Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s new District Attorney, was just a toddler when his parents were convicted of murdering two police officers and a security guard during a failed robbery attempt. Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, his parents, were sentenced for the murders. They were both members of Weather Underground, a militant leftist terrorist group that was active in the 1960s and 70s.
Following the arrest and incarceration of his parents, Boudin was adopted by none other than the leader of Weather Underground, Bill Ayers and his spouse Bernardine Dohm.
Now, the radical-raised Chesa Boudin is on a warpath to follow in the footsteps of the man who raised him and is using his position of authority to cripple the justice system of San Francisco. He’s just fired seven strict prosecutors in order to make room for those he views as more in line with his political ideology.
Boudin campaigned on a platform that opposed incarceration and vowed to create a “wrongful conviction” unit. Boudin’s plan is to implement some form of alternative to incarceration. His suggestions? Job training, counseling, and education for the guilty instead of the pursuit of a conviction.
“I never got a first [chance]”
“I had to make difficult staffing decisions [Friday] in order to put in place a management team that will help me accomplish the work I committed to do for San Francisco,” Boudin said in a statement.
According to The Chronicle, the prosecutors are at-will employees and can be terminated at any time per the San Francisco city charter, but some still do plan on taking legal action.
“For someone who ran on a platform of second chances, I know I never got a first,” one of the terminated attorneys told KQED.
KQED reported the names of the seven terminated prosecutors:
The attorneys, who were given the news at one-on-one meetings or over the phone with Boudin on Friday, are Kara Lacey, a felony trial lawyer, Ana Gonzalez, managing attorney in the office’s Gang Unit, Linda Allen and Todd Barrett, managing attorneys in the General Felonies Unit, Michael Swart, managing attorney of the office’s Homicide Unit and Tom Ostly, a trial attorney in the Crime Strategies Unit, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
KQED has learned a seventh attorney — Craig Menchin in the Writs and Appeals Unit — was also fired, according to a person directly familiar with the matter. The district attorney’s office employs over 200 staff members, according to the department’s website.