Below is an email from a former prosecutor to a concerned citizen who wrote
to him about a wrongful prosecution by his office.
Response From (Former) District Attorney Michael Dugan
From: Mike Dugan
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 8:43
Subject: RE: Deschutes County vs. Kevin Driscoll
Dear Ms. XXXXX,
Thank you for expressing your concern about a case that you read about in the US Observer. Please be understanding in that what you read may not be accurate. I prefer that the truth come from the witness stand, not from a tabloid. We believe that the true facts are much different than what you read. Of course, under the Constitution of Oregon and of the United States, Mr. Driscoll is presumed to be innocent.
I am in the business of seeking the truth and protecting victims and the community. Should we find that a person commits perjury we have filed criminal charges. We have filed criminal charges against women for making false police reports concerning rape charges.
I am disappointed that you, and many others who have read that article, have taken it to be the absolute truth and nothing but the truth. Perhaps you should wait until after the trial to make up your mind.
Michael T. Dugan
About Michael Dugan’s Response
The facts that were contained in our first article were just that – facts. They were taken from indisputable video tapes and eye-witness statements. Michael Dugan’s response speaks for itself. There is no mistaking truth in fact as they are one in the same. The facts of this case are simple; Deschutes County District Attorney Michael Dugan and Assistant District Attorney Jody Vaughan don’t have a case against Kevin Driscoll. They have ruined Kevin Driscoll’s life and falsely charged him with serious crimes without doing their job. It is a fact that Dugan lied to XXXXX in his response above and it is a fact that both Dugan and Vaughan are very dangerous and corrupt individuals.
Dugan also stated that Deschutes County has filed criminal charges against women for making false police reports concerning rape charges. The US~Observer will be looking into that statement and rest assured we will continue to cover this issue as I don’t believe anything that DA Dugan says at this point.
We would also urge all citizens of Deschutes County, Oregon who are concerned with their safety to begin taking steps to get rid of both Dugan and his accomplice, Jody Vaughan.
Unfortunately for Dugan and Vaughan, our “Tabloid” subscribers in all 50 states and 13 foreign countries, have read and will continue reading about the false and corrupt prosecution of Kevin Driscoll.
A Mainstream Media Response
“We have received multiple e-mails about this case and have read the story which also criticizes – unfairly, I believe – the station I work for, and others as well. I suggest you take up any issues you have with our news director Lee Anderson, who I’m copying this reply in. Thanks for the note.”
– Barney Lerten
Assignment Mgr/Digital Content Director
(cell) (541) 306-7849
Barney refers to being treated unfair in his writer’s blog response. Barney sounds exactly like DA Dugan. He should, because they both represent the same “system” that is guilty in this case…period.
What about Kevin Driscoll? What about the words and tactics used by Barney’s employer to paint a guilty picture of Driscoll to not only his neighbors, but all of Deschutes County and anyone who has viewed their deceitful coverage? Both Barney Lertin and DA Dugan are now exposed – they are what they are, just as facts are always facts.
It has been reported to the US~Observer that News Channel 21/KTVZ.COM and others involved in the attempted destruction of Kevin Driscoll have received literally hundreds of calls from angry people who have already read the “facts” regarding the false criminal charges leveled at Kevin Driscoll. We want them to realize that more are on the way…
Kevin Driscoll’s jury trial is currently scheduled to begin November 3, 2009.
Please email us at email@example.com with any information you may have regarding anyone involved in this case.
Editor’s Note: The US~Observer has received information that Deschutes County Assistant District Attorney Jody Vaughan has attempted to withhold important information from the defense in this case. Vaughan reportedly had information that Rossow had withheld critical information from the police and Vaughan apparently attempted to conceal it from the defense.