Office carries on with no DA

By Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate April 10, 2013 05:45 pm

Alexander’s cases to be assigned to other officials 

The Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office began its transition Monday into a new phase that doesn’t include District Attorney Jon Alexander.

Alexander was rendered ineligible to practice law Sunday following his State Bar trial in which he was found to have committed three acts of misconduct, leaving Assistant District Attorney Katherine Micks in charge and trying for a seamless transition.

“I plan to meet with all of the heads of law enforcement agencies over the next few weeks,” said Micks.

She said she will be gauging what agencies will seek from her office and any issues that need to be addressed.

She said she hasn’t decided whether she will seek an additional prosecutor to fill the void left by Alexander. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave Friday after State Bar Judge Lucy Armendariz delivered her decision regarding his case. 

The magistrate recommended Alexander be disbarred, an action which must be approved by the California Supreme Court.

Alexander has a 30-day window to file an appeal with the State Bar Court Review Department, which could draw a decision different from Armendariz’s, though findings from the hearing judge are generally given great weight.

If Alexander does appeal, then the case will not be brought before the Supreme Court until the appeals process comes to a conclusion.

Alexander could not be reached for comment Monday.

In the meantime, “cases that were primarily handled by Mr. Alexander are under review and will be assigned to the appropriate deputies,” said Micks.

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