A plethora of interesting news stories involving prosecutors have emerged over the last week, prompting me to devote an entire post to their antics.
- First, there's the case of the naked prosecutor, but the jury is still out, people. Who knows? Maybe the AC wasn't working that evening and he was really, really hot (hat tip: The Legal Reader):
A city prosecutor was charged with indecency after a security camera caught him walking around naked in a government building after business hours...Scott Blauvelt, 35, was arrested Monday and released from jail to await a hearing in Hamilton Municipal Court, where he usually works...A guard monitoring a security camera spotted a nude man investigators identified as Blauvelt in a building that houses county offices the night of Oct. 5, sheriff's Maj. Anthony Dwyer said. The night before, security video had captured Blauvelt naked in another area of the building, where city offices are located, Dwyer said.
- Then there's the case of the cowboy-hat-wearing-novel-writing-prosecutor who was kicked off of one of her cases after allegations that she revealed more in her novel than just fiction (and make sure to check out the article for the priceless picture of the ADA and snappy snippets from her novel):
In January, Joyce Dudley, a deputy district attorney in Santa Barbara, published a crime novel called “Intoxicating Agent.” Its heroine, Jordon Danner, has the same initials and the same job as Ms. Dudley, and the novel concerns a rape case with echoes of a real one. In both, the victim said she had been sexually assaulted after being given an intoxicating drug...Acting on a motion from the real defendant in a real rape-by-intoxication case, an appeals court in Ventura, Calif., ruled on Thursday that Ms. Dudley’s novel had crossed an ethical line... “She has a disabling conflict of interest,” Justice Kenneth R. Yegan of the California Court of Appeal wrote of Ms. Dudley for a unanimous three-judge panel.
- And then there's the case of the DA who refuses to pay his taxes:
Churchill County District Attorney Arthur Mallory claims his financial troubles are behind him after he paid off more than $200,000 in tax liens placed on his property by the Internal Revenue Service, but the liens remain active on public records... The Lahontan Valley News recently learned the total represents unpaid taxes, interest and penalties. Despite Mallory and White's claims that the IRS debt has been paid, liens on both houses remain active on property records in Churchill and Washoe counties as of Wednesday. Mallory says the IRS now owes him a refund of more than $22,000 that will be applied to his 2005 tax return, which has not been filed yet.