Lawmakers Call on AG to Investigate County Prosecutor
Several lawmakers are calling on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate any criminal cases tried by Michael Selyem, the San Bernardino County gang prosecutor who recently came under fire for a series of racist and incendiary social media posts.
The request was made via a July 16th letter signed by Assembly members Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona), Eloise Reyes (D-Grand Terrace), Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), and and Sen. Connie Levya (D-Chino).
Without question, it is appalling when anyone makes these comments. But, as a prosecutor, member of law enforcement, and an officer of the court, such activity takes on a different significance,” their letter said. “This reprehensible behavior is contrary to the canons of legal and professional ethics and invites the question of whether, in any way, such discriminatory, racist, and bigoted beliefs impacted or affected his judgment relating to the prosecution of any case he tried before a court of law, including plea agreements, and those in which he was directly or indirectly involved or supervised.
It is not our intent to impeded or impact any internal investigation performed by the San Bernardino County Office of the District Attorney. However, in the interests of justice for individuals who had legal cases in which he was involved; and, in the public’s interests, it is important to know whether the civil rights of any individual was affected by the Deputy District Attorney due to the questions raised regarding his beliefs and exercise of legal judgment in the performance of his duties.
Selyem has been on leave since his comments came to light. As County News reported, the assistant district attorney is already reviewing cases Selyem handled to determine whether there was any bias or misconduct.