We've been critical recently of the actions of DA Kari Brandenburg. It seems that her prosecutorial motis operendi is to grab the low hanging fruit, prosecute those protecting their families, and plea bargaining for convenience despite pledges to the contrary.
We were glad to hear that Tuesday Lisa Torraco announced her intention to challenge DA Brandenburg in the upcoming race for District Attorney of the 2nd Judicial District. It's time to have a District Attorney who will work with law enforcement and prosecute crime.
Welcome to the race Ms. Torraco. We've posted her campaign announcement below.
TORRACO SEEKS OFFICE OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY
It's time for strong leadership in the District Attorney's Office.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Lisa Torraco today announced her candidacy for the office of Bernalillo County District Attorney.
"I can not in good conscience stand by and watch as our legal system continues to fail those it is designed to protect and prosecute those whose greatest crime is protecting their families and property from criminal predators," Torraco stated during a press conference on the steps of the District Court.
At a recent Crime Convention Conference sponsored by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, it was noted that everyday 17 houses are broken into and every 95 minutes a car is stolen.
"Crime is an ever increasing problem in our city," added Torraco. "Yet, the District Attorney's office is focusing their efforts on sending message to law abiding citizens that it is not okay to protect their families by throwing a decorated Marine behind bars for protecting his family from being burglarized by a twice convicted felon.
"The DA zealously pursues cases against law abiding citizens and dismisses others against repeat offendors – there seems to be no rhyme or reason." Torraco adds "The police are doing their jobs, we deserve a District Attorney that does hers.
"I am stepping up to the plate to do the job that needs to be done. I live here, I'm raising my children here, and I will fight to throw criminals, not heroes behind bars."
Lisa Torraco is a 1991 graduate of University of New Mexico School of Law. Upon graduation Torraco worked as an assistant district attorney for the Second Judicial District. In 1993, she worked for the Santa Fe District Attorney's office where she was appointed to lead the Child Abuse Division for Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties. A career prosecutor, Lisa Torraco has prosecuted all levels of felony and misdemeanor cases and was awarded "New Prosecutor of the Year" in 1993.