The Manhattan district attorney will stop prosecuting prostitution, adding weight to a movement to change the criminal justice system’s approach to sex work. The district attorney moved to dismiss thousands of cases dating back decades.
During the ceremony, the Afghan ambassador praised the office of the district attorney, Cy Vance Jr., for arranging the return. Mr. Vance’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit, overseen by the Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos, said that over the past decade, it has recovered several thousand stolen antiquities collectively valued at more than $175 million, from more than a dozen nations.
Manhattan district attorney to release years of racial data as part of nationwide accountability push
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.
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."