George Gascón defends new directives amid legal fight with union

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On George Gascón’s first day as LA’s district attorney, he announced prosecutors in his office would no longer be allowed to seek most sentence enhancements. Photo courtesy of the LA District Attorney’s Office.

LA District Attorney George Gascón is getting intense blowback from prosecutors in his office. The union representing them says his sentence enhancement prohibition violates California’s three strikes law, which requires prosecutors to seek longer sentences for defendants with previous convictions. But Gascón stands by the legality of his new directives.