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Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s treatment of Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein is not unusual. It plays out in DA’s offices across the country every single day, just on a smaller scale. Here, in Atlanta, Georgia. Money buys access denied to others. theappeal.org/in-rare-motion…
Let me emphasize in this case tho, how different, Ms. Horne is from someone like Epstein or Weinstein. It was her struggle with addiction that led her to be caught up in the criminal justice system and she did amazing things while incarcerated including getting treatment.
The issue is that Atlanta's DA Paul Howard is vehemently anti-reform, has argued for leniency for violent offenders only 3 times, there are 3,224 people serving sentences for armed robbery, all of them deserve this consideration. Why did he join in this one motion?
And what Judge Constance Russell said denying the motion was, "The posture that we’re in now, the concern that I have, quite frankly, is ‘more money and better family’ should not equal ‘more justice.’”
It really should be that it everyone like Ms. Horne gets equal justice. And that's why we need to elect reform DAs who will ensure that all cases are considered fairly.
At the same time we need to make sure that these DAs are actual reformists not reformists in name only - remember Cy Vance claims to be. And DAs, like Cy Vance, who cannot be bought, so that we do not have a two tier justice system where Epstein & Weinstein can buy their freedom.
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