eaglegenius Posted May 2, 2021 Share Posted May 2, 2021 I was eager to see the 3 part PBS doc PHILLY DA but it didn't air on PBS as originally advertised. Since it was PBS I expected a puff piece glorifying Krassner. It wasn't. I was finally able to track down 2 episodes using comcast search. Strangely only eps 1 and 3 are available, which begs the question - what was in episode 2 that made them hold it off? Episode 1 was mostly about how Krassner gutted the DA's office, firing 80% of the DAs and filling their positions with ultra-liberal allies, importing them from as far away as Texas. Adding insult to injury, he ordered the fired DAs to come in on a severe snow day when the office was closed, where security ushered them out like thieves. Many of those fired were lawyers who had faced him when he was a public defender and from the way he handled their dismissal it was clear he was satisfying a grudge. Petty to the extreme. The 20% who survived the purge found themselves surrounded by community organizers and social reformers focused more on issues like pre-school lunches and social services more appropriate for city management than the legal system to handle. Ep 3 dealt with the killing of Officer Wilson, a black cop murdered by two goons in the midst of a violent robbery spree. The DA assigned by Krassner to be a "victims advocate" was outraged that the media allowed the cop's sister and grandmother to speak out demanding the death penalty, rather than his mother, the lone family member who was anti-death penalty. It ended with several of the 20% who were leftovers from Seth Williams' office finally giving up and quitting. One wished Krassner well with his social reforms, hinting that if it backfires Philly is doomed. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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