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Prosecutes all criminal cases in Court of Common Pleas. Prepares criminal information, requests and conducts investigative grand juries,prepares cases for court.

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    Lisa Middleman

  • Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.
    (Dem, Rep)

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What are your top three priorities for this office?

What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all citizens?

What policy changes would you recommend to improve police accountability?

Last Name Middleman
First Name Lisa
Age 57
Campaign Phone (412) 652-5743
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Education Duke University 1983 University of Pittsburgh Law School 1987
Qualifications for office Lisa Middleman has worked in the Public Defender's office as a trial attorney for 32 years and is assigned the complex cases, including death-penalty cases, because she is one of the County’s most qualified defense attorneys. A Highland Park native, she graduated from Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Lisa helped organize her union through the Steelworkers and is the current grievance officer. She’ll apply three decades of courtroom experience to save lives, save money, and join the effort to heal communities harmed by decades of disengagement.
District Countywide
END MASS INCARCERATION WHILE INCREASING PUBLIC SAFETY: Divert people who suffer from mental health and addiction problems entirely out of the system to free resources to focus on violent crime and drug trade. SUPPORT VICTIMS AND WITNESSES: Add social workers and an immigration attorney to educate and assist victims and witnesses. Form robust witness protection program to allow otherwise fearful people to participate safely. Eradicate rape kit backlogs. JUSTICE FOR YOUTH: Exercise discretion in favor of proven rehabilitative goals and programs through the juvenile system rather than the adult system whenever possible.
1. Establish a conviction integrity unit 2. End cash bail 3. Compile and publicize statistical data on racial disparities in arrests, bail, charging decisions and plea offers & implement strategies to end 4. Implement and publish charging/sentencing procedures to ensure decisions are made pursuant to written policy 5. Reject racially biased risk assessments 6. Reform civil asset forfeiture 7. Work with community leaders and experts to develop additional strategies
Because the police and the DA’s office must cooperate on a daily basis, there is an inherent conflict of interest in investigating and prosecuting police. I would form an independent and “firewalled” unit within the District Attorney’s office that does not interact daily with the police to investigate allegations of police misconduct and refer any allegations that involve use of firearm or bodily injury to state attorney general for investigation and prosecution.
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