NYTimes: Ken Thompson’s Successor: A ‘Pure District Attorney’ Working Under the Radar

Ken Thompson’s Successor: A ‘Pure District Attorney’ Working Under the Radar

“Obviously I want to continue the things that Ken started,” Mr. Gonzalez said in his first interview since taking over as district attorney. Among them, he added, were key reforms that defined Mr. Thompson’s tenure: a warrant amnesty program, a policy not to prosecute some low-level marijuana offenses and a special unit devoted to wrongful convictions.

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Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Learns the Politics as He Prepares for Democratic Primary

Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Learns the Politics as He Prepares for Democratic Primary

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez leads one of the largest DA offices in America, but he is not well known to voters. Gonzalez hopes to change that as he battles in a crowded Democratic primary for district attorney this year.

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Prosecutors Protect Immigrants From Deportation For Minor Crimes

Prosecutors Protect Immigrants From Deportation For Minor Crimes

Prosecutors have wide latitude when negotiating plea deals. It typically depends on the facts of each case. In several U.S. cities now, prosecutors are using their discretion to protect defendants who are immigrants. They want to ensure that immigrants, whether here illegally or seeking citizenship, don't get deported for minor crimes.

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Brooklyn Moves to Protect Immigrants From Deportation Over Petty Crimes

Brooklyn Moves to Protect Immigrants From Deportation Over Petty Crimes

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office, promising to seek “equal and fair justice” for the borough’s vulnerable foreign-born residents, has created a policy that tailors prosecutions to avoid, when possible, the deportation or detention of immigrants charged with certain misdemeanors or nonviolent crimes.

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PAL Teaches Chess to Kids in Brooklyn, Helping Fulfill Vision of Late DA Ken Thompson

PAL Teaches Chess to Kids in Brooklyn, Helping Fulfill Vision of Late DA Ken Thompson

The program is a legacy of sorts for the Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, who died of cancer earlier this month. Thompson's son, and the son of the acting DA, play chess, and both men wanted more kids exposed to the game. So they reached out to the PAL back in the spring. 

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Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez picks up first law-enforcement union endorsement

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez picks up first law-enforcement union endorsement
 

Brooklyn native, Gonzalez was hand-picked by Thompson to be his successor. Gonzalez has followed in Thompson’s footsteps — offering strong advocacy for minority communities and pushing an internal review of past criminal convictions that has exonerated 22 people wrongfully sent to prison.

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