By Warren Yates


I have been absent from the scene for some time due to other pressing obligations to investigate criminal cases brought forth by the District Attorney’s Office. As I am investigating these new cases, it becomes very obvious that the resources of the Dist. Atty.’s office investigators is focused only on trying to prove defendants guilty, rather than to go the extra step and seek exculpatory evidence even though they are required to by law.

Once law enforcement has enough evidence to try to show that the arrestee may have committed the offense, the investigation stops there. There is no exculpatory evidence sought after the person has been incarcerated. As evidenced in the Frank Carson preliminary hearing, receiving timely discovery and exculpatory evidence from the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office is like trying to pull wisdom teeth from the jaws of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Just saying…

One of the current cases I am working on involves a very prominent officer of the court. When this officer of the court made the report to the police, he placed his own misdeeds on the back of a former employee. Having started the investigation and interviewing no less than nine former employees, it is obvious that the officer of the court is the culpable and criminally responsible party.

Had the arresting agency or the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office investigators invested even limited resources, they could’ve found this out themselves. But each particular agency wants to try to enhance their statistics on the backs of frequently innocent citizens. Remember, funding comes from statistics not necessarily justice.

This was most recently evidenced in Santa Clara County during a trial for attempted murder. Even after the bone headed Dist. Atty. was shown that the cell phone pings for our defendant placed him too far away to be the responsible for the shooting at the time it took place. The boneheaded Dist. Atty. was also advised that both our defendant and his fiancée passed polygraph examinations confirming that they were on the other side of San Jose when the shooting took place.

The boneheaded Dist. Atty. refused to capitulate after receiving this information which resulted in a six-week trial. The star witness for the prosecution was a convicted felon gang member who had “rolled it up “and presented testimony which convicted one of his former gang members of murder in Alameda County. So this snitch, not unlike snitch Patrick Hampton, has a target on his back.

So after an eloquent and eyebrow raising defense, the jury came back with a verdict of not guilty, much to the chagrin of the judge and the district attorney. Outside of the courtroom after the verdict, the family of the innocent defendant was thanking the jury members. The district attorney came out, sought out the fore lady of the jury and in an astonished manner asked her “What happened?” As if there should have been a guilty verdict.

The forelady of the jury started to tell her what was wrong with her case and as she was being told what was wrong with her case, the Dist. Atty. said let’s go over here and talk in private. Obviously the Dist. Atty. did not want it put out there why she lost. The main reason she lost, is that the defendant was innocent, not just not guilty.

The above situation is an example of why there are a large number of persons serving time in prison or that have been executed when they were innocent because of the lackadaisical approach criminal investigators in the “public trough” take.

My comments are backed up by many news reports throughout the United States that reflect that innocent people have been exonerated due to the “Innocent Projects” efforts to correct prosecutorial misconduct and the “Give them a fair trial and hang ’em” attitude of many district attorneys throughout the United States. ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?

This brings me to a few comments I’m going to make regarding the limited amount of hours I’ve been able to spend in the Frank Carson preliminary hearing. While I’m out trying to prove the innocence of another truly innocent person who has become a victim of sloppy and irresponsible investigations by law enforcement. I know that the Frank Carson 8 have a very adequate and capable team of defense attorneys seeking their exoneration. I also have to reiterate that I am a right wing law and order citizen who respects decent, honest, and unbiased law enforcement. But the guilty the punished and the innocent go free.

I sat in for a little while on April 19, 2016 to watch some of Beverly Woody’s “testilying”. Testilying you ask? Of course. Come on folks, this isn’t rocket science. Here you have the mother of the confessed murderer who admitted in open court that she would lie to help her son, spewing forth allegations, suppositions, theories, hypotheses, presumptive conclusions and assumptions. Now I know we all remember what assuming does, don’t we? Just saying…

Now we know that this was a time-consuming, stressful, sometimes demeaning, tiring, boring and I’d rather be somewhere else attitude that Beverly Woody experienced in her several days on the witness stand. The only people that might’ve felt worse were everybody else in the courtroom.

I don’t intend to go into the plethora of lies, misstatements, falsehoods and “son-serving” profound statements she disgorged. The moment she said that she would lie to protect her son, she should have been removed from the witness stand because at that point if not sooner, she had zero credibility. As a side note, I would just add that after sitting in this preliminary hearing for approximately 7 months and hearing the prosecution star witnesses, it’s easy to see why some people’s family trees are a 2 x 4. Hence the title of this commentary. If you get my drift. Just saying…

So now today we have that rock star of rock stars, kid the glib, the I will snitch on anybody but put me in protective custody please original poster child for birth control. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Patrick Hampton. There were some small wagers in the gallery as to whether he would act respectably or revert to his old I hate courtroom decorum and I hate you all attitude. It didn’t take very long to know who won the bet.

