By Warren Yates

In some of my prior commentaries, some of you may think that I am against the justice system. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As I mentioned in a few of my prior commentaries, I spent 27 years in law enforcement and believe that those who commit crimes should be arrested, convicted and punished. I am a strong right wing law and order advocate, and support all legitimate, honest, moral, principled, and the key word here is ETHICAL law enforcement. I also believe that innocent people should not be subjected to agenda driven prosecutorial misconduct by corrupt district attorneys.

The majority of all law enforcement personnel that protect us fits the above description. But as we all know and have seen, there are those in law enforcement throughout our great country, that use a badge or title of District Attorney to undertake and do underhanded and nefarious activities. I have referenced just two incidents of which I speak below. Reprehensible conduct like those shown below are also rampant here in Stanislaus County. To verify this fact, you merely need to be familiar with the proceedings in the Frank Carson 8 preliminary hearing.

Convicted last year on seven counts in a corruption case in which he was accused of running his Texas office as a racketeering enterprise, former Cameron County District Attorney Armando R. Villalobos was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in federal prison.

Villalobos was one of a number of lawyers involved with a now-convicted former South Texas judge, Abel Limas, who admittedly accepted cash for court favors. Some members of the group, including Villalobos, were accused of participating in a scheme in which a convicted murderer was not immediately taken into custody.

Judge disqualifies all 250 prosecutors in Orange County, CA because of widespread corruption. Now, the Dean of the Law School at UC Irvine in Orange County is calling for a federal probe into the misconduct. If prosecutors and law enforcement officers in Orange County are so willing to lie, cheat, and break the law in the name of justice in the ways that we have discovered, what else have they been willing to do? Who might’ve been wrongfully convicted? Who else has had their rights trampled – no matter the seriousness of their crimes? Citizens of Stanislaus County, does this sound familiar?

When a Dist. Atty. and his/her minions are allowed to run wild without being held accountable for their egregious misconduct, justice is the victim of rape by force or fear. That rape of justice has reared its ugly head here in Stanislaus County. This commentary will try to show a couple of examples of this repugnant conduct by our supposed champion of justice, District Attorney Birgit Fladager. What a misnomer champion of justice is in this case.

I am going to cut and paste excerpts from an article by Greta Van Susteren of Fox news that was published April 24, 2006. Several people involved in the Scott Peterson case were in Washington DC. “Late Thursday night, while I was preparing for the show, I received an unexpected phone call from Laci Peterson’s mother, Sharon Rocha. She told me she was in DC with Ron Grantski, Laci’s stepfather, Dave Harris, one of the three prosecutors who prosecuted Scott Peterson, and Mark Smith, an investigator with the DAs office.

So, on Friday night, before the show, I took all of them to dinner a few blocks from the DC FOX bureau. We had a great time.

I asked my dinner guests what was new in Modesto California and learned that Birgid sic Fladager (one of the prosecutors in the Peterson case) is running for chief DA. The current chief DA is retiring. Birgid sic Fladager’s opponent is a judge in Modesto who wants to leave the bench to run the DAs office. I was told that most of the prosecutors in the office want Fladager. This is significant. They have worked with her and they know her work ethic.”

The last sentence in Greta’s article reminds me of the sage old saying “If I knew then what I know now “I might’ve had a different perspective. So we know that BIRGIT FLADAGER was elected by riding in on the coattails of the Scott Peterson case. It should be noted here as an aside, that the Scott Peterson trial with one defendant was prosecuted by BIRGIT FLADAGER, Dave Harris and Rick Distaso. Three prosecutors for one defendant.

Moving forward to the persecution of the Carson 8. Here we have eight defendants and one lone prosecutor, Mme. chief deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira. Do you see something wrong with this picture? One theory is that Mme. chief deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira, (I keep using the phrase Mme. chief deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira because it has such a nice ring to it don’t you think?) assumed this Herculean task in the hopes that upon the conviction of eight defendants, she would surely be able to win the next election for Dist. Atty. of Stanislaus County. (Delusions of grandeur)

Another theory is that since this case is so shaky and full of holes that the Ramey Warrant had to be “judge shopped” to another county to find a judge that would sign it, Dist. Atty. BIRGIT FLADAGER did not want to force other prosecutors in the office to be co-counsel with Mme. chief deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira. This because of a prior explosive conflict in the District Attorney’s Office when a prosecutor or two was forced to become co-counsel in an earlier case against their will and the Dist. Atty. did not want more dissension in the office.

So if the district attorney could not force other prosecutors to become co-counsel for fear of adverse publicity, then other prosecutors would have to “volunteer “to become co-counsel and assist Mme. chief deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira in this humongous endeavor. Do we see any takers? No, not one. So much for esprit de corps in the prosecutor’s office.

