Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. on the Passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“We mourn the passing of an extraordinary New Yorker and pioneering legal giant whose fierce advocacy for the rule of law, gender equality, and the rights of historically marginalized people transformed our profession, our justice system, and our society."
“This investigation into the alleged recruitment and forced prostitution of a 17-year-old girl demonstrates our Office’s unwavering commitment to combatting sex trafficking, even during a public health emergency,” said District Attorney Vance.
"Although the massive amount stolen sets this case apart from recent prosecutions of unscrupulous attorneys, the pattern is familiar – the defendant moved the stolen fortune into multiple bank accounts and used it to fund a life of luxury."
In a New York Daily News op-ed, D.A. Vance argued that a broken windows policing revival, with its focus on low-level arrests and prosecutions, would exacerbate the multi-generational harm caused by mass incarceration while serving little to no public safety purpose.
Don’t bring back broken windows: Manhattan DA Cy Vance argues against ratcheting back up prosecutions for smaller offenses (Op-Ed by Cy Vance, Jr.)
Rather than resorting to discredited, heavy-handed approaches to the lowest-level infractions, real investments in our communities will lay the foundation for New York success stories yet to come.
"As Manhattan District Attorney, I have the power and responsibility to set policies that minimize unnecessary interactions with the criminal justice system, that reduce racial disparities and collateral consequences in low-level prosecutions, and that enable the Office and court system to preserve resources for the prosecution of serious crimes."