Legal Ethics

Bar Seeks DA's Disbarment, Cites Hair Transplant Loan, Money Given to Friend and Ex Parte Contact


The State Bar of California is seeking disbarment of the district attorney in a remote county, contending that he has failed to disclose as required information related to his job.

Del Norte DA Jon Alexander should have publicly disclosed, the bar contends in an attorney disciplinary case (PDF provided by Times-Standard) filed Tuesday, a $6,000 loan he received in 2010 from a defense attorney to pay for a hair replacement procedure and a $14,000 loan he made in 2009 to the county’s assistant chief probation officer, at a time when Alexander was public defender in Del Norte County.

The bar also complains that Alexander had an ex parte contact with a criminal defendant whose attorney wasn’t present that allegedly wasn’t handled properly, the Times-Standard reports.

Alexander says the woman simply walked into his office one day and started talking, implicating herself in a case concerning her boyfriend.

The DA is accused of not taking her statement down properly and not notifying both the woman’s defense counsel and her boyfriend’s defense counsel of what she said.

He tells the newspaper he did nothing wrong and notified both lawyers.

Concerning the loans, Alexander says he repaid the defense attorney the hair-replacement loan, after having the money only for a period of days, before he was sworn into office as DA. The loan he made to the probation officer, which the bar says hasn’t been repaid, was to a woman who, with her family, has treated him like another family member, according to the DA.

Earlier coverage

ABAJournal.com: “‘Death to Meth’ DA Accused of Taking $6K Loan from Defense Attorney to Pay for Hair Transplants”

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