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Del Norte County D.A. faces possible disbarment

  • FILE - This Feb. 1, 2012 file photo shows Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander in his office in Crescent City. Alexander is being investigated for giving money to a public official and failing to recuse himself from a case in which he had a conflict of interest. He's also being investigated for speaking directly with a defendant without her attorney present. (AP Photo/Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton)

The district attorney of a remote Northern California county is facing possible disbarment after officials said he violated rules of professional conduct, including that he took a loan from a defense attorney working on a case he later dismissed.

Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander was a recovering methamphetamine addict when he was elected to office in 2010 after running a campaign with the slogan "death to meth."

His story of recovery and second chances appealed to voters in the small, rural area known for its salmon fishing and methamphetamine problems.

But now Alexander is being investigated for giving money to a public official and failing to recuse himself from a case in which he had a conflict of interest, he said on Tuesday. He's also being investigated for speaking directly with a defendant without her attorney present.

Alexander denied the charges in a statement, and accused the state bar of conspiring to kick him out of office because they do not like him.


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