Oregon D.A. Does Public Poll On Crime Priorities

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Alex Gardner, the district attorney of Lane County, Or., wants to hear from the public which crimes they prefer to fight less, reports the Eugene Register-Guard. The district attorney's $7 million budget hs been cut by $425,000. Doug Harcleroad, the former district attorney, said in April that the office won't be able to handle about 2,000 nonviolent misdemeanor crimes this year among the 7,800 cases it will file. Gardner, who was appointed district attorney after Harcleroad's retirement two weeks ago, he wants public involvement to help set priorities for which misdemeanor property . . .

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