Death by Screw-Up

Why did this young woman die? Ask the county attorney's office.

Ahler says, "I can buy that we don't have a perfect system, and that there can be a breakdown in communication from prosecutor to prosecutor. But Mr. Braden physically was there at Judge Ybarra's courtroom. The dismissal of the revocation is what this screw-up is, and it was his screw-up."

SHANDORA JOHNSON-MORROW and her brother Ken Johnson had exchanged notes and poems for years, and earlier this year, she wrote him this:

"Black as the sky before dawn, as sometimes is life before death, unto every life, blackness must sometimes fall. But happiness . . . to live life in sunshine, is but one dream of us all. There are those who are blessed to have sunshine in their smiles. The kind of smile that brightens the dimmest of days. So I give to you each day, a smile for every black thought you may have.

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