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Public defender Sajid Khan runs for Santa Clara County district attorney

Khan challenges Jeff Rosen, who has been in the position for a decade

Santa Clara County public defender Sajid Khan is running to become the county's next district attorney. Courtesy Sajid Khan.

Sajid Khan, a Santa Clara County deputy public defender and criminal justice reform advocate, is running for county district attorney, he announced at a San Jose rally on Sunday. He is challenging Jeff Rosen, who has held the position since 2011.

Khan said in an announcement that he would run as a "true progressive" and would focus on rooting out systemic racism, shrinking mass criminalization and addressing the root causes of crime. He has been a public defender serving Santa Clara County for 13 years and has fought for people's constitutional rights and against systemic racism and mass incarceration, according to the announcement.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen is seeking to reelection to keep his job as the county's top prosecutor, a position that he has held since 2011. Embarcadero Media file photo.

He was born in San Jose to Muslim immigrants from Madras, India. His mother worked as a laboratory scientist at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose and his late father was a physicist in the semiconductor industry who established a mosque and later a school, both in Santa Clara.

Retired Santa Clara County Judge LaDoris Cordell and the Real Justice PAC announced they are endorsing Khan at the San Jose rally. Real Justice PAC works to elect reform-minded prosecutors and focuses on ending discriminatory policing, eliminating money bail and rolling back practices leading to mass incarceration.

On Thursday, Rosen announced his reelection campaign, an effort that has collected more than $450,000 in donations in its first three months. Rosen has received endorsements from over 60 elected officials in the county, hundreds of community leaders, criminal justice reformers and law enforcement leadership, according to a press release.

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Public defender Sajid Khan runs for Santa Clara County district attorney

Khan challenges Jeff Rosen, who has been in the position for a decade

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 9:25 pm
Updated: Mon, Jul 12, 2021, 8:58 am

Sajid Khan, a Santa Clara County deputy public defender and criminal justice reform advocate, is running for county district attorney, he announced at a San Jose rally on Sunday. He is challenging Jeff Rosen, who has held the position since 2011.

Khan said in an announcement that he would run as a "true progressive" and would focus on rooting out systemic racism, shrinking mass criminalization and addressing the root causes of crime. He has been a public defender serving Santa Clara County for 13 years and has fought for people's constitutional rights and against systemic racism and mass incarceration, according to the announcement.

He was born in San Jose to Muslim immigrants from Madras, India. His mother worked as a laboratory scientist at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose and his late father was a physicist in the semiconductor industry who established a mosque and later a school, both in Santa Clara.

Retired Santa Clara County Judge LaDoris Cordell and the Real Justice PAC announced they are endorsing Khan at the San Jose rally. Real Justice PAC works to elect reform-minded prosecutors and focuses on ending discriminatory policing, eliminating money bail and rolling back practices leading to mass incarceration.

On Thursday, Rosen announced his reelection campaign, an effort that has collected more than $450,000 in donations in its first three months. Rosen has received endorsements from over 60 elected officials in the county, hundreds of community leaders, criminal justice reformers and law enforcement leadership, according to a press release.

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jr1
Registered user
Greenmeadow
on Jul 12, 2021 at 10:21 am
jr1, Greenmeadow
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2021 at 10:21 am

I like having term limits for all political positions, even the District Attorney position. During the last year, we've all watched progressives around the country. As a voter, I'm not ready for his type of change. The police are a reflection of our community, but after watching several cities with "progressive" DA's I will stay with what we have.


James Fisher
Registered user
Menlo Park
on Jul 12, 2021 at 11:52 am
James Fisher, Menlo Park
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2021 at 11:52 am

Khan sounds like a good candidate for SC County DA.

As a former public defender, he won't kow-tow to the various police departments who have now come under fire for questionable tactics and practices.

It's time to take the guns out of the cop's hands if they cannot act responsibly with them.


Paly02
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Jul 12, 2021 at 12:54 pm
Paly02, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2021 at 12:54 pm

Oh wow, an endorsement from Judge LaDoris Cordell is a big get. And I approve of having public defenders at higher levels of the criminal justice system! I look forward to seeing this campaign unfold!