Because there was some concern about Hampton’s rights, the judge appointed public defender attorney Ben Rosenstein interim counsel. If you remember back in one or several of my prior commentaries, I pointed out that after Mme. Dist. Atty. Ferreira’s assertions as an officer of the court, that no deals have been made with either Ronald Cooper or Michael Cooley, Mr. Rosenstein came forth immediately and in effect says, Oh contraire, Pierress, a deal had been made on behalf of Ronald Cooper. Well, being made a fool and a prevaricator of, Mme. Dist. Atty. immediately attacked Mr. Rosenstein as not being a seasoned attorney but he rebutted her attempt at character assassination very nicely thus leaving egg all over her face. Just saying…

So now Hampton it is coming into the courtroom dressed in his creamsicle orange and white protect me I’m a snitch loungewear. Attorney Jesse Garcia began his cross examination resuming where he left off it seems like decades ago in this case. Mr. Garcia asked Hampton describe what he was wearing. Hampton’s response was are you blind? So whoever bet that Hampton would resume his “I’m a tough guy when I’m in protective custody” attitude, won the bet.

Things just went downhill from there folks. And as Mr. Garcia asked more questions, obviously the same Valley Fever that struck down Beverly Woody’s memory must have also got some of Hamptons. He’s another one of the “I don’t knowers” that we have come to see on the witness stand whether citizen, felony prosecution witnesses or law enforcement. Valley Fever must be in the air.

It was revealed that detective Ridenour and deputy district attorney Brad Nix had motored up to Pelican Bay as Hampton sent them a letter stating he had information on a murder. Then Hampton stated, what’s that got to do with this case? Then Hampton said get to the point. While in Pelican Bay, Hampton got into a yard fight and had a shank which was taken away from. He had a couple other assault charges while in prison.

He was asked by Mr. Garcia why the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office had not file charges against him for the prison assaults, Hampton’s reply was why don’t you call them and ask them? The motor mouth has returned. Hampton had also asked to be transferred Corcoran prison which he eventually was. Now you don’t think that the lack of prosecution by the Del Norte County Dist. Atty. would have anything to do with his advanced propensity for snitching do you? (Sarcasm intended).

During the questioning a couple of more pearls of wisdom that Hampton threw out there were get your facts straight clean your ears out, you tell me you know everything, you look like a pedophile Percy, referred to Mr. Martinez, Mr. Garcia you look like a pedophile on a skateboard, referring to Mr. Garcia’s wheeled ankle support due to a broken ankle. Mme. Dist. Atty. objected on several questions Mr. Garcia asked but they were allowed since Hampton decided to take the witness stand.

Hampton is continuing his quest to become the largest oxygen wasting puke in Stanislaus County history. The problem is that he has no respect for anyone including the judge and the judge refuses to put a muzzle on this dreg of society’s mouth. To Hampton, the courts have become a stage and Hampton is “Krusty The Clown” and we know how dirty Krusty is.

During the afternoon session while some court business was being conducted, Mr. Garcia spoke to Hampton said did you just flip me off? Hampton said yes I did. This is the guy who talks real bad while he has numerous bailiffs around him to protect him, but put him back in the joint where he belongs and he begs like a little beotch screaming for protection from those he had snitched off. Hampton’s a real man’s man. Mme. Dist. Atty. is overly concerned about Hampton safety. Hampton chose to put himself in this position by trading snitch information for anything he could get out of it to gain something for himself.

Well that’s about all I could take for today and so I left early.


  1. Why was this career criminal allowed back on the streets ever.
    Something very wrong here.
    The judge allows his total disrespect of the officers of the court.


    1. Exactly dear friend…
      Right now we (the gallery) have been waiting to get in… Court was suppose to start at 9:30 and they are having an in camera session right now

  2. dawg417 – I am the guy people love because I am so honest, But then they get pissy when I do the same with them.
    dawg417 says:

    He is a predator on society that needs to be put out of his misery……..

  3. Thank you and welcome back.
    This is still unbelievable to see happening.
    I, for one, am totally astounded this has gone on this long.
    Blind justice?

  4. Kat – Central California – I'm one of the peace and freedom loving tail end of the baby boomer generation. Unlike our early generation boomers, we are more compassionate, hate war, and wish to have peace on the planet. We are not prejudiced or racist and believe in justice and equality for all.
    Anjylkat says:

    My comments here now aren’t going to be terribly popular with the bloggers or most of the followers, but I have strong personal reasons for making these comments based on my own personal experiences with my own family and the judicial system and my lack of faith in it.

