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Domestic Violence focus of first DA forum

Humboldt County District Attorney candidates Paul Gallegos and Allison Jackson fielded questions at the Eureka Inn Monday night about domestic violence (DV).

Listen to it KHUM.

“Good morning ladies and gentlemen,” Gallegos greeted the audience at the 6pm event.  He called DV a “pervasive illness in our communities” and said it’s important for people to know its prevalence.

Jackson said repercussions of domestic abuse and child maltreatment are “endless,” and said such cases are the reason she is running for office.

Moderators interrupted Gallegos early in the forum when he mentioned a defendant he had prosecuted, telling him the “rules require we not talk about specific cases.”

However, later in the forum, Jackson said the DA had a case where a woman had been raped by a man who broke into her house, but that Gallegos plea bargained the case simply for trespass. Moderators didn’t interject during her comment, and Jackson didn’t mention the defendant’s name.

How does she know a rape occurred if the defendant was not charged and found guilty, or admitted guilt?  Jackson says people are innocent until proven guilty, but perhaps not in this case.

In the real world, of course, abuses happen that are never prosecuted.  But this stark claim needs an investigation. Anyone with info on the case please leave it in the comments or contact the Herald.

This isn’t the first shocking allegation Jackson has leveled at Gallegos about a DV case, and she’s also been shown to twist the truth to vilify Gallegos.  We’ll see how this one shakes out.

  1. Schwingerkönig
    September 28, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Heraldo,

    If this is a true statement by Jackson, (and the evidence supports her claim) I would hope that you would admit it.

    I was happy when Paul was first elected, but he appears to have smoked one to many fatties in his day. I don’t think the elevator goes all the way to the top any longer.

    Paul is a very nice man, but I’m voting for AJ.

  2. 06em
    September 28, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I love how commentors are all happy about a person and how they talk about how nice that person is before they stick the knife in. VERY credible comment.

  3. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 7:21 am

    There was a letter in the HSU paper lately complaining about a rape case that Paul don’t prosecute.

  4. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire, Swing-King.

  5. a sturgeon fish
    September 28, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Guy breaks into a home and is caught by the resident (a woman). The defendent is arrested and doesn’t want to admit any guilt at all, and is ready to drag the case through the courts for as long as it takes. So the defendent is told that he will then be charged with, among other things, rape…a surprise to the defendent, but because of a technicality within the brief physical contact that ensued between the victim and defendent, a “rape” charge can be asserted. That’s the straw that break’s the defendent’s back, and he admits to guilt if they drop the rape charge.

    My point is…if you don’t know all the details, it’s best not to make up important ones yourself for the sake of an argument.

  6. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Well, it’s true 06em. Lots of people like Paul as a person, but believe cases are being lost because of how people are managed… not because of any prosecutor’s skill.

  7. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

    No one needs to vilify Gags. His own words and deeds are sufficient for that.

  8. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Heraldo, you twist the truth all the time.

  9. a sturgeon fish
    September 28, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I like how it’s assumed cases are “lost”. Which cases and from whose perspective? It’s like speeding tickets…the cops budget a minimum income from them, but there’s really no way to make people drive too fast.

  10. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    September 28, 2010 at 8:10 am

    As far as moderation – some choreographed rigging is always in the cards. Sometimes, rigged questions that certain candidates KNOW will be asked and that candidate shall answer accordingly; or, it is like a Board of Supervisors meeting during any Public Comment – no formal policy that is enforced, but rather a dysfunctional body of people at work who play mind games and abuse the participants through checkered functionalities and poor political practices. The obvious choreographings that benefit certain candidates over another is flat out wrong, but what are voters doing – they continue to make mistakes.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  11. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    September 28, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Ah, Sturgeon Fish – where there is a will, there is a way (luv that line!). Anyhow, less people equates to less problems. Maybe more people ought to understand the qualities of de-population (or otherwise known as SMART GROWTH!)???

    JL

  12. Harold h. Greene
    September 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Assuming, (implying in a public forum) cases are lost because somebody is not prosecuted for an overcharge of rape to get a conviction of trespass. That’s the way they do it in places like Kern County.

