News Brief: Campaign violation charges dropped against school board candidate

A pair of misdemeanor criminal charges filed against a Yolo County School Board candidate were abruptly dropped at a court hearing last week.

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In a press release issued in early October, the prosecutor’s office used Grijalva’s case to announce a crackdown on alleged campaign violations. Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven said in the release that most allegations of campaign misconduct could be resolved with a simple warning because “experience has shown that many of the alleged violations, especially those committed by local candidates for municipal offices, are based on inexperience or inadvertence.” It was not immediately clear why charges were brought against Grijalva only to be dismissed two weeks later. A spokesperson for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office did not respond to an email from the Express on Monday, but in a wide-ranging interview with the Express in July, Reisig said his office uses a national standard when deciding when to prosecute individuals suspected of wrongdoing. “It’s look at the facts, look at the law, look at the ethical standards in charging, and then make a decision,” Reisig said at the time. Court records reviewed by the Express on Tuesday showed two of the counts against Grijalva were “entered in error,” with a third count related to the campaign finance activity dismissed by the court.]]>

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