    I grew up totally respecting all law enforcement and the courts, but my respect began to diminish after dating a cop before I was 21, who didn’t hesitate to take me to local bars and order me drinks with his sargeant present, then after the bar closed one night, we 3 couples went to one couple’s home and one of the men started complimenting me on my shoes, which were about the ugliest pair of shoes I ever owned, but I got a really weird feeling and apparently my cop date saw me tossing him “what the hell is with this guy” looks and quickly got me the heck out of there saying when we got in his car that he figured he better get me out of there because the other couples (one being his sargeant and the sargeant’s wife were about to want to do some swapping). My intuition was dead on (just like it was when I went out with convicted murderer, Cary Staynor about 28 years ago, but that’s a whole other can of worms–heheh). I had a close friend tell me about all the wild naked jacuzzi parties the police and sheriff’s deputies often had–and the cop I dated used to come to my apt in uniform and on duty and smoke marijuana that he and his partner had confiscated from teens out at Lake Yosemite and take a nap and have me listen to his radio for his number in case they called it over the radios. Then my very first experience of standing before a judge as a defendant in small claims against an apt manager when the Judge told me that my 30 day written notice to vacate my apartment had to go from the first of the month to the first or the 30th to the 30th and could not be from the 12th of the month to the 12th of the next month because, as he said, “I am the Judge and I say so.” My 30 days notice was based on California Tenant Rights at the time and hasn’t changed to this day. But how dare I (a lowly renter) question and attempt to correct the Judge! Same Judge later was my ex-husband’s automotive customer and would often pick up his car not paying his bill, which wasn’t the proper procedure. He would pay later but he just expected my former husband to extend credit to him because, “He was the Judge.” Thus began my young adult experiences with law enforcement and the courts. I have since had a couple of great experiences with incredibly professional officers and the same Judge in San Joaquin County who denied the initial warrant request on this Carson case for the wire tap because of no probable cause. That judge truly earns the title of “Your Honor” in my humble opinion! He actually wrote me a hand written response when I sent him a letter complimenting him on his courtroom from bailiffs to clerk on how much they treated EVERYONE with respect. But finally getting back to the things that may not sit too well with the bloggers and others here…

    I have been following this case through your efforts and appreciate them immensely! I stand firm with you on many things, but I began doing some of my own research on the witnesses of this case that you speak about in a derogatory manner using terms about them being violent and dangerous and I just want to say that I don’t necessarily agree that these people are so dangerous or such a menace to society as I feel and believe they are mostly products of the DA’s, “cultivation of informants.” I am also a parent with a drug addicted son, who has been in and out of the courts up and down the valley and so I greatly hesitate to say this here because of what appears to me to be an attitude that all drug addicts are worthless degenerates of society wasting oxygen, etc. My son in his sober state is one of the best dad’s and son and grandson I have ever known, but he suffers from heavy addiction issues and is not in his right mind when he is using…but this very same young man took care of my mom and my dad in their dying days and his own babies–changing diapers on them all and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it when he is clear headed and sober. His dad and I did major tough love with him back when his addiction began, but we were lied to by the arresting officer and none of the things he told us came to pass and all it did was give my son a record that is still with him to this day. So when I say that I feel strongly that the War on Drugs and a very unfair legal system with far too much abuse of discretion creates the very “career criminals” that are testifying in this case, I am speaking from my own experiences and research on drug abuse and our mass incarceration in this state as well as from looking through the case index search at most of the cases on file in Stan County on Robert Lee Woody, Hampton, and Beverly Woody. From what I see in their case histories, especially Hampton with the threat of strikes on him sending him to prison for life, I can certainly understand why any of them would feel compelled to take the snitches path. Also, both Tom and Marty, and others seem to be saying that “snitches” are being dishonerable by snitching, but how ethical are the DA investigators and attorneys who cultivate them as informants in the first place?!?!! I have had officers violate both of my sons’ rights as well as my own and my home. I have seen far too many instances of unequal and unfair treatment and sentencing amongst those who have the financial means of paying their way through the courts vs those who can’t afford to pay. I am totally and completely disgusted by the behaviors of this district attorney’s office with this case and other DA’s in other counties nearby. I have just about lost all faith in a severely broken judicial system and am afraid it is going to get much worse since all inmates now have “Global Subject Numbers.” This entire case is ludicrous and shows just how little “We, the PEOPLE,” have anything to do within the very system that is supposed to be representing us. There doesn’t appear to be much recourse, if any, for holding our elected officials and sworn public safety personnel accountable. Stanislaus County is building a new jail facility and court, with funding that was supposed to be shared for treatment and recovery but to my knowledge and searches, there have been no new treatment programs put in place in the 16 years I have resided in Stanislaus County.