    It’s a demented way of doing law enforcement. It’s disgusting. It’s how you end up with things like, “the cops budget a minimum income from them, but there’s really no way to make people drive too fast.”

  13. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 8:23 am

    If what Sturgeon says is true, shame on Jackson (again) for twisting the facts into an unfounded smear. That she was allowed to bring up a specific case and Gallegos was not allowed to respond, because of the rules set down for the debate, was unfortunate and calls into question the impartiality of the forum.

  14. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    September 28, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Just for the record on rape (alleged rape that is)

    I had a former girlfriend when I was 30 (ten years ago) who was bi-polar (I did not know at first) then, when the bi-polar sypmtoms reered its ugly colors, I realized the relationship could never work out. Therefore, I tried as ethically as possible to break-off the relationship. In doing so, the former became estranged and vindictive and told her family members I raped her. Now, this was a defensive tactic while trying to not let go of the relationship. When she told me what she did and apologized for doing it, my stomach was as hollow as it ever felt, and in a sick and disgusted way. I could never do such an inhumane and indecent crime against humanity.

    It still sickens me even today, but the truth needs to be stated about accusations of rape!

    JL

  15. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Sturgeon, from the people’s perspective cases are lost. Heck, from the DA’s perspective cases are lost. Sames goes for you Greene.

    I’m not referring to any rape case. You’re the first to imply there’s been a glut of rape cases being prosecuted. I’ve heard no such thing. I’m talking across the board, all types of cases.

    When a prosecutor walks into a room reading a case file for the first time, whew, forget about winning. It’s highly “efficient” though.

  16. a sturgeon fish
    September 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I personally witnessed the coming and going of a false accusation that was dropped when the girl realized her bogus story would never fly…had she got to know the guy better, his list of character witnesses alone could include everybody he’s ever known his entire life.

    ya, henchman…my analogy doesn’t fit quite like I mean it too…I can’t think of another way to put it. To suggest somebody’s incompetence is or isn’t making rape and/or false accusations of it happen is dumb. I dunno.

  17. a sturgeon fish
    September 28, 2010 at 9:01 am

    anonymous, my points are the questions involved in a specific case, NOT looking at the glut of cases. Somebody says a rape case was botched. A person guilty of rape has been given a slap on the wrist. That’s quite a brick to throw, to leave it at that. Is that how she operates as a fair DA?

  18. @&$^*(&
    September 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I don’t know about the alleged rape in question and I don’t like any of the choices for DA, but just for the record the facts above are not indicative of a DV case. A DV case arises between people that have been romantic, cohabitated or are immediate family.

    It may seem a little picky, but it is actually a big difference. I mean, the act of rape does not create a romantic relationship.

    Obviously rape can occur in a DV situation and does. Just saying the case above is not a DV unless there are facts not mentioned.

  19. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Jackson has demonstrated a pattern of that behavior throughout the campaign, Sturgeon. She throws bricks wildly hoping some will hit the target with voters. Such unethical behavior in a campaign is indicative of a person who lacks ethics and certainly not someone I want in such a position of power.

  20. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 10:23 am

    If one party is under 18, it is rape. Period.

  21. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Imagine, if you will, what a person so desperate to become DA that they throw out false charges against their opponent might do to keep the office. The possibilities are endless, but targeting political opponents for wrongful prosecution, filing false charges to make their stats look better, overcharging cases to get longer sentences, again to make their stats look better would have dire consequences for the justice system in Humboldt County. Contrast the Jackson campaign to Gallegos’. She is slinging mud at every opportunity and he is talking about the issues.

  22. the reasonable anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Jackson’s approach seems to be that suspects/defendants are automatically guilty of anything that’s in the police report. If there is any allegation in the police report for which they are not eventually convicted, that counts as Gallegos letting them off the hook.

    While this is an asinine approach to judging the performance of a DA, it IS a somewhat effective propaganda technique, because it puts Gallegos in a defensive position where he must either ignore her claims (and risk people interpreting that as admitting the accuracy of her claims), or else wasting his time explaining why he couldn’t convict these suspects for various charges, which ends up sounding like he’s making excuses for them.

