DA Cleared of Criminal Acts

State Attorney General Robert Cooper has found no prosecutable criminal acts by 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Bebb, though a report criticizes the district attorney’s office for poor judgment, mismanagement and deficient record keeping. State Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, and Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, had called on the attorney general to investigate allegations after the Times Free Press ran a series last August that alleged Bebb’s office botched important cases through ineptness or misconduct, misused taxpayer money and played favorites in criminal prosecutions.