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DA takes to Facebook to defend decision not to prosecute misdemeanors attached to a felony

Posted at 3:13 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 16:13:40-05


Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez is taking to Facebook to defend his decision not to prosecute 27 misdemeanors when attached to a felony.

KRIS-TV reported about the policy change last week.

In a video recorded to his Facebook page, the DA says those misdemeanors often are dropped after a conviction and that the new policy simply drops them before trial.

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Gonzalez says each count gets a separate file and the new policy was established to streamline the process.

“It doesn’t work, what we’re trying to do is change it,” Gonzalez said. “We’re trying to have change and make the process better so we don’t have people who really need the resources sitting in limbo because we have four files instead of one.”

Gonzalez adds his office decides what each offender is charged with.