    Add to this the public’s general ignorance of how the justice system works (or is supposed to work), and the fact that Jackson feels free to spew her claims without restraint, whereas Gallegos must be careful and responsible when he discusses specific cases, and it’s not hard to see why she and her handlers think their disingenous approach may work.

    So, it’s a clever approach for Jackson to take, as well as a sleazy one.

  23. the reasonable anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 10:45 am

    But despite her sleazy tactics (or maybe in part *because* of them) I expect Jackson to lose.

  24. Julie Timmons
    September 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

    What RA said. Well put.

  25. September 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

    It seemed obvious to me that District Attorney Paul Gallegos was competent, vigorous, informed, experienced, extremely professional.

    Whereas candidate Allison Jackson came off as an amateurish, egotistical, weakly self-righteous critic::— “When I went to college….” “In my studies at college….” Ad nauseam, ad infinitum.

    Paul sat there, looking straight ahead, instead of at Ms. Jackson. It was as if he and everybody else were silently, respectfully, and patiently expecting her to stumble in an embarrassing way. Even though, though, she is an attorney.

    Paul is sincere and experienced. Allison is maudlin and naive.

    Respectfully submitted.

  26. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Those who vote for Paul, support rapists.

    During the last school year, a student at Humboldt State University was raped. The Arcata Police Department investigated the crime and apprehended the rapist, who had left the state of California. The case was handed over to Paul Gallegos, district attorney. For whatever reason, he decided not to prosecute. Detective Martinez from the Arcata Police Department had done an outstanding job in handling the crime. In essence, he did his homework. Paul Gallegos is again running for office of District Attorney. Personally, I would not vote for him for dog catcher. I strongly encourage you to vote for Allison Jackson, who has a background in crimes of this nature and is more than qualified to enforce the law. Students and the residents in Humboldt County deserve stronger support, representation, and justice in this particular area of the law.

    Frank J. Cheek, Educator

    1130 15th. Street

    Arcata, CA 95521

    Telephone numbers (Home) 822-5335 and (Work) 826-5952

  27. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    “For whatever reason, he decided not to prosecute…”

    That’s the problem – you don’t “know the reason”, but still make an accusation that the case was mishandled.
    If you had “the reason” and it was discussed by all parties involved, I’d listen to your opinion. However, without “the reason”, this letter is simply an uninformed rant.

  28. Loretta N.
    September 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Mr. Cheek’s letter, posted by anonymous at 12:48, seems to set the record straight. Allison doesn’t make this stuff up. There are SO many reasons and horrific examples that prove over and over again why we need a new District Attorney. Please look at the facts, independent of the blogs. If you want a safe community, please support Allison.

  29. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    He also says, “…a student at Humboldt State University was raped.” He doesn’t called it an alleged rape. He’s quite deliberate in his accusation.

    If so, it doesn’t matter the circumstances. The case was mishandled if an attempt to prosecute wasn’t undertaken.

  30. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    “The case was mishandled if an attempt to prosecute wasn’t undertaken.”

    Again, an uninformed assumption. Do you know for a fact that “an attempt to prosecute wasn’t undertaken”? Was the case investigated, what other factors were involved?
    There is not a DA in the country that prosecutes ALL cases they receive. Jackson will not be able to prosecute all cases forwarded to her if she wins.
    Sometimes the devil is in the details, that you do not seem to want to consider.

  31. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Guilty until proven innocent (assuming I don’t hide the evidence) does not make me feel safer.

  32. FoxStudio
    September 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    The lack of critical thinking skills (or much of any thinking at all, much less knowledge of how our legal system actually works) demonstrated here by Loretta N. and the Anonymous Jackson supporters is pretty impressive. Do you guys accept everything at face value as long as it plays to your biases? Just askin’.

  33. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Here is what I think, Paul has an extremely large amount of groups opposed to his reelection. A critical thinker would go hey, Paul must not be doing things right.

    None of the PD’s support Paul.
    Animal rights don’t support Paul.
    Many victims don’t support Paul.

    Paul thinks as well as he talks.

  34. Anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    PD’s never supported Paul.
    Animal rights never supported Paul.
    Many victims do not seek equal justice, only revenge.

