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DA Gascón's Reform Effort Runs Into Opposition From His Own Prosecutors

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L.A. County DA George Gascón. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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When L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón took office on Dec. 7, he immediately issued a sweeping set of directives designed to implement his progressive criminal justice agenda.

One order in particular has run into heavy opposition from the DA's own prosecutors: his order to stop seeking longer sentences — through the use of so-called "enhancements" — for circumstances such as a defendant using a gun or belonging to a gang.

The prosectors' union has sued Gascón in an attempt to undo the policy; while that legal battle plays out, individual deputy district attorneys are arguing against their own motions to drop enhancements.

We watched this remarkable scenario play out in a double murder case being heard in an L.A. courtroom.

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