Lee Heidhues 7.15.2022
High and middle level attorneys and staff who worked with Progressive DA Chesa Boudin were summarily fired in The Friday Morning Massacre.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s Puppet District Attorney Brooke Jenkins campaigned eight months as a leader in the political coup d’état which ousted the democratically elected Progressive DA.
The Puppet DA was handsomely rewarded for her political treachery and dirty work. Jenkins sits in Chesa Boudin’s office without having to face the voters and earn the job.
The Puppet DA purged the office today.
The Puppet DA is bragging about the fact her top four deputies are women. This is small consolation to the people who labored tirelessly with Chesa Boudin for 30 months to bring Progressive and fair Justice to the DA’s office.
It’s all being swept away in the aftermath of the 7.2MM MAGA funded Coup d’état which overthrew Chesa Boudin on June 7, 2022.
Kudos to SF Gate reporter Eric Ting who is the one scribe telling the World what is REALLY going on in The Puppet DA’s office.
Excerpted from SF Gate – Eric Ting – 7.15.2022
New San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins fired 15 people in her office on Friday, with one in particular prompting an outcry. It comes in the first week after Jenkins was appointed to her role by Mayor London Breed following the recall of Chesa Boudin.
“I want to commend @BrookeJenkinsSF for firing me today,” wrote Dylan Yep, who was previously in the data department. “I had every intention to continue working to fight the obscene racial disparities that permeate the San Francisco criminal legal system — a goal she only has interest in paying lip service to. She was wise to hang up before I could get a single word in — otherwise she would’ve been forced to answer for her racist, carceral, and data-free policy plans. Or explain why I was fired.”
Managing Attorney Arcelia Hurtado was the first member of the office to lose her job. She had served as the DA Office’s representative on the city’s Innocence Commission, which investigates potential wrongful convictions in the city. The commission was established by Boudin in 2020, and Jenkins signaled support for allowing it to continue in a KQED interview on Thursday.
“The decision by Brooke Jenkins to fire Arcelia Hurtado is deeply concerning, especially given the promise she made just yesterday to allow the Innocence Commission to continue to function,” said University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon, the chair of the commission. “Arcelia was critical to the commission’s function. It is also concerning because Arcelia was the head of the DA’s post-conviction review unit, which, among other things, is currently considering the petition by Mayor London Breed’s brother Napoleon Brown to be granted leniency and released from prison following his conviction for carjacking and manslaughter. I can see no legitimate reason for firing an attorney as rigorous, competent and ethical as Arcelia.”
Other notable staffers fired included Kate Chatfield, Boudin’s chief of staff; Tal Klement, assistant chief of general crimes; Rachel Marshall, Boudin’s communications director and policy advisor; Mikaela Rabinowitz, director of data, analytics and research; and Lateef Gray, managing attorney of the independent investigations bureau, the department that oversees investigations into police officers.
“I came to DA Boudin’s office to fight for criminal justice reform; that battle has never felt more urgent,” Marshall said in a statement. “There is no question that DA Jenkins’ approach differs dramatically from my values. My passion for the mission to reform our legal system is stronger than ever and I am eager for the next opportunity to effect change.”
“San Francisco has taken 10 giant steps backwards,” Rachel Marshall said. “Jenkins was dangled in front of us because she’s a Black woman, which was supposed to make us feel better, but the firings are terrifying. I hope this raises the ire of the left, and makes us realize we must fight or we will lose. We always say a shift to the right can’t happen in California, but it is happening right here in San Francisco.”
On Twitter, Kate Chatfield blasted the firings.
“The resentencing/innocence commission unit: gone. Police accountability: gone. Data and transparency: gone. Political corruption investigation: gone. Champion for victims and children: demoted,” she wrote.
Several fired staffers other than Chatfield also left Jenkins pithy notes on Twitter on their way out.
“While en route to Santa Barbara for a wedding with fam, new SF DA Brooke Jenkins called and fired me on spot,” wrote Ryan Khojasteh, a felony prosecutor who worked on juvenile reforms. “Odd choice to fire a non-management felony prosecutor in the courtrooms every day that never lost a case.”
Top photo: Puppet master Mayor London Breed and her Puppet DA announce her appointment at San Francisco City Hall – 7.7.2022