Crimefighter exodus: Manhattan prosecutors flee DA office after Bragg takes helm

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Prosecutors in soft-on-crime Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office are flooding the exits amid his “radical shift in policy,” The Post has discovered.

Bragg’s controversial “Day One” memo issued on Jan. 3 advised assistant district attorneys to not search jail sentences for a lot of criminals and to downgrade some felonies to misdemeanors. His management has already created a firestorm that has led to an on-line petition calling for him to be eliminated.

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

Over the previous three weeks, a minimum of a dozen attorneys have give up.

Among the departures is senior trial counsel Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, who successfully prosecuted Harvey Weinstein, and received a 2016 conviction within the notorious 1979 homicide of Etan Patz.

Illuzzi-Orbon, a Republican, had been on the office since 1988, taking solely a quick go away in 2015 for an unsuccessful run for District Attorney in Staten Island.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon left her job after being at the office since 1988.
Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon left her job after being on the office since 1988.
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Friday was her final day, sources advised The Post. She didn’t return a request for remark.

Also gone is John Irwin, a one-time trial division chief.

Another veteran prosecutor misplaced her title and was advised she must work for somebody Bragg introduced over from the Legal Aid Society, a supply mentioned.

“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,” mentioned a former prosecutor.

A supply conversant in the office mentioned not one of the departing attorneys had been fired.

Mark Bederow, who labored within the Manhattan DA’s office, mentioned some turnover was to be anticipated with a brand new boss, however that Bragg’s arrival will “likely” result in extra departures since “It appears to be such a cultural and radical shift in policy.”

“I would anticipate that many people within the office who have been there for years, who perhaps do not share the same philosophy as the incoming DA, will most likely leave,” he mentioned. “I would expect that the incoming classes of DAs in the next couple of years will entirely share the policies of Mr. Bragg.”

At least a dozen lawyers have quit the Manhattan DA office in the past few weeks.
At least a dozen attorneys have give up the Manhattan DA office up to now few weeks.
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Bederow mentioned the turnover would result in “transformation in the Manhattan DA’s office unlike anything anyone has seen for decades.”

Madeline Brame, the mom of homicide sufferer Hason Correa, mentioned she was nervous about what Bragg’s insurance policies — which embody not searching for jail sentences of greater than 20 years usually — would imply for the upcoming path of her son’s accused killers. Correa, a 35-year-old Army vet, was stabbed to loss of life in Harlem in 2018.

Madeline Brame, the mother of murder victim Hason Correa, is concerned about what the policies and staff changes will mean for the trial of her son's alleged murderer.
Madeline Brame, the mom of homicide sufferer Hason Correa, is anxious about what the insurance policies and employees modifications will imply for the trial of her son’s alleged assassin.
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Brame mentioned the prosecutor within the case left final yr and he or she just lately reached out to her substitute as a result of she was feeling “Tortured, tormented, stressed out and frustrated not knowing now are these people only going to (get) 20 years for killing my boy.”

“He had no answers for me. None,” she mentioned.

Under DA Cyrus Vance Jr., 99 attorneys left final yr, up from 83 in 2020. It is unknown what number of of these retired.

“Alvin Bragg has brought together an exceptional group of highly experienced professionals, including leaders who have worked in this office, led other offices, and bring real life experiences to help reimagine DANY to deliver safety and justice for all,” mentioned Richard Fife, senior advisor to Bragg.

Additional reporting by Dean Balsamini

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