When it comes to
defense district attorney Larry Krasner, I am deeply conflicted.
Not about his performance, which has been abysmal, despite one or two spots of light — such a reviewing questionable convictions, or attacking cops who lie on the stand.
Knowing where he was coming from — the George Soros School of Restorative Justice (whatever that is) — made it easy for me to oppose him every time he ran — primary or general.
Why did I oppose him? Let’s start with his mission to end “mass incarceration,” which, along with the school-to-prison-pipeline, is a progressive myth. There are a lot of Americans in jail, and nearly all of them have earned it.
The myth, or fraud, of mass incarceration is rarely held up to the light. We incarcerate less than 1% of the population. Does that seem unreasonable? Yes, minorities are over represented among violent criminals. Yes, white males are over represented among serial killers. It’s not race, it’s actions.
Krasner’s belief is that every criminal is a victim and that jail is bad, for everyone.
In his first campaign, he said he would simply not enforce the law on a variety of crimes that he thought were small potatoes, or racist.
Such as shoplifting.
Predictably, we have a tsunami of shoplifting, which has led to the departure of numerous retailers, including some Starbucks and two Center City Wawas. Absolutely predictable to anyone not locked in the fantastical progressive mindset.
He decriminalized shoplifting under $500, identity theft, forgery, and drunk driving, and he required prosecutors to tell the judge before sentencing the cost of incarceration, as if justice should be influenced by cost.
I detailed all this and his bait-and-switch “bail reform” in this article in the Philadelphia Weekly.
So he is the worst Philadelphia D.A. I have ever seen, even worse than Seth Williams who went to jail for being on the take. That was individual graft. Krasner has polluted the entire system.
There is no way Philadelphians should have elected him, and the majority didn’t. He gets between 10-20% of registered voters, but a win is a win, but keep that in mind when you read about his “overwhelming” victory.
But Philadelphians did elect him and while I don’t want to see him in office, I can’t go along with the Republican-dominated state House removing him from office by impeachment.
He said what he was going to do, and is doing it.
The insanity began with his first race in 2017. He was one of seven candidates, most of whom engaged in a race to the Left. There was no “law and order” candidate for the city’s chief law enforcement job. It was like a progressive talking point sudden came to life, with unforeseen consequences, like the explosion of teenage suicides. Krasner won the primary with 38% of the vote, 59,368 votes out of 1 million registered voters.
He is performing poorly, but if that were the only qualification for removal, half of America’s political class would be vulnerable.
Krasner is a progressive buffoon and a disgrace, but has he acted criminally? I don’t see it.
The impeachment — which is a list of allegations — would be followed by a Pennsylvania Senate trial in which a two-thirds vote is required to convict. . That means 34 of the 50 senators would have to vote guilty. Following the Nov. 8 elections, the chamber is made up of 28 Republicans and 22 Democrats.
Can the GOP persuade six Democrats to join them in removing Krasner?
Highly unlikely, and wrong for the reasons I mentioned.