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Billionaire socialist George Soros took to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal where in an op-ed he made a lame attempt to defend the indefensible.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Soros and his deep socialist pockets are the reason cities from Philadelphia to Chicago…St. Louis to San Francisco…have turned into crime-ridden third-world hell holes.
The New York Post reports that in a Sunday op-ed, the 91-year-old claims he has no intention of stopping his support for radical leftist district attorneys, who are responsible for revolving door justice policies in major American cities.
Those policies have turned the criminal justice system into a revolving door, where criminals are often back out on the streets before the ink on the arrest reports is dry.
Soros, who claims his dumping of millions of dollars to support unhinged radicals has made the criminal justice system “more effective and just.”
Perhaps Soros might want to explain that to crime victims and their families, along with survivors left behind where police officers are gunned down in the street and criminals are let go with impunity. Yes, the criminal justice system is “more effective”—at getting people killed.
Soros, born in Hungary argued that the radical agenda being pushed by prosecutors such as New York City’s Alvin Bragg were both “popular” and “effective,” at least among criminals.
“This agenda includes 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,” Soros wrote.
“The goal is not defunding the police but restoring trust between the police and the policed, a partnership that fosters the solving of crime,” he added.
Breitbart reports that since 2018, Soros and his multi-billions have been responsible for electing dozens of prosecutors in large jurisdictions, primarily controlled by Democrats where these unhinged radicals have replaced more centrist-leaning Democrats.
Since they were elected, these DAs have overseen spikes in violent crime and general social mayhem, leading people to flee large cities in droves.
Soros may consider these policies to be “popular” and “effective” but voters are seeing it quite differently.
In June, voters in San Francisco had radical Chesa Boudin successfully recalled, while in Los Angeles, the numbers are close to force a similar recall against another Soros-backed stooge, George Gascon.
Ask former Baltimore DA Marilyn Mosby, who just lost a primary for reelection, if the policies are popular. Baltimore is once again becoming the murder capital of the mid-Atlantic.
Meanwhile in New York, Bragg, another recipient of Soros cash to the tune of nearly $3 million via a political action committee called Color of Change is under fire for releasing habitual criminals out of jail.
In a high-profile incident last month, however, Bragg levied charges against a bodega owner who fatally stabbed a man who was trying to rob him.
Bragg’s decision even got liberal mayor Eric Adams’ ire, along with former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, both of whom argued the man was clearly acting in self-defense. Prosecutors, citing lack of evidence to support a murder charge, dismissed charges against the man, Jose Alba.
Soros attempted to lay blame for the crime increase 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.”
While at least two of those factors may be true, soft-on-crime prosecutors were put in place long before Covid or reform protests were a thing.
Soros then attempted to label Second Amendment rights supporters as hypocrites, claiming “many of the same people who call for more-punitive criminal-justice policies also support looser gun laws.”
Soros then outlined a litany of feel-good programs which look good on paper but which prove largely ineffective.
He argued that “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 opportunity for education behind bars. This reduces the likelihood that those prisoners will commit new crimes after release.”
A couple of observations. First, if Soros took the tens of millions he invested in getting radical lunatics elected to DAs offices and redirected it toward “investing in youth job programs,” he wouldn’t appear as such a flaming hypocrite.
Secondly, most state correctional facilities offer the “opportunity for education” behind bars. Hell, some prisoners have been able to get law degrees, all on the taxpayers’ dime. More BS from Soros.
Soros addressed the “disparity” between blacks and whites when it comes to incarceration, however he conveniently ignores the fact that blacks offend at a much higher rate than whites, or in fact other minorities, all provable by criminal justice statistics. He claims that disparity “is an injustice that undermines our democracy.”
In other words, Soros is asking not for equality but equity. This would mean that for every black offender, there must be a white one. Or perhaps he thinks the prison population should be allocated not by those who offend but as a percentage of the overall population.
Soros claims the stooges he gets elected as well as “other [political hack] law enforcement officials around the country have been coalescing around an agenda that promises to be more effective and just….includes prioritizing the resources of the criminal-justice system to protect people against violent crime.”
Great idea. How about locking up…for a very long time…those who commit violent crime, instead of turning them loose at the first opportunity.
For an example, look at what happened to Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin a couple weeks ago. If not for quick reflexes, he would have likely been stabbed by a crazed lunatic.
