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City attorney needs more staff for 8,800 new Prop. 47 misdemeanors
City attorney needs more staff for 8,800 new Prop. 47 misdemeanors

Because California voters reduced penalties for a number of drug and theft crimes by passing Prop. 47, Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer asked the City Council on Monday to let him hire more employees to file roughly 8,800 more cases expected annually – crimes that used to be handled by the district attorney as felonies but now are misdemeanors. That amounts to a 17% increase in workload, according to a spokesperson for Feuer. Nearly 2,000 pending cases are expected to be transferred from the district attorney to the city attorney in February. In reaction, Feuer said he needed eight new attorneys and seven legal clerks, at a cost of more than $430,000 for the rest of the...

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