Two Longtime Prosecutors in California’s Bay Area Quit Jobs with New Soros-Funded D.A.
Two veteran prosecutors have announced they are resigning from the district attorney’s office in Alameda County, California, citing concerns over the radical policies of newly-elected District Attorney Pamela Price and their impact on crime victims.
Price tried but failed to significantly reduce the prison sentence of a convicted triple murderer, prompting the families of crime victims in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area to push for the removal of Price, who was supported by liberal billionaire George Soros.
Veteran prosecutor Jill Nerone announced her resignation, effective April 7, noting concerns about her ability to “protect the rights of victims” in Price’s office.
Prosecutor Charly Weissenbach also announced she would be leaving the district attorney’s office after working there for 10 years, saying she no longer felt she is able to fulfill her “legal and ethical duties.”
“It became really clear during my time that… she didn’t care about the victims,” Weissenbach told the Berkeley Scanner. “She cared more about the criminal defendants and how she can undo what she believes are historical injustices by creating what appears to be anarchy.”
The civil rights of the victim should be very important, and “we are clear by her actions that they are not,” Grisham said.
Price brokered a plea deal earlier this year that alarmed had many critics, as the agreement would have reduced sentencing in a triple murder case from 75 years to life in prison down to 15 years.
Delonzo Logwood, 31, was potentially facing life behind bars in connection with three murders that occurred in 2008, but a judge denied the unprecedented plea deal, saying he wanted a jury to decide Logwood’s fate.
“There’s an emptiness inside me that haunts me every day for the rest of my life. [Washington] will never be able to live out his full potential. I know that this man will kill again,” Linda Jones, the mother of one of Logwood’s alleged victims, was quoted saying by Fox News Digital. “I fear for my life and everybody else’s.”
Global financier George Soros has reportedly funneled $40 million into district attorney races nationwide, including that of price, and now his beneficiaries represent around 20 percent of American constituents.
Price ran her DA campaign on promises of curbing gun violence and reforming the criminal justice system, but has alarmed critics with her lenient policies since she took office in January.
Matt Palumbo, author of the book “The Man Behind the Curtain,” an investigative look at the influence of Soros, earlier this year penned an op-ed in the New York Post, which highlighted how the 92-year-old Hungary-born billionaire poured millions to ensure key districts would have liberal prosecutors in order to further his agenda for “remaking the country.”
Palumbo asserted on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends First” that Soros had a “90 percent success rate in getting a lot of these DAs elected,” many of which were high-profile victors.
Los Angeles DA George Gascon, Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, Loudoun County DA Buta Biberaj and Cook County DA Kim Foxx are just some of his targets who prevailed.
Critics have accused many of Soros’ beneficiary DAs of being too easy on criminals while violence in many cities soars.
Nonetheless, the left-wing billionaire in an interview earlier this month said the soft-on-crime district attorneys he’s backed to the tune of millions of dollars are making the criminal justice system “more effective and just” — and suggested, “I have no intention of stopping” his support for them.
Soros argued in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published earlier this month that the agendas pushed by top prosecutors like Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg are “popular” and “effective.”
Such agendas include “prioritizing the resources of the criminal-justice system to protect people against violent crime. It urges that we treat drug addiction as a disease, not a crime. And it seeks to end the criminalization of poverty and mental illness ,” he wrote, later adding: “ The goal is not defunding the police but restoring trust between the police and the policed, a partnership that fosters the solving of crimes.”
In mid-2022, Soros published the op-ed amid a backlash against lax district attorneys that led San Francisco voters to recall DA Chesa Boudin over spikes in shoplifting, open-air drug dealing and broad-daylight assaults, often against Asian Americans. Further south in Los Angeles, another recall effort targeted DA George Gascon — who survived the effort after receiving nearly $3 million in campaign funds from Soros.
Manhattan’s Bragg — whose campaign received $1 million from Soros through the Color of Change political action committee — has come under fire for allowing habitual criminals out of jail, while prosecuting ordinary New York residents for defending themselves.
In his op-ed, Soros blamed jumps in crime across the nation on “a disturbing rise in mental illness among young people due to the isolation imposed by COVID lockdowns, a pullback in policing in the wake of public criminal-justice reform protests, and increases in gun trafficking.
“Many of the same people who call for more-punitive criminal-justice policies also support looser gun laws,” he added.
The Capital Research Center reported in January of this year that Soros has given more than $29 million to left-wing district attorney candidates through a network of political action committees. Other incumbents who have benefited from Soros’ largesse include Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, Kim Foxx in Cook County, Ill., Kim Gardner in St. Louis and Kim Ogg in Harris County, Texas.
“The idea that we need to choose between justice and safety is false. They reinforce each other: If people trust the justice system, it will work. And if the system works, public safety will improve,” Soros wrote.
Instead of investing billions of dollars in keeping people locked up in prisons and jails, he argued, “we need to invest more in preventing crime with strategies that work — deploying mental-health professionals in crisis situations, investing in youth job programs, and creating opportunities for education behind bars. This reduces the likelihood that those prisoners will commit new crimes after release.”
“This is why I have supported the election (and more recently the re-election) of prosecutors who support reform. I have done it transparently, and I have no intention of stopping,” Soros concluded.
“The funds I provide enable sensible reform-minded candidates to receive a hearing from the public. Judging by the results, the public likes what it’s hearing.”