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Judge tosses defamation lawsuit filed by Contra Costa prosecutor accused of rape

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 12, 2015

MARTINEZ -- A controversial Contra Costa County prosecutor's effort to clear his name of suspected rape backfired in spectacular fashion this week, as a judge dismissed his lawsuit against the county by citing previously unreported evidence against the attorney.

In his order dismissing the malicious prosecution and defamation suit brought by Contra Costa County prosecutor Michael Gressett, federal Judge Edward Chen outlined new details regarding Gressett's alleged 2008 rape of a junior sex crimes prosecutor, including testimony that Gressett may have been re-enacting a violent rape case he had been assigned to prosecute. The judge's order also revealed for the first time that after Gressett's rape indictment was thrown out in 2011, the only reason state prosecutors did not refile charges was because his alleged victim backed out of testifying.

In fact, state officials said if she changed her mind, they would consider refiling charges.

Seven years after rape allegations stunned the county's courthouses and split the District Attorney's Office during a contentious political campaign, Tuesday's ruling likely will end the Gressett soap opera.

However, Gressett's future with the office is not clear.

Read the whole story at Inside Bay Area News 

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