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Ruling reaffirms Alameda County DA’s office prosecution of former police officer

The Alameda County Court House
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The Alameda County Court House

Fletcher's attorney Michael Rains failed to convince Judge Thomas Reardon that District Attorney Pamela Price's office would be biased against Fletcher.

Reardon considered Rains' April 26th motion to disqualify the whole district attorney's office from the case, which accuses Fletcher of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Steven Taylor at a San Leandro Walmart in 2020.

Addie Kitchen, Taylor's grandmother, said after the judge's ruling, "This was a victory for us."

She called it the best thing that's ever happened. Kitchen previously said she thinks Rains is making her and others jump through a myriad of hoops in their quest seeking justice for Taylor.

Friday, she maintained that position.

Rains argued that comments Price made about the case, and among other things, donations she took, show that she and/or her office will be unfair in prosecuting Fletcher.

But the state Attorney General's Office said in a brief that Price has made no changes to the case, such as charging Fletcher with murder.

Fletcher's defense team wanted the Attorney General's Office to prosecute the case.

Rains pledged in an email Friday afternoon to appeal Reardon's decision.

Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked in print, radio, television, and web journalism.