Two investigators for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office say their top boss, Tony Rackauckas, as well as other county prosecutors and office supervisors, covered up criminal conduct by police and hid evidence in several high-profile cases.
The accusations, which include potentially criminal behavior, were made in whistle blower claims filed Friday by investigators Tom Conklin and Abraham Santos. Both investigators said they testified about their concerns in February before the Orange County Grand Jury. And both say they believe they’ve been targeted for dismissal as a result of speaking out.
A spokeswoman for the District Attorney declined to comment.
“Both claims are personnel matters involving litigation and as such we are unable to discuss or provide additional information at this time,” wrote Michelle Van Der Linden in a prepared statement.
It is the second time this month that Rackauckas has been accused by one of his investigators of using his office to help political supporters and retaliate against those who voice opposition. Craig Hunter, the former top investigator for the District Attorney’s Office — and one of the supervisors accused of wrongdoing by Conklin and Santos — filed his own whistle blower claim against the office, accusing Rackauckas of interfering with cases involving his friends. Hunter has been asked to resign; Conklin and Santos remain actively employed as investigators.
Combined, the claims filed Friday accuse top brass in the DA’s office of interfering in three…
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