...District Attorney Paul Gallegos said he does not question the grief of a victim's families and friends, but said that justice cannot be personal.
”The toughest part of my job is that I can't bring people back,” Gallegos said. “You can't bring people back, and you can never undo the harm.”
Gallegos said that candidates' statements about the case are common in district attorney elections.
”The thing about running for office is when you're not in office, you can always argue about the resolutions or handling of cases because you know no facts, and you have no duty to anyone,” he said.
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And - Paul Gallegos IS still the District Attorney. As such, HE is the one responsible for plea deals in such a serious case. Was it his idea? Did he approve? Sign off on it? Even know about it? He is also supposed to be the spokesman for the office, not the individual prosecutors. And you let him off the hook, getting away with just passing everything off as 'just politics.' Again. And again. And again.
Consider this. 'Politics' is the ONLY chance there is to hold the DA accountable. Don't like what he is doing? Think the Board Of Supervisors can make him do his job? Enhh. WRONG. Think they can sanction him? Enhh. WRONG AGAIN. Think the Attorney General can step in? WRONG AGAIN.
ONLY THE VOTERS can do it. And only once every 4 years. So, OF COURSE that's when the issues rise to the surface, and get aired in the media.
It's serious stuff, not to be lightly brushed off as 'just politics.'
And it is incredibly disrespectful of him to so denigrate the voters.
Fortunately, he has chosen to remove himself from the equation.