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Boudin Opponent Named to Replace him as San Francisco District Attorney

By A Akshita 6 Min Read
Last updated: July 08, 2022

Introduction

After two terms as the district attorney of San Francisco, Kamala Harris will be stepping down to run for president in 2020. Her successor has been announced - her former prosecutor, acting district attorney John Conroy. Conroy is a Democrat who opposes harsh prison sentences and prioritizes law enforcement over prosecution. His appointment as the next DA in San Francisco comes as a surprise given that he is from the Republican party and has never before held public office. But he is seen as someone with a promising future in politics, and many are confident that his policies will continue to harden the city's stance on crime while also being sensitive to the needs of its population.

San Francisco District Attorney Pushes for Criminal Charges in Response to Recent Protest

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced Wednesday that he will push for criminal charges against protesters who disrupted a Boudin Bakery event last weekend. "These criminal acts endangered the safety of individuals and caused significant economic damage," Gascón said in a statement. "We will not tolerate this type of behavior in our city." The announcement comes after several days of protests and civil unrest in the city over the treatment of workers at the bakery. On Saturday, demonstrators marched through the city's Financial District chanting, "Boudin is Sweating Blood" and "No justice, no peace, Boudin get out." Some members of the crowd then entered the bakery and began to throw food products and crates across the room. The disruption caused an estimated $100,000 in damage. This is not the first time that San Francisco has seen protest activity over labor conditions at a local business. In March 2014, demonstrators took to downtown streets to demand higher wages and better working conditions from fast-food chain McDonald's. Similar protests have taken place at retail businesses including Macy's and Sears throughout the country in recent months. Gascón said that his office will review all available evidence before deciding whether or not to press charges in the case of the protesters at Boudin Bakery. If prosecutors do decide to bring charges, they could face up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Boudin Defeats Opponent to Retain Seat as San Francisco DA

Boudin Defeats Opponent to Retain Seat as San Francisco DA The race for San Francisco district attorney is heating up and the incumbent, George Gascón, is facing competition from a newcomer. The challenger, Ellen Rosenblum, who previously served as the city’s deputy mayor for economic development, announced on Monday that she had defeated state Assemblymember David Chiu by a wide margin in the Democratic primary. Boudin, who has been campaigning on a platform of reform and aggressive prosecution of crime, will now face Rosenblum in November.

New Democrat Joins Boudin's Campaign for San Francisco District Attorney

The New Democrat Party has endorsed former Supervisor Angela Alioto to replace District Attorney George Gascón in the race for San Francisco’s top prosecutor. Gascón is a vocal opponent of Proposition Boudin, a ballot measure that would legalize and regulate the sale of artisanal bread in the city. The endorsement comes as Alioto begins to put together her campaign team. Alioto was initially considered a long-shot candidate for the seat, but recent polls have shown her narrowing the gap with incumbent Gascón. She is expected to make her first official appearance at a campaign rally on Tuesday evening. “Angela Alioto has the experience and the standing to be a great District Attorney,” said New Democrat Party Chair John Burton. “She is committed to fighting for justice, and we are confident that she will be a strong advocate for San Francisco’s residents.” Alioto was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2002 and served until being elected Supervisor for District Eight in 2010. She was re-elected in 2012 with more than 60 percent of the vote. Boudin endorsed Alioto earlier this year and is campaigning with her throughout the district.

Boudin Facing Fresh Charges in Connection with a Hit and Run

San Francisco district attorney candidate is fresh off a hit-and-run conviction. Boudin was originally charged with felony hit and run, but the charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor. The candidate is now facing new charges of driving under the influence. Boudin's opponent, Jane Kim, released a statement saying she is "disgusted" by the latest developments in the case. Kim added that she believes Boudin should step down as DA if he is found guilty. Boudin has previously said that he was not driving the car involved in the hit and run and that he has witnesses who will back up his story. If convicted of DUI, Boudin could face up to a year in jail.

A Woman who Accused Boudin of Sexual Assault to Testify at Trial

A woman who accused former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón of sexual assault will testify at his upcoming trial. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, filed a criminal complaint against Gascón in December 2017. The complaint alleged that Gascón sexually assaulted her in October 2016 while they were both in attendance at a political fundraiser. Doe's attorney has said she plans to take the stand to "provide compelling evidence" of Gascón's guilt. Gascón has vehemently denied the allegations and has said that he will fight the charges. He is scheduled to go on trial in September.

