Sutter County Grand Jury Will Investigate Embattled D.A.’s Office

Sutter County supervisors have requested a grand jury investigation into possible misconduct by the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office just one month after the state launched its own probe.

Tuesday’s motion comes on the heels of a recent audit showing misuse of funds belonging the Victim/Witness Assistance Program. In addition, there are ongoing questions surrounding the office’s handling of a recent domestic violence case involving a Sutter County Sheriff’s deputy. In that case, Assistant District Attorney Jana McClung declined to disqualify the office from involvement, despite potential conflicts of interest, including an alleged affair between the deputy and one of the office’s employees. The D.A. further declined to prosecute the case.

"We need to make sure these issues are being taken care of," said Supervisor James Gallagher, who introduced the motion Tuesday. "The only way to satisfy ourselves is if we have the grand jury review these issues. I want to make sure this doesn't happen again."

The D.A.’s Office has been in hot water since last year when its former district attorney Carl Adams resigned amid a bizarre sex scandal. Adams’ romantic involvement with a paid escort was revealed when the escort’s house was intentionally burned down and Adams was identified as a suspect. Assistant District Attorney Jana McClung has since taken over the office, pending the election of a new District Attorney in November.

Read more about the investigations into the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office here.


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