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Re: “HumCo's Pepper Spray Precedent

The website for the Humboldt Pepperspray case/trials. Briefs, motions, court opinions, summaries, issues, photos, courtroom art, the lawyers: Huge & complete website... one of the best: The Lead lawyer, Tony Serra

Posted by George Shieman on 11/29/2011 at 1:48 PM

Re: “DA Trials

Here it day closer to June 8th...and finally we can start to see more clearly. The local newspapers had articles regarding "false endorsement" claims..and the rather enlightening comments by one candidate...But more interesting are the "comments" at the section below the TS article. I am starting to perceive a real shift. I don't think this candidate could really stand up with the spotlight on her. 40 comments. May 29th edition From Arcata:"Political Harrasment claim refuted... One of the "nicer" comments: Ms. Jackson has a fundamental problem with the truth, and this story is just a hint of what she is capable of, and has done over the years. George Shieman

Posted by George Shieman on 05/29/2010 at 3:06 PM

Re: “DA Trials

Which of the candidates actually does...and would do the job as it is supposed to be done? Here's part of the basic job description given by The American Bar Association in its Model Rules of Conduct for a "Prosecutor." A prosecutor has the responsibility of a minister of justice and not simply that of an advocate. This responsibility carries with it the specific obligation to see to it that the defendant is accorded procedural justice and that guilt is decided upon sufficient evidence." I wrote earlier that the Calif.Penal Code states that the job of a prosecutor is to do justice. And that is what it says in entirety. There is only one candidate who seems to understand that a "good" prosecutor is not just a mad, rabid, angry dog. I don't believe in any way that it is the job of a modern, decent prosecutor to simply seek vengeance. And I don't mean just the elected District Attorney. After all, we say it is the "People v. defendant"...not any victim, or the victim's family or friends. We don't just flog or hang suspected accused persons in this country any more. That would seem hard for some people to believe...including apparently as least one of the candidates. The other side of that "no one should be above the law." That includes politicians, police, and corporations. Considering the statements of one opponent is my true belief that if that person were to be elected, there would be a significant number of people that would be "untouchable" even if they committed crimes. Personally, having lived and spent lots of time in my 58yrs in most areas of Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino, I would "not" like to see things go backwards. Paul Gallegos is the only one who seems to be capable of being a totally modern, articulate, law-abiding, tech-savvy Dist.Atty...who can communicate well with the people of the county...and not hide behind the walls of the Courthouse building...which is what I seem to see in so many other places...and previously saw here. The opponents seem to criticize Mr.Gallegos for the fact that he actually goes into courtrooms and brings cases to fruition himself. I am glad that I can walk into the courthouse and actually "see" my district attorney at work. Any citizen can. In a county just south of us...opponents of that county's DA are vocally criticizing her because she doesn't work cases in court herself. One of those opponent has always been an extremely experienced, effective prosecutor. Humboldt really does seem to be "Behind The Redwood Curtain" often-times, and the only way that I can see to change that reality or perception is to keep things moving forward...and cast a ballot for District Attorney Paul Gallegos. George Shieman Eureka/SanFrancisco

Posted by George Shieman on 05/28/2010 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Notes from the Hustings

The author makes a statement about the "other" 57 Dist.Attys in Calif. What the heck does he mean? It is only a factual evidence. In fact, if you read some of the news media articles out of San Francisco..Four or five large county DA's are probably failing to win in more than 60% of serious felony cases that go to trial.
And..many northcoast and Bay Area DA's have recently had very controversial cases that involved plea bargains. San Francisco DA has so many problem issues...that the Chronicle and other media "headline" the failings of the office.. He wrote: "The other 57 district attorneys in the state of California continue to push the crime rate into freefall...." Mark Twain said, "There are lies, damn lies, and statistics." Anyone who has followed "any" of several DA races in Northern California since 2000...knows that opponents always make claims..that could be discounted or rejected...if one was to "stack" them in a different way. As far as the issue of pleas bargains...anyone in the know...knows that they are a tool of every single DA... San Francisco DA lead prosecutor says that only "approx" 100 cases per year are brought to trial. for fun...take a look at the very extensive Q & A interview/answers by all three candidates running for DA in Mendocino. Every single one says what their current DA says..."That incarceration is not the answer..{all the time}. this article is labeled..."News Story" The author is expressing opinions that may not be valid...and seem to be of dubious value answering the questions that seem to be posed.
George Shieman Eureka/San Francisco If anyone wants links to several major SF articles on failings in SF DA me. {and personally I am glad that our District Attorney..Paul Gallegos..prosecutes cases himself...We have an opportunity to watch him work. He promised in his first campaign that he would work in court himself.. He has kept that promise. He doesn't ask his assistant DA's to do anything that he won't do himself.

Posted by George Shieman on 05/18/2010 at 4:54 PM

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