Or, maybe other prosecutors in the office do not want their name attached to a travesty of justice such as this and certainly do not want to be named as defendants in the lawsuits that will come as a result of this vendetta driven persecution. One that Mme. chief deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira believes is an airtight, slam-dunk, gotcha, “it’s in the bag” and “it’s all over but the shouting” case of “hers” that she bought. There will be some shouting for joy by eight people when this three ring circus is over and there will be several squealing like pigs in a slammer.

We know that absolute power corrupts absolutely. And we know there is no greater example of that then what exists in Stanislaus County. When the District Attorney’s Office of Stanislaus County is beaten like a government mule or redheaded stepchild in three high profile cases, (Sabatino, Drummond and Pontillo) by a local defense attorney by the name of Frank Carson, it’s time to get him out of circulation by whatever means necessary. Also the same Frank Carson has the audacity to run for the office of district attorney on the platform of eliminating corruption from the District Attorney’s Office. Now how do we do that?

Oh I know. Let’s take the tragic murder of a young scrapper thief at the hands of dope smoking, drug dealing, thieving, assaultive dregs of society and promise them consideration in their own criminal cases if they will provide the proper testimony to get Frank Carson and seven other innocent persons out of the way. All one has to do is to look at this preliminary hearing from the beginning to see that this is what happened. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

In 2014 there was an effort made to recall BIRGIT FLADAGER because of the corruption within the office. During that recall effort coincidently, the treasurer of that recall effort was Baljit Atwal, a business owner in Turlock. That was in 2014. Where does Baljit Atwal find himself in 2016? Sitting in Department 26 and being accused of murder. Mere coincidence? I think not. How dare he take part in an effort to recall the Dist. Atty. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

There is so much to write about the idiocy and vindictiveness of this persecution of the Carson 8. Much has been written in the past and much will be written in the future. I will continue to write until I become a victim of the Orwellian concept of silencing truth seekers. The public needs to be kept aware of how easy it is to come into the “crosshairs “of corrupt law enforcement officials whether it be those very few corrupt ones wearing a uniform or those that hold a law degree. No one is immune if you “mess” with the wrong people. Just ask Carmen Sabatino, Frank Drummond or A.J. Pontillo. Think it can’t happen to you, think again! Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

Below is another example of corrupt power. This article is taken from the Modesto Bee on March 12, 2014. I will be quoting some excerpts from the article.

The headline is: Update: Stanislaus criminal court judge under prosecutor scrutiny moving to civil court. The article goes on to state that this judge has been disqualified by prosecutors more than 500 times since October. He has been reassigned to civil court. Court officials however, say the move has nothing to do with Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office actions. Even the court officials must think we are sheep by trying to pull the wool over our eyes much like the district attorney thinks.

Then, court executive officer Rebecca Fleming said the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office had nothing to do with his transfer to civil court, and that anyone who says that is uninformed. Rebecca, Rebecca! You must think we are as stupid as you are. Actually we are not uninformed and quite the contrary. And actually, you are not stupid but merely a sock puppet for certain corrupt people in power in Stanislaus County.

Along with we, the uninformed is Judge Ricardo Cordova. Judge Cordova spoke in support of his colleague, telling that Bee that “Freeland is one of the most conscientious judges we have. He does his best to do the right thing. This criticism of him is un warranted“. Be careful Judge Cordova. You could be moving into the “crosshairs”. Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

Defense attorney Frank Carson a candidate for Stanislaus County Dist. Atty. said that Freeland’s transfer is a result of Dist. Atty. Birgit Fladager’s criticism of the judge. Well we know that Frank Carson got into the “crosshairs” of the Dist. Atty. First by opposing her in the election and then, having the audacity to suggest that she was responsible for the transfer of a judge who was respected by his colleagues.

He further had the audacity to soundly defeat her in three high profile cases. And where is Frank Carson now? Sitting in Department 26 fighting for his life as a result of a power-hungry and corrupt district attorney. As you saw on page 1 of my commentary, corruption extends far and wide in our judiciary in the United States. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Continuing in the article, BIRGIT FLADAGER said Freeland had upset her prosecutors for too long, so she ordered them to reject him in all new criminal matters which is an attorney’s right to be exercised only when the cases begin. (In other words, Judge Freeland was not intimidated by their imagined authority)

Fully puffing up her ego to gigantic proportions she is quoted by the Bee as saying, “Her offices response to Freelands’s performance might have played a role in the decision to move him out of criminal court”. (All of you stupid sheep out there who think that she only might have played a role, step forward and be sheared ) She also stated, “Seems like a very good solution for all concerned.” In other words,” I finally got that SOB out of my hair”. Now onto the next one who dares to question my authority. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Defense attorney Frank Carson said “It has a chilling effect; I don’t know how else to put it, it’s just them being bullies”. Frank Carson said the State Commission on Judicial Performance should investigate the closed door meetings Fladager had with court officials requesting Freeland’s removal. The problem is that the state agencies couldn’t care less about corruption within local law enforcement agencies.

