Opinion Piece By Linda Sutter – May 31, 2017 –
Don’t expect to get an answer from the District Attorney Trigg’s office when questioned if there is a Code of Ethic’s policy for District Attorney’s . The Staff rolled their eyes and said, “it’s online.” When I asked this unidentified person where online, she snidely remarked, “I don’t know I’m not an attorney.” CLEARLY. You’e also discourteous and rude to the public and don’t know your job.
So I go online to find the District Attorney website. Guess what? CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED. Very interesting. Dale Trigg has been in office 3 years and his county office website is still under construction. NO CODE OF ETHICS TO BE FOUND.
What brought up the curiosity over the District Attorney’s Code of Ethics? It was a recent Press Release by the district attorney’s office that named an underage victim by identifying who and how she was related to the defendant. Unconscionable.
“I will maintain confidences and confidential information pursuant to the law and the regulations of my office.”
I GUESS SINCE THE WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION THERE IS NO LAW AND REGULATIONS OF HIS OFFICE, much less code of ethics.
As an elected Prosecutor, DA Trigg has a duty to protect. He also has a duty to maintain confidentiality especially for underage victims. DA Trigg failed that duty to protect her identity, and in fact caused intentional infliction of emotional distress on this 16 year old victim. Not only was she a victim of Rape, but the District Attorney furthered her victimization by exposing who she was.
In my opinion, these were intentional acts caused by DA Trigg and his office in hopes of promoting himself and his sidekick Assistant DA Padilla to the public, “Look what a good of job I’ve done.”
Yes, DA Trigg and Assistant DA Padilla, you should both be so proud in ruining a 16 year old girls life by identifying her as a rape victim when you had every opportunity not to expose that information.