District Attorney George Gascon's Own Staff Votes Overwhelmingly For His Recall
97.9% of the members of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys voted to support Gascon's recall
February 27, 2022
February 22, 2022 - The Association of Deputy District Attorneys, representing over 800 prosecutors working in the county of Los Angeles, voted today to support the recall of their boss, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon. In a vote with 83.3% participation, the highest level of any previous ADDA election, 97.9% of respondents elected to support his recall.
The ADDA had asked Gascon to meet with them and explain why they should not vote to recall him, but he refused the meeting. Since taking office in December, 2020, Gascon has drastically changed the policies and goals of the district attorney's office, hiring criminal advocates and members of the Public Defender's Office to high positions on his staff and instituting policies that largely let criminals go unpunished.
Below is the press release from the ADDA:
Los Angeles, February 22, 2022 – 97.9% percent of the front-line prosecutors tasked with implementing George Gascón's policies voted to support his recall. The vote came after Gascón refused an invitation to address the prosecutors of his office to explain and defend his policies and provide his arguments why he should not be recalled.
"This vote is by those who are intimately familiar with how Mr. Gascón's policies actually play out on a day-to-day basis. We believe the vote of our members will resonate with the voters of Los Angeles as they decide whether to recall Gascón from office and restore public safety as the priority of the District Attorney's office," commented ADDA President Michele Hanisee.
Mr. Gascón previously participated in a scripted meeting with Public Defenders. Since taking office, the District Attorney has refused to speak directly with deputies to explain his policies.
"Over a year ago, Gascón began a massive social experiment by redirecting prosecutorial resources away from enforcing the law while simultaneously ignoring large portions of the penal code. The result is an emboldened criminal element that knows the DA will not hold criminals accountable. This experiment needs to end," said ADDA VP Eric Siddall.
With 83.3% participation, voter turnout exceeds all previous ADDA elections.
This ADDA vote occurs after more than 30 cities within the County of Los Angeles have issued votes of no confidence in the District Attorney. In addition, multiple cities have begun the process of seeking to prosecute misdemeanors within their jurisdictions due to the policies of the District Attorney, prosecutions currently handled by ADDA members.
About The ADDA
The Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) is the collective bargaining agent and represents over 800 Deputy District Attorneys who work for the County of Los Angeles.