Three reliable sources have confirmed that Inyo Assistant District Attorney Mark Johnson has been placed on administrative leave by DA Art Maillet. Mr. Maillet has not returned our phone calls on this matter.
In recent days, a storm of controversy had erupted over Johnson’s release of documents on his boss’s political opponent, Gerard Harvey. Concerns were expressed that some of the documents were not public records and should not have been released. We were unable to confirm if Johnson’s administrative leave is related to these issues.
Asked to comment on this latest news about Assistant DA Johnson, Inyo County Administrator Kevin Carunchio said he does not comment on personnel matters and so could not confirm or deny Johnson’s status.
Again, at news time we had not received a call back from DA Maillet.