  35. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    That there are people like this in Humboldt County’s jury pool should make everyone hope they are NEVER falsely accused of a crime. DA’s dependent on police endorsements and high conviction stats don’t have their priorities in the right place. Innocent until proven innocent is the bedrock of our system but a large number of people just can’t grasp it.

  36. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    *until proven guilty

    Idiots like Cheek, Nichols and the anonymous who want convictions regardless of guilt really make me HOT!

  37. September 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Anon 1:45 doesn’t know the difference between animal rights and animal welfare. What else does Anon 1:45 not know?

    Not to mention the fact that opposition to something, per se, does not constitute proof that it is right or wrong. Your second statement does not logically follow your first. Nice try, no banana.

    I would also note that “an extremely large amount of groups” can merely mean that a whole lot of people don’t have a clue. It’s been know to happen.

  38. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Tea party logic, Fox.

  39. anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Mr. Cheek’s allegation, that DA Gallegos let a rapist go is more than a little disturbing to me considering he was not likely at the scene during the time of the incident, and has probably not read the case file. Mr. Cheek says, “for whatever reason he (Gallegos) decided not to prosecute” is speculative statement based on ignorance not fact.
    Paul Gallegos prosecutes all cases where the evidence is such to receive a conviction. No ethical district attorney would prosecute a case when the evidence does not support the claim or the victim decides not to press charges. Detective Martinez may have done his homework in this case, but if the victim recants their story there is no case. This case was a he said, she said scenario and the district attorney doesn’t have a lot of options when the victim opts not to testify or press charges.
    The person, who is not qualified to be DA, is Frank who clearly doesn’t need facts to make assumptions of guilt.

  40. anonymous
    September 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Why don’t the cops and correctional officers like Gallegos?

    Because he prosecutes them.

    Remember Douglas, Gunderson, and the newest…Gary Fork the correctional officer that was allegedly trading sex favors for preferential treatment… (http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_16193461)

  41. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    “For whatever reason” like no evidence of rape or airtight alibi of the accused? These are the people Jackson is speaking to with her smears, exploiting their ignorance for political gain and who she would put on juries to rack up convictions without concern for guilt or innocence.

  42. Not A Native
    September 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Yep, the Bs is sure deep in this back and forth but as someone commented, most people don’t understand the principles of the justice system, having received their knowledge through TV dramas and movies. But since thats how it is, Paul needs to accept that reality and explain better, if he really wants the position. He needs to communicate in terms people can understand how his campaign platform of “fairness” operates.

    BTW, the principle of “innocent until found guilty” is also not accurate. Its the job of prosecutors to make judgements about guilt and prosecute accordingly. A prosecutor who doesn’t believe a person they charge is guilty has commmited a false prosecution. Police and agents are supposed to make the same judgements, but their authority is limited to arresting and citing. Only judges and juries are required to suspend their opinions until hearing the (legitimate)evidence. And of course the general public and media are free to decide whenever and based on whatever.

  43. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    An attorney who assumes guilt and smears the DA without seeing the evidence based solely on an arrest lacks the balanced judgment, character and integrity required in such a powerful position.

  44. Ragtime
    September 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I was just about ready to agree with Plain Jane about the DA race, but then she got rude over at Quick Notes, making me wonder if a person with so much hatred in her is capable of making sound political judgments.

  45. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    A misunderstanding, Ragtime. See my 7:17 post at quick notes. That you would take such obvious sarcasm as hatred makes me wonder about your judgments.

  46. George Shieman
    September 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I posted the following in reply to Mr.Cheeks’ orig. letter, and it also seems to address people’s claims about plea bargains, mis-handled cases, and dismissals.
    It read:
    There are a multitude of reasons why a case might not proceed. Evidence problems, witness problems, procedural problems, and victim circumstances like the person who wrote the reply mentioned. The Calif.Penal Code and ABA rules both simply say that it is a district attorney’s job to “do justice.” That means that there are also considerations concerning the accused. (I did write “accused” rather than defendant)

    If you scroll down, I took a statement from another district attorney facing the same criticism. It’s a true, very enlightening statement. But it really does put the issue into perspective.

