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DA replies to Grand Jury

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Says he won’t prosecute just to increase numbers; wants budget increase

Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz has responded to the 2012—2013 Grand Jury Report, as he is legally required to do. Keitz addressed Grand Jury concerns concerning his office and the Madera County Department of Corrections, and the issue of criminal complaints within the Madera County Jail.

In his response to the Grand Jury Report, which was filed with D. Lynn Jones, presiding judge of the Madera Superior Court, Keitz took issue with a number of observations and recommendations made by the Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury reported that “internal crime reports not prosecuted by the District Attorney’s office create a safety issue for officers and inmates.” In this, Keitz partially agreed.

“While it is true that failure to prosecute persons who commit crimes while in custody may create a safety issue for officers and other inmates; the District Attorney’s Office cannot prosecute cases, which have insufficient evidence to present to a jury.” Constitutional mandates are in place, which the DA must follow, according to Keitz...


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