The son of a couple who helped kill two cops and a guard in the infamous Brink’s armored-car robbery was just elected district attorney of San Francisco.
Chesa Boudin learned he won the hotly contested race Saturday — while flying back from visiting his convict dad in an upstate New York prison, the LA Times reported.
Chesa Boudin ended up being raised by Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn in Chicago while his parents were shipped off to prison.
He worked as a translator for Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez before coming to San Francisco.
Boudin translated Understanding the Bolivarian Revolution: Hugo Chavez Speaks with Marta Harnecker into English (Monthly Review Press 2005)
Co-edited Letters From Young Activists: Today’s Young Rebels Speak Out, (Nation Books, 2005)
Co-wrote The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions – 100 Answers (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006).
His latest book, Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America, was released in April 2009 from Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Boudin descends from a long left-wing lineage.
His great-great-uncle, Louis B. Boudin,was a Marxist theoretician and author of a two-volume history of the Supreme Court’s influence on American government, and his grandfather Leonard Boudin was an attorney who represented controversial clients such as Fidel Castro and Paul Robeson.
Boudin is also related to Michael Boudin, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and I.F. Stone, an independent journalist
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How Chesa Boudin, a public defender who never prosecuted a case, won SF D.A. race
He was raised in Chicago by Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn before studying law at Yale University.
He later won a Rhodes Scholarship and worked as a translator for Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez before coming to San Francisco.
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Establish the first-ever Immigration Unit in the District Attorney’s Office
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San Francisco’s new District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, leads with compassion
On Saturday, when Boudin learned he had won the tight race, he was on a plane flying back to San Francisco from New York, where he was visiting his father in prison.
“I have compassion for everyone caught up in the criminal justice system.”
“What this election shows is that voters are not scared off by candidates who go even farther to the left of liberal Democrats to propose pretty radical change to the way the criminal justice system works,” McDaniel said.
“It’s a continuation of something we’ve seen in San Francisco for a couple of decades, but we’ve seen it pick up steam nationwide.”
“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes,” he said.
“Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted.
Many of these crimes are still being prosecuted; we have a long way to go to decriminalize poverty and homelessness.”