Joaquin Morales
Registered user
another community
on Jul 12, 2021 at 2:52 pm
Joaquin Morales, another community
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2021 at 2:52 pm

If various police officers and their respective departments have an issue or problem with a prospective DA who is well familiar with their underhanded tactics, lies, and embellishments, perhaps they should all QUIT and find another profession.

Fat chance.


What Will They Do Next
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2021 at 4:58 pm
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2021 at 4:58 pm

Oh, please. Another Social Justice Warrior Progressive who wants to "reform" the police (progressive speak for defund), root out non-existent systemic racism, eliminate bail and make it easier for criminals to do what they do by minimizing incarceration. You can look north to San Francisco to see the disastrous effects of a progressive liberal DA. No thanks. I'm not a big fan of Rosen, but he'll get my vote.


L. Malbec
Registered user
Portola Valley
on Jul 13, 2021 at 9:47 am
L. Malbec, Portola Valley
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2021 at 9:47 am

Jail and prison populations could be reduced dramatically by only incarcerating those convicted of violent or predatory felonies.

Drug and alcohol related infractions, along with petty theft (not robberies), and outstanding bench warrants for minor traffic violations can easily be handled with lesser measures like house arrest/incarceration.

And homeless loitering arrests/incarcerations with additional homeless shelters.


Ismail Muhammad
Registered user
Midtown
on Jul 13, 2021 at 4:59 pm
Ismail Muhammad , Midtown
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2021 at 4:59 pm

I really hope he isn’t going to be another Chesa Boudin.

The root cause of crime? I have a feeling Mr. Khan will point to poverty, lack of “ opportunities” and low level of education as the MAIN factors for criminality… rather than perhaps… decaying moral values in our society?


TimR
Registered user
Downtown North
on Jul 13, 2021 at 10:09 pm
TimR, Downtown North
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2021 at 10:09 pm

Is he being funded by George Soros, too? Because we don't need a member of that cabal here in Santa Clara County. They (Krasner, Boudin, etc) somehow think saying that crime isn't as bad as it used to be is some kind of justification for being soft on crime now. It's a cynical, almost psychopathic callousness that has no place in a modern society. And all their incantations about "justice reform" won't change the fact that real victims suffer real mental and physical harm, and perpetrators need to be removed from society. It's a basic human right not to be victimized by crime.


Larry Delgado
Registered user
Ventura
on Jul 14, 2021 at 10:07 am
Larry Delgado, Ventura
Registered user
on Jul 14, 2021 at 10:07 am

For those who have never spent time at Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas there are three categories of inmates...the general population, violent offenders, and the psychos.

The general population is a mixed bag of those awaiting trial for various misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.

The violent offenders and psychos are isolated from the general jail population and housed in a separate facility with heightened security.

The inmates are also 'color coded' by their jail garb. The general population are assigned 'retro' horizontal black/white striped attire while the violent offenders wear burgundy colored 'scrubs'. The psychos are assigned green scrubs.

During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, many inmates being held in general population were released on their own recognizance to help reduce the spread of coronavirus among inmates living in close proximity of one another.

The violent offenders and psychos are not released into the public so there should be no cause for any immediate concern.

On the other hand...those convicted of DUIs, grand theft auto, non-violent burglaries & thefts, urination in public, and loitering are not considered dangers to society.

Hopefully the new DA will take these considerations under advisement as the food and medical services in county jail are subpar and most inmates can usually do better if on their own.


Devon Wilson
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2021 at 10:46 am
Devon Wilson, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 14, 2021 at 10:46 am

I got tossed into Elmwood because of a Failure to Appear bench warrant issued after I did not show up in traffic court to contest a DUI arrest.

And I had to spend a week there because at my arraignment, the judge would not release me on my own recognizance.

When I explained that I had forgotten about the court date, he was very unsympathetic and I was then remanded to six more days of lousy food and a less than stellar living arrangement pending trial.

The guards are bullies and act as if they own the place...a very challenging adjustment when you are a college-educated professional who drives a car worth more than their home.

Nevertheless I learned my lesson and now take a cab if I plan to be out drinking and doing blow.


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