Didn’t Chesa just fill his office with public defenders who are unqualified to work as prosecutors?

Answer

Chesa has hired a diverse range of attorneys in the office–and is facing record numbers of applications.   He has hired career prosecutors, statewide experts, lawyers from law firms, and more. He did hire some former public defenders–many of whom are the most talented prosecutors in the office, as they have an understanding of defense tactics.

Justice Ketanji Brown-Jackson was a former public defender and Republicans tried to disparage her and suggest she could not be a judge as a result.   That was ridiculous–she is a brilliant addition to the Supreme Court.   The same is true for former public defenders in the DA’s Office–they are committed to their new roles and their unique perspectives as public defenders only makes them more of an asset.