Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg has no drawback inflating dubious misdemeanor charges against President Donald Trump into felonies, but on the subject of real-life profession criminals, even violent ones, he does the other — decreasing felonies to mere misdemeanors.
That’s what he did last week for Rodney Johnson, 53, who has almost 90 collars (sure, 90!) on his rap sheet going again to the ’80s.
The costs embrace home violence after he allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend, theft with intent to trigger bodily harm, in depth narcotics gross sales and extra.
He’s performed time in state jail for theft and grand larceny and blown off a court-ordered intervention program thrice in connection to a felony theft case.
None of that mattered to Bragg & Co.
When cops hauled in Johnson on third-degree theft fees over thefts at two Manhattan pharmacies — together with one the place he’s mentioned to have threatened employees with pepper spray — the DA’s workplace dropped all fees to misdemeanor menacing and petty larceny.
A choose supplied the lifelong wrongdoer launch on simply $1 bail on earlier fees.
How lengthy earlier than Johnson is nabbed but once more on some new heinous cost?
Bragg made clear from the moment he took office that his high precedence is to maintain criminals out of jail and free to roam the streets — usually the purpose of protection attorneys.
And he’s lived as much as his vow all too properly, decreasing fees towards numerous perps (or not even bringing them within the first place) and searching for minimal penalties for the worst offenders.
At the least, offenders not named Trump. What number of man-hours has Bragg’s workplace burned on that case?
How has it “saved” by dropping fees towards actual menaces like Rodney Johnson?
Manhattan wants a DA centered on public security, not on prosecutions most Americans see as purely political.