Legal Ethics

'Death to Meth' DA Accused of Taking $6K Loan from Defense Attorney to Pay for Hair Transplants

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Jon Alexander admittedly was a recovering former methamphetamine addict when he was elected district attorney of a remote California county in 2010 on a “death to meth” campaign platform.

But now the Del Norte district attorney says he is facing a battle on another front, accused of violating legal ethics rules for attorneys.

Among other claimed misconduct, the California State Bar is accusing Alexander of taking a $6,000 loan from a defense attorney to help pay for hair transplants. Alexander then subsequently dismissed a case handled by that lawyer, rather than recusing himself because of the conflict of interest, the Associated Press reports.

Alexander says he’s going to fight to continue to serve, as the people wish him to. He says he did nothing wrong, dismissing a case that was set to be dismissed regardless of his involvement and repaying the loan in less than a week.

The Del Norte Triplicate, which also has a story, says a state bar spokeswoman declined to comment after noting that no charges have been filed against Alexander.

Related coverage:

Sacramento Bee: “From meth addict to Del Norte County DA, Jon Alexander has courted trouble”

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