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Memphis DA says some fellow progressive prosecutors ‘tarnished the brand,’ learned lessons from their mistakes

Steve Mulroy is the first Democrat to hold the Shelby County district attorney role in decades.

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Some progressive district attorneys “may have tarnished the brand,” Memphis’ new top prosecutor told Fox News, noting that he’s taken lessons from their mistakes.

Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy was sworn in on Aug. 31, making him the first Democrat to hold the position in decades. He campaigned on a progressive agenda, vowing to prioritize violent crime, fix the “broken bail system,” implement restorative justice and expand Juvenile Court jurisdiction to age 25, among other policies. 

“I think that there have been a few high profile reform DAs or progressive DAs that have gotten into trouble that may have tarnished the brand for your viewers,” Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy told Fox News. “I want them to know that me and a lot of other people who consider themselves reform DAs also think that violent crime needs to be punished severely.”

“We also think that quality of life matters and that crime matters,” Mulroy continued. “We just think that there’s a better way of doing it.”

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Steve Mulroy is the first Democrat to hold the Shelby County district attorney role in decades.
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Mulroy pointed to mistakes from other progressive district attorneys, like San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin and Manhattan’s Alvin Bragg. 

Boudin implemented progressive criminal justice policies such as eliminating cash bail and gang enhancements. Critics blamed Boudin for the increased murder rate, violent crime, shoplifting and open-air drug trade, culminating in a successful recall campaign and his ouster in June.

“If you preside over record crime, voters are going to vote for change,” Mulroy said. Eight out of 10 San Franciscans considered crime to have worsened while Boudin was in office, a San Francisco Chamber of Commerce poll showed. 

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San Francisco's former district attorney, Chesa Boudin, was recalled in June.

San Francisco’s former district attorney, Chesa Boudin, was recalled in June.
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Mulroy told Fox News quality of life offenses matter.

“People have the right to walk down the street without seeing people urinating next to their house,” he said.

Bragg, meanwhile, faced backlash over a memo he issued days after taking office instructing prosecutors to avoid seeking jail time for a variety of crimes,…

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