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The worst fears about the new district attorney in Los Angeles County, George Gascón, are already materializing. After defeating the incumbent DA on November 3, Gascón was sworn in on Monday. Gascón announced that his office would immediately end cash bail for many offenses, refuse to pursue the death penalty, and cease trying juveniles as adults for violent offenses.The Los Angeles Times reported:
Even before Monday’s swearing-in, which was held remotely amid the surging number of coronavirus cases, Gascón’s plans had already drawn concerns from the ranks of the 1,200 deputy district attorneys, some of whom have complained that the new top prosecutor drew up his new, aggressive playbook without sufficient input from the office he now runs.
Wariness among those not aligned with his progressive agenda gave way to something closer to panic after Gascón spoke Monday.