>Crescent City California News, Sports, & Weather | The Triplicate

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Home arrow Opinion arrow Editorials arrow Coastal Voices Guest Opinion: I'm still a working district attorney

Print

Coastal Voices Guest Opinion: I'm still a working district attorney

Riese
Recently, The Daily Triplicate ran a news story regarding a confidential letter sent to me nearly five months earlier from then-Chief Administrator Jeanine Galatioto.

The memo regarded a health issue, namely, pneumonia, pleurisy and their effects upon my general well being and appearance of being exhausted. As most people do, I sought and received very high quality medical treatment from my local physician. As time passes, I have been able to  recover from this illness.

Since the memo covered a health problem, it was a legally protected document, and as such, confidential. To see it illegally released in an effort to discredit me is disappointing to say the least. In that regard, some people would like to see me out of the District Attorney’s Office. These people are called “criminals.”

At the time of that letter, it was simply unrealistic for me to take time off. The District Attorney’s Office is so short-staffed that had I taken sick leave, two sexually violent predators would have been released, and I just couldn’t accept that. Therefore, I did ignore the request to take time off and soldier on giving these predators their day in court, their jury trial and returning them to where they belonged: in custody.

Here is the bottom line: I am still a  working district attorney. I am one of the very few district attorneys in this state that handles both administrative duties and courtroom cases. Because of the economic situation of our county, this job requires that nothing less be done.

I am personally prosecuting all three pending murder cases committed in our county. I am able to concentrate on these cases because I have a staff that, even though outnumbered two to one by county-paid public defenders, is exceptionally dedicated to our mission. Our job and our mission is to serve and protect the public. I am proud to work with these dedicated individuals and I believe that my staff and victim witness department is second to none.

The reason criminals want to see me out of the District Attorney’s Office is, I believe,  due to our record. When  a child molester, murderer or violent felon goes to trial, I convict them.

My health is better, and so I will continue to do what I have done for nearly two decades; I will personally prosecute murderers, child molesters and violent felons, assuring that they will remain where they belong behind bars.

Mike Riese is the Del Norte County district attorney.

Print

Triplicate front page

Get home delivery of the Triplicate for only $7.94 a month. After filling out one simple and secure online form you could be on your way to learning more about your city, state and world than you ever have before.
subscribe


Del Norte Triplicate:

312 H Street
P.O. Box 277
Crescent City, CA 95531

(707) 464-2141
webmaster@triplicate.com

Follow The Triplicate headlines on Follow The Triplicate headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use