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Posted on September 18 at 3:41 p.m.
I'm very sorry to hear of this. He was a great teacher, one of my favorites from my days at DPHS in the early 1970's. My condolences to his family.
On Obituary for Robert E. Lee Bates
Posted on September 18 at 12:39 p.m.
Dario Pini, the gift that keeps on giving...
On Pini Sues Carpinteria
Posted on September 15 at 10:45 a.m.
So despite your misgivings about not taking the cases to trial, you'll still collect your 40% of each settlement then, Darryl?
On City Settles Excessive Force Cases for $170,000
Posted on September 14 at 1:25 p.m.
No, Darryl, I definitely did not think you worked for free. You're entitled to earn a living just like the rest of us. But touting the $50,000 gross figure and patting yourself on the back for your good lawyering while ignoring the fact that the amount the client actually nets is a lot lower than $50,000 strikes me as disingenuous, and it tarnishes your crusader sword and shield.
Posted on September 13 at 8:56 p.m.
'Good lawyering' or not, if Cotledge has to pay her lawyers out of that $50,000 then I still think that's a pretty modest settlement, especially for a broken arm. Just my opinion.
As for Denunzio, I imagine we'll see him making news again in the future, as I imagine he's going to continue to do nothing about his problem with alcohol.
Posted on September 13 at 3:37 p.m.
The amounts the parties agreed to in order to settle the cases strike me as pretty modest when compared to what was alleged in the early rhetoric. How much of that $30,000 and $140,000 actually get to the plaintiffs, and how much do their attorneys get for their "good lawyering?" Just wondering.
Posted on September 1 at 1:49 p.m.
intellectualwhore, it is illegal to possess metal knuckles in California - see CA Penal Code Section 12020 (a)(1).
On Loaded Gun Seized from Suicidal UCSB Student
Posted on August 4 at 4:42 p.m.
Something sure happened in the courtroom that day, and DG looked guilty as hell there in the video. But I don't have any problem with the result if there was insufficient evidence to prove what happened one way or another.
I think what happened here is a relatively inexperienced judge [with a reputation for laziness and who has clashed with DG several times in the past] failed to put together a bulletproof contempt case, and some excellent lawyers using a sound legal argument convinced an even less-experienced judge that there wasn't enough evidence to sustain the allegation. That's all.
So be it. I do think the electorate needs to remember this matter when these two judges [Hill and Geck] stand for election, whenever that may be. I was underwhelmed with Hill's description of what Genis was doing at the wrong end of the table as "fiddling" with papers. That seemed a pretty vague word to me for a judge to use in such a serious context, but I've been unimpressed with Brian Hill for a very long time now.
The bottom line is that I think DG dodged a bullet here, and I don't think he's as smooth as he thinks he is. I believe sooner or later his antics are going to come around and really bite him.
On Genis Cleared of Contempt-of-Court Charges
Posted on August 1 at 6:54 p.m.
"I was collecting a piece of evidence." Cute, DG. Keep your eyes on your own paper next time and maybe there won't be any confusion about what you are or are not doing.
Posted on July 30 at 3:36 p.m.
I agree, buckwheat. I hope this scumbag plaintiff goes away forever, but the incident must have been pretty bad [and much of it caught on camera] for the sheriff to fire the custody deputies so quickly. There doesn't seem to have been too much time wasted in prosecuting these two guys, either.
On Convicted Murderer Sues County for Alleged Jail Beating