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Kamala Harris and the OC Snitch Scandal

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California Senator Kamala Harris has already drawn prominent supporters in her campaign to be the Democrat's presidential nominee for 2020. But in Orange County, she faces loud criticism for her role in OC's so-called jailhouse snitch scandal, which saw the Orange County District attorney's office use illegally obtained confessions from jailhouse informants to convict criminals. As California's attorney general, Harris sided with the OCDA's office in opposing a Superior Court judge's motion to remove the DA from trying cases impacted by jailhouse snitches. Harris told the New York Times in an interview that she knew corruption had happened, but that it was being "handled on a local level." Yet no prosecutor or anyone with the sheriff's department has ever faced any charges for their alleged misdeeds. Will such criticism harm Harris' presidential hopes?

Credits

Host:
Gustavo Arellano

Producer:
Benjamin Gottlieb