What’s going on in the Hill County attorney’s office? Every case they bring to trial seems to end in a mistrial or the defendant walks. Maybe we should save the taxpayers a few bucks and just turn everybody loose from the get go?
A 41 year old guy is charged with sexual intercourse without consent with a young girl and also with supplying meth and alcohol to the girl and her friend. Deputy county attorney Lorang took the case to trial, spent two days in court and the guy gets off with a hung jury after 5 hours of so of deliberation. By the way, Randy Randolph was the defense attorney
Last week, a guy that was arrested for a DUI that actually blew a .13 pleads not guilty and a jury of 6 people selected by the defense attorney Jeremy Yellin and deputy county attorney Lorang found him not guilty. Not only was the county attorney’s office poorly prepared they also left a tavern owner that had a couple of prior DUI’s himself on the jury. The jury on that open and shut case deliberated 8 minutes and came back to let the guy go. What the?? After making a few inquiries we have learned that Lorang’s win record in district court for the past year is a dismal 30%. Why are we spending tax money to take these cases to court if everyone is going to be set free?
Earlier this summer the Hill County Attorney’s office charged a young man with a felony because he and a cousin were shooting each other with BB guns and a BB pierced through a tent that was pitched in the yard striking another cousin, a 10 year old boy, in the side of the head. The boy’s father called the police and the County attorney jumped all over this big case, charged the kid with felony assault with a weapon and set his bail at $75,000. The family couldn’t get a bond to get their son out so he sat in jail for 6 days until his bail was reduced to $5,000. County Attorney Gina Dahl finally offered a deferred prosecution with a big laundry list of –to do’s, such as having the kid pay the court cost incurred thus far, go to anger management counseling, pay for a psychological evaluation and on and on. The family turned down Gina’s kind offer and plead not guilty. This happened back in august and the case was finally settled a couple of weeks ago.
What is up with prosecuting all these cases and not being prepared to make any charges stick? Or on the other hand, why are they even bringing charges in some of these cases?
It is you and I that are paying taxes to fund this nightmare. County Attorney Gina Dahl is up for re-election this year and is being challenged by deputy county attorney Lindsey Lorang and also by private attorney, Randy Randolph.