Originally Posted by sabray
the prosecutor has a boss that vetted the case. well usually
The Lake County District Attorney, Jon E. Hopkins, made the call on prosecuting Bismarck Dinius. Like all DAs, his "boss" is / was the state Attorney General. When it became obvious that a miscarriage of justice was underway, an appeal was made to the then-Attorney General, Jerry Brown.
Brown's office claimed to have taken an in-depth look at the case and declined to get involved. There was speculation at the time that Brown might be contemplating another run for governor and felt that taking on a corrupt local law enforcement agency / district attorney would open him up to a charge of being "soft on crime" and cost him support.
There was also speculation that the AG decided to let the DA and sheriff stew in their own juices - if they thought they could win such a transparently-flawed case, then go for it. By not taking the case out of the local jurisdiction, Brown's office left them twisting in the wind
and vulnerable to an outraged electorate.
As it turned out, that was their undoing.
Jerry Brown was just elected governor of California
for the second time in his political career. Maybe he's more clever than some people give him credit for.