For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: March 7, 2006

Attorney General Will Not Charge Lemhi County Sheriff

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today that his office has completed a prosecutorial review of an incident involving Lemhi County Sheriff Sam Slavin. Wasden said his office informed Lemhi County Prosecuting Attorney Paul B. Withers that the Attorney General’s Office will not file criminal charges against Slavin.

On December 28, 2005, Slavin was observed drinking between one and three cans of beer and then driving away in his county patrol car. Withers asked the Idaho State Police to conduct an investigation. Withers then asked the Attorney General to review the Idaho State Police report to determine if charges should be filed.

“Our prosecutorial review of the facts contained in the investigation has led us to the conclusion that, while the Sheriff’s conduct on the date of the incident was inappropriate for a peace officer, there is insufficient evidence to support and prove criminal charges against Mr. Slavin based upon this incident,” Criminal Law Division Chief Stephen A. Bywater wrote in a letter to Withers. “Accordingly, I am writing to inform you of our decision to decline the case for prosecution by this office. You are of course free to seek review of the matter by other prosecutorial agencies if you wish.”

The Attorney General’s Office has released the records of the Slavin investigation. Citizens may obtain a copy of the records on compact disc by making a written request addressed to: Public Records Request, Office of the Attorney General, 700 W. State St., P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0010.

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