San Francisco (KGO) — The California Attorney General’s Office has denied involvement in the Batmobile attack.
ABC7 News’ I Team was the first to report that San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Boranos sent a search team to raid a Batmobile garage in Indiana after complaints from wealthy realtors and donors. I was. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many of those involved, but it’s a setback for Batmobile garage owners.
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The central question in this controversy is, was it appropriate for San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos to send four agents to search the Batmobile’s garage in Indiana? Boranos admitted he did so after being upset that the $210,000 Batmobile he ordered was delayed after a wealthy real estate agent who donated to his campaign called the sheriff.
San Mateo County Supervisory Board President Don Horsley told the I-Team on Aug.
Horsley said the county has asked Attorney General Rob Bonta to review the handling of the sheriff’s case.
“I think it’s natural that the public would want to know how this turned into a criminal matter, and we have a responsibility to get that answer for the public.” I think,” said Horsley.
Now we have the answer. The Attorney General did not conduct an investigation and told the county, “While your letter identifies noteworthy concerns, you do not allege that the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office committed a crime.” The California Department of Justice has the authority to oversee cases, but dear California Sheriffs and District Attorneys, the Department of Justice will take its extraordinary steps only when compelled to do so.”
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We asked Mark Laykop, owner of the Batmobile Garage, for Friday’s reaction.
“Dan, I’m very disappointed. I really expected this to be a turning point,” said Racop.
Racop is concerned that it could feel a fair shake in San Mateo County given the close personal relationships of the officials involved.
State Attorney General Rob Bonta backed Carlos Boranos, who lost in this year’s sheriff’s election. I worked under Wagstaffe frequently appeared at his events campaigning with Sheriff Bolanos. They donated to each other’s campaigns.
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Dan Noyes: “Is it unfair to ask that question?
Daniil Burton: “No, that’s the question we need to ask.”
Daniel Burton is Mark Laykop’s defense attorney.
“And I don’t think there is a reliable answer as to whether there was in fact anything in this case that could create motives for inappropriate relationships and corruption.”
After I-Team’s Dan Noyes confided the story in July, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe ordered a review of the decision to indict Racop for obtaining money under false pretenses and diversion of construction funds. .
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“I said, ‘How about this, this, this,'” Wagstaffe said. A few more details are needed before we can make a final decision on whether to proceed with this case. “
That interview is from last month. Wagstaff was out of office on Friday, but Sean Gallagher, the head of the review, said: “Our decision will be based solely on the facts of this case and the applicable law.” and sent an e-mail.
Daniel Burton adds: Friends are corrupt. “
The county has hired a retired judge to consider the matter. But it also hired an attorney for Sheriff Boranos, who claims the county has no right to investigate the sheriff’s actions.
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