From the County of San Bernardino
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******July 24, 2009******
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Statements from County Board Chairman, Gary Ovittand Vice-Chair, Josie Gonzales:
The county has proven many times that it will conduct an independent investigationwhen there is credible evidence to suggest such an investigation is warranted. The county filedsuit in 2000 in relation to the Hlawek scandal. The county conducted an investigation in 2005concerning a questionable land deal and the purchase of a jail. And the county most recentlytook this course earlier this year in response to the evidence of misconduct unfolding in the Assessor's office.There is no credible evidence to suggest an investigation of the District Attorney iswarranted. An account contained in a questionable tabloid based solely on unattributedinformation and anonymous sources and subsequent blog postings does not constitutecredible evidence. At this point there is nothing to even suggest that the District Attorneymisused county resources or did anything else to compromise the County or his office. Add to this the fact that the recent emergence of these shaky allegations against theDistrict Attorney have the appearance of being part of an effort to interfere with the District Attorney's effort to investigate and prosecute public integrity cases, and the fact that abaseless county investigation of the District Attorney could in itself interfere with the publicintegrity cases, there is no way the County can support the notion of an investigation of theDistrict Attorney. The County also cannot comment on the subject matter of the District Attorney's investigation or on any information the County has provided to them. “I agree that these allegations have the appearance of political motives, intending tointerfere with the District Attorney's investigation as well as the County's individual civil suits.I fully support Mike Ramos' authority to fulfill his legal responsibility to the voters of SanBernardino County. Mike has a proven track record of successfully fighting crime andcorruption,” stated Board Chairman Ovitt.