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Klamath DA says cuts might lead to focus on Measure 11 cases April 7, 2008

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District Attorney Ed Caleb of Klamath County says budget cuts might force him to scale back the prosecution of smaller crimes to save money for the major ones, such as rape and murder.

The county’s budget committee is under pressure to make up a $2.2 million shortfall in the $16.8 million requested budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year. For Caleb, that could mean a 12% reduction in his $1.3 million budget.

Caleb said he knows other Oregon district attorneys who have already cut prosecution of less serious offenses to focus on violent Measure 11 crimes.

The district attorney’s office prosecuted roughly 3,300 cases in the past year. Of those, about half were misdemeanors.



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