If they’ve been honest with themselves, all nonetheless considered one of many candidates for Queens district lawyer would drop out — on account of that candidate would clearly do larger at the whole thing regarding the job.
Which is why Judge Greg Lasak has The Post’s endorsement.
The rest of the pack is working as criminal-justice reformers, nonetheless, Lasak has been strolling that stroll for a very long time, from contained within the DA’ s office. Back inside the 1990s, he created a “wrong man unit” that acquired virtually two dozen innocents launched, along with some who’d not solely been convicted wrongly, nonetheless, had exhausted their appeals.
He moreover had no endurance for harmful cops: He was the prosecutor who uncovered the infamous Stun Gun Case — involving the utilization of station-house torture to appreciate “confessions.”
Yet he has the assistance of most law-enforcement unions, on account of he holds to the previous fashion notion that district attorneys are seekers of justice. By distinction, his opponents have spent the advertising marketing campaign falling over each other about who will do finest on “low-level” crimes.
They seem to imagine that criminal-justice reform requires a DA to behave due to the borough’s chief public defender, not its chief law-enforcement officer.
And none of them have one thing like Lasak’s experience: Two dozen years inside the Queens DA’s office, topping out at No. 3, sooner than serving 15 years as a Supreme Court resolution, presiding over numerous the borough’s highest-profile situations.
Notably, two of his excessive opponents are working with a watch on the reality that they’ll rapidly be term-limited out of their current jobs. Lasak resigned from a secure job — with 13 years sooner than his subsequent election — to enter this race.
A Woodside native and graduate of Holy Cross HS and Queens College, he joined the DA’s office current out of New York Law School and by 30 had risen to chief of the Homicide Bureau. Then, as chief of Major Crimes, he created the first devoted domestic-violence bureau.
Moving to the bench in 2003, he oversaw higher than 2,500 murder situations, along with the College Point Massacre, the most important mass murder inside the borough’s historic previous.
He is, in short, the obvious successor to the late Richard Brown.
Lasak’s depth of experience could be very important now, on account of every DA’s office in New York is headed proper right into a nightmare come Jan. 1.
The Legislature has eradicated not merely bail, nonetheless the potential of jail, for a variety of prices. More, it has absolutely rewritten the foundations for discovery — giving prosecutors far a lot much less time to interview and protect witnesses and to gather proof to share with the safety as quickly as a suspect has been charged.
His rivals lack the experience to hit the underside working even on common events. Greg Lasak is the one candidate who’s really as a lot because of the job now. He deserves the vote of every Queens Democrat inside the June 25 main.