It should also be noted that Zeldin is a sitting member of the House of Representatives. Yet, the suspect in that case was released without bond in mere hours.
Soros also made the bogus and cherry-picked claim that murder rates are highest in Republican-run states,” a claim first made by greaser Gavin Newsom, governor of the number one craphole in the US, California. Newsom and Soros, however, ignore the fact that murder rates in Democrat-run cities are highest.
Soros, however, doesn’t care.
“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 continued.
“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.”
That may have been true, but now with Americans reeling from skyrocketing inflation, a recession (no matter how the Biden administration tries to redefine it), and being unable to walk the streets of American cities (and now also towns) without being in fear of their lives, that is likely changing and fast.
According to the Capital Research Center, as of January of this year, Soros has given over $29 million to far-left DAs. Aside from Boudin, Gascon, and Mosby, he has also supported wingnut Larry Krasnerin Philadelphia, husband-beater Kim Foxx in Cook County, Ill., fraudster Kim Gardner in St. Louis, and the incompetent Kim Ogg in Harris County (Houston), Texas.
Let’s see…91-years-old…maybe we won’t have to worry about the Mad Hungarian for too much longer. The full text of Soros’s comments may be found here.
For more on Soros-backed DA Krasner, we invite you to:
PHILADELPHIA, PA – An extraordinary development occurred this past week that many in law enforcement hope is a quickening of the downward spiral for Philadelphia’s far-left, George Soros-funded district attorney, Larry Krasner.
State Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty, a Democrat, on July 20 charged DA Krasner with abusing the grand jury process in his crusade to indict former police officer Ryan Pownall for murder in a racially charged, officer-involved shooting.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 22, 2022
Pownall pulled Jones over and during the stop frisked him for weapons. Pownall discovered a handgun in Jones’ waistband and a struggle ensued. Officer Pownall drew his sidearm and directed Jones not to touch his weapon. During the fight, Pownall attempted to fire on Jones but his gun jammed.
Jones then fled on foot and the officer fired three times, killing him.
Former Det. Jacobs spoke with Big Trial before the ruling and said Pownall acted within guidelines. Jacobs noted:
In December 2019, Pownall filed a motion to quash the presentment on the basis that the DA’s office had “intentionally failed to notify the grand jury of the peace officer justification defense.”
Justice Dougherty agreed. He wrote:
“In my view, if these allegations are true, as they appear to be, it implicates a potential abuse of the grand jury process.
“The grand jury must know what crimes it is to investigate. Yet, the DAO appears to have obtained a presentment in this case without providing the grand jury the definition for the crime that was actually charged in the subsequent complaint (third-degree murder), or the possible justification for that criminal offense.”
The justice further wrote:
Justice Dougherty continued:
“Equally disturbing, though, is the presentment itself. It is thirteen pages long and includes an introduction, closing, and seventy-four purported factual findings. There is no discussion of the law, except for the recommended charges (which, again, do not include third-degree murder) listed on the final page.
The judge then blasted Krasner’s office for denying former officer Pownall a preliminary hearing. This is a common tactic of Krasner’s for any case involving a police officer as a defendant. Justice Dougherty wrote: “One implication of this statement is that a preliminary hearing would have exposed the DAO’s questionable means of obtaining the grand jury’s presentment.
“Another is that it might have led to the dismissal of some or all charges. Regardless, it is disturbing that the DAO went to such lengths to deprive Pownall of his statutory right to a preliminary hearing.”
Soros-funded DA accused of abusing grand jury process in charging police officer with murder https://t.co/Dl2HrJL5AI
— Desert Dweller (@saguarocorner) July 23, 2022
Justice Dougherty wrote that the prosecution’s motions to limit the evidence, “much like the legal instructions it gave to the investigating grand jury — presented only half the relevant picture.” He added:
“But the timing of the DAO’s motion was more than just frustrating: it also raises ethical concerns. Pownall filed his motion to quash the grand jury’s presentment on December 18, 2019. Instead of responding to the accusations raised in that motion, five days later, counsel for the DAO ‘made an unscheduled appearance’ in the trial court and demanded the court rule on its motion.”
“After the court did precisely that, the DAO followed through on its threat and filed the present improper appeal, thereby forestalling its need to answer Pownall’s grand jury allegations by divesting the court of jurisdiction over the case.
It would be an understatement to say the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice was highly critical of how the DA’s office handled the Pownall case.Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today? With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.