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Posted on May 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Two small corrections, both mistakes I personally made:

Joyce Dudley has not prosecuted a death penalty case.

Additionally, the California Supreme Court decided to hear the Haraguchi case, even though neither side had appealed the appellate court ruling.

I apologize for the mistakes.

On The Prosecutors’ Pit Fight

Posted on April 23 at 11:29 a.m.

I apologize. It's never good when a reporter has to correct a clarification.

Yes, the sheriff WAS asked the question, and declined to elaborate.

On Sheriff Announces Capture of Simpson's Accused Killer

Posted on April 23 at 10:30 a.m.

The question of why the two girls were charged with accessory to murder after the fact and Gallegos was not was asked of the sheriff at yesterday's press conference, and the sheriff declined to elaborate.

I apologize for not mentioning this in the story, but I hope this clarification helps explain this point. It could be the state of mind of the parties at the time, it could be actions that were done after the fact we don't know about, or any other range of actions or events, I imagine.

On Sheriff Announces Capture of Simpson's Accused Killer

Posted on March 24 at 10:10 a.m.

edukder: No mistake. It was part of the plea agreement.

Depending on parole, chances are she will not serve the entire six years in prison, so whatever remains of the six years when she gets out, she will have that label.

On Schu Sentenced to Six Years

Posted on March 18 at 10:16 a.m.

David you are correct. I have fixed the story. I should also note the entrance of two additional candidates for tax collector, who filed after our deadline: Gregory Gandrud of Carpinteria and Santa Barbara resident Polly Holcombe.

On Look Who’s Running

Posted on November 18 at 10:36 a.m.


Richard Berti did not pay $1.5 million in punitive damages to the Gottesman family. The payment was in fact a compromise settlement, and as such, the Gottesmans have dismissed all claims and awards for punitive damages, and can no longer pursue punitive damages against Berti.

As part of the settlement compromise, there is no admission of liability or responsibility by Berti.

On Berti Compromises with Gottesman Family

Posted on October 25 at 10:42 p.m.

indyreader, he got the Ketamine in Mexico, according to his testimony. I believe that might've been referenced in the original story I wrote a few weeks back, though I can't recall at this point. I'm not sure what other "missing links" to the story you find, but one reason for that is probably a word count limit I was dealing with for the print issue. Feel free to ask away if you have more questions and I'll do my best to answer.

And, as an update, the jury has been out since Monday, though two days they didn't deliberate, and a lot of the time was spent listening to readbacks of testimony. The six men and six women will be back in court tomorrow morning.


On Neff Admits Attacks

Posted on September 23 at 11:18 a.m.

All traffic lanes on Highway 101 are now open, according to CHP. The reason the pick-up was traveling the wrong direction is still under investigation.

On Accident on 101 Kills One, Snarls Traffic

Posted on September 18 at 7:42 a.m.

That's exactly what I meant dana33.

On Two Sentenced to Jail for Sex With Inmate

Posted on September 17 at 9:32 a.m.

Hello everyone,

Here is some info that probably should've been included in the original story, but got lost in the shuffle between the info I had, and the info Nico, our court intern had. I think it will help with some of this discussion:

There was no plea bargain or settlement, but these two pleaded to the charges that were filed against them.

Dudley argued for the maximum time in state prison---in this case three years six months---for Yglesias and that he register as a sex offender. The victim asked the judge for 16 months in state prison. As it states in the story, Ochoa sentenced him to 270 days.

Dudley asked that Jacobo be sentenced to the maximum time in state prison for the crime he was charged with and he pleaded to as well: 180 days. The victim asked the judge for 75 days, a length of time Ochoa agreed to.

I hope that helps.

On Two Sentenced to Jail for Sex With Inmate

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