Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer has issued the following statement in regards to our post yesterday on our calls to have the OCDA re-open an investigation to the Road Rage death of Laguna Niguel teacher Scott Clark in 2017.
Here’s his statement:
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is unequivocally committed to the pursuit of justice. The death of Scott Clark is a tragedy, and my office is continuing to pursue justice in this case, as we do in every case.
Shortly after taking office, the case was presented to myself and Chief Assistant District Attorney Shawn Nelson for review. After careful consideration of the facts, I determined that it was in the best interest of this case to retain an additional expert. That expert has finished reviewing the case in its entirety, including reports produced by a previous expert retained in this case. This review was done thoroughly, but with the keen understanding that the statute of limitations expires in January 2020.
My office has been in regular contact with the attorney representing the Clark family, including arranging a recent meeting with the Chief Assistant District Attorney, in order to keep them apprised on the status of the case.
Now that comprehensive review is completed, the prosecution team will present the case to myself and the Chief Assistant District Attorney next week to determine whether the expert’s opinion of the evidence can support taking this case to a jury and meeting our legal burden of proof.
Clark’s friends did wind up marching down a few blocks from the courthouse to the DA’s office, so between the protestors and our post, this story is on the DA’s front burner.
I’ll add that when this case is presented and Spitzer reaches a decision, he will need to explain this decision regardless of which direction he decides to go.