New Anti-Police District Attorney Fires 31 From Prosecutor's Office

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner offered no explanation to prosecutors who had decades of experience.

Philadelphia, PA – Within days of being sworn in as the new Philadelphia District Attorney, former defense and civil rights attorney Larry Krasner fired 31 members of the office, The Inquirer reported on Friday.

One third of the homicide prosecutors were fired.

His spokesman, Ben Waxman, said that Krasner “thanks them for their service to the city. However, he made clear his intention to take the office in a different direction.”

“A movement was sworn in today,” Krasner said after he took his oath of office on Tuesday, according to The Inquirer. “A movement for criminal justice reform that has swept Philadelphia...and is sweeping the United States.”

Homicide prosecutor Andrew Notaristefano, who worked for the office for over a decade, said he was given “no explanation” for his dismissal, The Inquirer reported.

Notaristefano said he had met with the family of a homicide victim on Tuesday night in preparation for the upcoming murder trial. The next day, he went to work – even though the office was closed because of bad weather – and was told he was fired.

“I’ve worked very hard and sacrificed a lot to make this city a safer place and to help people,” Notaristefano told The Inquirer.

He said Krasner refused to speak with him to discuss why he was terminated.

Michael Barry, former homicide prosecutor and former chief of the office’s central division, said he was asked to resign his position as deputy of the pretrial division.

January 12 will be his last day.

Another dismissed prosecutor said the terminations seemed “well beyond simple changes when you change administrations,” The Inquirer reported. “You can’t take away that much institutional knowledge and some of the best prosecutors in the city and think that some of the most dangerous people won’t go free.”

“It is unconscionable that within three days of assuming office, and in the midst of a significant increase in murders, that Krasner would begin his tenure by firing homicide prosecutors,” Philadelphia Republican Party chairman Michael Meehan told Philadelphia Magazine. “No consideration was given to upcoming trials and the resulting effect on victims and survivors.”

Krasner spent thirty years working as a criminal defense attorney who specialized in civil rights.

“I have seen, in essence, a system that has completely run off the rails,” Krasner told The Inquirer during his campaign. “A place with a mad zeal for the highest charge, for the highest level of conviction, a culture that can find no flaw in police misconduct, that is drunk on the death penalty. It's like watching a car crash in slow motion for 30 years.”

The anti-police lawyer has also sued law enforcement or government entities for his clients on 75 occasions, The Inquirer reported.

On his Philadelphia Magazine questionnaire about whether “bad cops are sufficiently held accountable," Krasner responded, “I agree with what Black Lives Matter has said.”

He has boasted about overturning more than 100 convictions of people involved in drug cases, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Krasner has called police and prosecutors liars in the past, and promised to end “mass incarceration” by starving the criminal justice system.

He has expressed an intent to end cash bail (and any bail policy where poor people are incarcerated pending trial,) vowed not to jail non-violent criminals, said he intended to end an asset-forfeiture program, and has also promised to never seek the death penalty.

He’s also expected to toss cases which involve searches without warrants, even if there was probable cause to search.

His campaign got a huge boost from George Soros, according to FOX News. Soros funded advertisements for Krasner which included “bragging of his work to free demonstrators from Occupy Philly and Black Lives Matter, and his lawsuits against police.”

The firings may be retaliation for political reasons involving the election.

If he fired them for political reasons, it's likely legal. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's firing of an employee for political reasons. Krasner is in the Third Circuit.

Fellow defense attorney Bert Elmore said that Krasner’s office had already hired 14 new employees, The Inquirer reported.

They declined to comment further on the issue, and didn't address if the new hires were all defense attorneys.

Comments (22)
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Poileas
Poileas

Why I left the demokkkrat part, communist take over.

laughingtyger
laughingtyger

George Soros - the nation destroyer - backed him...sorry Philly, it doesn't look good.

wispark43
wispark43

He's out to outdo Chicago.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

The man is not the slightest bit concerned about the victims. He is a social justice warrior who will not allow the facts nor the victims to stand in his way. Eight or nine years ago this man could have been black and just elected President of the United States. Oh wait he was, howed that work out for you?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@ACSO-Charles-One this man was black 9 years ago?

Joel3
Joel3

So he was cleaning the rats of his ship?

Rkidsrcops
Rkidsrcops

Hopefully he doesn’t need a police officer while in office. They should look the other way. People like him belong in San Francisco

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Well according to @bronx163,cops don't actually have to help anyone if they don't want to.

BobIn704
BobIn704

Another LEFT fucktard! Wnt last long...next...

lds719
lds719

@bronx163 comments are essentially true. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court found that "police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm". Lower courts have made a similar rulings such as Warren v. District of Columbia.

diginess
diginess

The man is correct. The system has protected corrupt cops for far too long. I, for one, at this point in time, would terminate on the spot anyone who made excuses for police who killed an innocent person with phrases like "did they follow instructions". You've had enough. It's over.

Betts122
Betts122

Krasner is another Soros puppet who supports BLM. More criminals will be walking the streets now that he is the D.A. I think AG Sessions should investigated Krasner

bronx163
bronx163

Just let the animals kill themselves. Then lock up whos left. Let them destroy their jobs grocery stores cvs hospitals. Like always said when on patrol, i dont live here. I could care less.

rds40
rds40

However, he made clear his intention to take the office in a different direction.”.....

He wants Philly to give Chicago a run for their money in violent crime stats.

JBo
JBo

I hope no one is really surprised by this...you had to know when this guy was elected that he was going to start firing his ADAs and anyone he thought would be tough on crime. Let's see how the next election goes.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@rds40 how would that be his fault if he just got there?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 that's part of the problem. The police aren't part of the community.

rds40
rds40

It's an indication of what's happening in the city. Mindsets like this guy.

When he refuses to prosecute, let's out without bail and creates a hostile environment, it will turn into all the craphole. He's going to "starve the system"?

He will find anything proactive stops . He won't have to starve it. He won't have arrests being made.

bronx163
bronx163

City will just implode into a bigger shit hole than it is now. Cops will sit back and laugh. Policing will revert to just reactive action. Ok got robber no prob we will take a report. And pick up the next job. Philly is a lost city.
And run by left wing losers.
Every inner city run by left wing radical and minority has dug the city into bigger hole. Can’t attack sheepdogs who protect the flock. That dog won’t hunt.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lds719 yeah, checked it myself after he told me. My next question was "then what good are they?"

Joel3
Joel3

@Hi_estComnDenomn Don'tcha Know?, police are there to protect the infrastructure & investments of the city, the people/plebs are the workforce that need to be deluded into a false sense of security under the guise of "TO SERVE & PROTECT". When in reality it is.....