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Posted on May 13 at 11:26 a.m.

Bill Brown and Joyce Dudley work hand-in-glove to CYA anyone in law enforcement. Dudley drove Mr. Lynn and several other excellent attorneys out of their jobs simply because they didn't agree with her constant over-charging of defendants as a means to leveraging pleas and prison terms without the inconvenience of actually trying cases on their facts (as opposed to horribly-investigated and insupportable charges made by arresting officers).
Why is Dudley going to retain her office? Because she's never passed a camera or microphone without stopping to prattle on about--of all things, for example--"therapy dogs". Seriously?
She has, of course, the support of our local judges. Why? Because she returns the favor, and we get stuck with a local judicial system that's the laughing stock of the rest of the state and every attorney unfortunate enough to have to appear here.

For his part, Bill Brown is the guy who stood by while his under-sheriff played footsie with female deputies to the point that he was ultimately forced to resign. This is the same guy responsible for managing the jail--acknowledged by custody officers locally and statewide as the WORST jail in the state. Just look at the per-capital inmate fatality record. It's akin to the SBSD "officer involved shooting" stats. The SBSD is one of the three worst gangs in the county. Oh...wait...there are only two others, so...
Bottom line: Billy's nothing more than a political hack.
The fish always stinks from the head; Dudley and Billy are two heads who reek.
Get rid of them both and do it NOW.

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Posted on May 13 at 11:25 a.m.

Bill Brown and Joyce Dudley work hand-in-glove to CYA anyone in law enforcement. Dudley drove Mr. Lynn and several other excellent attorneys out of their jobs simply because they didn't agree with her constant over-charging of defendants as a means to leveraging pleas and prison terms without the inconvenience of actually trying cases on their facts (as opposed to horribly-investigated and insupportable charges made by arresting officers).
Why is Dudley going to retain her office? Because she's never passed a camera or microphone without stopping to prattle on about--of all things, for example--"therapy dogs". Seriously?
She has, of course, the support of our local judges. Why? Because she returns the favor, and we get stuck with a local judicial system that's the laughing stock of the rest of the state and every attorney unfortunate enough to have to appear here. Can you say Frank Ochoa? Somnolent on the bench, obsequious to Dudley's crew in chambers. Among the reasons: Dudley kept his wife out of court and helped suppress media reportage of her arrests and case dispositions. Quite a sad joke that nobody should ignore.

For his part, Bill Brown is the guy who stood by while his under-sheriff played footsie with female deputies to the point that he was ultimately forced to resign. This is the same guy responsible for managing the jail--acknowledged by custody officers locally and statewide as the WORST jail in the state. Just look at the per-capital inmate fatality record. It's akin to the SBSD "officer involved shooting" stats. The SBSD is one of the three worst gangs in the county. Oh...wait...there are only two others, so...
Bottom line: Billy's nothing more than a political hack, Dudley's a clever media manipulator, Ochoa eats at their trough.

They're all corrupt, and everyone knows it.
Get rid of them all and do it NOW.

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Posted on September 13 at 10:16 p.m.

Pablo was one of the best. A gracious host and the consummately creative bartender! Generous beyond all reason, one of the best days on the water I've ever known in over 50 years of surfing was with Paul on a perfect day at Loons. Pristine head-high rollers with less than a handful of "mature" surfers and our sons. Paul and I goofed on most waves, but I could never keep up with his double-cutbacks as he toyed with me by passing me top and bottom, casually touching my back as he pulled up next to me and guided me into the sweet spot of waves that were really his to ride.
And when not on the water, he was eager to share his art, his music, and his home. Just a great, loveable guy who always had a wry "aside" and an ironic point of view. The Rose Cafe on Haley will never be the same without him, and he will always and forever be missed by all who were blessed to know him.

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Posted on August 9 at 8:25 p.m.

Innuendo and presumption are squishy and feel good as they slip through our lives; facts are stubborn, sticky, hard, and not nearly as comforting. Learn them before arriving at "seems to me..." positions...

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Posted on August 9 at 8:15 p.m.

Sanchez is a tool. Someone please help him find the job he's looking for out of this town.

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Posted on August 9 at 8:12 p.m.

The good die young...and Matt was the best. Some people DO make a difference...and their loss will make a difference too.

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Posted on August 6 at 10:25 p.m.

While loss of money doesn't justify any woman-bashing, neither does a john's refusal to be a victim of theft give her additional rights to make any claim under the sun or to protect her initial set of lies with another set of lies which the D.A. has suggestively "approved" for testimonial purposes.

D.A.s get away with a wide range of ethical abuses, including prosecutorial misconduct, which is taking place in the United States every day.
If the prosecutor has exculpatory evidence showing that the accused did not commit the crime, she doesn't tell the arraignment court judge about such evidence, and the judge rubber stamps the complaint without any further bench inquiry.
The prosecutor's interest in the prosecution is to win, and for the unscrupulous, unethical prosecutor (read Waldman here in this case) to win regardless of the guilt or innocence of the accused.
The loss of a criminal case can cause a reversal in a prosecutor's career, and with such pressure to succeed, what difference does it make if the prosecutor cuts a few corners here and there?

