Can you believe this!? Defense attorneys are complaining that Manhattan DA Cy Vance — the guy whose job is, you know, to prosecute criminals — is “too tough!” The Daily News interviewed a bunch of defense attorneys (but also some prosecutors!), who are whining that Vance is clogging the city’s court system by refusing to hand out lenient plea deals and taking too many cases to trial. The gall!
One defense attorney told the News that “a lot of cases that should be settled are not getting settled,” speculating that maybe the DA’s office is refusing to plea bargain because they’re bored (the county has filed 4% fewer felony cases this year).
But then another anonymous lawyer suggested that prosecutors might just be stupidly stubborn, citing a “big-time drug case” where the the DA had a “weak” case and refused to offer a plea deal. (The defendant was apparently acquitted.)
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 21, 2010