Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Interested to see HOW THIS GETS TREATED, 2 Million dollar bail set, bail be paid by legit sources.

Bail raised to 2 million for Kailan Meserve charged with kidnap, rape by force and other serious charges; DA will insist bail be paid by legitimate sources - John Chiv/Words Worth

Kailan Meserve who was busted for sexual battery, forcible rape, oral copulation and more is Dave Meserve's son - John Chiv/Words Worth

Former Arcata City Council member Dave Meserve was in court this morning. His son is charged with 17 counts including threats to commit crime resultung in death, first degree burglary, forcible oral copulation (several counts), sexual battery, kidnap to commit robbery, penetration by a foreign object and assault with a deadly weapon. A criminal protective order has been served on him.
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It's obviously being taken seriously. Very sorry for Dave Meserve and his family.

(By how it gets treated, I am talking about media and commentariat, vs how other cases with high profile parents have been treated vis-a-vis respect. IN case you were wondering.)

The former co-defendant (the girlfriend) speaks

As you saw in yesterday's post, this case has received a lot of attention. It's stirred controversy, and had its twists and turns. If you believe that the victim was yelling at the soon-to-be killer, it's a case of men behaving badly, and it didn't need to end this way. Ferrer should have laughed and kept walking. But by his own admission, he didn't. It is a shame. And I suspect he will pay for his 'fatal' mistake. Read John Chiv's complete coverage, at the link.

Ferrer defense witness 3 and 4 don't make much of a difference
No one except Ferrer, Stoiber and Rocheleau were at the altercation. Anderson is dead. That leaves Ferrer whose credibility is toast due to his own actions and words. Character witnesses can't rehabilitate that damage.
She saw the open knife in Ferrer's hand and he said, "we need to get rid of this and I saw him toss it somewhere" - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 29, 2015
Rocheleau said they walked away from Anderson at a fast pace and could hear "incoherent yelling" from Anderson. When they turned at 12th Street, "Joey stopped and said, 'Oh shit, I think I stabbed him.'." Rocheleau said both her and "Nick were like, what? I didn't believe it; it's not what I saw. It didn't seem plausible."
"Oh shit, I think I stabbed him", is what Ferrer said to Sophie Rocheleau who made a very credible witness for the defense today but her truthful testimony further shows Ferrer's isn't telling the whole truth
Law enforcement and the DA's office has maintained that Stoiber and Rocheleau were truthful in their testimony from day one. Court took a short break and when Rocheleau walked out, she briefly glanced at Ferrer who did not eveen acknowledge her.
U guys were going to put the beat on him" ; "Do you think Doug's family wishes he could have the luxury to go home?" Deputy District Attorney Rees asks Juan Ferrer - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 29, 2015
On a brief re-cross, DDA Rees brought that statement up and said, "Do you think Doug's family wishes he had the luxury to go home?"

Ferrer snapped at Mr. Rees, "I knew you would bring that up. That is a stupid question to ask."

And that is the image Ferrer left the jury with this morning.
Even when given a chance to express remorse for his actions on the stand, Ferrer calls Douglas Anderson "rabid jackal" - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 29, 2015
Two family members drove all night to be here for the trial of the man who denies killing Douglas Anderson - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 29, 2015
One thing I know, Doug was loved.
Considering the history of this case: Yesterday's post includes the links to coverage by John Chiv, KIEM, The Mad River Union, Times-Standard and Lost Coast Outpost

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Considering the history of this case

It's interesting where it is ending up.

It's a good thing it went to trial.

"You keep using that word fatal, why?"; "So he didn't fall on the knife, it went into his chest when you pushed him off?" DDA Rees uses Ferrer's own words to trip him up - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 28, 2015
DDA Roger Rees was masterful in his cross. If this was a chess game, DDA Rees got Ferrer to checkmate with every move; in this case every question. This is how Mr. Rees opened his cross of Ferrer.

DDA Rees: "You were angry because you never got to see a photo of Anderson-Jordet?"

