this destruction by transforming prosecutorial discretion into prosecutorial nullification.”

On the rare occasions when criminals go to trial in jurisdictions with Soros prosecutors, they might as well have two advocates in the room, while the public and the victims have none. These renegade lawyers have turned the criminal justice system into the criminal’s justice system.

It should be clear from this litany of failures that the only good Soros prosecutor is a defeated Soros prosecutor. These radicals have no business holding any public office anywhere in our nation. Every single one of them should be recalled, removed, and replaced. It’s very simple: if you don’t want to prosecute crime, you shouldn’t be a prosecutor.

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