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Elected as reformer, Jefferson County’s incoming district attorney is pushing out office’s top prosecutors

Alexis King

Alexis King convinced voters in Jefferson and Gilpin counties that she should be their next district attorney on the promise that she’d reform the prosecutor’s office — and she hasn’t waited to be sworn in to make sweeping changes.

King will cut 10 people from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office when she takes charge in January, she acknowledged in a brief interview Thursday. Those losing their jobs include six senior prosecutors and three deputy district attorneys, those involved told The Denver Post, wiping away decades of experience and senior leadership in the office.

“At the end of the day, it’s about ensuring that we are bringing and performing ethical prosecutions, protecting public safety, that are also aligned with my values and making sure we have a workplace that is open to all identities,” King said Thursday, adding the dismissals are “100%” part of her effort to reform

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Old Courthouse receives more than $732,000 in final year of Woodstock TIF district funding

Woodstock City Council on Tuesday approved its final funding allocations from the city’s first tax increment financing district, which was created 23 years ago to spur public improvements within a 42-block portion of the downtown.

The Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House was given the largest amount of funding from this year’s district tax collection with more than $732,000 set aside to help fund renovation of the facilitiles.

Planned improvements include interior improvements needed to meet building code requirements, replacement of its plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, rewiring its electrical systems and replacement of lighting fixtures, according to city documents.

City officials have kept upgrading the city-owned Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House on their to-do lists for years, and earlier this year they applied for state and federal tax credits to fund a facade renovation and other improvements.

“When the city took control of the building, it was

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Boston Municipal Court Judge Serge Georges Jr. would bring district court, property law background to Supreme Judicial Court, supporters say

If appointed to the state’s highest court, Boston Municipal Court Judge Serge Georges would bring expertise in real estate law, substance use disorders and the daily churn of the state’s district courts — a perspective Gov. Charlie Baker says is sorely needed at the top.

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“This is a chance to put somebody who has presided over a drug court, who’s been deeply involved in the busiest district court in the Commonwealth of Mass. in a position where he can engage his colleagues in discussions about how their decisions affect the actual practice and delivery of justice every single day in the working courts across the commonwealth,” the Republican governor said Wednesday morning.

As the Governor’s Council heard remarks from and about Georges, they weighed not only whether the district court judge has the qualifications and character to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court, but whether the benefits outweigh

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Deborah Gonzalez makes history as Georgia’s first Hispanic district attorney

Deborah Gonzalez has made history several times over by winning the runoff in her race for district attorney in Georgia.

Gonzalez told NBC News her win Tuesday for Western Judicial Circuit district attorney makes her the first Latina to be elected a district attorney in the state, the first woman to serve as a district attorney in the circuit and the first Puerto Rican woman in the country to be elected a district attorney.

“I won,” she said in a telephone call with NBC News.

Gonzalez was able to compete for district attorney after the state’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously in her favor in her lawsuit against Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. Kemp used a 2018 state law to delay the district attorney’s election until November 2022, prompting the court fight.

Gonzalez, a Democrat who ran as a progressive candidate, is a former state representative for Georgia House district

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‘We seek justice’: Jefferson County district attorneys to tackle wrongful convictions

State inmates sentenced to death or life in prison out of Jefferson County could get a second look at their convictions under a new initiative aimed at righting wrongs of long ago.

Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington on Monday announced the formation of the Conviction Integrity Unit which will formally launch Jan. 11, 2021. The CIU will review cases of wrongful convictions for defendants convicted of certain Class A felonies and sentenced to life, life without parole or death in the Cutoff.

Additionally, Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr on Jan. 1 will launch the Conviction Review Unit in the Birmingham Division.

“The only way to effectively correct wrongs that were carried out by the criminal justice system in Jefferson County was to implement a review of wrongful conviction cases within both office, inclusive of the entire county,’’ Washington said. “The buy-in by the elected D.A. in

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The Elector: Precious McKesson will cast Nebraska’s 2nd District electoral vote for Biden | Politics & Government

The exception was in 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama, with Biden as his running mate, won a single Electoral College vote in the 2nd District, the “blue dot” Biden reclaimed in 2020.