Ferrer: "Yes."
"I will fucking kill you"; "I will fuck that fat bitch up", Ferrer recalls statements today never brought up before - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 28, 2015
This is the first time we have heard these threats mentioned. This interaction is also important because when Mr. Rees questioned Ferrer on cross, he gets caught in his own words.
◼ It was not a good day for the defense.: "I was lying, yes" admits Ferrer to DDA Roger Rees who decimated Ferrer's credibility on cross following Ferrer's own direct testimony which caught him in a mess - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 28, 2015
DDA Roger Rees got to finally question Ferrer during the last hour until court adjourned at noon. He was masterful in decimating Ferrer's credibility and catching him in lie after lie and inconsistency and one point when DDA Rees questioned Ferrer, his response was "I was lying, yes."

History of the case:

Despite taking the stand, Ferrer's brief testimony today paled in comparison to People's last two witnesses - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 27, 2015
Ferrer: "My grandma is fucking crazy, she has dementia"; "My girlfriend is autistic, she has Asperger's"; Ferrer throws loved ones under the bus - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 27, 2015
"When this is presented to 12 people who have to make a decision about you, don't you want them to see your side?"; "You are insulting the intelligence of people who will make the decision..." - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 27, 2015
People rest in Ferrer case; first defense witness today is the defendant - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 27, 2015
Dueling surprises at Ferrer trial - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 27, 2015
Week two, Ferrer murder trial “I just stuck him, to get past him” - KIEM-TV News w/video
Forensic pathologist testifies that Arcata chef could have survived stab wound, had he got to the ER within the hour - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 24, 2015
Lawyers in fatal stabbing case spar over ‘reasonable doubt’ - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 21, 2015
Defense claims anti-gay bigotry in fatal stabbing case - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 15, 2015
Watching his client's case tank, defense attorney in Ferrer case takes an unprofessional swipe at the prosecution in an outburst in court - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 23, 2015
A lone hiking sandal, blood and urine near the sidewalk and glasses; Anderson-Jordet died alone on the streets of Arcata less than 2 blocks away from making it home - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 22, 2015
Lawyers in fatal stabbing case spar over ‘reasonable doubt’ - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 21, 2015
D.A.: ‘Ferrer ran and hid’ - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 21, 2015
"Only my sister aside from you and soph and my fam are gangsters no snitching" - John Chiv/Words Worth
Rees: "Without that video, we would never know the defendant was responsible for Doug's death," - John Chiv/Words Worth
Reavis: "However Mr. Jordet was to his family and friends, what Mr. Ferrer knew was a drunk, homophobic individual"; defense claims "he fell on that knife" - John Chiv/Words Worth
Defense states Arcata chef fell on knife in Ferrer trial opening statements - Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard
Juan Ferrer invoking auspices of Krishna before his upcoming jury trial? - John Chiv/Words Worth
Dear Mr. Chiv, - John Chiv/Words Worth
"Sexual orientation is a key issue, this is how all this started"; homophobia and views on LGBT community important in Ferrer jury trial - John Chiv/Words Worth
Day 2 of Juan Ferrer's jury trial: Defense says Ferrer statement of "killing fucking sandniggers" not his view but a response to law enforcement about what white, conservative majority thinks of Arabs - John Chiv/Words Worth
Judge Cissna to meet with attorneys in Ferrer tomorrow to possibly resolve case - John Chiv/Words Worth
◼ Earlier today: Sneak preview on Ferrer: Defense to pull time waiver and DDA Roger Rees to take over prosecution - John Chiv/Words Worth
Laggard witnesses turn up in Arcata chef murder case - Paul Mann/Mad River Union
Some witnesses avoiding subpoena. - John Chiv/Words Worth
The question of the day is will outgoing District Attorney Paul Gallegos show up for this hearing? The last time we waited almost half an hour, while court staff and the DDA in court tried "to locate Mr. Gallegos." - John Chiv/Words Worth
Co-defendants in Ferrer case get 3 years summary probation and 50 hours of community service - John Chiv/Words Worth
Two defendants plead guilty to battery charges in Arcata fatal stabbing case - Will Houston/Times-Standard
Juan Ferrer who is charged with stabbing Douglas Anderson Jordet back in court on Dec 17 - John Chiv/Words Worth
"Doug was a victim that day...we will be victims the rest of our lives" - John Chiv/Words Worth
The Question Of The Day was: ◼ Will Paul show up this time? Will the Arcata chef stabbing case ever go to trial?
And then: ◼ Paul did saunter in 20 minutes later and apologized to the Court twice. - John Chiv/Words Worth
Ferrer case continued again until Nov 10 - John Chiv/Words Worth
Disposition reached for Stoiber, all decisions delayed another 2 weeks in Ferrer case - John Chiv/Words Worth
"Every week we come back and hear the same excuse"; attorneys in Ferrer case express frustration with delays by Gallegos - John Chiv/Words Worth
People oppose motion to sever Ferrer but have yet to file; another date set - John Chiv/Words Worth
