CYRUS VANCE’S STRATEGY: TWO MORE WEEKS OF PRESS
The response in today’s Wall Street Journal from Manhattan DA Vance about his string of losses in three high profile cases tells it all. “A few media cases don’t define what we’re doing,” said spokesperson Erin Duggan.
True the Manhattan District Attorney’s office handles over 100,000 cases a year, but there were three that made the headlines. First, the cops acquitted of rape, next the two safety inspectors on trial for alleged crimes that claimed the lives of two firemen in the Deutsch Bank case, and now the DSK rape case.
In all these cases the DA showed poor judgment.
That poor judgment continues with Vance’s decision to keep, what has now become an international story, in the headlines till July 18th. “At every step of the way, the district attorney’s office made the right decision” crowed the DA’s spokesperson.
The accuser has already admitted to lying before the grand jury about the details of the alleged sexual assault. But the red flag that should have caught their attention was why someone would be cleaning hotel rooms who had a series of $100,000 cash deposits in their bank account.
However, the DA’s spokesperson did have a point about those other 100,000 cases we never hear about. A recent study showed since Vance took office dismissals based on speedy trial rules soared by 36 percent. In short, thousands of criminal defendants walked out the door because the DA’s office wasn’t ready for trial.
From now until July 18th the world will watch to see if this time the DA is ready.
John O’Hara is an attorney. He lives in Brooklyn.
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