Judge Jan Goldsmith today took Council President Scott Peters to task for calling on the district attorney and the Attorney General’s Office to investigate alleged “criminal extortion” by incumbent City Attorney Mike Aguirre.

“I want to put a stop to this. This is wrong, it’s wrong if it’s against Aguirre, it’s wrong if it’s against anyone else,” Goldsmith said.

Peters called on District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to investigate the claims against Aguirre, which first surfaced in a report released Tuesday by the Attorney General’s Office. I wrote about that report the day it was released.

Dumanis has since said she won’t conduct an investigation because she has endorsed Goldsmith for city attorney. It’s also doubtful that what Aguirre is accused to have done would constitute criminal extortion anyway, as I explained in this post earlier this week.

Goldsmith said that Peters needs to stay out of it. He said the Attorney General’s Office has all the evidence it needs to come to its own conclusions about whether to investigate the “extortion.”

“They’re professionals, if they believe there’s probable cause, they can pursue it,” he said.


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