Defense attorneys are still awaiting discovery and District Attorney Paul Gallegos who opposed the motion to sever already had the case continued once and today did not even show up for Court. Instead he had DDA Zach Curtis ask for another week with no reason, again. - John Chiv/Words Worth 8/11/14 2:31
Paul requests two more weeks in Ferrer because all transcripts not ready - John Chiv/Words Worth
Ferrer jury trial date of August 4 vacated based on request by defense - John Chiv/Words Worth
Motion to sever Ferrer, Stoiber and Rocheleau cases temporarily on hold until July 21st - John Chiv/Words Worth Jul 7, 2014
Gallegos gets a bit of a dress down in defense's oral arguments before the court today in Ferrer case
A request will be made by the People to reschedule the hearing for two weeks since Paul Gallegos is out of town. - John Chiv/Words Worth 6/18/14
All three defendants were arraigned, they did not waive time. - John Chiv/Words Worth
Suspects plead not guilty in death of Arcata chef; trial date set - Will Houston/Times-Standard
Ferrer defendants held to answer on all charges - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/29/14
Reavis and Okin get Sligh to admit testimony left out during prosecution cross in Ferrer case - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/29/14
Possibility of other assailants and more heroin connections raised in Ferrer prelim day 2 - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/29/14
A witness in Ferrer case describes what she heard. Detailed testimony from today's preliminary updated later. - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/28/14
Arcata detective describes scene of fatal stabbing - Will Houston/Times-Standard 5/28/14
The Ferrer case has been moved to Courtroom 6 with Judge Christopher Wilson. Will start at 2:30 today and continue tomorrow at 8:30. - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/28/14
This afternoon, in Courtroom 4 there is Intervention for the Ferrer case. Courtroom is closed with attorneys only. Will Houston from the Times-Standard is waiting with me in the hallway to speak to attorneys. They came out within a few minutes. - John Chiv/Words Worth
Courtroom delays, scheduling conflicts lead to decision - Will Houston/Times-Standard
Ben Dale Letter to Editor Times-Standard
Plea deals tossed in Arcata fatal stabbing case; Judge: Decision made to keep 'public's confidence in the justice system' - Will Houston/The Times-Standard
Plea bargains rejected in Ferrer case - John Chiv/Words Worth UPDATED 4/2014
Judge Tosses Plea Deals in Anderson-Jordet Stabbing Case - Hank Sims/Lost Coast Outpost UPDATED
The Judge explains her reasoning. Gallegos late to the hearing. - John Chiv/Words Worth UPDATED
Ferrer sentencing may not happen until 4 p.m., information you would not know except for this post - John Chiv/Words Worth
Ferrer hearing to start at 4 - John Chiv/Words Worth
Allan Dollison declines Arnie Klein's request to attend Ferrer sentencing; will public have access to enough seats, read why - John Chiv/Words Worth
Showdown Over Arcata Stabbing Suspect’s Plea Deal This Afternoon - Hank Sims/Lost Coast Outpost
Community Encouraged to Come to Ferrer Sentencing Hearing - Arnie Klein
Anderson-Jordet's family ask Klein to challenge district attorney's plea deal, DA, local expert weigh in on case -Will Houston/The Times-Standard
Arcata fatal stabbing case reassigned from Firpo to Gallegos - Times-Standard
Gallegos reassigns Firpo from Arcata fatal stabbing case; DA will not challenge killer's plea deal - Will Houston/The Times-Standard
Firpo Seeks To Quit Ferrer Case - Mad River Union
Elan Firpo has requested Paul Gallegos reassign the Ferrer case; this and more at the Arcata Town Hall meeting today "I have asked the District Attorney, Paul Gallegos, to reassign the People v. Juan Ferrer case." - John Chiv/Words Worth
Ferrer Sentence Becomes A Political Issue In DA Race - Kevin Hoover/Mad River Union
A Note to Arnie from a Friend of Douglas Anderson-Jordet via Facebook
Family of slain Arcata chef to challenge plea deal; several district attorney candidates speak out on the case - Will Houston/The Times-Standard
D.A. Candidate Klein Seeks To Suspend Firpo’s Ferrer Plea - Mad River Union
DA’s Race Heats Up as Deal Struck in Fatal Stabbing Faces Possible Challenge by Victim’s Family - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost
...What has gone terribly wrong is that the victim’s character has been assassinated and HE has been put on trial.
Response Regarding the Ferrer Stabbing Disposition: - Facebook
Firpo Responds To Concerns About Ferrer Disposition - Mad River Union
Elan Firpo responds to concerns about Ferrer disposition - John Chiv/Words Worth
Firpo Responds to Plea Deal Critics - Thadeus Greenson/the Journal
Friend Wants to Clear Arcata Stabbing Victim’s Name - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost
Letter of Impact to the Humboldt County Court - Sue Campbell
Press Release Re: Ferrer Case - Watchpaul
DA Candidate Dollison Speaks Out Against Ferrer Plea Deal - Mad River Union
Three Arcata residents entered no contest pleas Thursday to charges associated with the fatal stabbing of a popular Abruzzi chef and musician late last year. - Will Houston/The Times-Standard
Juan Ferrer Faces Four Years in Prison For the Stabbing Death of Douglas Anderson-Jordet (UPDATED) - Andrew Goff/Lost Coast Outpost
Ferrer to serve 4 years in jail; Trio enters no contest plea for fatal Arcata stabbing - KIEM-TV (image source)
Ferrer Gets Two Years Jail For Killing A Man - Kevin Hoover/Mad River Union
(UPDATED) Three Arrested by APD for Homicide - Lost Coast Outpost
Man Stabbed to Death in Downtown Arcata - Lost Coast Outpost
Officials ID one of three charged in Arcata homicide case as main assailant - TIMES-STANDARD

