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Race for District Attorney Heats Up

Incumbent, Elizabeth Egan released a new campaign ad accusing her challenger, Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp of acting irresponsibly and costing an innocent person to lose their life. Tuesday, Smittcamp fired back.
        Incumbent, Elizabeth Egan has released a new campaign ad accusing her challenger Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp
of acting irresponsibly and costing an innocent person to lose their life
        Tuesday, Smittcamp fired back.
        This ad centers around a man named Ricardo Rojas
        A few years ago he was accused of beating up his girlfriend Smittcamp gave him a plea deal.
which ultimately allowed him to avoid prison time.
        Then last year Rojas was arrested for a DUI crash in Fresno that killed a woman
        Egan claims that if Smittcamp would have pushed harder for a prison sentence Rojas would still be locked up and that wreck would have never happened.
        During a press conference Tuesday Smittcamp defended her actions, saying a plea bargain was perfectly acceptable. Given that Rojas had no prior criminal record.
        "Elizabeth Egan has further victimized this woman's family by using their loss as a cheap opportunity to bolster her failing campaign for re-election," said Smittcamp.
        "There's no marketing here. There is clearly someone trying to deflect from what they've done. It was an irresponsible plea bargain. End of story," said Egan.
        Egan says her challenger's entire political platform is based on expanding plea-bargain...
        Which the D.A. disagrees with, calling it "risky business."
        Smittcamp denies wanting to increase plea bargaining, saying the D.A's office currently makes deals with 98-percent of its defendants.
        So it would be ludicrous to want to do it 100-percent of the time.

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