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.
D.A. Vance, Commissioner Shea: Designated Global Terrorist Shaikh Faisal Arraigned on Conspiracy and Terrorism Charges Following Extradition from Jamaica
“Now, Shaikh Faisal has finally appeared in a Manhattan courtroom to face justice under due process for the crimes of terrorism he is charged with in our indictment. In addition to shutting down Faisal’s dangerous rhetoric and his recruitment of new terrorists, the effects of his arrest have been felt across the counterterrorism community worldwide, which has gained actionable intelligence thanks to our seizure of numerous electronics from his home."
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. this week called upon cities across America that are divesting from police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and numerous other Black men and women to prioritize direct reinvestment in communities of color as a key component of antiracist criminal justice reform.