Sources go on the record alleging that witnesses called to testify have been threatened.
By: Gina Silva
Posted: Feb 17 2016 – 09:29 PM PST
Updated: Feb 17 2016 – 10:33 PM PST
Fox 11 News has exposed one case after another of children beaten, tortured, and left to die in abusive homes in our ongoing series, The Children Are Dying. Our sources say many of those children would be alive today if the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services had done its job.
We told you about a County Grand Jury investigation into these deaths, and about the whistleblowers who risked their livelihood by coming forward to tell us about their concerns. Six months later, new sources tell us that top San Bernardino County officials have been intimidating jurors and witnesses and threatening them with prosecution, if they don’t back away from investigating CFS. “They’ve infiltrated the Grand Jury and now they’re telling the Grand Jury what to investigative, what not to investigate, and that’s not the purpose of the Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury is supposed to be an independent oversight of county operations when concerns are made,” says one of our sources. Another tells us, “The ones that were investigating the Department of Children and Family Services knew that they were on to something. They did not want to back down and, before you know it, the grand jury legal advisor has threatened them with potential lawsuits if they print something that is considered defamation.” The legal advisor they are referring to is Deputy District Attorney Michael Dauber. He declined an interview with Fox 11 News, saying he couldn’t answer questions because of Grand Jury confidentiality laws.
San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos did sit down for an interview with us. He denied all of the allegations made against the legal advisor who reports to the D.A.’s office. During the interview, reporter Gina Silva asked him about the new allegations, “Telling witnesses that they can not reveal information because they could be prosecuted, is that something that a legal advisor should be doing?” Ramos responded, “That’s not only something he shouldn’t be doing, but he has not done it. That has not happened in a Grand Jury proceeding.”
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