Posted on July 28, 2021

Biden Taps U.S. Attorney Opposed to Prosecution of Drug Dealers and Thieves

Chuck Ross and Matthew Foldi, Washington Free Beacon, July 27, 2021

President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney for Massachusetts is a progressive district attorney who opposes the prosecution of drug dealers and has worked closely with a group that supports defunding police departments.

Biden on Monday nominated Rachael Rollins, the district attorney for Suffolk County, to lead the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston. Rollins is a member of the new wave of progressive prosecutors pushing a radical criminal justice reform agenda in their cities. Rollins’s critics call her “the grand dame of the rogue prosecutor movement when it comes to her nonprosecution practices.”

The nomination comes as Biden attempts to downplay allegations that Democrats are soft on crime and that they support the movement to defund police departments. While numerous Democratic lawmakers support the defund cause, Biden accused Republicans last week of “lying” about Democratic support for the issue.

Rollins’s potential promotion represents a significant return on investment for the Democratic megadonor George Soros, who has invested millions of dollars in reshaping prosecutors’ offices around the country with liberal activists like Rollins, one of several liberal district attorneys who decline to prosecute crime.

​​Last year, Rollins partnered with two other Soros-backed district attorneys to form the Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission. Modeled after South African tribunals established to reckon with apartheid, the commission called the U.S. justice system “a cruel and oppressive force of injustice” for minorities.


Rollins has collaborated with Shaun King, a controversial social justice activist who cofounded the Grassroots Law Project. {snip}

Rollins herself has not explicitly called for defunding police departments, though she supports drastic policing reforms. She also backs a moratorium on the prosecution of 15 crimes, including drug distribution, shoplifting, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, breaking and entering, and making threats.