Just when you thought you had seen it all with the American justice system we are treated to another dose of U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, San Bernardino County style.
In a letter from the Office of the California Attorney General dated March 17, 2010, Senior Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons makes a “Joint” request on behalf of his office and the San Bernardino County District Attorney to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors requesting they waive attorney-client privilege related to the now nationally-renowned $102 million Colonies Settlement.
After a February 10, 2010 televised pre-election campaign “Joint” news conference by Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos profiling the corruption case and related arrests there seems to be an issue about proving up the allegations in the charging documents.
Prosecutors seem to have had a problem gathering evidence to prove the charges and allegations already made. The shoot first ask questions later scenario.
Now there is a need for county supervisors to allow for the gathering of evidence, if any, of any of the purported wrongdoing.
The matter currently affects one board member and another member’s chief of staff.
In addition, the county’s civil litigation to recover settlement costs from others may also be affected by the decision.
Interestingly, the letter talks only about bringing people to justice. Not clearing anyone.
Clearing anyone is never going to happen.
Too much is already invested in seeing only one predetermined outcome here. Something that happens far too often in criminal investigations.
The District Attorney’s stance and the millions spent cannot allow for a bad outcome. The Attorney General became invested after his press conference statements.
Careers and lives have been permanently affected. But then again do they really care?