As is obvious this week, a prosecutor like Waldman wants publicity more than truth. Have you ever seen Joyce Dudley or lizard-lipped Waldman pass a video camera without stopping to "comment"? It's the Howdy Doody Show all over again, kids! And...when they stop to provide local news with "a story" (why do you think they use the word "Stripper" in all the articles about this case?) the prosecutor is rewarded with favorable publicity.
Judges are there ostensibly to protect you and me from oppression, but prosecutorial oppression occurs without any adversary, and any efforts to expose combat prosecutorial oppression can be expected to result in even more oppression, more prejudicial, illegal activity, a greater chance for conviction, and a longer sentence.
Those in Santa Barbara working in the criminal justice system "know" that a person is not charged unless he/she is guilty, especially when provided reports from the media or clumsy police. If you're a defendant in SB, your guilt is very much presumed...and while the judge may refute that by admonishing all in the courtroom that innocence is the presumption, the actions of bailiffs and court staff in full view of the jury belies that shibboleth.

When a defendant dares to complain about prosecutorial misconduct, it's just one more pain-in-the-butt matter for the judge to deal with. If the complaint is dismissed immediately, there is less work to be done on the matter, and the defendant gets trotted off to prison; but if the complaint of prosecutorial misconduct is handled properly, there might be actual hearings to schedule and conduct, discovery to review, and decisions to write - all of which would take the judge away from the other pressures of his caseload, or have him getting home late for dinner like most of the rest of the working world.

You want justice? Stay out of our Santa Barbara courts!

On Man Convicted of Brutally Beating Stripper

Posted on August 6 at 3:28 p.m.

1. Sanger's a defense attorney providing his clients access to their Constitutional right to a fair trial in our adversary system of justice. Attorneys are not to be judged by their defendants' character or crimes; if that were the case, lawyers would only take on the defense of purely "innocent" clients, and the Police State would hold sway over us all.
2. Get your hands on this police report. You'll wonder why the DA went forward with this case in the first place. This defendant was trying to stop someone from stealing his money; purely a hooker/pimp setup to rip off a drunk.
3. This defendant's "prior criminal history" is at this point only an allegation, has not been adjudicated, and is not the proper subject of the SB DA's speculation, as she is not party to something outside of this county. Her media releases and comments about out-of-jurisdiction matters, as a matter of fact, open her up to charges of improper conduct to to a mistrial.
Loonpt, you make a great point. Prostitution should be legalized...as well as most drugs. But that would be bad for the liquor and prison business, wouldn't it? It's always about...the money.

On Man Convicted of Brutally Beating Stripper

Posted on August 5 at 4:34 p.m.

Amigo, she ripped the guy off and tried to split with his money. Even the arresting cop said that this defendant showed no physical signs of ever having hit anyone, but that he'd been scratched and bitten.
The lesson: if a woman steals money from you, it's hers and you're the problem.
The SB courts & juries are quite amusing...and dangerous.

On Man Convicted of Brutally Beating Stripper

Posted on August 5 at 4:15 p.m.

Court transcripts aren't as free as the opinions of people who read blogs and then feel entitled to slander/libel those of whom they make moral judgments, that is true. But get the police report; that's free if you know where to look. In it, you'll discover that the complaining witness fled the scene before the defendant did, in the company of her companion (read "pimp"), and was not located by police for 2+ hours, and then was contacted at the 7-11 at Montecito & Carrillo (shooter's alley)...at 4:00 a.m., following personal contact with yet another pimp at her home. The fact that the defendant was verifiably relieved of $400 cash which was never found--because the cops never looked for it--and that the complaining witness has a 20-year history of this kind of stuff was somehow disregarded by the DA/jury. Titanium "plates", by the way, are 1mm thick, 3mm long. More like...filaments, certainly not what the word "plates" conjures up.
Oh...and let's not forget the police interview recordings of the defendant which the DA successfully excluded from jury evidence. Why would she do that? Because it may be patently exculpatory and did not support her version of the "facts" for this verdict. Justice? Questionable at best, and certainly the evidence was rife with reasonable doubt, a concept with which this jury appears to have been sadly unfamiliar.
And...as one who seems to comment frequently in this town, I'd suggest that you look twice at everything that seems "cut-and-dry" in a media release.
For example, the police shootings in Santa Maria of late seem "cut-and-dry" too...but why did the police chief there abandon ship so quickly?

And Ken--if you were at all familiar with the "victim" in the stripper case, you'd realize she's far more than a "girl working her way through college doing a little exotic dancing"; she is, in fact, a 40-year-old heroin addict and convicted serial thief and admitted perjurer...who's biggest fan this week is DA Waldman. Birds of a feather.

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