Judge dismisses rape case against CC deputy DA

A Contra Costa County superior court judge dismissed Wednesday a 13-count indictment against former Contra Costa County deputy district attorney Michael Gressett for rape, ending an ugly chapter in the District Attorney’s Office.

Read the full order to dismiss here. (Beware: It contains very graphic descriptions.)

The judge concluded that the grand jury had sufficient cause to indict Gressett but said prosecutors failed, among other things, to disclose to the jury the fact that Contra Costa County had paid the alleged victim, also a former deputy district attorney, $450,000 in a separate settlement.

The attorney general’s office is prosecuting the case and could attempt to retry Gressett. The woman alleged that Gressett raped her during the lunch hour on May 6, 2008.

The case incited deep divisions within the District Attorney’s Office, particularly during the contentious 2010 campaign for the top seat between Dan O’Malley and Mark Peterson, who ultimately won.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen