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District Attorney Race In Oconee And Clarke Has Partisan Element

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Nov. 3 Vote In Oconee, Clarke Counties
Nov. 3 Vote In Oconee, Clarke Counties (Lee Becker)

James Chafin said repeatedly in appearances during the campaign for District Attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit that he chose to run in the special election without a party label because he wanted to keep party politics out of the courtroom where the District Attorney operates.

Intentionally or not, his decision led to a campaign with strong partisan undertones that has spilled over into the runoff that will take place on Dec. 1 and for which early voting began on Monday morning.

Deborah Gonzalez, who ran as a Democrat and joins Chafin on the ballot in the runoff, was a featured speakers at the Oconee County Democratic Party meeting last Thursday. Chafin wasn’t invited.

Chafin, in turn, is a featured speaker at the Oconee

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Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins launches investigation into sexual assault allegations against Adam Foss, a former prosecutor in office

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins has launched an independent investigation of a former prosecutor within the office accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2017.

In a tweet on Friday, Rollins said investigators will look into allegations against Adam Foss, who worked at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office from 2008 to 2016, that include behaviors “inappropriate, an abuse of authority, unethical, or illegal.”

Rollins said some of the allegations occurred during Foss’ time as a prosecutor.

The allegations surfaced following a post on Medium published earlier this week by writer and singer Raegan Sealy. Sealy has posted similar stories of misconduct by Foss experienced by other women.

Rollins said once she became aware of the post, entitled “The Wolf and the Whisper Network,” she addressed it in her weekly supervisor’s meeting and instructed her general counsel to recirculate the office’s anti-harassment policy.

Foss was hired by former Suffolk district

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District Attorney Compiles List Of Prosecutions Possibly Impacted By Lab Analyst’s Misconduct

In response to the arrest of a San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office forensic lab analyst, District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Friday announced he’s comprised a list of prosecutions that may have been impacted by the analyst’s misconduct.

Justin Volk was arrested Aug. 31 by sheriff’s deputies in Washington County, Utah after they reportedly found an evidence bag and methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Volk, who has worked for the Medical Examiner’s Office for 13 years, was ultimately charged by Washington County prosecutors with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Immediately afterward, Boudin said Volk’s arrest undermined the credibility of cases he was involved in.

As a result, prosecutors had to go through some 2,500 cases to determine Volk’s level of involvement and whether they resulted in convictions — including 500 death investigations; 1,200 sexual assault investigations; and 800 DIU investigations

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District judge orders the counting of 318 misplaced Ramsey County ballots

A judge has ordered Ramsey County election officials to open and count 318 absentee ballots that were properly cast but misplaced and went uncounted in election returns released two weeks ago.

Ramsey District Court Judge John Guthmann agreed to issue the order Thursday after Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, DFL-Roseville, one of 131 candidates on the misplaced ballots, petitioned the court to have them counted. An attorney for Ramsey County agreed the votes should be tallied.

The county’s Canvassing Board acknowledged the “obvious error” at an emergency meeting Wednesday. County officials said they didn’t believe the additional ballots could flip any of the races, based on where the voters lived, but they county notified all candidates whose races might be affected.

Under state law, the deadline to automatically count those ballots has already passed and a court order was required to tally them.

Becker-Finn, an attorney who represents five northern Ramsey

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Cases recently heard in Brentwood, South Park district courts

District court judges in Brentwood and South Park handled these criminal cases recently. Defendants will have court dates set in the appropriate district courts or the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

Judge Ralph Kaiser, Brentwood

• Trei Dvon Kinnon, 29, of Pittsburgh on charges of being a habitual offender, not having proof of title and registration, not being licensed to drive, driving under a revoked or suspended license and operation of a vehicle without official certificate. Charges were filed by Brentwood police on Nov. 10.

• Daniel Crider, 18, of Pittsburgh on charges of failing to stop at a stop sign, two counts of prohibited acts and a DUI. Charges were filed by Baldwin police on Nov. 10.

• Demetrious James King, 52, of Sewickley on charges of being a

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U.S. Attorney for Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler resigns

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced Wednesday he is stepping down and will join a private law firm.



a man wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Attorney's office, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. U.S. Attorney Minkler, the FBI, Indiana State Police, and the State Board of Accounts release details about joint operation in a crackdown involving "state-wide corruption," from Operation Public Accountability.


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U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Attorney’s office, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. U.S. Attorney Minkler, the FBI, Indiana State Police, and the State Board of Accounts release details about joint operation in a crackdown involving “state-wide corruption,” from Operation Public Accountability.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney John Childress will take over as acting U.S. Attorney on Sunday.

Minkler, a Muncie native and Indiana University graduate, has served in the Southern District of Indiana office for 26 years.

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“Josh Minkler has served Indiana well for more than two decades — first as an Assistant United States Attorney, then as my First Assistant and, most

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Worcester County District Attorney’s office receives $1.2 million in grants to fund addiction recovery coaches

The Worcester County District Attorney’s office received a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Justice to help outreach efforts to those battling addiction.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Joseph D. Early, Jr. announces the death of a pilot at the Sterling airport wednesday afternoon.


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Joseph D. Early, Jr. announces the death of a pilot at the Sterling airport wednesday afternoon.

Police departments in all 60 municipalities in Worcester County began using the Critical Incident Management System (CIMS) earlier this year to track overdose incidents. The grant will be used to fund recovery coaches who will respond with police to follow up and offer services after an overdose, the office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said.

“We’re glad to have been awarded this grant so we can help support our police partners in their response to the opioid epidemic,” Early said in a statement. “When we implemented CIMS, our goal was respond to every overdose incident and help people get access to services.

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New Haven school board plans to hire NYC law firm to defend sex abuse lawsuit against district


NEW HAVEN — The Board of Education hopes to hire a New York City law firm to represent it after a man from that state filed a lawsuit alleging a now-deceased teacher at what was then Richard C. Lee High School sexually abused him for two years, including an incident during a New York City school trip.

“This is a fairly delicate matter,” said New Haven Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Michael Pinto.


The Board of Education’s finance committee agreed to advance a legal contract with New York City legal

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S.F. District Attorney Chesa Boudin says department understaffed, overwhelmed by caseloads

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said his office is inadequately funded and unable to fully staff units that investigate homicides and domestic violence cases — a situation, he said, that has reached a “tipping point.”

In an Oct. 29 letter, Boudin told Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors that his office is understaffed and overwhelmed by their caseloads. In the General Felonies Unit, for example, Boudin said his staff is handling 185 to 229 cases a year, far more than the national standard of 150.

Boudin said the lack of adequate staffing impedes his office’s “ability to provide constitutionally required services.”

The letter came shortly after the city closed a huge, $1.5 billion budget deficit largely caused by the pandemic, and a few weeks before City Hall learned they had another $116 million deficit to contend with. As many departments faced budget cuts this year, the District

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S.F. District Attorney Chesa Boudin dismissed charges against cops in infamous alley beating

Five years ago, two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies chased a car theft suspect across the Bay Bridge, from Castro Valley to an alley in San Francisco’s Mission District. There, they tackled him and beat him with batons, giving him a concussion and breaking bones in his hands and arms.

The incident drew national outrage after former San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released surveillance footage showing the two deputies — Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber — knocking Stanislav Petrov to the ground, punching him and bludgeoning him, even after he appeared to surrender. In 2016, Alameda County agreed to pay Petrov a $5.5 million civil settlement.

Yet in March, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office quietly dismissed the criminal case against the deputies, The Chronicle has learned. As a reckoning on police brutality swept the country this year, the case — which had bounced from one prosecutor to another since

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