With ‘woke’ Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg taking office, more than a dozen prosecutors promptly walk

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In a not-so-surprising turn of events for anyone who has been paying attention, more than a dozen prosecutors in Manhattan have left their jobs since new District Attorney Alvin Bragg was sworn in.

That’s according to the New York Post, which cited a law enforcement source to say at least one person left without taking the time to find another job.

“I know one [ADA] who was with the office over 20 years who left without a job,” the source said. “They didn’t want to work in this kind of office. They wanted to continue prosecuting the law.”

Bragg has spent his time in office so far defending his woke, soft-on-crime approach to dealing with criminals. BPR reported on the initial reaction to the changes established in a memo sent from Bragg on January 3rd, noting that he “instructed his prosecutors to ask judges for jail time only for the most serious offenses — like murder, sexual assault, and large-scale economic crimes — unless the law requires them to do otherwise. He also instructed his staff to avoid seeking jail time for certain robberies and assaults, as well as gun possession in cases where no other crimes are involved.”

Here are just some of the examples of prosecutors involved in the mass resignations:

  • Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, a 33-year veteran of the Manhattan office who includes the successful prosecution of Harvey Weinstein among her career highlights;
  • John Irwin, a former trial division chief;
  • An unnamed veteran prosecutor who was demoted and ordered to work under a hire the new DA made from the nonprofit Legal Aid Society; and
  • An unnamed prosecutor with 20 years experience, who, according to the New York Post, reportedly “left without a job,” desiring instead to “continue prosecuting the law.”

Another former prosecutor told the Daily Mail, “He wants to get rid of all the senior people who prosecuted high-profile cases and replace them with young inexperienced people who think like him and don’t want to uphold the law.”

Bragg has felt the fury from all fronts, including Manhattan residents, business owners, and the NYPD unions. Republicans, who have always opposed Bragg’s platform, are understandably questioning how he was elected in the first place if even the people who live there don’t like him. The answer, of course, is George Soros.

Hungarian-born philanthropist Soros donated $1 million to Alvin Bragg’s successful DA campaign in Manhattan, funneling the cash through the Color of Change political action committee, according to public filings. Soros has financed campaigns across the country, according to The Post, “doling out tens of millions of dollars to progressive candidates in district attorney races throughout the country amid movements to abolish bail and defund the police.”

“Everywhere Soros-backed prosecutors go, crime follows,” Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton commented in the December 16 Post article.

Cotton’s warning rings true to Manhattan residents, as the Daily Mail reports that crime is up throughout the city in just the first nine days of 2022, compared to the same time frame in 2021:

  • Overall crime — up 30.55%
  • Robbery — up 25.1%
  • Rape — up 2.9%
  • Murder — up 33.3%
  • Felony Assault — up 4.7%

Business leaders have previously expressed concern that these new policies will be detrimental to Manhattan’s economy.

“New York City’s quality of life must remain competitive if we are to lure back office workers and tourists,” Jessica Walker, president of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce said to the Daily Mail. ‘The district attorney’s stance against prosecuting certain low-level crimes may undermine both the perception and the reality that ours is a safe big city.”

A local small business owner spoke with the Post on Saturday after Andrew Giuliani made headlines by intervening in a violent altercation near Penn Station; the owner lamented the increase in crime that he personally has noticed.

“It’s deteriorated. You have to pay a lot more attention coming to work and leaving work than you used to. The entire city is that way,” said Thomas Weisse, owner of Caribbean Cuts Flowers & Foliage.

The Post also spoke with a Duane Reade store manager who said that “she feared for her life and didn’t want to go back to work.” This comes after she had been threatened by a thief who allegedly brandished a pocketknife during her shift at the drugstore on the Lower East Side after she confronted him over the “alleged theft of more than $2,000 worth of cold medicine and other items.”

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Jay Weiner awarded him supervised release and no bail, saying, “[T]wo weeks ago [this] would have been charged as a robbery,” according to the court transcript. “I don’t know if anyone would ever feel lucky standing in front of me in a courtroom, but you might reasonably feel lucky today.”

It’s a sure bet that the citizens of Manhattan do not feel lucky today.


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