San Francisco Crime Victim Celebrates Progressive DA Reminder: ‘A Sense of Validation’

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A crime victim in San Francisco celebrates Tuesday’s successful recall of progressive district attorney Chesa Boudin following a backlash over her policies that some say have contributed to a massive rise in crime rates in the city.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, John Marble detailed the treatment he said he received from Boudin’s office following the alleged crimes against him, and expressed his gratitude to San Francisco voters for choosing to make a change.

“I’m not ashamed to admit I cried last night,” Marble said, describing the emotion he felt seeing the election results announced. “I think for me, and for a lot of the victims, it was a sense of validation, that the things that we’ve been through, not just in the crimes that we’ve been through, but in the handling of the district attorney’s office, were real.”

“And I was so extremely grateful that voters felt that as well,” he added.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin ponders a reporter’s question at his recall campaign headquarters in San Francisco on May 26, 2022.
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Marble, a neurodiversity and autism expert who previously worked as a White House staffer in the Obama administration and then in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, detailed parts of her experience with domestic violence in a opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle last week, but told Fox he was treated poorly by Boudin’s office as a witness.

“During almost two years of interaction with the DA, the considerations were always on the person being prosecuted and not on the safety of the victim,” he said. “I was constantly told that it would be better for the prosecutor’s workload if I forgot things and forgot about the prosecutions and just moved on.”

Marble explained that his decision to ultimately support the recall was the result of the “wrongdoing” he said he suffered when Boudin’s office denied him “reasonable accommodation as a witness,” as well as the rights he was given. was entitled as a victim under Marsy’s California law. Law, or the State’s Victims Bill of Rights.

He specifically cited his denial of safe housing by the San Francisco Victim Services Division, which is part of Boudin’s office, and said that when he asked prosecutors about such treatment, they threatened to drop all charges against his attacker in order to “intimidate” him.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin pauses during her speech during election night at SOMA StrEat Food Park in San Francisco.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin pauses during her speech during election night at SOMA StrEat Food Park in San Francisco.
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Marble said he filed charges anyway, the charges against his attacker were later dropped and he was forced to flee his home in fear for his life.

He explained that he was then able to find accommodation in a hotel through a crowdfunding effort.

Chesa Boudin speaks to a crowd of supporters during her recall campaign party in San Francisco.

Chesa Boudin speaks to a crowd of supporters during her recall campaign party in San Francisco.
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Marble said that as a Democrat he was “hesitant” to openly support Boudin’s recall because he had friends who worked for him, but “grateful” Democrats were the ones leading the effort.

He expressed hope following the reminder that more attention would be paid to the actions of the prosecutor’s office and that this would lead to more accountability.

“If we want to make progress, we actually have to put in the work to make that progress,” Marble said. “You can believe in criminal justice reform, but you have to marry it with reality and public safety.”

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“I think we had a district attorney isolated by his privilege that cut him off from what San Franciscans were dealing with,” he added.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks during a press conference on the future site of a navigation center for transition-aged youth on January 15, 2020 in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks during a press conference on the future site of a navigation center for transition-aged youth on January 15, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
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Fox News reached out to Boudin’s office for comment, but had not received a response as of press time.

Boudin will remain a district attorney until 10 days after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors accepts the election results. The Mayor of London race will then be responsible for appointing Boudin’s replacement until an election to replace him is held in November.

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