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Gainey Pleads Guilty, Felony Dismissed

Déjà vu swept over the Humboldt County courthouse yesterday when ex-deputy sheriff Michael Gainey pled guilty to misdemeanor charges of filing false reports and identity theft while felony charges – with the possibility of a lengthy prison – term were dropped. The same scenario unfolded back in January, but the plea agreement was rejected by Judge Timothy Cissna.

Gainey’s attorney said the ex-deputy’s actions were due to “a mental health issue as opposed to something else.”

Kinda makes you wonder how many other officers are having “mental health” issues that are going undetected.

Gainey will be sentenced on April 23.

  1. Anonymous
    April 10, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Whatever sympathy may exist for ID thieves, it won’t be here much longer. Wait until an ID thief ruins your credit, steals your money and good name, or does the same to someone you love.

    Sympathy is the last thing I feel toward anyone who would cause so much misery and harm to innocent people for their own selfish reasons.

    Mental illness is not an excuse for misbehavior. An explanation, maybe. An excuse? No.

  2. Noel Adamson
    April 10, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    I would like to know who he was selling badges to and what exactly those recipients were doing with them. One tweaker neighbor here was threatening people with such a badge and a pistol. I also think it is a good bet that Mr. Gainey’s “mental health” problem sounds very much like too much speed in his brain.

    Some genuine mental health issues are an excuse but taking speed and coke is a self induced problem and is pretty common to militant types and even issued in the form of Dexedrine in the military.

  3. Anonymous
    April 11, 2007 at 9:15 am

    Just another plea bargain from the arrogant Paul the Plagiarizer.

  4. Anonymous
    April 11, 2007 at 9:30 am

    The only mental health issues suffered by local law enforcement is the suppressed anger and resentment from being attacked over and over for doing a very difficult and dangerous job by persons that have no basis in reality and no balls to ever try it.

  5. Anonymous
    April 13, 2007 at 7:08 am

    Gainey got a steal of a deal. Judge Cissna was correct in not accepting the original deal. The DA’s office did some slippery side stepping to get around it. Not a good example of the peoples DA. What if Gainey would have been an EPD officer ? Maybe a different story? Gainey may not deserve prison but he does deserve a felony record.

    And is ‘noel adamson” for real? Or could he posibly have some mental health issues himself?

  6. noel adamson
    April 13, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Well, anonymous at 4/13/2007 07:08:00 AM I actually do have some mental health issues and I feel it qualifies me to speak on the subject, at least in a comment thread such as this. For better or worse you can not refute or present any argument to anything I said so your smear is hardly credible.

    Who do you imagine he was selling badges to and for what purpose? Do you think, as one deputy recently claimed when I asked him about it, that there is no meth problem in Humboldt County? That it is not a favorite amongst right wing militant types?

    Anonymity is very much appropriate for purposes of protecting political speech in an alleged democracy but it is very much a cowardly abuse to launch personal attacks on people from that safety.

    The viciousness you demonstrate is typical of the bigotry that has infested conservatism, law enforcement and our country and given them such a bad name. It has caused us to become the least free country on earth in terms of having the highest rate of incarceration and prison population while real criminals are running free and law enforcement is out harassing poor people and murdering people with actual mental problems. Cowards, they have not earned the respect they demand. If you can’t command it don’t demand it.

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