Former Stanislaus Sheriff’s Detective gets a sweetheart deal
by Marty Carlson
Kari Abbey the former Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Detective, was initially charged with homicide in the shooting of one of her rental tenants, and then had the homicide charge dismissed, plea bargained to unlawfully entering a home and possessing steroids both misdemeanors. All felony charges were dropped
She was sentenced to three years’ probation, 40 hours of community service, $225 in restitution to the Sheriff Department said Dave Harris who prosecuted the case for the Stanislaus County’s district attorney’s office.
Michael rains, Abbey’s attorney, said both sides took a more realistic and pragmatic approach to the evidence after some review.
He also stated that some of the charges would never been held up in front of a jury.
He also said that he did not think that Kari Abbey had committed the crimes which she pled to, but took the plea to save the out-of-pocket cost of a trial. Attorney rains also stated that the taxpayers would probably been on the hook to the cost of her trial.
Now the interesting part of this is that this Atty. rains also represented one of the investigators in this case and also the DA himself Dave Harris. That investigator was none other than Steve “the juice” Jacobson. I am curious how he could mount a defense for Kerry Abbey after representing Steve Jacobson and Dave Harris in a previous criminal trial of jury tampering which came as a result of the AJ Pontillo trial. Which is also a connection to the Frank Carson trial. Frank Carson was the one who filed charges in the case.
Attorneys regularly get what they call a conflict if they have to cross-examine the witness which is either a current client, or a former client.
Michael rains would not have been able to cross examine Steve Jacobson who was an investigator in the Kari Abbey case, in addition he would have to oppose his client, deputy DA Dave Harris, in this case.
Now if you remember Superior Court judge Linda McFadden had dismissed the case against Harrison Jacobson based on insufficient evidence. She also stated that the judge believes the investigator and a prosecutor now recognized the mistake that they made, and if everybody remembers correctly that is the case where they and I quote sincerely apologize to the judge to have their charges dismissed in my opinion opening the door for many potential felons to sincerely apologize to have their charges dismissed.
Abbey’s husband, a former police officer, is still facing several charges from the same type of circumstances.
Kari Abbey obviously went to the Sabrina Romero school of plea bargaining and knew what she was doing on this one she walked away with very little accountability.