SAN FRANCISCO — A California district attorney is facing possible disbarment after a judge found that he committed three acts of misconduct related to a conversation he had with a drug defendant without her lawyer present.
Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander failed to "recognize the heavy burden of his job and his responsibility to ensure that 'justice shall be done,'" State Bar Judge Lucy Armendariz said in a filing on Thursday.
She recommended that Alexander be disbarred after finding him culpable of improper communication with a defendant, moral turpitude and suppression of evidence in connection with the July 2011 conversation.
In addition, the judge ordered him placed on inactive status, meaning he will not be able to practice law in California as of Sunday pending a possible appeal, said Laura Ernde, a spokeswoman for the State Bar of California. The state Supreme Court has final say on the matter but generally approves State Bar court decisions, she said.
In the meantime, Assistant District Attorney Katie Micks will run the District Attorney's Office, county administrative officer Jay Sarina told the Del Norte Triplicate (http://bit.ly/ZcXRx0). Micks has the authority to make decisions and sign documents while an elected district attorney is out of the office