Spitzer requested the federal takeover Monday, citing “continuing revelations of scandal” under DA Tony Rackauckas. Rackauckas’ office fired back, accusing Spitzer of using his position as county supervisor to campaign for his own run for District Attorney.
Sheriff Sandra Hutchens could be called to testify in a hearing later this month, which will explore whether her department attempted to cover up a jailhouse informants program by intentionally destroying or withholding key discovery documents related to the case of mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai.
Craig Hunter, the former chief investigator to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, claims the DA interfered in political corruption investigations of his political allies. The DA’s office is disputing Hunter’s legal claim.
In a scathing assessment, grand jurors said key factors in the January 2016 escape included management not adequately training and supervising deputies at the jail, which allowed the guards to repeatedly violate security policies and procedures.
The judge handling the sentencing trial for mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai said Friday that misuse of jailhouse informants by Orange County prosecutors and Sheriff’s deputies may cause him to consider “the nuclear option,” throwing out the death penalty in the case.
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies were openly and actively encouraged to cultivate jailhouse informants to aid prosecutors and the department covered its tracks as revelations about the program unfolded in court, according to a 72-page motion filed by Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders Thursday.