Lead prosecutor in the Thomas Acosta case resigns her position with the DA’s Office: Criticizes DA Bovett and Chief Deputy DA Marcia Buckley
Oregonian Reporter Lori Tobias broke a story today that paints a less than amicable parting of the ways for Special Prosecutor Alice Vachss and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office. Just a few weeks ago, Vachss, along with District Attorney Rob Bovett and Chief Deputy District Attorney Marcia Buckley, called a news conference to wrap a bow on their surprisingly successful prosecution of Thomas Acosta for Sexual Assault and Sodomy against April Loper, who died last fall in a fatal accident on Highway 20 near Eddyville. Vachss, an experienced sex abuse prosecutor, heaped praise on District Attorney Rob Bovett for deciding to move ahead on the case even though a great deal involved inadmissible hearsay evidence, since April had died last fall.
Vachss said that there are many instances when a victim has died and therefore the accused cannot face his or her accuser. Vachss convinced Bovett to proceed with the case anyway, putting his faith in the likelihood that evidence provided by medical personnel, law enforcement and family members, describing April’s physical and mental state would be evidence enough. And in the end, it was. Acosta has begun serving an over eight year prison sentence.
But just weeks after the love-fest in front of the TV cameras, Vachss has changed her public perspective on how the Acosta case unfolded. And it’s quite a jolt compared to what reporters witnessed at the news conference. Here’s Lori Tobias’s story. Click here.