Thursday, February 14, 2008

One blog rumor confirmed - UPDATED

UPDATED:

Former Blue Lake Police Chief David Gundersen has been cleared of all major charges first filed against him in 2008. - Arcata Eye MARCH 2012

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Gundersen's ex-wife, who works for the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office as a legal office assistant, is represented by Arcata attorney Joan Gallegos, the wife of Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos. Attorney Christopher Metzger represents Gundersen in that matter.

The Times Standard reports Gundersen custody battle goes back 10 years
Gundersen hit with 12 counts of rape

UPDATED:

Former Blue Lake Police Chief David Gundersen has been cleared of all major charges first filed against him in 2008. - Arcata Eye MARCH 2012

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12 comments:

  1. In the famous case (whatever its name was) where the deputy what's his name did or did not commit perjury, didn't the DA dq himself because his wife represented the victim? I guess it's ok if the wife only represents the reporting party who might be seeking an advantage by having her ex husband prosecuted by her lawyer's husband.

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  2. The reporting party is his current wife. His ex-wife made the same claims years ago. Coincidence? HA!

    Wanna bet that controlled substance without a prescription they found is his "sex drug of choice?"

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  3. I'm confused. Who reported the alleged rape? The current wife who came to court with Clanton, or the ex wife, or the son? Or all three?
    Or someone else?

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  4. did the current wife come to the court with Clanton today? where did you read that?

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  5. times standard said she was there, declined comment, Clanton had said she was coming with him, bit of reading, bit of inferring, lots of lazy lame reporting by the "news" papers.

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  6. I'd hardly call today's coverage lazy or lame - they looked into and found out that the ex-wife is indeed represented by the DA's wife Joan Gallegos.

    Next question is - Will Gallegos then recuse himself and his office?

    Then, the next question - how many cases does this guy have to recuse himself from?

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  7. 8:32, the reporting party is not the current wife. The old allegations of rape by the former wife were rejected in court years ago. Now said former wife is reviving and expanding the allegations with the help of the DA who is married to her attorney. Can anybody honestly say that there's no bad smell in that situation?

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  8. dog running at large2/14/2008 6:06 PM

    Is that something you know 5:10?

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  9. Divorce attorneys work by the hour and get paid regardless of the outcome. In order to be a conflict of interest there has to be something to gain. Prosecuting a person to help his wife win a family law case in which they have nothing to gain or lose would be insane. Surely even you nutballs realize that?

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  10. No offense Rose but you have been digging yourself a pretty deep hole over the past few days. Chill out and keep your eyes on the prize, 2010.

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  11. I don't see the big hole 1:40 AM is talking about. This is big news locally and there are many unanswered questions.

    This whole think smells. I do not like PVG and think he has been a disaster as the DA. I do not like Dave Gunderson. I really don't know much on how Dave has done as the Chief of Blue Lake but I'm sure his performance is marginal at best.

    From what you read (and hear) this is very unusual. First a sitting chief of police, then the DA's office taking the lead on the investigation, then the relationship between the DA and the suspects ex-wife and the DA's relastionship with the suspect's lawyer. Not to mention the suspects ex wife works for the Sheriffs Office.

    Does anyone really beleive that Joan Gallegos doesn't know everything there is to know about this investigation? Or that she has provided information to hubby DA Paul that she got from her client?

    PVG asked the attorney generals office to take over the Arkley Glass affair because? Becasue he was in the building with several dozen other people and didn't see anything? Or because he considered both of them friends?

    PVG says there is no conflict of interest. I disagree. At a very minimum there appears to be a serious conflict of interest.

    Could this all be trumped up at lesat some because PVG's case against EPD's cheif and Lt is not going so well? Just a question, I have no inside information.

    this whole thing is bizaaro.

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  12. That Mrs. Gallegos represents DG's ex is not unusual in a relatively small county. But under the circumstances of this case (i.e. all the stuff 7:23 points out, plus the prior failed prosecution), it does appear to be a conflict. That is without considering that the ex may be a (prosecution) witness (Evidence 1109), based on the prior allegation. A prudent prosecutor would hand this off, or at least stop handling it personally and talking to the press. The question is whether DG is less likely to be treated fairly. At some point I expect a judge will figure this out, no matter how smart we internet kibbitzers think we are. I await further developments. This must be what the proverbial "NASCAR fan watching in case there is a crash" feels like.

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