A secretive Kansas disciplinary board has dismissed a complaint against Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe for releasing a false narrative about the 2018 police killing of John Albers.
Derogatory public statements by the district attorney have altered Douglas County’s criminal legal system from March 2021 forward, according to testimony in the DA’s disciplinary hearing Monday.
The panel of attorneys who will listen to evidence in a disciplinary case against Douglas County DA Suzanne Valdez has ruled that the three-day hearing in Topeka will not be available in any format other than in person.
The Douglas County DA has filed her answer to a disciplinary complaint, admitting some of the core allegations against her but adding context and placing some blame on ex-employees.
Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez on Tuesday filed her answer to a pending disciplinary complaint and released a statement saying, in part, that her comments about a judge were “deserving of heightened protections under the First Amendment.”
A pending complaint against Douglas County DA Suzanne Valdez will proceed to a disciplinary hearing in which several judges and former prosecutors may be called to testify.
A complaint accuses the Douglas County DA of misconduct for her comments about a judge, including allegedly calling him a sexist and a liar. DA Suzanne Valdez’s attorney is challenging an ex-employee’s involvement in the investigation.
A Lawrence attorney has filed a complaint against the Douglas County district attorney for “spiteful, malicious” conduct, called for an investigation of the former coroner, and says the DA’s office should be disqualified from handling his client’s case.
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