University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon wrote a blistering op-ed in the New York Times last week focused on the prosecutorial career of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Harris, who claims she is a progressive, took her seat in the 2020 democrat clown car, announcing she's running for president this morning to little fanfare on ABC's Good Morning America. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2017 after climbing the political ladder in California, partly as a result of regularly getting into the pants of the powerful mayor of San Francisco while district attorney of San Fran, and then on to the office of Attorney General of California. During that career, Bazelon argues that Harris routinely demonstrated poor judgment and her career was full of wrongful convictions and winning cases by technicality. She provides a laundry list of evidence you can read at the link, but here’s a brief overview:
"Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent. Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors."Bazelon writes about a 2010 incident in which Harris was criticized for failing to act when she discovered a police lab technician was “intentionally sabotaging” her work. A judge “condemned Ms. Harris’s indifference to the systemic violation of the defendants’ constitutional rights,” and 600 cases in which the technician was involved had to be dismissed. Perhaps even more concerning are Bazelon’s examples of Harris vigorously fighting for wrongful convictions, sometimes winning on mere technicalities.
"Ms. Harris also fought to keep Daniel Larsen in prison on a 28-year-to-life sentence for possession of a concealed weapon even though his trial lawyer was incompetent and there was compelling evidence of his innocence. Relying on a technicality again, Ms. Harris argued that Mr. Larsen failed to raise his legal arguments in a timely fashion. (This time, she lost). “All too often, she was on the wrong side of that history."Journalist Jill Filipovic argued on Twitter that she judges Harris’s history less harshly because black women “shoulder additional burdens” compared to white men, and because women have to prove that they are “tough.” Filipovic acknowledges that Harris’s race and gender don’t “excuse” her record, but she insists, “context matters.”
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