Monday, April 27, 2015

Coming to an end: People Rest In The Ferrer Case

Despite taking the stand, Ferrer's brief testimony today paled in comparison to People's last two witnesses - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 27, 2015
"I'm a vegetarian, not a killer," said Ferrer. "I was scared." DDA Roger Rees asked Deputy Harris if Ferrer ever said he was in fear of his life, of great bodily injury or that he was afraid for his companions. To all questions, Deputy Harris replied with "No."
Ferrer: "My grandma is fucking crazy, she has dementia"; "My girlfriend is autistic, she has Asperger's"; Ferrer throws loved ones under the bus - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 27, 2015
Sergeants ask what should happen to the person that stabbed Douglas Anderson. "Nobody should die for hurling an insult, maybe bitch slapped or something."

Acting Sgt. Ortega: "Give me a reason why Sophie and Nick would say you stabbed him?

"I don't know," responds Ferrer.
"When this is presented to 12 people who have to make a decision about you, don't you want them to see your side?"; "You are insulting the intelligence of people who will make the decision..." - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 27, 2015
"I don't know what you are talking about," says Ferrer. When they mention his two friends again and that they will be held responsible for something he did, Ferrer responds, "That's unfortunate."
People rest in Ferrer case; first defense witness today is the defendant - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 27, 2015

Dueling surprises at Ferrer trial - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 27, 2015

Week two, Ferrer murder trial “I just stuck him, to get past him” - KIEM-TV News w/video

