It is with a sense of anticipation and excitement that I announce my final re-election campaign for the office of the Orange County District Attorney. It has been my honor to serve you as your District Attorney for the last 10 years.
With your support, we have enjoyed great success in public safety and reform during the past decade. We have approximately 55 less
gangs and 8,500 less gang members today. Fighting gang crimes continue to be my number one priority. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has incorporated a multi-dimensional approach, attacking the gang problem from every angle. This plan includes vigorously charging gang members with the street terrorism sentencing enhancements and enforcing civil gang injunctions. We have made great progress in giving back the streets to law abiding citizens.
We have pioneered using DNA to solve property crimes along with violent crimes and sexual assault. We are aiming to increase the output of DNA analysis in the next four years by 10 times so that we can both convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent.
During the last decade, we have seen brazen criminals committing economic crimes which affect the overall economy and often cause great financial hardship for individuals. During my tenure, Orange County is prosecuting some of the largest fraud cases in the nation. In one case, we have convicted 8 of 19 defendants in a $154 million medical insurance fraud case where healthy patients were flown in from all over the country to commit $20 million in fraud. We expect to go to trial in 2009.
Finally, by prosecuting several major oil companies such as BP, Shell, and Arco for polluting the ground water with MTBE, we were able to protect Orange County’s drinking water at no cost to the tax payers. The oil companies continue to spend millions of dollars to clean up the environment.
I hope that you have been proud and pleased with the hard working prosecutors, investigators and support staff in the District Attorney’s office who have achieved much during the last 10 years. Your input and encouragement have been instrumental to the success of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and I respectfully request your endorsement for my leadership for the next term.
I thank you for your continued support.