Earlier this month, Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed a new bill creating a state commission board to monitor – and potentially fire – district attorneys who refuse to enforce the law. The innovative approach to holding rogue left-wing prosecutors accountable could soon become a staple in other red states as well.
The bill, SB 92, provides for the establishment of an eight-member commission that can recall district attorneys or solicitors general for a number of reasons, including “willful misconduct,” “persistent failure to perform his or her duties,” and “conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.” SB 92 passed the Georgia Senate 32 to 24 and the Georgia House 97 to 77 in March before Governor Kemp signed it into law on May 5.
The commission, officially titled the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission (PAQC) has also been granted the authority to further investigate instances in which local prosecutors may have been unduly influenced by “bias,” “conflicts of interest,” and “financial interest,” as well as factors completely unrelated to the facts of the prosecution at hand.
In a press release, Kemp declared, “As hardworking law enforcement officers routinely put their lives on the line to investigate, confront, and arrest criminal offenders, I won’t stand idly by as they’re met with resistance from rogue or incompetent prosecutors who refuse to uphold the law.” Moreover, he stated, “The creation of the PACQ will help hold prosecutors driven by out-of-touch politics than commitment to their responsibilities accountable and make our communities safer.”
Kemp also channeled the frustration of many Americans – in Georgia and elsewhere – living under prosecutors who have embraced the far left’s “restorative justice” agenda that includes not prosecuting “minor” crimes like drug possession and robbery. As Kemp put it, “People are just fed up. People are fed up of local prosecutors who are not doing their job. They’re not fulfilling their duties and their oaths under the law and prosecuting crimes that are on our books.”
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