Details on the Backlash Against the Appointment of a Boudin Opponent to Replace him as San Francisco District Attorney

Shortly after San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced his resignation to take a seat on the city's Board of Supervisors, Boudin opponent Ken Thompson was named to fill the role. Thompson, the son of a police officer, is known for his work as an attorney and public defender. He has also made a name for himself as an advocate against crime and violence in the city. While some are cheering Thompson's appointment, others are voicing their concerns about his lack of experience prosecuting crimes. This is just the beginning of the backlash against the appointment of Foxx as district attorney. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that many criminal defense attorneys are already planning to band together to oppose her when she runs for office in 2020. They believe that her lack of experience in criminal law will mean that she will not be able to deliver fair justice to their clients.

Who is the New Candidate for District Attorney and What are Their Qualifications?

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint former U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag as the new district attorney for San Francisco. Haag will replace Reed Boudin, who was elected as sheriff of San Francisco in November. Haag is a well-known prosecutor and has served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California since 2013. She has also served in various positions at the Department of Justice, most recently as deputy assistant attorney general for national security from 2009 to 2013. Haag's experience as a prosecutor is important, but her qualifications go beyond that. As a senior federal law enforcement official, she understands the challenges and pressures that district attorneys face daily. She has also been deeply involved in criminal justice reform efforts, which will be an important part of her agenda if she is elected district attorney. Haag's opponents have criticized her for her record on crime, but it is important to remember that she is only starting her career as a district attorney. In fact, during her time as U.S. Attorney, she oversaw some of the biggest prosecutions in history, including the case against Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling and the prosecution of Martha Stewart. If you are interested in learning more about Haag's qualifications, you can read our profile or watch her interview on MSNBC.

What are Some of the Key Issues that this New DA will have to Address?

Some of the key issues that this new DA will have to address are the rising crime rates in the city and how to bring them down. They will also need to continue to investigate and prosecute crimes that have been committed by members of the Boudin gang, which has been responsible for a high amount of crime in the city. The new DA will also need to work to improve relations with the police department and create a more cohesive relationship between law enforcement and the community. Additionally, they will need to focus on creating a criminal justice system that is fair and effective.

California Attorney General Becomes First to Defy Trump by Supporting Sanctuary Cities

On Wednesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra became the first state attorney general to publicly oppose the Trump administration's stance on sanctuary cities. In a statement, Becerra said that "sanctuary jurisdictions are not law enforcement agencies and should not be treated as such." Becerra's statement comes after San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced his plan to maintain the city's status as a sanctuary jurisdiction. Becerra's opposition to Trump's stance on sanctuary cities comes as a surprise, as he has previously voiced support for stricter immigration enforcement. Becerra is also facing pressure from progressive Democrats in California to oppose Trump. The state party chair, John Burton, said that Becerra "has an obligation" to stand up to Trump. San Francisco is one of several sanctuary cities in California. Other sanctuary jurisdictions in California include Santa Clara County, Napa County, and Yolo County.

Former UC Berkeley Law Professor Announces Run for Governor of California

After serving as San Francisco district attorney for eight years, appointed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kamala Harris announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in California on Thursday. Harris, a Democrat, is being challenged by U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), who was also considered a frontrunner in the race before Harris announced her candidacy. Harris’s predecessor as district attorney, Alex Padilla, is now running for the U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 25th District. Harris is the second Democrat to announce a candidacy for California governor in 2018, following Gavin Newsom.

San Francisco District Attorney’s Replacement Named

The San Francisco district attorney’s replacement has been named and the controversial Boudin opponent is not it. According to reports, the city’s new district attorney is George Gascón, who was previously the deputy district attorney for the city of Los Angeles. Gascón is a Democrat and has been an outspoken critic of former prosecutor Jeff Sessions. His appointment has been met with praise from civil rights groups who have long called for someone less beholden to law enforcement interests to take over as DA. Anita Alvarez, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, will take over the position effective immediately. Alvarez was nominated by US President Donald Trump in January and was confirmed by the Senate in late April. Before she was appointed US Attorney, Alvarez served as San Francisco district attorney from 2002-2006. The Bay Citizen reports that Gascón has long been critical of Jeff Sessions and his stances on criminal justice reform. He has also been an outspoken advocate for reform in the city’s police force, vowing to end systemic racism and brutality within the department.

