GOSHEN – In anticipation of significant changes state criminal justice system effective on January 1, 2020, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler changed the structure of his office from one involving specialized units to one reducing that in favor of a system that took more control at the outset of document collection and drafting of legal documents.
Hoovler outlined that and significant cases his office handled in 2019 in his just-released annual report.
“2019 was a year of drastic change, change that has required my office to upend decades of practice in favor of strategies that will enable us to be more efficient in the future,” he said. “Through all those changes, we have remained steadfast in our mission to prosecute the guilty and to protect the innocent.”
The DA said their anti-drug and anti-violence efforts “continue to be second-to-none. As we continue to adapt to changing laws that make law enforcement and prosecution more challenging, we remain unwavering in our commitment to bring to justice those who threaten Orange County’s residents and communities.”
Among the major cases the DA’s office handled in 2019 were “Operation Bread, White, and Blues,” taking down two separate narcotics conspiracies, and a grand jury investigation into aspects of the operation of the Newburgh school district resulting in the filing of a grand jury report containing recommendations to address flaws in the district’s use of student testing products and in its use of excused absences for its student-athletes.