Westchester County, N.Y., District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, who is running for New York Attorney General, has boasted of an undecover operation that snared 111 suspected pedophiles, says the New York Times. While her press releases repeatedly pointed out that the crimes were punishable by up to four years in state prison for each count, the overwhelming majority of people received sentences that let them avoid extensive jail time.
In most nearby counties, the Times reports, prosecutors have had a higher rate of felony convictions in similar cases, because Pirro allowed nearly one in five defendants to plead down from felonies to misdemeanors. Only eight men Pirro prosecuted were given prison sentences by judges. The rest, 93 percent, received some form of probation. “In many cases, we asked for jail time and didn't get it,” Pirro said.