I'm not sure what to make of this article, but it's got a couple of interesting references to Gallegos' time (defending prisoners) at Pelican Bay... There were rumors of double billing and being kicked out of Del Norte County flying around... plus the allegations of passing notes between prisoners and illegally taping guard/inmate conversations and having his tape recorder and tapes bagged into evidence right in front of him. The latter, at least is documented.
Then there's these two references in this article below that give another glimpse into what happened, in his own words, sort of:
"...Other lawyers tell similar stories of beating the prosecution too many times and then finding themselves with fewer defense appointments. "Now the judges go all the way down to Humbolt to find incompetent, pony-tailed fuck-ups who alienate juries and can’t win cases," says de Solenni..."
..."I am convinced that they went after Easton because he filed suits on behalf of prisoners," say defense attorney Paul Gallegos, who has been accused of gang affiliation by the DA. "That accusation was patently absurd. The DA didn’t even realize he was, by implication, accusing the judge who appointed me to the case..."
So - Gallegos was accused of gang affiliation? That's a little heavier than just passing notes... What's the real story?
Rural Prison as Colonial Master
rsklnkv | 02 October, 2006 19:13