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Posted on May 28 at 3:54 p.m.
“Love goes by haps. some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps."--W.S., Much Ado About Nothing
On Police Say Man Stabs Ex-girlfriend's New Boyfriend
Posted on May 26 at 10:07 p.m.
Sam hit the nail on the head.The Indy, Noozhawk, Edhat, News-Press...all of them violate the rights of the "innocent until proven guilty" because Joyce Dudley and her vipers at the DA's office like to WIN more than they seek justice. By publishing the photos of people just taken into custody during the booking process--when many arrestees are exhausted, drunk, or roughed up by the likes of Officer Aaron Tudor or furious at a spurious arrest by the likes of Casey Beutel (can it truly be Planet Earth when these thugs are still employed by the city?)--the DA can then present that same photo as "evidence" before a jury.In this case, a juror will look at this guy's smirking face and, knowing the charges, will immediately assume he's arrogant, unrepentant, and a genuine a-hole deserving of the 15 years in state prison he's going to get if he dares to go to trial. So...how does the DA get an easy win in these cases? By slamming the guy with the potential of a decade-plus behind bars as a convicted sex offender (where he will become the lowest form of life in the prison and subjected to brutal beatings by fellow inmates as well as the "custody staff"). Given that likelihood pursuant to trial, this guy will be advised (wisely) by his counsel to take a plea deal that will only get him 6-8 years in prison. Of course, he'll have a felony conviction with him for the rest of his life (if he survives the insane violence of the SBCO Jail), will be a lifelong registered sex offender, will never get another job...and the DA will get to note the plea deal as a "win". That's how it all works, folks...and it all starts with the publication of these mugshots.The only solution: NEVER have any contact with our local police ("coffee with a cop"? Are you f-ing kidding me?), vote against Joyce Dudley at the earliest opportunity, and demand accountability of Cam Sanchez, Bill Brown, and the rest of the clowns who support the status quo.Don't get me started.
On Photographer Arrested for Sex with Minor
Posted on January 8 at 2:05 p.m.
Weird.There are maybe a dozen African-Americans in the entire county...yet the police/sheriffs manage to eventually get every one of them behind bars.Oh, wait, I forgot: this is SANTA BARBARA.
On Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Senior Citizen
Posted on January 6 at 8:55 p.m.
Ochoa's retirement must have been forced. The man literally SLEPT through the last couple of years on the bench. If it weren't for the egregious, over-zealous Dudley and her crew of vindictive Amazons threatening imposition of additional charges upon retrials, this clown would have half his jury trial convictions overturned on appeal, such were his serial judicial errors.Let this wheezing, somnolent political tool spend the rest of his days keeping his pseudo-celebrity spouse out of the drunk tank.
On Big Changes on Bench
Posted on December 8 at 7:01 p.m.
CORRUPTION knows no bounds in this county.1. Tom Sneddon (may he rest in whatever he deserves) spends $3M on a losing case, then retires with full pension. "Oops."2. Under-sheriff resigns to collect a full pension and skates on workplaace sexual harrassment that would get anyone else fired/sued3. Chief Sanchez looks for another job, fails to get it, becomes a community hero for staying in SB (!?!), pounds his chest for giving traffic cops assault rifles.4. Lois Capps gets re-elected in spite of her lying bullsh*t campaign5. Kasi Beutel remains on the job in spite of lying on her job application and falsifying arrest records6. Aaron Tudor remains a free man in spite of his criminally assaulting traffic stops7. D.A. Dudley "works with" Iya Falcone and Paula Lopez (wife of dozing judge Frank Ochoa) rather than prosecuting them8. Bill Brown arms his men for combat against terrorists and can't even plan how to control I.V. parties to prevent chaos...repeatedly.9. SBCO has one of the highest officer-involved shooting records statewide over the last decade.10. And now this...pure banana-republic stuff.
On Supervisors Approve Own Pay Raises
Posted on November 12 at 1:06 p.m.
Finally, some good news.Being "a good lawyer" does not make one a "good person".We need fewer political operators in the courthouse and more good people.
Frank Ochoa will undoubtedly miss him.
On Former DA Tom Sneddon Dies
Posted on November 12 at 1:03 p.m.
Finally, some good news.
On Remembering Tom Sneddon
Posted on October 29 at 11:07 a.m.
A true "confederacy of dunces".I say we leave Capps in office until she completely petrifies. Just another couple of terms should do it.
The fact is--and it's been obvious for nearly two decades now--she's a party machine TOOL, has never had an original thought, and is something of a laughingstock among party leaders. The SHAME, of course, is that she gets PAID for being a doofus...and we are the ones writing the checks.
Money buys power. Ignore that eternal verity at our peril.
On Mitchum’s Biggest Role Yet?
Posted on August 7 at 9:31 p.m.
It's reassuring to see here that public awareness of the SB Superior Court's malfeasance bordering upon corruption is growing.The conspiracy of dunces among Bill Brown, Cam Sanchez, Joyce Dudley, Brian Hill, and (most egregiously) Frank Ochoa and their obsequious minions is a scandal worthy of a Grand Jury's attention.
From the moment an accused is handcuffed, he/she will be brutalized by a County Jail custody staff that is, in the main, sadistic and ruthlessly duplicitous. When transferred from jail to court (in full view of the public as the accused are shuffled across Figueroa St. in orange jumpsuits and chains), they're then bullied, intimidated, and physically abused by Court Bailiff personnel. Dare to glance at the jury during your trial (if you're brave enough to face the plea-bargain-refusal wrath of vindictive Assistant D.A.s) and you'll get a punch in the ribs on the elevator ride downstairs at the end of the day. No marks, just breathless pain and the promise of much more to come should one dare complain. Bathroom breaks? Forget about it.
Then, because our judges commit fundamental errors of evidence admission and procedural blunders, if you're convicted (likely, as the D.A. will do ANYthing to win a conviction without regard to truth or any semblance of justice), buckle up for the most inconsistent sentencing anywhere in the State of California, as Hill--a former "hanging D.A." is now a "hanging judge", and Ochoa looks the other way when Hispanics are up for plea-deal sentencing, while hammering anyone who dares go before a jury and screw up his frequent vacation plans. (Oh, and have we forgotten how he managed to get DUI charges against his faux-celebrity news-reading wife and Council-vet Iya Falcone swept aside?)
This city is sick, and at the heart of it all is a Board of Supervisors and a City Council afraid to rein it all in. They should have fired Brown and Sanchez years ago, but it's all about standing for re-election, isn't it?You bet'cha.
On Genis Cleared of Contempt-of-Court Charges
Posted on August 7 at 9:07 p.m.
Credit to the "light rain" for helping out the $425k law enforcement effort? Here's a suggestion: cancel Fiesta, save the half million dollars, and help mitigate the population crush at that violent, stinking, dangerous cesspool we call a jail.Oh, wait...that wouldn't be good for business would it? Better to collect those sales taxes on all that liquor, then bust every poor soul with the temerity to take an open can of beer onto the sidewalk and keep the cops-jail-court machine chugging along.
The whole thing's a farce, and a peek under the silver saddles would make real "news". Why is Nick Welch buying into the ruse? Because the Indy needs the ad revenue and every Fiesta tourist in town counts for circulation/rates.When in doubt, follow the money.
On Fiesta Arrests Way Up