As District Attorney for Deschutes County I make it my priority to review allegations of criminal conduct carefully. I know, all too well, the damage that can be done when false or meritless accusations are leveled against an individual. This is one reason why grand jury investigations are by law secret and why criminal investigations are generally not disclosed to the public unless the evidence supports the filing of criminal charges. Despite such concepts as the presumption of innocence, when allegations are made judgments are leveled in the court of public opinion. While one must trust that under our system the truth will come out, often public judgments, once leveled, are impossible to reverse.