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District Attorney Should Be Fired, Civil Grand Jury Says

Paul Chinn / San Francisco Chronicle
 

Paul Chinn / San Francisco Chronicle

(AP) - A civil grand jury has recommended that a California county's district attorney be removed from his position because of corruption.

The East Bay Times reports grand juror findings released Thursday accuse Contra Costa District Attorney Mark A. Peterson of "willful or corrupt misconduct in office" and call for his ousting.

Petersen had admitted to having spent more than $66,000 in campaign funds on movie tickets, clothes and other personal expenses from 2011-15 while he had been serving as treasurer of his re-election campaign.

The grand jury's accusation will be delivered to a Contra Costa Superior Court judge, who would either appoint a prosecuting officer or turn the matter over to a district attorney in an adjoining county.

The matter could result in a jury trial to decide on the findings.

Peterson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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