Gee - ya think? Big dollar high priced Criminal Defense lawyers contributed campaign donations for the election of the local DA - WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? DA Vance finally did the obvious thing after some recent high profile examples of taking money and active cases suddenly coming to abrupt end. For example.... Ivanka and Don Jr. Trump for their dealing with the completely messed up Soho Trump Hotel fiasco.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. to ban campaign contributions from criminal defense lawyers
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. on Monday said his office will ban campaign contributions from criminal defense lawyers with clients before his office after taking heat for not pursuing cases after accepting tens of thousands of dollars from attorneys in high-profile investigations.
Vance asked for the review from the Columbia Law School in October 2017 after he was criticized for dropping investigations into Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. and accused Hollywood serial molester Harvey Weinstein.
After a 90-day review, the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity recommended Vance and the state’s other 61 district attorneys reduce the appearance of bias by capping contributions from lawyers appearing before their offices at $320 each election cycle.
It also proposes limiting donations from law partners of attorneys appearing before the DAs to $3,850 each election cycle.
In a statement, Vance said he would “exceed these recommendations.”
”Effective today, we will no longer accept contributions – in any amount – from lawyers appearing before our office and will cap contributions from their law partners, consistent with CAPI’s recommendation,” it said.
The study also recommended the DAs establish “blind fundraising standards” during the campaigns to shield candidates from their donors.
”The DA should not be involved in campaign activities that would reveal to the DA who his or her donors are or how much they have given, including work to target specific donors,” CAPI noted.
Vance said his campaign would comply.
”We have implemented the ‘blinding’ procedure recommended in CAPI’s report, which is the same procedure followed by candidates for judicial office in New York State,” Vance said in a statement.
Vance came under sharp scrutiny before last November’s election over declining to prosecute Weinstein for allegedly molesting an Italian model in 2015.
He also failed to prosecute President Trump’s children after they were accused of misleading potential buyers in a Trump SoHo real estate project.
At the time, Vance said in his seven years in office his decisions were never swayed by “wealth, power, race or campaign contribution.”
Source: New York Post