Union representing deputy district attorneys sues Gascón over L.A. County enhancements policy

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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon delivers remarks after he took the oath of office Dec. 7, 2020. (Bryan Chan/Los Angeles County)

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon delivers remarks after he took the oath of office Dec. 7, 2020. (Bryan Chan/Los Angeles County)

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The union representing Los Angeles County deputy district attorneys on Wednesday sued Dist. Atty. George Gascón, alleging that the dramatic changes he has brought to the nation’s largest prosecutorial office have defied state law and forced rank-and-file prosecutors to violate their oaths of office.

The lawsuit is the most public expression yet of the pushback Gascón has fielded from within his own office since being sworn in Dec. 7. It focuses on his so-called special directives that ordered his deputies to forgo sentencing enhancements.

The union, which represents about 800 prosecutors, is seeking a court order that would compel Gascón to rescind the directives and declare them “invalid and illegal,” as well as a temporary restraining order that would bar Gascón and his administration from enforcing the directives.

Gascón’s policies have “placed line prosecutors in an ethical dilemma — follow the law, their oath, and their ethical obligations, or follow their superior’s orders,” wrote the union’s lawyer, Eric M. George.

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