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DA Bonnie Dumanis releases college recommendation letter

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has released a controversial college recommendation letter she wrote on behalf of the son of a Mexican billionaire.

The billionaire is now under federal indictment, accused of funneling $200,000 in illegal funds to the Dumanis mayoral campaign.

In the 2012 letter, Dumanis writes that Susumo Azano Jr. is "A bright, energetic and compassionate young man..." even though she apparently never met him. The letter urged his acceptance to the University of San Diego.

Dumanis released the letter after CBS News 8 and 10 other media outlets hired an attorney and threatened legal action under the state's Public Records Act. But in a written statement, Dumanis claimed she released the letter in her own personal capacity, and not as a public record.

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