Forensic pathologist testifies that Arcata chef could have survived stab wound, had he got to the ER within the hour - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 24, 2015
Forensic pathologist testifies that Arcata chef could have survived stab wound, had he got to the ER within the hour
This morning's testimony in the jury trial for Juan Ferrer started with forensic pathologist Dr. Mark Super testifying that Douglas Anderson did not have to die. If he had made it to the ER, his life could have been saved and the wound to his heart repaired.
The defense immediately called Arcata murder suspect Juan Joseph Ferrer to the witness stand in surprise testimony today, April 27 after the prosecution abruptly rested its case without calling some of its key witnesses.
Lawyers in fatal stabbing case spar over ‘reasonable doubt’ - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 21, 2015

D.A.: ‘Ferrer ran and hid’ - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 21, 2015
Lawyers in fatal stabbing case spar over ‘reasonable doubt’ - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 21, 2015
Rees used Ferrer’s post-arrest statements to Arcata police to portray the suspect as a liar and a dissimulator who sought to avoid coming forward and taking responsibility for his lethal action against a lone, unarmed victim who did no more than shout curse words at Ferrer and his two companions on H Street in downtown Arcata.

Marshaling police interview recordings, Ferrer’s text messages and a Power Point of the defendant’s statements to police, Rees zeroed in immediately on the defendant’s credibility.
Defense claims anti-gay bigotry in fatal stabbing case - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 15, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The evolving story, the texts are particularly damning

Watching his client's case tank, defense attorney in Ferrer case takes an unprofessional swipe at the prosecution in an outburst in court - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 23, 2015
DDA Roger Rees continued to build a successful case on the third day in the jury trial where Juan Ferrer is charged with the murder of Arcata chef Douglas Anderson-Jordet. KEEP READING
A lone hiking sandal, blood and urine near the sidewalk and glasses; Anderson-Jordet died alone on the streets of Arcata less than 2 blocks away from making it home - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 22, 2015
The rest of Detective Ortega's testimony was a very detailed description on how they identified Ferrer and his two friends, how they obtained the two videos from Humboldt Clothing and ReMax, how they tracked the timeline of the events leading up to the parties path's crossing. At the end of his direct testimony, Mr. Rees had Detective Ortega mark all the significant spots mentioned in his testimony: where the body was found, the bars were located, the businesesses that gave the video surveilance and the location of the Crew house.
Lawyers in fatal stabbing case spar over ‘reasonable doubt’ - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 21, 2015
D.A.: ‘Ferrer ran and hid’ - Paul Mann/Mad River Union Apr 21, 2015
Text messages obtained by police include:
• “Long as that weapon don’t come up I think we are cool.”

• “Only my sister aside from you and soph and my fam are gangster no snitching.”

• “You think we’re clear?”

• “Clear enough. Not (cq) witnesses besides us.”

• “Word thanks brother.”
The defense attorney's job, of course, is to get his guy off.

"Only my sister aside from you and soph and my fam are gangsters no snitching" - John Chiv/Words Worth
Opening arguments in the Juan Ferrer jury trial this morning paint two completely different sides of the man charged with the death of Arcata chef Douglas Anderson-Jordet, which occurred when he was stabbed by Ferrer in November 2013.

...DDA Roger Rees gave a very powerful opening statement in which he played an audio recording where Ferrer's own words contradict a self-defense claim and his own texts incriminate him. Showing pictures of "Doug", Mr. Rees made a far more effective opening to the jury. The above quote is from a text between Juan Ferrer and his friend Nicholas Stiober, who was originally charged as a co-defendant and plead out to simple assault.
Rees: "Without that video, we would never know the defendant was responsible for Doug's death," - John Chiv/Words Worth
You are here because that defendant killed that man, killed him right here in the streets of Arcata and left him to die". That is how DDA Roger Rees ended his very powerful opening statement to a four women, 8 man jury with five alternates, which includes one woman this morning.
Reavis: "However Mr. Jordet was to his family and friends, what Mr. Ferrer knew was a drunk, homophobic individual"; defense claims "he fell on that knife" - John Chiv/Words Worth
Defense states Arcata chef fell on knife in Ferrer trial opening statements - Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard

For those who are following this case:

Earlier posts here
Earlier posts at Words Worth
Earlier coverage at The Mad River Union
Times-Standard links

Incompetence moves up the chain

Backers of legal marijuana face challenges in crafting a ballot measure - LA Times

Although the state’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry does “immense” environmental harm, he said, state oversight could diminish the damage.