    Here is another way to look at some of the issues/criticisms mentioned in comments:
    A previous writer mentioned that in his opinion “some” in law enforcement feel that they make arrests and then, supposedly, “nothing??” happens
    Here is what a well-known, popular District Attorney running for re-election in another jurisdiction wrote about the same criticism:
    {And in fact, every District Attorney that I have ever known will tell you the same thing}:
    QUOTE:
    “”Prosecutors, on the other hand, don’t get a case until after the action has died down, Burke noted. That gives them latitude to step back and consider the complex set of factors that govern whether prosecution is just. They also have to look at whether they can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial, a tougher standard than police probable cause, he said.””

    “One of the toughest parts of a prosecutor’s job, Segrest said, is having to tell a police officer who is invested in a case that it won’t proceed.

    I’ve had to tell a lot of people I really like no, he said. You don’t get any thanks, don’t get any appreciation if you don’t win or you don’t prosecute. Then you’re the biggest idiot in the world.
    Segrest added, however, that he is willing to listen to officers who disagree with case decisions. For years, he has encouraged those who have a beef to call him or the prosecutor who handled the case, he said.

    Quite honestly, nobody takes me up on it, Segrest said. It’s easier to say it’s the old, lazy prosecutor who won’t do his job.

    “”The officers who tend to get the most upset are the patrol officers, the chief said. Unlike detectives, they are not usually privy to what happens with a case after the initial call. So where a detective might be aware of a problem that necessitates a case being tossed, it comes as a surprise to the patrol officer.””
    They’re just kind of more out of the loop, Stroman said.
    END QUOTE~~
    (Note:) Nationwide, a handful of studies on particular jurisdictions have shown that nonfederal prosecutors discard roughly 25 percent to 50 percent of cases without filing formal charges. The total number of cases not pursued in those jurisdictions would be even higher once dismissals were added in.
    George Shieman gshieman@aol.com

  47. September 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you.

  48. KenMcKinleyville
    September 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Letter printed in several online newspapers —
    Dear Editor,

    On DA candidate Allison Jackson’s own website and in her ad in the Senior News, she says that her message to the cops is “If you bust ‘em, we won’t let ‘em go.” This seems to confirm the accusation by supporters of the incumbent DA Paul Gallegos that Jackson’s judicial philosophy is “If you’ve been arrested, then you must be guilty” and that her reputation to go to any lengths necessary to prove whatever the cops accuse someone of having done is one she intends to not only continue but to institute as policy in her office.

    When I grew up, I was taught that in America, if you were detained by the authorities, you were presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. This is the basis of what made the US different than countries where people were not free, be they military dictatorships like Pinochet’s Chile where, once you were arrested, you would simply be “disappeared” or so-called communist regimes, like Stalin’s Soviet Union, where, if you were so unfortunate to be accused of a crime, you might spend your life in a gulag. In neither case were you given the presumption of innocence. If the cops pick you up, you are presumed guilty, and you can pretty much expect that they “won’t let go.”

    We hear a lot these days about freedom, liberty, and justice in America, but on what are these principles based? They are based on our legal justice system and all of the rules that the prosecution must follow before the state has the right to take away your freedom and incarcerate you. So, before you lose your freedom, the state has the burden to prove you’ve broken a law– a law made by our representatives in the legislature, which is to say, made by the people. Remember that stuff about “We the People?” Well, if you put an overzealous prosecutor in power, either as an Attorney General or as District Attorney, you are risking the loss of the fundamental freedoms that America was founded on. We’ve seen it happen before many times, even here in America, but certainly in other countries that are less free than we are. Let’s not let it happen in Humboldt County. Re-elect District Attorney Paul Gallegos and expect the DA’s office to always strive for justice, not vengeance, and to only incarcerate the guilty.

    Christopher Judd

    Eureka

  49. Ragtime
    September 28, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Plain Jane’s most recent comments over at Quick Notes seem collegial. I like that. How rare it has been in the past for her to pass up an opportunity to sow rancor where she could sow harmony! Still, those comments in Quick Notes give me hope because they show Plain Jane is Capable of collegiality. And I appreciate the fact that she explained what she meant by :P which up ’til now I had thought was a rude gesture, not a form of laughter.

    We may yet find a way “to disagree without being disagreeable.”

    BTW, that’s one of my favorite cliches.

