In your feature article of June 17 on community plans for a meeting to discuss recent break-ins, your article states: "The district attorney is not prosecuting the crimes unless there is an injury or violent crime." This statement is completely false.
No one from your organization, either reporter or editor, ever contacted me or my office to verify any information presented as "facts" in the article or whether we charge property or burglary crimes.
I, and my office, have always been committed to public safety and justice. All law enforcement investigations submitted to my office requesting prosecution receive the highest level of attention in order to establish that sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial is presented.
It does not matter whether the case is a petty theft or a violent crime. Each case is evaluated on its own merits. If the evidence exists to substantiate a charge or charges, the case will be filed with the court.
Your mis-representation of the truth is beyond irresponsible and continues, yet again, your clearly coordinated effort to besmirch my office and the dedicated staff that work for the people of this county, as well as provide some clandestine level of support for the campaign of your publisher's husband.
Michael Keitz, Madera County District Attorney
Editor's Note: The quote Mr. Keitz refers to was given by Oakhurst resident Ted Demont, a recent victim of a home burglary.