January 17, 2011

Update: U.S. Attorney Drops All Charges Against Former Yolo County Ombuds

In March 2007, Yolo County in California hired Harrison Jack, a college professor and retired Army lieutenant colonel, to serve as the first Ombuds for the county's 1,600 workers. Less than three months later, Jack was arrested along with 12 Hmong immigrants and charged with conspiring to overthrow the government of Laos. Jack was accused of acting as an arms broker and organizer. Yolo County officials, who had conducted a background check of Jack, were shocked by the news and later terminated the Ombuds program. After the presiding judge threw out many of the charges amid allegations of misconduct by the prosecution, the U.S. Attorney has dismissed the remaining charges against all defendants. (Fresno Bee.)

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