Supervisor wants Jeff Sessions, feds to take over Orange County DA’s office in wake of jailhouse informant allegations – Orange County Register

The day after the news show “60 Minutes” turned a national spotlight on local prosecutors’ misuse of jailhouse informants, an Orange County supervisor formally asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take over the district attorney’s office.

In a two-page letter that outlines numerous alleged and real problems, County Supervisor Todd Spitzer — a long-time political opponent of District Attorney Tony Rackauckas — said the misconduct has reached “critical proportions.”

“Immediate action is necessary in order to prevent further damage by our elected DA and (to) reverse eroding confidence in our judicial system,” Spitzer wrote on his office letterhead. “The depth, denial and cover-up of serious misconduct threatens the foundation of our criminal justice system.”

Spitzer’s plea came a day after Rackauckas told “60 Minutes” that there is no informant program in Orange County jails — something that several local judges and an appeals court have…

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