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San Joaquin County budget cuts: Some suspects may not be prosecuted

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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009 10:00 pm

Residents in unincorporated San Joaquin County should get the same level of sheriff's protection that they've been receiving, but prosecuting suspects once they're arrested could become a serious problem.

The county District Attorney's Office, which is responsible for prosecuting suspects and trying to get them convicted, faces massive layoffs that will force the department to make it easier on suspects.

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7 comments:

  • posted at 2:50 pm on Tue, Jun 23, 2009.

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    Readers need to make sure they get the facts right. The County has the SAME number of cases to prosecute annually as ALAMEDA. ALAMEDA has twice as many residents - and hello, Oakland?!! Unless criminals are motivated to leave San Joaquin County, these numbers will get worse. And frankly, the way we are cutting sheriff, police and now the DAs - why would a criminal want to go anywhere else????? WAKE UP!!!!!!

     
  • posted at 10:07 am on Tue, Jun 23, 2009.

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    T&cIF employers all pay a fair wage, then make the requirement that all goods and services bought in america must come from america; no more walmarts

     
  • posted at 6:06 am on Tue, Jun 23, 2009.

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    Mazie, If Obama passed a Law that FUNDS could NOY be sent to Mexico, two positive things would happen for the American Economy: First.... many illegals would return to Mexico, and employers would be forced to pay a FAIR wage for a days work. Second, those illegals who did STAY in America, would spend their money in AMERICA helping (OUR) economy, not Mexico's! But we both know Obama will NOT pass such a law. Illegals who have NO RIGHT to be in America have more rights then you or I do! But any of you ILLEGAL sympathizers, try to illegally enter Mexico and see how much PRISON TIME and BEATINGS you get!

     
  • posted at 6:02 am on Tue, Jun 23, 2009.

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    Does anyone wonder why Criminals DO NOT FEAR getting caught?

     
  • posted at 5:50 am on Tue, Jun 23, 2009.

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    This is a significant issue that everyone should be concerned about. We elect the District Attorney (Currently Mr. Willlett) to prosecute all criminal offenders for which there is enough evidence to support a conviction. Per the District Attorney's website, "The District Attorney is the chief law enforcement officer for the county and his staff works with local and state police agencies to investigate and prosecute those who are accused of breaking the law and threatening public safety." Maybe a disclaimer should be added to this statement.Our District Attorney has a duty to the public to review and prosecute all crimes, ignoring some misdemeanors due to budget constraints is borderline unethical, and endangers the public. There are numerous appellate court cases describing the duty of the District Attorney. As far back as 1889, in Appeal of Nicely, 18 A. 737, “ ...it is as much the duty of the district attorney to see that no innocent man suffers as it is to see that no guilty man escapes." In 1967 Justice White stated “Law enforcement officers have the obligation to convict the guilty..." in U.S. v. Wade. Also see: http://cbs5.com/crime/misdemeanor.prosecution.crimes.2.993942.html

     
  • posted at 3:35 am on Tue, Jun 23, 2009.

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    I wonder what happened to the full report that Sheriff Moore promised to provide the public (in the name of transparancy) regarding the courthouse security issues.Prosecutors are necessary to hold these criminals accountable for ALL crimes and the court needs to sanction them accordingly. Laying off prosecutors is irresponsible and would be a detriment to the community.

     
  • posted at 12:43 am on Tue, Jun 23, 2009.

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    They are going to stop prosecuting people for certain crimes BUT Heaven forbid we cut free services off for illegals. Actual U.S. citizens are losing their jobs but HEY who cares? At least the illegals and welfare rats get their money. This is BULL. Our seniors who have worked all their lives in the U.S. cannot afford to pay their utilities BUT THE LOSER ILLEGALS AND WELFARE MAMMAS ARE LIVING FOR FREE!!! Cut them off and they will leave our country.

     
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