“We need to see this problem as an opportunity to develop a regulatory scheme,” Gallegos said.
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It's no secret Paul's handlers wanted to move him up the chain. Looks like they found an opportunity. If this is the quality Gavin Newsom brings onto his team....one has to wonder who he's listening to. So now he's got a guy saying they need to develop a regulatory scheme (that's rich) who lost grants, lost half his staff, and left an ungodly mess in the DAs Office. It's comical really. Maybe Newsom ought read the Grand Jury report and do a little research.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Randy Cook pled guilty to child endangerment

It matters. Chiv's blog is the only one to cover this case, for months. Months, and months, and months...

April 2015:
Local realtor Randall Miles Cook real estate and licensing rights have been revoked by the Bureau of Real Estate, partly due to his child endangerment conviction in which the victim was his own grandaughter. - John Chiv/Words Worth April 20, 2015

December 2013:
Randy Cook, local realtor plead guilty to a felony - Dec 18, 2013
Randall Miles Cook, of Cookhouse Realty, who is also a member of Humboldt Association of Realtors plead guilty to a felony on 12/17. The charge is child endangerment. PC 273 (a). This was a change in plea. Two charges of PC 288 (a) were dismissed.
February 2014:
Sentencing for Randy Cook will be on March 20 - Feb 4, 2014
Personal perspectives on the Cook case - Feb 12, 2014

March 2014:
Local realtor Randy Cook to be sentenced today - Mar 20, 2014
Local realtor Randy Cook sentenced to 270 days in County jail and led away in cuffs - March 20, 2014
What is the value of a human life? It is not just Paul that irks me - March 21, 2014

May 2014:
On March 20, he gets 270 days; Randall Miles Cook out on SWAP already, with no victim notification - May 6, 2014
Next court date for Randall Miles Cook on June 19 - May 6, 2014 11:56AM
Review hearing on June 19. He is doing SWAP so not in custody anymore. He was sentenced to 270 days in jail. Now he is doing SWAP.
2 answers in the affirmative; only jail confirmation pending - May 12, 2014
Randy Cook SWAP revoked? Hopefully yes. - May 12, 2014
Randy Cook told to turn himself in to custody; does not meet SWAP criteria - May 13, 2014
You, the public, deserve the credit, thanks to all who called and followed up on the Cook case - May 13, 2014
Randy Cook booked back in custody - May 15, 2014

June 2014:
Randall Miles Cook expected to be released 1st week of August; victim restitution addressed - Jun 19, 2014

October 2014:
More allegations of child molestation forthcoming against Randy Cook - Oct 29, 2014

April 2015:
Local realtor Randall Miles Cook real estate and licensing rights have been revoked by the Bureau of Real Estate, partly due to his child endangerment conviction in which the victim was his own grandaughter. - John Chiv/Words Worth April 20, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The 'peaceful Buddhist' and the murder trial

Interesting report from John Chiv on the Ferrer jury selection process: ◼ Juan Ferrer invoking auspices of Krishna before his upcoming jury trial? - John Chiv/Words Worth
Juan Ferrer who has been described by his defense attorney as a peaceful Buddhist, had a photo similar to the image (at the link) of Hindu deity Krishna playing the flute with a cow placed in front of him on the table in the courtroom.... Ferrer is charged with the murder of Arcata chef Douglas Anderson-Jordet.
Peaceful Buddhists are supposed to be averse to killing, not even killing gnats, or mosquitos.

Whatever else happens here, there's been no dispute about who stabbed the chef. Just a dispute as to why. No dispute that this guy and his friends left the chef to die. Just some dispute as to why.