  50. Ragtime
    September 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    In this case, I no longer disagree with Plain Jane about Allison Jackson.

    My thanks to Christopher Judd and the other commenters who have explained Jackson’s attitude toward the presumption of innocence. This has been one of my major concerns about her and these commenters have helped me by providing facts by which I could judge her attitude.

    I realize a commenter with a name like “Ragtime” will not carry much weight with other voters, but I have decided I can’t support and will not vote for Allison Jackson for District Attorney.

  51. Mr. Nice
    September 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    When Gallegos got elected all the newspapers were talking about how the cops support Farmer. Last go round I didn’t even know the issues when I saw the first Dikeman sign in a cop’s yard. Next time the cops should all act like they are in favor of Gallegos if they want the other candidate to get elected.

  52. Reader
    September 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    In response to 1:45 above: The head PD was at Gallegos’ fall campaign kick-off to show his support. There are others in that office that support him too.

  53. Plain Jane
    September 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    While a prosecutor forms opinions of guilt based on evidence, it is the job of judge and jury to pronounce judgments. A DA who promises convictions for every bust is irresponsible and dangerous and no one who values justice would want such an individual in a position of power. Jackson is downright scary.

  54. tinkerbell
    September 29, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I agree with Plain Jane that Allison is scary, just like the people who want revenge. They want to see the accused person executed or hanged or something equally horrible. There are courts, like in So. Africa where the accused and convicted person is rehabilitated and often is helped by the relatives of the victim to return to a normal life.

  55. tired of asshats
    September 29, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I learned early on practicing in the field of law that one can find more abuse of the judicial system working for the prosecutor than one can working for the public defender.
    Allison may have meant well years ago but she is well past her prime as an attorney and as a professional of any other league.
    Running a campaign based on a personal vendetta against a boss that fired her for performance is just pathetic.
    She really has nothing to offer this election beyond entertainment.

  56. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    September 29, 2010 at 8:11 am

    ABOUT REVENGE:

    revenge is usually an effect of justice not being afforded to the victims and abuses (sometimes justice may be that which “the justice system is unwilling to execute or perform). There is no such thing as “equal justice” because the abused and victims can never get back what was taken from them at a certain moment and in a specific time period. It is like sleep – once you don’t get it or were deprived of it, you will never get it back for the moment in time when you needed it, ever!

    JL

  57. September 29, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Wes Chesbro endorsed Paul Gallegos for District Attorney yesterday. Please re-elect Paul Gallegos for District Attorney. Thank you.

  58. Anonynous
    September 29, 2010 at 8:25 am

    “Wes Chesbro endorsed Paul Gallegos for District Attorney yesterday.”

    Glad Paul finally found someone to endorse him. It was getting kind of embarressing.

  59. September 29, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Lots of people endorse Paul.

  60. FoxStudio
    September 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

    No, JL, a lot of times revenge is simply about…revenge, irrespective what the justice system does or doesn’t do.

  61. Eric Kirk
    September 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Glad Paul finally found someone to endorse him. It was getting kind of embarressing.

    Have you seen his endorsement list?

