Disbarment of Del Norte district attorney upheld

An appeals panel has upheld a judge's recommendation that a Northern California district attorney accused of moral turpitude be disbarred.

The unanimous three-judge state bar appeals panel agreed on Thursday with a judge's finding that Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander engaged in improper communication with a defendant and suppressed evidence in connection with a July 2011 conversation. The panel also agreed that Alexander initially denied having the conversation when asked by another prosecutor.

Alexander's case now goes to the California Supreme Court for a final decision.

Alexander was elected district attorney in 2010 after a contentious election won by 93 votes. State bar officials charged him two years later. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors suspended Alexander without pay in April 2013 after he was barred from practicing law while his case was pending.