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District Attorney Cliff Newell in the News

Sunday, May 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Joe Alexander: Jennings Unfit for District Attorney

Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Carolyn Sherwood: Newell the Best Choice

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Stephen Tripp: It’s time to put a stop to unsubstantiated claims of corruption in Nevada County

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:00 AM

Newell The Right Candidate

Former Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson speaks to Cliff Newell's leadership skills as District Attorney.

Monday, April 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Deputy District Attorneys of Nevada County endorse Cliff Newell - YubaNet

April 23, 2018 – It is my distinct honor to announce that my re-election campaign has been endorsed by these fine Deputy District Attorneys of Nevada County. It has been a source of great pride for me to serve our wonderful community alongside such dedicated, honorable and hard working attorneys. For any leader to be successful, it is imperative to have the support of those around him. Having the support of the Deputy DAs assures me not only of the strength and cohesiveness of the Office under my leadership, but also gives me great confidence for the future of the Office.

As my office continues to work toward our goal of making Nevada County a safer and better place to live for everyone, it is good to know that I will be working toward that goal alongside these amazing individuals.

Thank you again Chris Walsh, my Assistant District Attorney, and the Deputy District Attorneys of Nevada County for your endorsement and support.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 12:00 AM

Watch The League of Women Voters DA Forum Here

Sunday, April 22, 2018 12:00 AM

Superior Court Judge Al Dover, retired, and DA Cliff Newell Discuss the complicated issue of homelessness and the criminal justice system

Nevada County Superior Court Judge Al Dover, retired, and District Attorney Cliff Newell Discuss the complicated issue of homelessness and the criminal justice system in NCTV's "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Friday, April 13, 2018 12:00 AM

The Union Article 4/13/18Don Rogers: Clouseau With a Beard

Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:00 AM

Don Rogers: Clouseau With a Beard - TruckeeSun

A quiet admission about an address error on a drug warrant three years ago has flowered into the most interesting election campaign this spring.

Whether voters see an honest mistake by a deputy serving his rotation undercover or as part of some wider pattern of corruption with a badge may determine who wins the race for Nevada County district attorney in June — dozen-year incumbent Cliff Newell or the chief deputy prosecutor who quit over the kerfuffle that followed, Glenn Jennings. Jennings ran the Truckee office for a time, by the way.

A new, inexperienced drug task force deputy, unwanted and shunned by a senior officer, thought he'd goofed on his first sealed search warrant. That's the tale Deputy Jason Mackey told on the stand last week.

Jennings tells another story at candidate forums, as a red flag he'd never before encountered with a far darker spin, if vague. Mackey came to him outside court with his confession about the warrant mistake and asked Jennings to drop the case, which the prosecutor did and later refused to sign off on a subsequent investigation of the deputy.

Defense attorneys have seemed to leap for bait that might get their clients off. Dirty cop? Sure. Doesn't have to be true. Just the suggestion might work. Sow some doubt, kick some dirt, do what you do, part of the job representing your client.

So many whispers, including a juicy false one about the FBI joining in. A yearlong internal investigation that cleared Mackey. A chief deputy prosecutor who quit over this. Revelations of sexual relations with an informant surfacing about the senior officer who disparaged Mackey and eventually quit and left town.

Lots of hot, loose talk about Mackey went awfully quiet when it came to testifying in court. Crickets. The deputy's cases now under scrutiny are proceeding so far, with convictions in at least two after judges waved off the doubts raised about them.

Lawyers, in their elevated lexicon, call the chirping outside court hearsay. Regular folks know it as plain gossip.

The rumors seem to roost most directly with the detective who left the Sheriff's Office, Mark Hollitz. The District Attorney's Office dismissed 13 of Hollitz's cases, including eight felonies, tainted by what prosecutors called an "undisclosed, inappropriate relationship" with the informant and using her to "set up" another informant who refused to work with him, along with improper destruction of Sheriff's Office records about his informants. Seems the DA isn't all that protective of sheriff's officers, after all.

Hollitz steadfastly declined to refute those claims throughout a 90-minute interview with one of our reporters. Again, crickets at the opportunity to defend himself, set things straight, if there were something to set straight.

Among the defense attorneys, I think I see a faint waning in vague expressions of righteous outrage about corruption — to what end is left open — in favor of more productive questioning in a current quest to invalidate one of Mackey's warrants: A discrepancy between Mackey testifying last Friday he hadn't seen marijuana plants during an air surveillance, but turning in an affidavit in 2015 declaring he had. Photographs he took during the flyover show no images of marijuana.

Well, there's a couple of plain facts to work with. No extra drama necessary. A good, no-nonsense judge who has heard plenty of spin from prosecutors and defense counselors alike will cut through the rhetoric.

Perhaps the starkest difference between incumbent Newell and ex-chief assistant Jennings lies in their takes on Jason Mackey: corrupt liar or innocent bumbler?

The rest of it is the rather pedestrian local campaign talk we've heard before and will hear far into the future, no doubt. Challenger fluffs up perceived weaknesses. Incumbent leans on a "great record." And so it goes.

The judges in this case, the voters, will follow their guts for the most part.

Another pesky fact is Nevada County has the lowest crime rate among its neighbors. There it is, whether an accident of what's actually a pretty great community or thanks entirely to the dedication of our law enforcement and judicial efforts.

For further empirical perspective, Mackey finished his full rotation around average among task force officers with 75 percent of his cases carrying through to their conclusions and a quarter dropped.

And an irony of note: A task force supervisor had ordered corrections on the warrant in question before Mackey sent it to the judge for signing. The deputy's copy did not reflect the corrections, but what the judge saw and sealed did include them.

