California prosecutor charged with misconduct

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Updated: 8/13/2014 11:42 am

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — State Bar officials have filed disciplinary charges against a Central California prosecutor accused of changing a transcript to make it sound like a suspected child molester had acknowledged he was guilty.

State Bar officials say Kern County Deputy District Attorney Robert Murray made up two lines in the transcript and emailed it to the suspect's defense attorney. The suspect was charged with committing lewd acts on a child.

The alleged misconduct led a judge to dismiss all five counts against the suspect.

According to The Bakersfield Californian, Murray has said he did not intend to tamper with the case. Murray's attorney, Jonathan Arons, said Wednesday his client acted foolishly, but meant the changes as a joke.

The disciplinary charges were filed in June. Murray could lose his law license.

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