08 Nov California Globe: Call for DA Gascon Recusal
Our movement to restore sanity in the DAs office is having an impact. The call for Gascon to step down from the Martinez-DeLeon-Cedillo recording case is gaining traction.
It’s not enough for him to “individually” recuse. Every employee working on the case works for Gascon, and so the appearance of a conflict is still a huge problem.
Call for DA Gascon Recusal
By Thomas Buckley, November 8, 2023
Then imagine you are a District Attorney who is up for re-election and desperately need the support of the local Federation of Labor.
Then imagine you are a District Attorney that is presented with the case to prosecute the folks who allegedly made the tape and that those folks work/ed for the Federation of Labor.
Then imagine you are a District Attorney who asks the cops to conduct further investigation.
Then imagine you are a District Attorney who, a few days after kicking the case back to the cops, gets that crucial Federation of Labor endorsement.
Now, ask yourself a question: if and when the illegal taping case comes back to you should you or your your office be involved in the prosecution of the case or should you recuse yourself?
For those of us who are not Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, the answer is blindingly obvious – no, of course you should recuse yourself.
But if you are Gascon, it seems the issue isn’t quite so clear cut.