SANTA ANA (AP) — The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has formed a committee to review its use of jailhouse informants after misconduct allegations that have sidetracked some criminal cases.
The office announced Monday that a committee of independent experts, including a former judge, has begun looking into its practices and plans to release its recommendations by year’s end.READ MORE: Man And Woman Shot To Death In Gardena
Allegations were made last year that authorities illegally used jailhouse informants to question defendants who had obtained legal counsel. It also was claimed that authorities withheld evidence from the defense and lied on the witness stand.READ MORE: Local Doctors Flying Back From Super Bowl Save Woman's Life On Plane
In March, a judge kicked the DA’s Office off the death penalty trial for Scott Dekraai, who pleaded guilty to killing eight people in a 2011 shooting at a Seal Beach hair salon. That ruling is being appealed.MORE NEWS: Rally Held Outside LA Hall Of Justice To Recall District Attorney George Gascón
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