Judge Denies Request to put Boudin on Administrative Leave

A judge has denied a request to put former San Francisco district attorney Jeff Boudin on administrative leave. Boudin is the top prosecutor in the city's Department of Prosecution who is facing allegations of misconduct. George Gascón, Boudin's opponent in the upcoming election, filed a request for administrative leave with the court last month after reports surfaced that Boudin had been using his office for personal gain. Gascón argued that Boudin's continued employment posed a conflict of interest and could undermine public trust in the justice system. But Judge Leslie White rejected the request, writing in her decision that "the mere potential for a conflict of interest does not automatically create one." White added that she found no evidence to support Gascón's allegations of misconduct by Boudin.

Cameron Interim Attorney Named to Lead SFDA

On Thursday, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office announced that it has appointed Cameron Interim Attorney Gregory B. Smith to lead the office until a new district attorney is elected in November. Smith will replace Dan Goldsmith, who was recently named interim attorney general of California. In his role as interim district attorney, Smith will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the office, including the investigation and prosecution of crimes. He will also have oversight over the office's budget and personnel. Smith previously served as an assistant district attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office from 2007 to 2009. He then joined the law firm Keker & Van Nest LLP as a litigation partner. The selection of Smith comes after a months-long search for a new district attorney for San Francisco. The position became vacant when Kamala D. Harris was elected to serve as the state's Attorney General in November. Harris named Goldsmith to take over as acting district attorney on January 9. Before he was appointed interim district attorney, Goldsmith served as deputy district attorney for nearly two years.

Boudin Death Could Spark New Investigation into SFDA

The death of a Bay Area man who was found dead inside a San Francisco doughnut shop last month is being investigated as a homicide, following the appointment of a new district attorney. Tony Rackauckas has been named to replace Kamala Harris, who is running for U.S. Senate. Rackauckas tweeted on Thursday that he'll "vigorously investigate all aspects" of the death of 65-year-old Gregory Boudin, including whether his death was caused by foul play. Boudin's family has called for an open and transparent investigation into his death, and protesters are planned to gather outside the doughnut shop where he was found dead on Feb. 22. There is a new district attorney in San Francisco, and she's pledged to investigate the boudin industry and its impact on public health.

Charges Possible in Boudin Death

In a stunning turn of events, the San Francisco district attorney has announced that he will be stepping down to take on a new position. The DA, George Gascón, named his replacement earlier this morning- identified as Travis Boudin, who was previously the deputy district attorney for San Francisco. This comes after reports surfaced that Boudin may be behind the death of San Francisco political consultant and activist, Aaron Peskin. Peskin was found dead on December 4th at his home, with head injuries that are believed to have been caused by trauma. According to reports, Boudin is suspected of killing Peskin to take over his political career and stop him from opposing candidate Gavin Newsom in the upcoming mayoral election. In a statement released today, Gascón said that he is confident that Boudin will be able to handle the role and added that the district attorney’s office is “fully equipped” to investigate and prosecute any crimes that may have been committed. Meanwhile, Peskin’s family has called for an independent inquiry into his death. Boudin has previously worked as a prosecutor in both San Francisco and Los Angeles and was most recently deputy district attorney for San Francisco.

Judge Clears the Way for Boudin’s Return to San Francisco Office

District Attorney George Gascón has been replaced by interim DA Amy Cooper, who announced Thursday that she will not run for the seat in November. Gascón was overseeing a federal corruption investigation against Boudin and city officials. Boudin’s opponent was named to replace him as San Francisco district attorney George Gascón, the district attorney of San Francisco, has been replaced by interim DA Amy Cooper. Cooper is a former prosecutor in the city who announced Thursday that she will not run for the seat in November.

District Attorney Pick Named in Boudin Apology

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced on Friday that he will be appointing former federal prosecutor and current deputy district attorney Deborah Gold as his replacement. Gold will serve until the 2020 election when Gascón is term-limited. Gascón apologized last year for his handling of the corruption case against San Francisco mayor Ed Lee. Lee was eventually found guilty and removed from office. In a statement, Gascón said, "I am grateful to Deborah Gold for her willingness to serve as my successor in the District Attorney’s Office."

