Similar to Frank Carson et al………

Orange County DA’s Office (Along With 250 Prosecutors) Kicked Off Murder Case For ‘Widespread Corruption’

Nothing says you’ve deeply screwed up like having you and every single one of your 250 prosecutors disqualified from a case.

In a stinging rebuke, a criminal court judge removed the Orange County district attorney’s office from one of its highest-profile murder cases, saying prosecutors had violated mass shooter Scott Dekraai’s rights by repeatedly failing to turn over important evidence.

“Certain aspects of the district attorney’s performance in this case might be described as a comedy of errors but for the fact that it has been so sadly deficient,” Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals wrote in his ruling. “There is nothing funny about that.”

An open-and-shut case involving the murder of eight people now is anything but. According to information pried loose by the public defenders assigned to Scott Dekraai’s defense, prosecutors have partnered with law enforcement to place informants near charged suspects being held while awaiting trial in order to elicit confessions or admissions of other criminal activity, in exchange for pay, better treatment, etc.

The booting of the Orange County DA’s office follows a 500+ page filing by the public defenders, more than half of which details similar jailhouse operations and a multitude of Brady violations committed by the same office over the past several years. This previously-withheld information — much of it coming from a jailhouse computer log known as TRED — is dismantling other “successful” prosecutions. Prosecutors have hid the existence of this database, as well as its contents, from defense teams and judges for most of 25 years.

Now, it’s all falling apart. The defense team that uncovered this misconduct aren’t hoping to get their client’s case thrown out. But they are seeking to take the death penalty off the table. (The judge has not done so, despite his disqualifying the DA’s office.) Dekraai killed eight people in broad daylight in front of witnesses, so there was never any doubt he committed the crimes he’s charged with. But what happened behind bars while he awaited trial was illegal. The real point of this effort is to level the playing field going forward. These defense lawyers aren’t looking to score a “win,” per se, but rather seeking to have a fighting chance when defending the accused.

Take a long look at what’s been done here. A defense team — all public defenders — spent a year going through 60,000 pages of documents. Some lawyers, perhaps far too many, would have let a hopeless case like Dekraai’s run its course and put more effort into those deemed a bit more “winnable.” But this team didn’t, and now the ugliness of Orange County law enforcement is on full display.

On the other end, there have been no announcements of pending investigations or punishments for those involved in this wrongdoing. No prosecutor, jailer or sheriff’s department officers have faced anything more than potential embarrassment for these deeds. The sheriff’s office has “admitted” that “mistakes were made. The prosecutors’ office hasn’t expressed an interest in punishing the jailers who worked with law enforcement to pay jailhouse snitches to illegally record conversations with accused suspects. But the DA’s office feels someone should pay the price for the office’s misconduct — and that person should be the judge who kicked it to the curb.

Since February 2014, the district attorney’s office has asked to disqualify [Judge] Goethals — a former homicide prosecutor and defense attorney — in 57 cases, according to court records.

In 2011, records show, prosecutors made disqualification requests against Goethals just three times. In 2012, zero times. In 2013, only twice.

The office doesn’t want to take its prosecutions to a forum where its integrity will be (rightly) questioned. So, it’s just going to route around Goethals and hope that other judges haven’t been following recent developments. In the meantime, it’s going to be putting more man-hours on cases it thought it had already closed — even the “easy wins” that just weren’t “easy” enough. The ingrained behavior of the prosecution side is costing it convictions it could have secured simply by playing by the rules. But when you’re used to cheating, you do it even when you don’t have to.

And our Atty. General does not see fit to prosecute these violations

See DA document here: orange-co-da

Molest a 13 yr old, tell cops you want to do same to small kids, and may not do any jail time.

And we have innocent people sitting in jail right now…….

A man who walked into the Twin Falls Police Department last year and confessed to molesting a teenager and having temptations to molest elementary school children has pleaded guilty to a felony but could avoid prison.

Michael Scott Clark, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced felony count of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16 years, which carries a maximum penalty not to exceed 25 years in prison. He was originally charged last year with lewd conduct with a minor under 16, which carries up to a lifetime sentence.

As part of a plea agreement, Clark pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and admitted to having “oral to genital contact” with the girl, Gooding County Deputy Prosecutor Trevor Misseldine said. The victim was 13 at the time.

Clark will have to register as a sex offender, but he could avoid prison. Terms of the plea agreement stipulate that prosecutors and defense attorneys can argue for the sentence they think is appropriate, and prosecutors plan to seek a 10-year prison sentence with a retained jurisdiction, Misseldine said.

A retained jurisdiction sentence, commonly known as a rider, is a therapeutic and educational program directed by the Idaho Department of Correction. Based on his performance in the program, Clark could be released on parole after successful completion of the rider or be compelled to serve the full 10-year prison sentence if he performs poorly.

Riders can last between three months and one year, but Misseldine said he doesn’t know how long Clark’s would be.

Clark first admitted to molesting the 13-year-old girl last March, several years after the actual abuse happened, court documents said. He told a Twin Falls officer it happened in June 2012 while he was living in Bliss.

He also admitted to touching his victim’s 11-year-old sister over her clothes.

He then told the officer “he was having temptations to engage in those acts again but with random children and that they would not be voluntary,” court documents said. He said he lived near Perrine Elementary School and that his urges were getting worse for several months.

The sisters were taken for interviews with Children At Risk Evaluation Services, or CARES, which is standard in child molestation cases.

The 13-year-old girl and Clark both said the girl told her mother about the abuse around the time it happened, but the mother never told authorities.

A jury trial for Clark was scheduled for later this month, but he pleaded guilty Tuesday during a pretrial conference. He’s been ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation and his sentencing is scheduled for May 10.

From the need to post it file…….

You should be ashamed of yourself. To be honest, we’re pretty ashamed of ourselves.

Today we learned that we’ve been peeling Post-Its wrong for our entire lives. Like some sort of moron.

How were we supposed to know? Nobody told us there was more than one way to peel a Post-It. You do not learn this in college.

It’s true, it’s true.

And it’s not like peeling a Post-It incorrectly is some sort of victimless crime. There is a victim. That victim is all of us.

An improperly peeled Post-It is a weak and bent ghost of its former self. It will no doubt come falling down from wherever it was stuck, like some colorful, billowing leaf of failure. It will not do what it’s meant to do.

So, what’s the right way to free a Post-It from its stack of sticky brethren? Just turn the stack to the side, and pull along the adhesive line, instead of yanking it like you’re some sort of uncouth animal from the non-sticky side.

The outcome?

Voila! A straight, still-sticky Post-It!

It’s really that easy. We wish we had learned about this sooner.


But all that matters is we will never make the same mistake again. We have learned our lesson. And our lives will improve immeasurably because of it.