The attorney who had been representing a teen at the center of a Bay Area police sex abuse scandal abruptly announced she would no longer be representing the young woman now known as Jasmine.
Pamela Price on Thursday issued this statement, which both states her commitment to Jasmine and her resignation, on her website: “In bringing Jasmine home and working on her case, I have tried to provide new opportunities and guidance for her to rebuild her life. It is my hope that she will someday be able to take advantage of those opportunities. I hope that she will come to understand that the life she was living can lead to death and destruction. Her safety and security have been my paramount concerns. Her redemption as a lost child has been my mission. I believe that Jasmine deserves a second chance at a first class life. I would never abandon her in that effort. Effective immediately, however, I regret that I will no longer be representing her as her attorney."
Jasmine has told the media and prosecutors that she had sex with dozens of police officers, some of which occurred when she was a minor.
No further explanation was given. But high-profile Oakland attorney John Burris told NBC Bay Area he will now be the young woman's legal representation.
NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez contributed to this report.