That's right, none of this drama would have ensued had the actual warrant been checked.

And so we end, for now, with the bumbling deputy thinking he'd made an error, but he was mistaken.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 12:00 AM

Watch the League of Women Voters DA Forum Here

Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 AM

The Union: Crime in Nevada County Remains Consistent

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:00 AM

The Union, In Other Voices: Closing the Revolving Door by Cliff Newell

Despite changes in the law and difficult state mandates in criminal justice, Cliff describes the challenges and the actions he has taken to turn low-level repeat offenders into productive members of society and close the revolving door.

Friday, February 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Tom Swisher: Reckless statements from candidate for District Attorney

I am a longtime subscriber to The Union and a retired criminal investigator from the Nevada County District Attorney's Office.
The Union recently published two articles regarding Mr. Jennings' announcement to run for the position of district attorney. In those articles he makes references to corruption in the office of the District Attorney. In my humble opinion I consider them to be completely untrue.

I have known Cliff Newell for several years. I have watched him rise from a young attorney to the position that he now holds as district attorney. I consider him to be honorable and honest to the core. In every investigation I was involved with, as always, he required it to be complete, thorough, and unbiased. He has never been one to rush to judgment and has always done what he believed to be in the best interest of the citizens of Nevada County.

I think Mr. Jennings should check the facts before making such reckless statements.

Tom Swisher
Grass Valley

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00 AM

The Union: Sealed Documents Detail Allegations Against Former Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy

Sealed documents detail allegations against former Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:52 AM



Please join us for our Campaign Kick-Off on January 23 at 6pm!

Location: The fabulous Ol' Republic Brewery on Argall Way in Nevada City.

Live music and a no host bar - but the first keg is on Cliff!

The musical talents of Chris Kelly will rock us into the kick-off of the 2018 campaign!

We hear that Jim and Simon of Ol' Republic will be brewing that Thursday night.


Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:00 AM

The Union Article 4/13/18

Saturday, May 17, 2014 3:36 PM

Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix Asks you to Vote for Cliff Newell

Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix Asks you to Vote for Cliff Newell on June 3d.

Friday, May 16, 2014 3:32 PM

Interview with Cliff Newell - by The Union

Cliff Newell provides information and context to current election issues.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:37 AM

Letter to the Editor supporting Cliff Newell - Yubanet

Sunday, May 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Sheriff Keith Royal Endorses DA Cliff Newell

Sheriff Keith Royal Endorses DA Cliff Newell: "District Attorney Cliff Newell has a proven track record of success."

Friday, May 2, 2014 7:15 PM

Nevada County Sheriff's Association Endorses DA Cliff Newell for Re-Election

Cliff Newell is Endorsed by Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal and the Nevada County Sheriff's Management Association.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:47 PM

Truckee Contractors Association Endorse Cliff Newell - Yubanet

April 23, 2014 - After interviewing both candidates vying for the seat of Nevada County District Attorney, CATTPAC, the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe Political Action Committee, is endorsing incumbent Cliff Newell for another four year term.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:45 PM

Dr. Phil shouts out a message of support to DA Cliff Newell and makes a Call to Men in Nevada County to stop Domestic Violence

Dr. Phil Shouts out support to DA Cliff Newell

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:52 PM

Nevada County Sheriff's Management Association Endorses DA Cliff Newell - Yubanet

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:49 PM

Cliff Newell Endorsed by Citizens for Law and Order

CITIZENS FOR LAW AND ORDER is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing integrity in the criminal justice system through legislative action.  "Dedicated to law and order and justice for all."

Friday, March 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Candlelight Vigil - Recognition of Crime Victims in Nevada County

The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office, together with the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition Agency, are sponsoring a Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, April 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Grass Valley City Hall parking lot.  The Vigil is scheduled to honor all crime victims in Nevada County, and to increase awareness and prevention of crime.  Please consider yourself invited to attend and/or participate in this meaningful event.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:28 AM

Crime Victims United Endorses Cliff Newell

Crime Victims United of California'a Board of Directors voted unanimously to Endorse District Attorney Cliff Newell for Re-Election.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:05 PM

Jim Adams Endorses Cliff Newell: Cliff has done a stellar job as our DA for the last 8 years. Listen here

"Cliff Newell has done a stellar job as our DA over the last 8 years."  

"Cliff has always been an incredibly fair man to work with."

Saturday, February 22, 2014 3:44 PM

Nevada County District Attorney Launches Re-Election Campaign -

Saturday, February 22, 2014 3:00 PM

Cliff Newell Endorsed by California Fish and Game Wardens' Association

California Fish and Game Wardens' Association Endorses Cliff Newell:

"We value your leadership as a prosecutor for Nevada County, which is rich in fish, wildlife and natural resources. We are proud to offer you our endorsement and look forward to a continued dialogue with you in our pursuit of our law enforcement mission."

Jerry Karnow, Jr.
President, CFGWA

Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:29 PM

Cliff Newell Speaks at One Billion Rising for Justice

During his turn at the podium Cliff Newell remarked:

Justice for whom? For the victim? For the children? For the Perpetrator? Or for the community? So many are touched by just one incident of domestic.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:27 PM

DA Cliff Newell Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign - Listen to Cliff on KNCO

Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:23 PM

Yubanet: Campaign To Re-Elect Cliff Newell Nevada County District Attorney Kicks Off

Sunday, February 9, 2014 9:16 PM

DA's Office Awarded $66,000 to battle Worker's Comp Fraud

On July 15, 2013, The California State Insurance Commissioner awarded Nevada County District Attorney’s Office Sixty-six thousand dollars to help prevent and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud.

Committee to Re-Elect Cliff Newell
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