SACRAMENTO — A Superior Court judge Thursday ordered Atty. Gen John K. Van de Kamp to produce documents defense attorneys argue will show that Van de Kamp selectively prosecuted Republican Assemblyman John R. Lewis for forgery while ignoring similar offenses by Democrats.
Judge James I. Morris granted a motion by Lewis' attorney, Clyde M. Blackmon, which Blackmon said he hopes will later prompt the judge to dismiss the single felony charge against the five-term lawmaker from Orange.
"What we would like to find is evidence that they made a decision to prosecute a Republican for political reasons," Blackmon said. "They have consistently decided not to prosecute Democrats."
Lewis was indicted in February by a Sacramento County Grand Jury in connection with the mailing in 1986 of hundreds of thousands of campaign letters bearing the phony signature of then-President Ronald Reagan. Witnesses before the grand jury testified that Lewis directed that the letters go out without White House approval and later told aides to lie to cover up his involvement, according to the transcript, which was made public.