And, a message from the victim's family:

Dear Mr. Chiv, - John Chiv/Words Worth

...Mr. Ferrer took Douglas’ life (a point Mr. Ferrer does not dispute) and now he and his attorney are trying to smear Douglas character in an attempt to invent a plausible defense. We find this particularly shameful.... (There's more, and it is well worth your time, if you've been following the case.)

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Ferrer trial...

Lots of questions on this one. It became a high profile case during the last election, and became a hot-potato case when paul took it away from Elan Firpo. Arnie Klein was working with the victim's family.

"Sexual orientation is a key issue, this is how all this started"; homophobia and views on LGBT community important in Ferrer jury trial - John Chiv/Words Worth

The case for the stabbing of Arcata Chef Douglas Anderson-Jordet is expected to take approximately 8 weeks including Jury selection.

Day 2 of Juan Ferrer's jury trial: Defense says Ferrer statement of "killing fucking sandniggers" not his view but a response to law enforcement about what white, conservative majority thinks of Arabs - John Chiv/Words Worth

Will add other media links as they become available.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gary Lee Bullock Murder case proceeds - s-l-o-w-l-y

A high-profile, and complicated case, has to be handled properly.

Bullock special set this afternoon to determine trial date
Bullock diagnostic order and materials to be sent to three court expert witnesses; another chamber conference next week

Everybody's on this one - and there'll surely be national coverage when it finally goes to trial.

Judge Orders Psychiatric Evaluation of Bullock, Predicts Early October Trial Date for Priest Murder Case - Ryan Burns/Loat Coast Outpost
After meeting with counsel in closed chambers conference, Judge John Feeney today announced to the courtroom that he had signed diagnostic evaluation orders for three psychiatrists who will be charged with analyzing the mental health of Gary Lee Bullock at the time he allegedly tortured and murdered Father Eric Freed on Jan. 1, 2014.

Feeney also signed an order regarding funding for the expert witnesses, who were selected by the court on March 10, and he said an index and materials will be sent to the psychiatrists as part of the evaluation.

Upping the game

It's nice to see the changes. The effect of a competent person at the helm.

Michael Throckmorton found guilty this time for assault, sentencing on April 29 - John Chiv/Words Worth
A jury just found Michael Throckmorton guilty of Count 1. Another success for DDA Jackie Pizzo and another success for DA Maggie Fleming's administration for a case previously unsuccessful under the previous administration.
"Bad Boy Michael Throckmorton back in court for alleged assault; Pizzo v Tipps Round 2' will the third time be lucky for prosecution or will Throckmorton go free? - John Chiv/Words Worth
Pizzo vs Tipps same or different result for Throckmorton as Fleming vs Daskal? - John Chiv/Words Worth
District Attorney: Domestic Violence Suspect Found Guilty in Retrial, Could Face Four Years in Prison - Hank Sims/Lost Coast Outpost
From the District Attorney’s Office:

The District Attorney announced that Michael Throckmorton has been convicted of felony domestic violence in a case prosecuted by Deputy DA Jackie Pizzo. In the evening of March 3, 2012, Mr. Throckmorton, 33, strangled the victim in their home, then beat her with the wooden frame of a painting, causing severe abrasions to her neck and massive bruising on her leg.

After a six day trial in front of the Honorable Timothy Cissna, in Department 4 of Humboldt Superior Court, the jury rendered its guilty verdict. The trial completed today was a retrial; the original trial in February 2014 resulted in a hung jury that favored guilt 11 to 1.

The case was investigated by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office. Sentencing will occur on April 30, 2015. The defendant faces a maximum of 4 years in prison.
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Four months ago, if you were accused of a crime, you'd have been smart to demand an immediate trial. There was no way the DAs Office would be able to manage a competent prosecution in a hurry.

It seems things have changed, not just in these cases that are being retried, but some of the newer cases coming in...

