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A phenomenon has been taking place at the Santa Barbara Courthouse the last couple of years regarding district attorneys being able to use expletives in the courtroom as part of their vocabulary. Hilary Dozer (the biggest offender) has used the word “bullshit” seven times. If Mr. Dozer cares to challenge my word, I will be happy to give him dates and time of day.

Last July in Department 11, Justin Greene turned to Darryl Genis and said the following: “I don’t give a shit what another DA said. I’m the DA here. I will not agree to honor what agreement you had with Mr. Weichbrod before.”

Just recently, on July 3, Hannah Lucy, while walking from Dept. 12 to Dept. 11, turned to Mr. Genis and said, “You’re an asshole.” I find this ironic because a few days earlier Mr. Genis was found in contempt for $1,000 for calling Ms. Lucy “a little girl” because she kept sighing into the microphone while Mr. Genis was trying to make his argument.

I think this is not being dealt with from up top with [District Attorney Joyce] Dudley. Ms. Dudley has stated before, “We deal with things like this very seriously.” But I think the thought is: Bad DA, don’t do this, nod nod, wink wink.

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