In written concluding arguments Friday for the State Bar trial of Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander, his attorneys denied that the DA engaged in any wrongdoing and accused bar attorneys of bringing "trumped-up counts."
Prosecutors called for Alexander's law license to be revoked, based on several "acts of official corruption and moral turpitude," including improper financial ties that affected court cases and speaking with a criminal defendant without her attorney present a violation of rights under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
"(Alexander) committed this misconduct while on probation for his previous misdeeds," wrote Donald R. Steedman, senior trial counsel for the State Bar. "(Alexander) shows no insight into his wrongdoing but instead believes that he is the victim of unfair attacks by enemies, both inside and outside of the State Bar. Respondent therefore represents an unmitigated danger to the public and should be disbarred."
A recovering methamphetamine addict, Alexander was elected in Del Norte County, on the Oregon border, in 2010.
The bar claimed that after he loaned $14,000 to a high-level supervisor in the county's probation department, her probation reports which often affect a judge's ruling were skewed in at least two cases to reflect Alexander's interests.
The bar also accused the DA of improperly dismissing a child-stealing case against a defendant whose attorney previously loaned Alexander $6,000 for hair transplants and of concealing that relationship from the court.
Alexander's attorneys reiterated his longstanding claims that these accusations are unfounded or distorted. He blamed a disgruntled former employee and a former DA for unsupported assertions that prompted the bar case and cited numerous letters from friends and local community members "in support of compelling mitigating circumstances."
"It remains (Alexander's) abiding conviction that he has not violated any of his duties as an attorney and that all of the charges against him should be dismissed," his attorneys from Nossaman LLP wrote.
Most of the allegations and counterclaims were first reported by The Bee last March.
The court will issue its ruling by April 11, said Laura Ernde, State Bar spokeswoman. If disbarred, Alexander would be removed from office. Ernde said no one at the agency could recall a similar situation for a sitting DA.