ADA Karen Ricca Fired
The head of the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program was suspended in April.
Ricca and District Attorney Risa Ferman declined to comment on the cause of the original suspension at the time and today, Ferman would only say that an investigation revealed Ricca's conduct "was entirely inconsistent with the high standards we have tried to maintain. She has therefore been terminated, effective immediately."
"I will not comment on the specifics of this matter because it remains under investigation," Ferman told the Herald.
Ricca led – and decided whether applicants qualified for – the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program. The pretrial measure for first-time offenders of nonviolent crimes can prevent them from getting a criminal record.
Members of the legal community were largely caught off guard by the news. Many spoke to Patch last week and expressed shock, with one attorney saying he was shocked and that Ricca had always acted as a professional.