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Waste of taxpayer money

By May 28, 2014

EDITOR:

Throughout the past few weeks I have acquired more courtroom time then I ever wanted to.  Every time the plaintiff (District Attorney’s Office) would say “The people find,” “the people charge,” “the people want,” I wanted to scream (but you can’t do that in court), “Wait a minute, I am the people, and the DA’s Office does not represent me.”

I am relieved and heartened by the not guilty decisions arrived at by both the Nutting jury and the Dellinger jury. Both cases brought “by the people” (the DA’sOffice) were initiated by Joe Harn. Both appeared to be witch hunts and intimidation tactics to distract the defendants from some greater calling. Both were extremely expensive when all the hours are added together on both the plaintiff and the defendants’ sides.

The DA’s Office claims they have no idea how much taxpayer money was spent on either of these cases. Strange how Joe Harn can dig deeply into an individual’s paperwork to arrive at minutiae sufficient to conjure a case, but somehow that talent is not available to account for the hours of research, graphs and misrepresentations of flow charts, choosing irrelevant maps and creative thinking presently existing in the DA’s Office.

Bet we could find an easy way to tally hours on different cases so “the people” know how much is spent on apparent frivolous cases.

It is time for a change. Vote Mike Owen for Auditor Controller.

LINDA COLOMBO
El Dorado

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