Biden told The World-Herald in January that he planned to compete for the Omaha area’s electoral vote if he won the nomination and that he hoped to repeat one of his former boss’s favorite victories.

The Nebraska Democratic Party embraced the symbolism, asking local artists Justin Kemerling and Matt Carlson to design a poster of McKesson as “The Elector,” modeled after Obama’s “HOPE” poster from 2008.

State party chair Jane Kleeb said McKesson earned the job of representing the 2nd District as its elector through her work, from registering voters to staging events to handing out signs.

“In politics, we use the word historic almost too much,” Kleeb said. “This is a moment for not only the African-American

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District Attorney Greg Newman issued stayed suspension over 2015 rape case



a man wearing a suit and tie: Henderson County District Attorney Greg Newman said it's "rare" for those charged with serious crimes such as attempted murder to be released from the county jail for mental health treatment at a hospital or other facility.


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Henderson County District Attorney Greg Newman said it’s “rare” for those charged with serious crimes such as attempted murder to be released from the county jail for mental health treatment at a hospital or other facility.

District Attorney Greg Newman has been issued a three-year stayed suspension by the North Carolina State Bar following a decision earlier this month by a disciplinary committee regarding a failure to notify the victim of court proceedings in a 2015 rape case.

A three-person panel chaired by Elizabeth City attorney Don Prentiss unanimously decided to issue the three-year stayed suspension, with still allows Newman to practice law as long as he follows certain conditions.

The state bar’s complaint filed before its disciplinary hearing committee in July 2019, says Newman failed to notify the victim of a court proceeding in a 2015 rape case, even though he told a judge

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Iski named district attorney for Okmulgee, McIntosh counties | Latest Headlines



Carol Iski - named DA for Okmulgee, McIntosh counties

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced the appointment of Carol Iski as district attorney for District 25, which includes Okmulgee and McIntosh counties.

“Carol Iski has spent her career making an impact within the criminal justice system in our state,” Stitt said. “Iski is a proven prosecutor who has consistently advocated for justice on behalf of all Oklahomans, and I look forward to watching her continue to serve her community as district attorney.”

Iski has served as acting district attorney for District 25 since former Gov. Mary Fallin selected her in November 2018 to fill the empty seat caused by the death of District Attorney Rob Barris.

Iski joined the district attorney’s office in March 2009, first serving in McIntosh County and then moving in January 2010 to the Okmulgee Office, where she served as first assistant for eight years.

Prior to that, Iski spent two

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Police, district attorney to speak about trooper shot on Cape Cod

Officials with the Massachusetts State Police, Barnstable Police and Barnstable District Attorney’s Office were set to hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the shooting of a trooper over the weekend. The shooting happened during a traffic stop shortly after 11:30 p.m. Friday on Camp Street in Barnstable, not far from Cape Cod Hospital, state police said.State police officials say the 28-year-old trooper suffered a serious, non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his right hand and that the bullet went through his hand and appears to have struck his bulletproof vest in the area of his shoulder.He was identified Trooper John Lennon, confirming information first reported by 5 Investigates. Lennon graduated from the Massachusetts State Police Academy in May.A line of state police troopers, dressed in yellow coats, saluted outside Massachusetts General Hospital Monday as a fellow trooper walked out after he was shot over the weekend.As he walked out of … Read More

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District Attorney says driver shocked with Taser by ex-New Braunfels cop was ‘overly dramatic’

While asking a judge to toss out charges against a Black driver who was shocked using a stun gun during a New Braunfels traffic stop over a dirty license plate, Comal County Criminal District Attorney Jennifer Tharp in late September still partially blamed the driver for what led to his arrest, according to court filings uncovered by the KSAT Defenders.

Clarence Crawford, who was wrestled to the ground, shocked and handcuffed, was charged with fleeing from a police officer and interfering with public duties in connection with the traffic stop, which happened on Jan. 15. His charges were not dismissed until Sept. 29, court records showed.

Tharp conceded the actions of New Braunfels Officer Kaleb Meyer, who has since resigned, were “less than professional” during the incident and noted that then-Police Chief Tom Wiebert requested that the case be dismissed, but also claimed there was “legally sufficient evidence to pursue

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