Rodney Ortiz murder suspect gets his wish for speedy trial; preliminary hearing on April 7 - John Chiv/Words Worth
Vincent Ortiz who was arrested yesterday for Hoopa shooting has a prior assault and battery case - John Chiv/Words Worth

Benjamin Carter "likely to resolve in two weeks" according to defense - John Chiv/Words Worth

Chiv has remarked that court coverage (and DA Communications) is getting better as well

Interview(s) with Maggie Fleming

KINS Talkshop

ROLLING WITH HUMBOLDT’S FIRST WOMAN DA: WHAT DOES SHE DO? - Kym Kemp

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Graphic testimony... Jane Doe #1

Former Sheriff deputy held to answer on charges against 1 victim, insufficient evidence for other victim's charges - John Chiv/Words Worth
Jane Doe #1 gives graphic testimony of sexual assault and Daniels asking her "Do you like that?" - John Chiv/Words Worth
Witness shows up, Jason Daniels preliminary back on - John Chiv/Words Worth
Material witness against former sheriff's deputy Jason Daniels bails, warrant issued, preliminary hearing continued until April 20 - John Chiv/Words Worth

Chiv is updating...

Preliminary Hearing for Former Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Accused of Sexual Assault - Andrew Goff/LoCo

Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office press release:
District Attorney Maggie Fleming reports that Jason Daniels has been held to answer after a preliminary hearing on two counts of felony sexual assault against one adult victim. Charges relating to another adult victim were reduced to a misdemeanor.

Both victims testified at the preliminary hearing. They described non-consensual encounters that occurred several months apart during 2013 while the defendant was on duty as a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff. The two victims made reports of the criminal conduct in December, 2013 and early 2014.

The case was investigated by personnel from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and by investigators from the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Daniels has not been employed by the County since February 2014. Charges were filed by the District Attorney’s office in October 2014.

Mr. Daniels will be arraigned on all three charges involving both victims on April 7, 2015.

Monday, March 23, 2015

UPDATED: "Limmie Curry threw my brother away like garbage but it is Limmie Curry who is garbage"

William Reid's sister, Marilyn Reid, read a grief stricken statement to Judge Cissna before the sentence was finalized this afternoon. - John Chiv/Words Worth

William Reid's sister described the horror of visiting her brother's home and discovering burnt belongings under the leaves touching her feet - John Chiv/Words Worth

"Thanks for the ride operation mind fuck ..." ; Limmie Curry's father sends a cryptic message on behalf of his son

Limmie Curry Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter in 2010 Death of William Reid - Ryan Burns, Lost Coast Outpost aka LoCo

Press release from the District Attorney’s Office:

Limmie Curry was sentenced today in Department Four of Humboldt Superior Court on charges stemming from the death of William Reid in February 2010. Present for the sentencing was William Reid’s sister, Marilyn Reid who came from New York to participate in the sentencing hearing.

During late 2009 through early 2010, Eddie Lee and his girlfriend lived with Mr. Reid on his property off of Three Creeks Road. Mr. Lee introduced the victim to Limmie Curry during the first week of February 2010. Following that meeting, Mr. Reid’s family did not hear from the victim again. After the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department located Mr. Reid’s remains buried in multiple graves around the property, both Lee and Curry were charged with the murder of Mr. Reid.

Each defendant maintained the other was responsible for the death. In the two weeks after the homicide Lee spent thousands of dollars purchasing items such as a large screen TV which was brought to Reid’s home where Lee and Curry had a Super Bowl Party. Curry, during a call to his mother just hours after Reid’s death, told his mother he had just acquired property in Blue Lake, CA.

Lee was acquitted of all charges in the fall of 2014. At a separate trial for Curry, the jury deadlocked and was unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge. Curry ultimately pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and being armed with a weapon in the commission of that offense and agreed to serve the maximum penalty of 12 years. That sentence was imposed today in court and must be served at 85% prior to being paroled. This constitutes a felony strike offense.

Marilyn Reid read two statements before Judge Cissna at the sentencing hearing this afternoon. The first from Mr. Reid’s niece describing Reid’s loving connection to her and the impact his untimely death had on her and her family. Ms. Reid then read her statement to the Court describing the pain and anguish her family has endured, not only due to the untimely death of William Reid, but because of what happened after his death. It is believed that Curry and Lee put Reid’s body on a burn pile located on the property after he was shot to death.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kelly Neel and the defense attorney was Casey Russo.