The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Thursday will grant the public access to more than seven years worth of racial data that the top prosecutor here says has informed his approach to criminal justice reform.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., whose office secured a conviction of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and is now investigating former President Donald Trump, said Friday he wouldn’t seek a fourth term.
Vance, in a wide-ranging interview with me about his tenure as Manhattan D.A., said, of appearing before the Supreme Court, “Truly, it was like Mt. Olympus.” He declined to discuss the Trump case, as legal ethics require, but he did disclose that he will not seek a fourth term, and that he plans to retire from the D.A.’s office on December 31st.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today announced that he will not seek reelection for a fourth term in office, which would begin January 2022. The full text of the D.A.’s memo to the Office’s prosecutors and staff is copied below.
D.A. Vance: “Later that night, I was thinking, Thank god we got the sentencing done when we did. Things were happening very quickly, and there was not a lot of understanding about what we were dealing with or certainty of any kind about how to deal with it. I do remember that that evening and over the next few days I was just remarking to myself and others how fortunate it was that the judge was able to complete the sentencing process that week. Those survivors had waited long enough.”