  62. Derchoadus
    September 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    BAM!

    #
    Patty Berg
    Former Assembly Member
    #
    Wes Chesbro
    1st District Assemblymember
    #
    Bill Lockyer
    California State Treasurer and Former Attorney General
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    George Booth
    District Attorney, Mono County
    #
    Gale Filter
    Butte County District Attorney
    #
    Michael Harper
    District Attorney, Trinity County
    #
    Eric Heryford
    Deputy District Attorney, Trinity County
    #
    Ben McLaughlin
    Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney
    #
    Tony Rackauckas
    District Attorney, Orange County
    #
    Michael Ramsey
    District Attorney, Butte County
    #
    Will Richmond
    District Attorney, Alpine County
    #
    Todd Riebe
    District Attorney, Amador County
    #
    John Vacek
    Deputy District Attorney, Yuba County
    #
    Dan Hamburg
    Former U.S. Congressman 1st District
    #
    Wayne Cox
    Humboldt County District Attorney Investigator
    #
    Allan Dollison
    Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney
    #
    Andrew Duncan
    Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office
    #
    Jeannie Duncan
    Legal Business Manager, Humboldt DA’s Office
    #
    Elan Firpo
    Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney
    #
    Michael Hislop
    Humboldt County District Attorney Chief Investigator
    #
    William Honsal
    Humboldt County District Attorney Chief Investigator
    #
    Arnold Klein
    Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney
    #
    Kelly Neel
    Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney
    #
    Susan Ornelas
    Arcata City Council
    #
    Linda Atkins
    Eureka City Councilmember
    #
    Chris Kerrigan
    Former Eureka City Council Member
    #
    Dave Meserve
    Former Arcata City Council Member
    #
    Bob Ornelas
    Former Mayor of Arcata
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    Andrew Bird
    Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
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    Barbara Carolan
    Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
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    Barbara Kennedy
    Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
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    Robert Service
    Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
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    Julie Timmons
    Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
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    Zuretti Goosby
    Humboldt County Central Committee
    #
    Chuck Harvey
    Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
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    Aldaron Laird
    Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District
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    Mark Greenleaf
    California State University Employees Union
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    Pat Higgins
    Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District
    #
    Mike Wilson
    Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District
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    Humboldt County Green Party
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    Sierra Club
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    Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte County
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    Carpenters Local 751
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    Laborers Local 139

  63. Toohey
    September 30, 2010 at 7:17 am

    If I got caught committing a crime I would want Paul as DA. Go Paul!

  64. Harold h. Greene
    September 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

    a fan of reruns of Law and Order – no, doubt.

  65. Anonymous
    September 30, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Wow, so is it standard practice for each county DA to endorse every other county DA? You know, protect your own? Or are these the DAs who are from the same political party as Gallegos?

    Do these DAs have a clue what’s happening in Humboldt County or a clue about how good or bad a job Gallegos is doing? These are empty endorsements.

  66. Anonymous
    September 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

    So, the DCC didn’t endorse Gallegos and he only scored 1 current Arcata council member? The endorsement list is as interesting for what it is missing.

  67. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    September 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

    FoxStudio,

    I believe the terms have changed since say oh, the 1800’s for an example. The overwhelming masses of citizens who agree for revenge to be first through a justice system comes to mind, as doesthe increased response times by law officials due to the increased power and coverage areas of law enforcement (and subordinately, in process, the justice system); due to innovations and quality of life advances, etc… there is less of an opportunity for revenge to immediately play out; and, since every “little thing” seems to be reported today due to “chargeable servicings”, many acts of revenge are most likely thwarted before they become reality on a personal level. Now, I would venture to guess that those who have been through the justice system more than once are probably more susceptible at understanding whether justice is truly served or if it really is just a game for the elitest class to create jobs and benefits for themselves just as professional athletes do.

    You make a candid point about revenge – it is just that time frames are created by an increasingly trustless justice system.

    JL

  68. Eric Kirk
    September 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Wow, so is it standard practice for each county DA to endorse every other county DA?

    No.

  69. Anonynous
    September 30, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Not much of a list really. I’m not sure but didn’t Andy Bird get thrown off the Central Committee?

  70. Anonymous
    September 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Why are these non-locals endorsing Gallegos? Have any of them donated their outside dollars to influence this election?

  71. Plain Jane
    September 30, 2010 at 10:24 am

    DA’s in other counties and even other states have an interest in quality prosecution because criminals don’t restrict themselves to crimes inside their home counties.

  72. Anonymous
    September 30, 2010 at 10:40 am

    This is rich! Jane is supposing that these other DAs have an inkling of what’s happening in Humboldt County. Hollow, shallow endorsements.

    Or to look at it another way, he scored a tiny minority of the DAs in the state of California. If you’re going to say these California DA endorsements are valuable, you have to ask why he got so few of them. Out of 58 DAs in the state, he got 7. Shameful, truly shameful. Tsk. Tsk.

  73. Plain Jane
    September 30, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Obviously they don’t all know him, 10:40. How many DA endorsements did Jackson get with all her years at the DA’s office? NONE.

  74. Plain Jane
    September 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

    10:40 is hilarious and apparently schizophrenic. First it claims the endorsements of 7 DA’s are meaningless because they couldn’t POSSIBLY know of Gallegos’ work (no basis for that claim) and then they are meaningless because he didn’t get all the DA’s in California to endorse him.

