Smittcamp em­bod­ies in­tegrity, fair­ness

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I was dumb­founded by the ab­so­lute in­cor­rect­ness of the ar­ti­cle pub­lished re­cently ques­tion­ing the mo­ti­va­tions of DA Lisa Smittcamp in the Aram­bula trial. As a deputy DA un­der her, I can tell you this base­less smear­ing of DA Smittcamp couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth.

The duty of a prose­cu­tor is to pur­sue jus­tice and ap­ply it equally no mat­ter who the ac­cused is or what po­si­tion they hold. DA Smittcamp con­tin­u­ally re­in­forces the stan­dard that in­tegrity is of the ut­most im­por­tance in our po­si­tion as pros­e­cu­tors. No one ex­em­pli­fies this more in prac­tice than DA Smittcamp her­self. She does not do the easy thing; she does the right thing — re­gard­less of whether it ex­poses her to crit­i­cism by the me­dia and the pub­lic.

There were count­less er­rors in this ar­ti­cle that show the au­thor didn’t do his home­work, but that’s not re­ally the point. The point is that ev­ery sin­gle day, DA Smittcamp puts her money where her mouth is — stand­ing for vic­tims and work­ing to make this com­mu­nity a bet­ter place. DA Smittcamp is a true pub­lic ser­vant who is as un­touched by po­lit­i­cal mo­ti­va­tions as one can be. I am proud to serve un­der her.

– Amy Cobb, Fresno

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