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Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced Tuesday that he will drop felony charges against an adviser to former Gov. Gray Davis. Kari Dohn, Davis’ policy director and an attorney, was accused in March of altering documents in an effort to thwart an inquiry into the relationship between Davis and Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, and whether the Redwood Shores company was unlawfully awarded a $97 million no-bid contract with the state two years ago. The deal became immersed in controversy when it was revealed that an Oracle lobbyist had made a $25,000 donation to Davis. Lockyer said he decided to drop all charges — six counts of felony falsification of evidence and six counts of falsifying public records — after reviewing the case with new prosecutors. Lockyer said there was simply not enough evidence to proceed. “Upon further review, the insufficiency of the evidence has persuaded me that it would be unjust to pursue the case any further,” Lockyer said in a statement. Two new deputy attorneys general were assigned to prepare the case for trial, Lockyer said. Both concluded that it should not move forward. Dohn’s attorney, Allen Ruby of San Jose’s Ruby & Schofield, said the investigation has been difficult on his client but said Dohn always had faith she would be cleared. “She never saw herself as a victim, and has been supported by a great number of friends and colleagues whose devotion to her has been remarkable,” he said. “One of the best things about this development is what it provides — vindication. She was always confident she would be exonerated.” Since Dohn is an attorney “she always believed the system would do the right thing,” Ruby said, “and now it has done the right thing.” Ruby anticipates no legal action against the state or attorney general or any attempt to recoup legal fees. Dohn wants to focus on her future and career, he said. No other individuals were charged in the case. An Oracle spokesman could not be reached for comment. A motion to dismiss the case will be heard this morning in Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding Judge Thomas Cecil’s courtroom. The state’s six-year deal with Oracle has been revoked. Dohn now works as a lobbyist for Rose & Kindel.

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