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In the wake of the Supreme Court striking down Roe v. Wade and returning the issue of abortion to the American people and their local elected representatives, a gaggle of leftist district attorneys said they won’t enforce laws enacted to protect the unborn.
Some of those rogue district attorneys are from pro-life states and might attempt to stymie efforts by state legislatures to protect life.
Cully Stimson, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, is not surprised, and says that those district attorneys have already refused to enforce other laws, against violence and petty crime, among other things. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)
The tactic of not enforcing some of the laws that their state legislatures pass and their governors sign “is not a new play for them,” says Stimson. “So, it’s not surprising that they’re virtue signaling and trying to [capitalize] on the anti-Dobbs hysteria on the left and hold themselves out as defenders of freedom and all the rest of it.” (The Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.)
Worse, there’s no way to get the anti-abortion laws enforced if the rogue district attorneys decide they won’t cooperate.
“Remember, the prosecutor—not the police officer, not the mayor, not the governor—is the gatekeeper to the criminal justice system,” explains Stimson. “So, police can arrest people for committing crimes that are on the books, but if the DA says, ‘Sorry, Officer Schmuckatelli, we’re not going to bring that case and file it in court.’ That’s the end of the line.”
Thankfully, there’s a possible solution. As we’ve seen even in liberal San Francisco, which recently recalled its leftist prosecutor, Chesa Boudin, the people can take matters into their own hands and recall district attorneys who won’t do their jobs.
“Find out from your DA whether they believe in reimagining prosecution and not asking for bail even for repeat criminals, and not fully enforcing the law,” recommends Stimson. “Because if they are following [leftist billionaire George Soros’] bought-and-paid-for playbook or inspirational playbook, or the playbook from the Fair and Just Prosecution … then you’re going to know that you’re going to have a crime problem in your city.”
Stimson joins the show to discuss the implications of district attorneys refusing to prosecute abortion-related crimes, and what Americans can do to hold them accountable.
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