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Richard Aborn

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The Unthinkable

(4) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 1:59 PM

As we exercise our democratic right and take to the polls today here in Manhattan, I'd like to lay out, with great humility and gratitude, where we've come in our discussion on criminal justice -- and where we must still go.

First, I am awed and humbled by the interest...

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An Anti-Endorsement I'm Thrilled to Have

(92) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 2:20 PM

Our campaign for Manhattan DA has received many endorsements -- like Congressman Jerry Nadler, the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, to name a few -- but today it's an anti-endorsement I'm particularly proud to receive.

Specifically, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association,...

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Drugs: We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of the Problem

(12) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 11:42 AM

Nearly forty years after President Nixon declared a "war on drugs," it is clearer than ever that we cannot prosecute or incarcerate our way out of this problem. The consequences of the "war" approach in New York City have been disastrous: over the last twenty five years, drug arrests have...

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Protecting Workers' Rights

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 8:14 PM

Yu Guan Ke worked more than 10 years as a delivery man on for an Upper West Side restaurant, where he was paid $120 a week for 75 hour weeks. Despite repeated protests, the restaurant owners refused to pay the minimum wage to Mr. Ke and dozens of workers -...

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Preventing Traffic Fatalities

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2009 | 11:07 AM

Almost everyone in New York knows that the homicide rate in New York, thanks to effective policing and prosecution, has declined to around 500 homicides a year from a peak of more than 2200 homicides in 1990. Mayors and police commissioners, rightfully, tout these numbers and New York's status as...

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A Narrow Victory

(10) Comments | Posted July 23, 2009 | 3:32 PM

Thanks to a vocal grassroots opposition, the Thune Amendment on concealed weapons was narrowly defeated in the senate yesterday, signaling a victory for gun control advocates throughout the country. I'm glad our efforts paid off, but the truth is, we can't rest on our laurels - the fact that...

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Out-fox the NRA Again

(15) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 3:47 PM

When I was leading Handgun Control, Jim and Sarah Brady's national gun control organization, in the 1990s, we studied everything the NRA did. We wanted to know exactly how they thought, what their tactics were to sneak through legislation, and who their go-to people were when they needed something done.

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Yet Another Massive Fraud Shows We Must Go After White Collar Crime With a Vengeance

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 12:53 PM

Another month, another appalling white-collar crime. This time the Manhattan DA announced a massive mortgage fraud indictment that appears to have saddled low-income New Yorkers with mortgages they can't afford, and could ultimately show losses of more than $100 million.

The accused swindlers, including lawyers, real estate agents,...

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The NRA - At It Again

(37) Comments | Posted July 3, 2009 | 10:17 AM

First the NRA attacked my common sense gun plan which would create an Interstate Compact to go after guns at their source and allow parents to give the police permission to search their homes and take away illegal guns, with no charges being filed for possession of the...

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Guns in Church and the Myth of the NRA

(36) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 3:42 PM

Did you see the story in today's New York Times about a pastor who is holding a "bring your gun to church day"? Outrageous. But the real thrust of the article was the growing power of the National Rifle Association, which the article noted is "widely considered the country's...

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It's Time to Stand up to the NRA . . . Again

(16) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 11:02 AM

It was utterly predictable; the NRA and its gun lobby allies are on the attack against my campaign for Manhattan District Attorney.

The gun plan I am proposing in my campaign couldn't be more straight-forward: develop a cooperative electronic regional interstate compact linking illegal gun trafficking...

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Embrace the Possible: A New Direction in New York

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 6:44 PM

Johnny's quote in the report was stark: "We didn't care. We were so high -- you'd get so high that sometimes we'd need money and we'd choose which one we didn't like in the neighborhood."

You don't need to be a prosecutor to grasp how frequently Johnny's story, reported in...

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