This was evidenced when I took video and documented proof that a Merced County Deputy Sheriff filed a false police report regarding the arrest of a person in Merced to the office of Kamala Harris at the Atty. Gen.’s office in Sacramento. Even know though it is their duty to investigate corruption in local law enforcement, her office refused to take any action. So don’t expect any assistance from state agencies to try to curb corruption in local law enforcement. They are as worthless as teats on a boar. But they are all sure slopping from the public trough at taxpayers’ expense. And Kamala Harris is running for US Senator. She’ll be a perfect replacement for either Boxer or Feinstein. Do nothing but the high life on taxpayer’s money.

The Bee article also said that the Dist. Atty. has refused to discuss specifics about her concerns with Freeland, but she has told the Bee that “it’s the judge’s competency in handling criminal matters that has raised her concerns”. The Dist. Atty. has said she raised concerns about Freeland in 2012. Fladager had suggested to court officials that “Freeland could benefit from some mentoring or judicial training to handle criminal cases, but that she didn’t see any improvement”.

WOW!!!! I must have missed the obituary in the Modesto Bee when they published the death notice of the all-knowing guru who decides a judge’s competency, if they need mentoring or judicial training. Don’t fear citizens of Stanislaus County, there has been a new “All knowing guru” competency Queen put in place by her own, and only her own acclamation. Actions like that are usually reserved only by Fascists, dictators and Commissars. But don’t forget, this is Stanislaus County and all bets are off. Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

I was not able to be in court Thursday afternoon but I understand that one of the defense witnesses by the name of Padilla has already testified that Michael Cooley told him that he Michael Cooley killed Korey Kauffman on his own property. And it is my understanding that two more witnesses will be taking the stand for the defense will also corroborate that Michael Cooley bragged that he had killed Korey Kauffman on his own property.

This disclosure I am sure has Mme. chief deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira wishing she was on that world cruise with Jungle Jim Cook and his son Cheetah the chimp thanks to all the money they filched from the taxpayers of Stanislaus County. It looks like the District Attorney Fladager’s house of cards is beginning to fall. I think the SS FLADAGER has run into an iceberg and is beginning to sink ala the Titanic.

I’ve been told by someone that my commentaries are too long it should be split up. But when I’m on a roll and I just can’t stop once I get going. So I hope you will all continue to read my commentaries even if they are a little long. I could keep going for a long time and believe me there is more to come. STAY TUNED!

Okay sorry folks, but one more item came to my attention. This is hot off the presses and since I’m a junior cub reporter it has to be known. Estimates for the cost of this persecution of the Frank Carson 8 now exceed $5 million. It is not been disclosed where for the year 2015 almost a fifth of that $5 million has been expended on salaries of the five top players in this scandalous preliminary hearing. They are as follows:

Marlissa Ferrera            $181,886

Special Agent Kirk Bunch        $190,104

Special Agent Steve Jacobson        $174,504

Detective or whatever Jon Evers    $179,686    Some fees paid for DV issue cover up.

Detective Francisco Navarro        $114,119    Frank is the runt of this bunch, no pun intended HA HA HA!!!

The total cost for the top five players in this game of retaliation is drum roll please $846,299. And this is just for the year 2015 player totals.

Okay this is really the end of this commentary and of sure there are some people wiping their brows saying “Thank God”. And you know who I’m talking about.


  1. Absolute power absolutely corrupts.

    I reported this corruption over the last 10 years to every law enforcement agency and judicial group in this country. And every one of them said they do not have jurisdiction.

    Yes they do not care about Stanislaus County and they’re little Ivory Tower that they dispense their own form of Justice from.

    And as you say don’t think it can’t happen to you. It just might sooner than you think. Hence
    an anonymous comment.

  2. Are the total costs you identified including benefits, or salaries only? Mandatory and discretionary benefits would dramatically increase the cost.

    1. The information that was put in was from Transparent California and includes benefits and overtime. Their base salary is about $90,000 a year plus benefits and overtime.

  3. They HAVE to make a lot money in order to make up for their HORRID looks and fat asses. It costs a lot to maintain Ferreiras ever widening load. Fat Bitch. Our county is an embarrassment. If Stanislaus Co. Had their own anthem, I would lay on the ground and not even take a knee.

  4. Wasn’t Frank Carson already under investigation when he ran for DA ? That would possibly invalidate an argument that this case is revenge for his DA run.

    Are any of the listed wages extra, above what they would normally make if they did not work on this case ? It seems that most of that money would be paid, no matter what case(s) they are investigating or prosecuting.

    As for Evers, there is a note that his wages include fees for DV cover up. What does that mean ?

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