Paul Gallegos has been out of office for 8 months. Have things really gotten better under Maggie Fleming? We’re not so sure. But it’s definitely time for someone to Watch Maggie instead of Watch Paul.
If you’ve read the Chiv’d and Rose’s watchpaul blogs, you would surmise that Maggie Fleming is doing an excellent job…much better than Paul. But outside of those opinions, Maggie’s tenor has had quite a few bumps.
First off, the DA’s Office has lost 4 deputy district attorneys from the office so far this year. That’s quite a few attorneys to lose for a relatively small office. Not all of the attorneys were from Gallegos’s time, and not all of the attorneys were new hires either. Is it a big deal? Absolutely! But is it because of Fleming? We aren’t quite sure as of yet. Time will tell.
Secondly, Maggie brought in Andrew Isaac. Isaac was supposedly brought in because of his experience and success as a prosecutor. Yet, very recently it seems he made a mistake that could put the community, and especially children at risk. Isaac failed to file the proper paperwork and a sexually violent offender was released into the community. Had the proper paperwork been filed in a timely manner, this person would probably be away from the general community. But as of recently, no one knows where this convicted sexually violent predator is. From the North Coast Journal:
Lastly, the courts are bogged down with too many cases and Fleming’s office has lost some trials. One of which was a high profile (at least on Chiv’s blog), child molestation case. The suspect was found not guilty, even with the best efforts of some in the blogosphere. We’ve heard rumors that deals are not as lenient as in Gallegos term, but if the offers are only “plea to everything or go through a trial”, then the system will eventually grind to a halt.