Darcel Clark has made history this week, becoming New York’s first black female district attorney. A former Manhattan Appellate Court Judge, clark started her career as a Bronx prosecutor. Clark said she was proud to be the borough’s first female DA.
Clark grew up in a Soundview housing project in the Bronx and went on to spend over 16 years as a judge in the Bronx and Manhattan. She vowed that she would uphold the office with integrity.
“We will no longer allow needless delays to hinder prosecutions,” she told the crowd, while pledging to start a unit to review questionable old convictions and to focus on chipping away at the borough’s massive backlog of felony cases awaiting trial.
“I can say to any little girl, you know, if you work really hard, you can go on to law school, you can become an Assistant District Attorney, you can become a judge and then you can become District Attorney of the Bronx,” she said after she was sworn in.
Clark succeeds Robert Johnson, who served 27 years before dropping off the re-election ballot just a month before November’s election.
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