Judge Roland Steinle asked to review harsh charging by prosecutors

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A retired judge will conduct an outside review of a case in which 15 protesters were charged as members of a criminal street gang, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced.

Retired Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle was asked to review the office’s procedures “when making charging decisions in cases of community interest or those that have possible impacts to policy,” the office said in a news release on Monday.

County Attorney Allister Adel also asked Steinle to recommend ways to improve the office’s processes and to review whether there were ethical violations related to the prosecution of the case.

“As County Attorney, I am committed to ensuring that this office adheres to the highest standards,” Adel said in a statement, adding later, “In this particular matter, I believe that we could have done better to meet these standards.” 

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