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Longtime civic activist, Mel Shapiro, wants to find out if any complaints have been made against government officials since District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis (left) took office in 2003.

In March, Shapiro requested that the District Attorney's Special Operations Division release public records of those complaints, including the time the complaint was made, the charge, and the action taken by the District Attorney. The District Attorney's office refused. Shapiro then changed his request to all complaints from 2007 through 2010. Again, Dumanis and her office refused.

So on March 27, Shapiro filed a lawsuit against the District Attorney's Office, the County, and Dumanis.

"In order to ensure that government officials and state agencies are acting within the law, and to hold agencies accountable when they utilize, enforce or implement laws, rules and regulations, the public must have the ability to oversee those agencies to the highest degree possible," reads Shapiro's lawsuit. "Access to agency documents and information is the primary method for public oversight."

Shapiro says that a judge has been assigned to the case but no hearing date has been set.

As to his motivations, Shapiro adds, "I am mainly interested in cases [Dumanis] did not prosecute. Will they be on her list of endorsements?"

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SurfPuppy619 June 7, 2011 @ 12:16 p.m.

Will be interesting to see how much info Mel can get.


Twister June 7, 2011 @ 1:31 p.m.

How much of the taxpayer's money is sucked up in defending the indefensible?


BusGreg June 8, 2011 @ 1:12 p.m.

There would be very little if DA Bonnie would have complied with a reasonable request. Having said that it is time someone holds those accountable who hold the rest of us accountable.


Visduh June 7, 2011 @ 1:33 p.m.

This may be a brilliant move on his part. Just how soon there will be any sort of resolution is not clear. But if he prevails, she'll have to reveal. If she stonewalls it could, and should, be a campaign issue.

Mel has some nerve for sure. He's wide open to law enforcement harassment, and to malicious prosecution by Bahnee.


Laurin June 7, 2011 @ 5:59 p.m.

This story begs for a comment from therailsplitter. I wonder why we haven't heard a esponse from him yet. Maybe Shapiro is the guy he's been looking for


Twister June 7, 2011 @ 10:38 p.m.

Which statute is violated when malicious prosecution occurs? How much evidence is needed for conviction? Any civil remedies?


SurfPuppy619 June 8, 2011 @ 12:29 a.m.

Which statute is violated when malicious prosecution occurs? How much evidence is needed for conviction? Any civil remedies?

============================= You usually file a lawsuit in federal court suing the cops and any private persons who contributed to the bogus charges under 42 USC sections 1983 and 1988-unfortunately the DA and her minions are 100% immune from suit.

You need a perponderance of evidence-anything over 50%, and it is 100% civil.


Twister June 8, 2011 @ 1:56 p.m.

The whole question of shielding needs investigation and action?


Visduh June 8, 2011 @ 5:49 p.m.

The action is to make this a campaign issue for her opponents. Let at least one of them, preferably all of them, bring it up again and again and again and . . .


Twister June 9, 2011 @ 9:06 p.m.

Yeah, if only the do-gooders could stay on-message!


MURPHYJUNK June 11, 2011 @ 2:55 p.m.

how much stall time do they need to destroy or make up records?


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