Part three of a five-part series.
Deputy District Attorney Richard Monroy told his boss, Bonnie Dumanis, that prosecuting San Diego Police Officer Frank White in an off-duty road-rage incident was a dead-on-arrival proposition since juries seldom convict cops.
Within months of those comments, which were made in front of colleagues, Monroy was transferred from his job as head of the prestigious Special Operations unit to a low-profile non-management position as liaison to the narcotics task force, doing mostly search warrants, according to several friends and colleagues of Monroy who are familiar with the situation. Since then he has been reassigned again, this time as ethics advisor of the office.
After Dumanis did decide to go ahead with the prosecution, White was acquitted after two days of deliberation.
Monroy declined to comment. But some colleagues saw his demotion as pure retribution.
“She sacked a supervisor because he disagreed with her on a major case,” said a senior deputy district attorney, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation by Dumanis. “People not supportive of her decisions keep their periscopes down.”
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Now Judge Monroy was not booted from Spec Ops in "months"......it was MOMENTS. He was gone before the end of the day. But there was Bonnie, on his side for Judge, because that made political sense.
This is a remarkable story. I'm a prosecutor. You must be able to provide honest assessments to supervisors without being punished. Yet, story after story discusses Bonnie's vindictive nature. I've had a dose of it myself. Turns out, no one will make her follow the county charter, she's going to hire insiders over experienced yet veteran out-of-county Deputy DAs:
@tkleff Kudos to the Brewer campaign for getting free TV ads on the VOSD website. They are certainly...colorful. That tie, that shirt, that background! Next year at LA's Fashion Week a failed collection will be called "Pulling a Kleffman."