    So, while I am in agreement that this whole case has been contrived by the DAs office to remove a thorn in their side, I don’t necessarily agree that these witnesses are trash and unworthy just because they are drug addicts. Most of their cases are not violent from what I have seen in the case index. The only violent charge against Robert Woody Jr is the current murder charge, unless I missed something looking at most of his cases. Perhaps there is more than what I am seeing but Beverly Woody, for instance, only has 3 criminal cases on record–one for petty theft and two for receiving known stolen property. I don’t happen to consider any of these VIOLENT in nature. Just about anyone can buy something from Craigslist and get charged with receiving stolen property whether or not they know it was stolen. But yeah, if you knock someone down and take something from them then it would be a bit violent in nature.

    Just needed to get this off my chest as I read and hear all the derogatory talk about the snitches. Okay rant over.

    1. dawg417 – I am the guy people love because I am so honest, But then they get pissy when I do the same with them.
      dawg417 says:

      As I respect anybody who has a sincere opinion I must respectfully disagree with some of what you are saying. You are sitting back in a nice safe place and not sitting in court looking this man and others in the eye and seeing what is not an on-the-record.
      There are other players involved like Michael Cooley a violent man, Ronald Cooper who is in prison for a violent home invasion and domestic violence.
      And of course I agree wholeheartedly with the willingness of investigators to believe just anybody for an agenda, people that have self-interest involved and it has nothing to do with Justice.
      Sabrina Romero who embezzled $12,000 from her employer, who lived in the house in front of Cooley when all this happened, and walked away with a minor misdemeanor charge with no order of restitution to the employer.
      In addition you may be searching the case index for this County and not considering other counties and other charges for many of these people. In addition the multitude of charges picked up in prison for their violent Acts there. There’s a reason people like Patrick Hampton end up in Pelican Bay. Michael Cooley was a northern rider prison gang member who is now a Dropout and afraid to go back to prison because they will kill him, but has been testified he is extremely violent and jealous over EULA. Cory was getting very close to EULA.
      I understand much of your comment and actually respect all of it, but you are not seeing the whole picture in the sanitized setting that you’re sitting in come to court and get more perspective.
      But I do appreciate your opinion and your feelings and we need more people to express them themselves this way so everyone is better understood.

    2. dawg417 – I am the guy people love because I am so honest, But then they get pissy when I do the same with them.
      dawg417 says:

      Also ma’am one last thing I would like to add I don’t ask anyone to blindly accept anything I say, I am just trying to inform, if anybody really wants to know what’s going on come see for yourself.

  5. Kat – Central California – I'm one of the peace and freedom loving tail end of the baby boomer generation. Unlike our early generation boomers, we are more compassionate, hate war, and wish to have peace on the planet. We are not prejudiced or racist and believe in justice and equality for all.
    Kathleen says:

    True, I am not in the courtroom to see the witnesses coming forth and I can hardly believe the Judge continues to tolerate Hampton’s behavior. I have read the attorney’s requests for dismissals die to misconduct on the DA’s part as well as seen the contacts made I was mostly referring to Beverly because I am a mom, too. (My son was charged with taking a car that someone else actually stole, but he took the fall and I was a witness to the fact but I never had the chance to do anything about it and my son didn’t want to be a snitch.) I am disgusted by the favors that deals that are obvious, yet supposedly haven’t happened such as the lack of jail time and restitution for Sabrina Romero. Also, it is apalling that they allowed Beverly all the special priveleges like transporting her to have a private meeting with her son. I seriously doubt I would be granted such a visit with my son if he were locked up for anything, let alone murder! I am not saying they are law abiding, upstanding citizens but I am saying that the legal system, in my opinion, has cultivated all of their behavior by practices that I consider unethical and unjust. That is my main point in all this, is that the very behaviors by the legal establishment have greatly contributed to making each of these folks who they are and they have gone to great lengths over the past 3 + years in contriving this whole case against Frank Carson. One of the investigators in questionning one of the Atwal brothers tried telling his wife that her husband was regularly cheating on her with other women and the wife told him to prove it, but he didn’t produce any evidence of such to her. This practice of lying to try to get confessions and testimony is also quite disturbing and disgusting behavior and I don’t know how any of them can sleep at night or look themselves in the mirror and be okay with it. So it is just my opinion that the real criminals are the ones manipulating the criminals.

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