DA To Announce Criminal Court Clerk Investigation - Tucson News Now

DA To Announce Criminal Court Clerk Investigation

The Channel 4 I-Team has learned the district attorney will announce Friday he's launching a full investigation into the actions of Criminal Court clerk David Torrence.


It's the latest development after the I-Team first exposed Torrence playing hooky nearly half of last year and admitting he only works three days a week.


Friday's news conference will announce something that hasn't happened in recent memory: a full-scale investigation by the district attorney into an elected official, because of the I-Team's findings.


Everything the I-Team has exposed about the work habits, hiring practices and use of taxpayer-funded vehicles by Torrence will be the investigation's focus.


The district attorney has been studying certain laws, sources say, since the I-Team's investigations aired. One law reads that certain legal authorities in the city and the state have the power to remove Torrence from office if they can prove he neglected his duties.


The move by the district attorney comes after citizens protested and the Metro Council voted unanimously to ask for Torrence to either resign or for the district attorney, attorney general, Metro's Legal Department or Criminal Court judges to remove him.


After last week's council vote, Torrence told the I-Team he wouldn't resign.


The news conference is planned to be held at the district attorney's office. It's unknown if anyone from the attorney general's office, Metro Legal or the criminal courts will be there. An official time for the conference hasn't been set.

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