District attorney accused of abusive behavior; he denies it

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MADERA, Calif. (AP) — The Madera County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday the county's district attorney has engaged in "abusive conduct" and that it has scheduled a meeting next week to consider publicly censuring him.

District Attorney David Linn denies the allegations and says he's being targeted because his office is investigating two supervisors for potential wrongdoing, the Fresno Bee reported.

The Board of Supervisors said it was recently made aware that Linn has engaged "in a pattern of harassing and abusive conduct toward his department's employees on a consistent and routine basis."

"This includes, but is not limited to, allegations of racist comments; sexist, lewd and offensive comments; and generally abusive, threatening and profane comments directed toward numerous employees," it said in a statement.

Linn, who took office in early 2015, told the newspaper the accusations are "very political" and that the board is controlled by developers who are unhappy that his office is investigating Supervisors Brett Frazier and David Rogers.

He said he's seeking re-election next year in the June 5 primary and that the board chose Monday to hold its meeting because the members knew he'd be in Pennsylvania during the Thanksgiving break.

He said he's trying to change his schedule so he can attend the meeting.


Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com http://www.fresnobee.com              

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