I hesitate to call it a trial, because this "trial" never made it to the Jury selection process.
Stoen's pattern seems to be to try his cases in the public, in the media, in a usually successful attempt to get his prey to settle to avoid court costs and further embarrassment. In both his cases in Humboldt County, people stood up to him and his cases were dismissed outright without ever making it to trial. One called "Smoke and Mirrors" and worse. Had Debi August not stood up to him, she would have been another notch on his belt. Instead he was exposed.
The information contained in this DECLARATION and its 19-page attachment reveals that:
The DA (Paul Gallegos) and ADA (Tim Stoen) told the Grand Jury that everything would remain secret if they went forward with the accusation.
They assured them that witnesses would not be identified.
Gallegos and Stoen disclosed confidential Grand Jury information without the permission or notification to the Grand Jury.
Gallegos and Stoen affirmatively sought the release of the information they assured the Grand Jury was totally protected by "attorney client privilege."
Stoen expressly told the Grand Jury that he was "their attorney."
Stoen waived the attorney-client privilege he had promised the Grand Jury against the wishes of the Grand Jury, but in favor of his office which clearly had a conflict in the matter.
The grand jury accusation process was being run by the DA (Gallegos) and ADA (Stoen).
Gallegos did not seal the record after promising the Grand Jury that he would nor did he advise the Grand Jury that he didn't seal it.
The Grand Jury felt that "The Grand Jury was badly used and misled by the DA and ADA and that the mishandling of the entire accusation process undermined the integrity of the Grand Jury System in Humboldt County."
The entire text of this declaration and the 19 page attachment are posted here as the FIRST COMMENT. To read it, click comments.