Soros-Backed Philly DA Purged Dozens of Prosecutors in First Days

Larry Krasner, propelled by cash from Soros, gave no explanation for firings

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Democrat Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's new district attorney who was backed almost exclusively by nearly $2 million in contributions from liberal billionaire George Soros, has purged more than 30 prosecutors from the district attorney's office within days of taking over the position.

Krasner, who was sworn in on Jan. 2, asked 31 prosecutors to resign on his fourth day on the job and has given no explanation for the requests. A list of those who were purged from the office shows that a number of them came from the homicide division, drug enforcement, and civil asset forfeiture units.

The terminations have stalled court cases in the city, where one judge on Monday criticized the office after they asked that a murder trial be postponed due to the assistant attorney general being one of the dozens of people let go by Krasner, according to reports.

Krasner, who before being elected district attorney served as a far-left defense attorney, previously represented Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. Krasner had also sued the police department more than 75 times and joked that he had built a career that made him "completely unelectable."

Krasner defeated seven opponents in the Democratic primary in part due to generous funding from George Soros.

Soros, who has quietly pushed cash into a number of district attorney races in recent years, tends to operate the same way in each city he targets: The billionaire financier establishes Super PACs, floods them with money, refunds himself any leftover cash at the conclusion of a race, and shuts down the PAC.

Soros set up the Philadelphia Justice & Public Safety PAC and pushed nearly $2 million into the committee with the sole intent of backing Krasner, the Washington Free Beacon previously reported.

Beth Grossman, Krasner's Republican opponent, told the Free Beacon last year that she was worried Krasner would turn Philadelphia into another Baltimore or Chicago.

"I have concerns, if he gets elected, my opponent, I don't want us to turn into a Baltimore," Grossman said at the time. "I don't want us to turn into a Chicago. It's really disturbing—we have one of the finest public defenders offices in the country, we don't need two."

Krasner defeated Grossman by more than 40 percentage points in the overwhelmingly Democratic city.

Soros has also pushed millions into district attorney races in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Mississippi, among others.

The Democracy Alliance, a network of deep-pocketed liberal donors who each vow to steer hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to approved progressive groups, is set to ramp up efforts to elect far-left individuals to district attorney positions in 2018, according to documents obtained by the Free Beacon at the group's secretive investment conference held last November at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif.

Soros, a cofounder of the Democracy Alliance, and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), headlined the three-day conference where the group planned out their next steps of the "resistance."

Krasner's office did not return a request for comment by press time.

Joe Schoffstall   Email Joe | Full Bio | RSS
Joe Schoffstall is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Previously, he spent three years with the Media Research Center and was most recently with the Capitol City Project. He can be reached at Schoffstall@freebeacon.com. His Twitter handle is @JoeSchoffstall.

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