I always found Afreen Kaelble to be an excellent prosecutor who was concerned for the victims of crime. I was very concerned to hear that she had been forced out of the District Attorneys office because she was married to a political opponent of the appointed district attorney, said Don Gallian, retired assistant district attorney of Tulare County. The people of Tulare County are never served when politics is put ahead of public safety as the primary concern of the appointed District Attorney.
Ralph Kaelble and Ward are running for the DA seat in the upcoming June 2014 election. Kaelble has been endorsed by Visalia, Lindsay police associations as well as Tulare County Deputy Sheriffs Association.
Ward confirmed that Afreen wasnt with the DAs office anymore, but stated that it was a personnel matter and he was prohibited from elaborating. He described the former supervising DA as adequate.
I have the duty to assemble the best management team so we can be successful, Ward said.
In the meantime, Ralph Kaelble says his wife and him are still discussing legal options. He pointed at supportive comments from local attorneys and past deputy district attorneys who were shocked to hear Afreen Kaelble was no longer with the DAs office.
We need to put an end to the politics as usual shenanigans. We need a district attorney who is focused on protecting our citizens, not playing politics, said Gayle Cain, Retired Tulare County District Attorneys Office Director of Victims Services.
Afreen Kaelble has worked several murder cases, as well as cases against alleged child molesters, career criminals, and was the only attorney assigned to handle three strikes petition cases. She is currently under consideration for a judicial appointment.