Prosecution Plans to Appeal Ruling on Boudin

The San Francisco district attorney's office plans to appeal a ruling that sided with a Boudin opponent in the race to replace him. Attorney Michael Rains was named the interim district attorney on Wednesday, a move that opponents say is an attempt to undermine the election process. Boudin supporters had been calling for Rains to take over after he filed a lawsuit seeking to force a new election. The ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Hill invalidated signatures submitted by rival candidate John Ruckelshaus, who has since conceded the race. "This is an unprecedented and troubling development," Ruckelshaus said in a statement. "The integrity of our democracy is at stake." In his ruling, Hill said that some of Ruckelshaus' signatures were obtained fraudulently and called on the office of the district attorney to appoint someone other than Rains to take over as interim DA pending an appeal. A spokesperson for the DA's office told ABC News that they plan to appeal the decision. If approved, the appeal would be heard by the California Third District Court of Appeal. If it is successful, then a new election could be held as early as September.

Protesters Rally Against District Attorney Selection

District attorney candidate Nathan Fletcher has reignited the Boudin controversy, with protesters rallying against his nomination Wednesday night. Fletcher's opponent in the November election, incumbent George Gascón, had been widely seen as a frontrunner for the post until the Boudin revelations surfaced. Fletcher was one of two prosecutors who declined to pursue charges against a former member of Gascón's staff for allegedly leaking internal documents to Boudin. The other prosecutor, Rafael Ramos, has come under fire from some activists for his handling of the case. "Boudin is about justice and holding our public officials accountable," said protester Daniel Peskin at Wednesday night's rally outside City Hall. "Nathan Fletcher is not the answer."

Boudin Apology Results in “Justice Served”

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced on Thursday that he has removed himself from the consideration for the position of San Francisco district attorney after it was revealed he had donated to a campaign opposing the reelection of incumbent DA Kamala Harris. Harris had announced her intention to run for re-election in March, and Gascón had donated to her opponent, former federal prosecutor Jeff Rosen. “I take full responsibility for any donations I may have made to Jeff Rosen’s campaign, and I am proud that they helped contribute to his victory,” said Gascón in a statement. “However, given the current climate in our city, I believe I should step aside and allow someone with fresh eyes and a stronger commitment to public service to lead the district attorney’s office.” Gascón added that he has contacted Harris to apologize for any discomfort his donations may have caused her. "Justice Served," according to Gascón's statement.

San Francisco Mayor to Speak at Boudin Apology Ceremony

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee will deliver an apology at a ceremony in San Francisco on Thursday for the city's role in the Silk Road trial. The event is being held in honor of Joshua Dratel, who has been named to replace Boudin as district attorney. Dratel is a prosecutor with the Northern District of California, which was involved in the Silk Road trial. He has said that he supports an apology from San Francisco, and he plans to make sure that justice is served in the case. Lee will also speak at the event.

Boudin Defends Himself at Press Conference

Today, the San Francisco District Attorney’s office announced that they have chosen current Deputy District Attorney Lauren Freedman to replace Boudin as the next DA. Freedman has been a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office for six years and is currently the deputy district attorney assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit. Boudin stated his lawyer, saying that he is “extremely disappointed with the decision, but respects the legal process.” In his statement, Boudin also reiterated his previous statements that he has never committed any sexual misconduct and that any allegations against him are politically motivated. This news comes after days of tumult in the DA’s office, following reports of sexual misconduct and abuse by some of its employees. This turmoil began when Boudin was first announced as the replacement for outgoing DA George Gascón. Since then, multiple women have come forward to accuse Boudin of sexual misconduct or abuse. Despite these accusations, many in San Francisco are still supporting Boudin. Many feel that these allegations are only politically motivated and that he is being targeted because he is a critic of Mayor London Breed. Freedman’s appointment today only adds to this divide.

What do People think About the Selection and how will it Affect the City?

When San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced he would not be running for reelection, opponents of the incumbent, Kamala Harris, quickly named their candidate. The selection of former US Attorney Matt Gonzalez was met with mixed reactions from the city's residents. Some see his appointment as a step in the right direction, while others are concerned about his past positions on law enforcement and criminal justice reform. Gonzalez has pledged to change how the district attorney's office functions by focusing on public safety and accountability. He has also expressed interest in working with city officials to address issues such as homelessness and crime. While some have welcomed his appointment, others worry that he will not be able to make significant changes due to his lack of experience in law enforcement or criminal justice.

Conclusion

After a long and contentious election campaign, the San Francisco district attorney has been named. Caroline Fair, an opponent of Boudin’s candidacy, will take his place on the DA’s Office Board of Supervisors. While it is uncertain what direction Fair will take about Boudin’s case, this news nonetheless signals another turn in the ongoing saga of one of San Francisco’s most divisive figures.

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