DA adds 3 deputies to staff

District Attorney David Linn announced last week the addition of three deputies to help increase the efficiency of his office.

Senior Deputy District Attorney John Baker rejoins the office from his previous tenure as a deputy in the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

Baker, who specializes in investigating and prosecuting gangs, domestic violence, elder abuse, and homicides, will be specially assigned to serious felony cases. He is a Fresno State graduate and holds a law degree from the McGeorge School of Law.

Mary Thornton, who worked for the Madera County District Attorney’s Office from 2009 to 2013, will be assigned as a Senior Deputy as well. She previously handled general assignments and narcotics cases, as well as homicides, arson, and animal abuse.

Jason Leong, recently admitted to the California State Bar, is a new deputy to the office. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Leong attended U.C. Hastings Law School.

Employed as a law clerk for Judge Stewart Hing in San Francisco, Leong will take over the court’s Traffic Division, assist as a line deputy in other departments, and provide research for high-profile cases.

Linn said he was extremely pleased with the new hires, and believes his office will continue functioning in an extremely professional manner.

“As I tell my staff every week, they are the best,” Linn said.

Madera County District Attorney’s Office