  75. Anonymous
    September 30, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Jane, these endorsements mean nothing, but you’re defending them with vim and vigor. You’re a clown.

  76. Plain Jane
    September 30, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Yeah, 10:58. They are meaningless because you say so and I’m a clown. Great points! With your astounding intellect and debating skills, your support of Jackson will surely get her elected. Smear away Allison!

  77. Ragtime
    September 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Any more comments about the debate itself?

  78. anonymous
    September 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    The DAs outside the area are keenly aware of what is happening in Humboldt County. The recent Skilled Healthcare case received the largest settlement on record for the State of California. The only people that don’t understand the magnitude of the work our district attorney has done are the people of Humboldt County.

    Check out this article from MSNBC:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38904304/ns/business-us_business/

    And then tell me Paul is not working to make this whole county and state safer for the most vulnerable.

  79. Not A Native
    October 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    OK Toohey. And if I got caught not committing a crime I would want Paul as DA. Go Paul!

    Oh, you think all people caught were committing a crime? Well, then what use is a DA anyway? Just a waste of money. Same for judges and juries. All we need to obtain justice are some people who have a monopoly on use of force and prisons. Works just fine along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.

  80. Gimme_A_Break
    October 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Thinking the reason Paul doesnt have time to prosecute rapes is a time management issue–hes way too busy hammering drunks in public! Theres a particular DIP trumped up charge this week in particular thats very troubling. I personally would like to see what a jury thinks about rape after hearing the evidence. Since that is why detectives like Martinez show up for work and you won’t find any of those guys endorsing Paul Gallegos. No I think across the board they’re sick of PG and behind Allison replacing that schmuck. Its time to go Paul. You and Bonnie both.

  81. Her lips don't seem to move
    October 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Regarding a Jackson ad running on television. She smiles, and appears to be trying very hard to look warm and fuzzy. It struck me as odd, though, that she seems to talk without moving her lips. I cannot explain it, but my sense is that a person who talks without moving their lips is insincere, evasive. and likely dishonest. I would not trust her as our next DA on that basis alone, unless there is a physical problem with her speaking.

  82. High Finance
    October 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    The problem in this state is that too many people use such inane logic as 9.19pm when they vote.

    The Founding Fathers were afraid the lower part of the gene pool was going to dominate the voting & here California is proving their fears were justified.

  83. Her lips move a little
    October 4, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Getting insulted by the fabulous Mr/Miss/Ms/Mrs Finance brings a smile to my face. I must say though that if I was into high finance, I would not be wasting my time trying to discredit “the lower part of the gene pool”. I would save my efforts for really smart people such as “High Finance”. I am grateful for the attention, nevertheless. Thanks.

  84. Have to say something
    October 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    The skilled healthcare case was won by local civil attorneys. Not Gallegos. Tim Needham was one of the lead civil attorneys

  85. anonymous
    October 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I have to say something to Mr. Have to Say Something… Maybe you should check your facts and make some phone calls to back up your claims, call Tim and ask what he says.

    BTW:I just read this LTE in the Redwood Times

    On behalf of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, CANHR, I want to applaud Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos’s intervention in the Skilled Healthcare case and the resulting permanent injunction that will ensure that current and future Skilled Healthcare residents are afforded better care.

    Much of the attention on this case has focused on the historic multi-million dollar jury award against Skilled Healthcare, and – in the business media – on the effect of that verdict on Skilled Healthcare’s stock. Although the case was ultimately settled for significantly less and the company’s stock value rose again, the funds derived from this important case will provide some restitution to those residents who resided in and suffered in the named facilities.

    Equally historic, however, is the permanent injunction issued against the Skilled Healthcare Group as a result of District Attorney Gallegos’s intervention. The terms of the injunction, which include the appointment of a third party monitor to ensure that the staffing levels at Skilled Healthcare facilities meet the minimum staffing levels required by California law, will provide future protection to residents of those facilities.

    It is our hope that District Attorney offices around the state will emulate Mr. Gallegos’s actions and provide the same hope to the rest of the elderly and disabled residents in California’s nursing homes.

    Sincerely,

    Pat McGinnis
    Executive Director

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