Friday, April 11, 2008

Gundersen prelim continued - 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


Blue Lake Police Chief David Gundersen's preliminary hearing on 19 charges, including allegations of spousal rape, was continued again today.
Gundersen's attorney Russell Clanton said the defense just received a videotaped interview with a material witness from the District Attorney's Office on Thursday, and was consequently unable to adequately prepare for the preliminary hearing scheduled to start this morning... from the TS, breaking news

TS Gundersen preliminary hearing continued 4/12/08
(for the fourth time?) ”We're in a position where we're just not able to go forward in a way that is fair to Mr. Gundersen,” Russell Clanton, Gundersen's attorney, told the court.

ER Gundersen hearing moved ahead for third time 4/12/08
(Gundersen's attorney Russell) Clanton did comment on District Attorney Paul Gallegos’ offer of immunity to Gundersen’s wife.

“It’s a tough position they put her in,” he said.


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



  1. For crying out loud, doesn't PVG have a discovery clerk?

  2. paulgallegostheda4/11/2008 5:23 PM

    What's a discovery clerk?

  3. Don't blame it on the discovery clerk. You know who's fault this is.

    This is all part of the plan, drag it out, squeeze all the publicity he can.

    And remember the campaign slogan "Justice for all".

  4. 6:26, you are right. It is apparent who's responsible for this pathetic showing - both in the Gundersen case and the EPD case. I did not intend to imply that it was the discovery clerk's fault. Nothing about the way either of those cases has been handled so far fills me with confidence.

  5. Confidence in the DA's Office ?? What a concept?!

    Along with his failings as a prosecutor PVG is a pathetic manager/administrator. I fear the County will never recover, at least not in the next twenty years.

    "Justice for All"

  6. Oh no the Dikeman/Jackson regime never hid discovery, and dropped it on defense attorneys at the last moment. Nope that never happened. No sireee. Usually at trial.

    You are complaining about Paul turning over discovery at a prelim, when there is no statutory requirement to do that.

    You can complain all you want, but hypocrites don't have a whole lot of credibility.

  7. 11:13 - are you smoking dope or something?

    § 1054.1. Information to be disclosed by prosecution:

    The prosecuting attorney shall disclose to the defendant or his or her attorney all of the following materials and information, if it is in the possession of the prosecuting attorney or if the prosecuting attorney knows it to be in the possession of the investigating agencies:

    (a) The names and addresses of persons the prosecutor intends to call as witnesses at trial.

    (b) Statements of all defendants.

    (c) All relevant real evidence seized or obtained as a part of the investigation of the offenses charged.

    (d) The existence of a felony conviction of any material witness whose credibility is likely to be critical to the outcome of the trial.

    (e) Any exculpatory evidence.

    (f) Relevant written or recorded statements of witnesses or reports of the statements of witnesses whom the prosecutor intends to call at the trial, including any reports or statements of experts made in conjunction with the case, including the results of physical or mental examinations, scientific tests, experiments, or comparisons which the prosecutor intends to offer in evidence at the trial.

    Are you trying to have us believe that you only get witness statements as you walk thru the courtroom door at trial?

    Man are you out there or what.

    And aside from the statutory obligation to disclose - there is a US Constitutional right to Due Process that requires the DA to turn this stuff over. Ever heard of a "Brady" violation?

    No buddy, your friend Paul is about as corrupt and manipulative as they come. There is absolutely NO reason for his failure to disclose this information - niether her or in the other case involving EPD when he told the court in February that he would get the evidence to the defense, but as of April, the defense had to again continue the arraingment BECAUSE OVE SIX WEEKS LATER HE STILL HADN'T TURNED IT OVER.

    This is incompetence at its highest and laziness also. Maybe Paul should quit going on a two week vacation every other month and get to work.

    Or maybe he should go on a very long vacation and let someone competent and ethical run that office.

  8. Paul Gallegos is perfectly capable of turning over evidence when he wants to - as in the case of Eric Schatz's helmet cam footage. Paul turned that over, and he let it walk out of the courtroom with no restrictions, and it ended up edited heavily to suit the activist agenda and smeared the man's name all over the internet in a way that can never be taken back or repaired. His answer to Schatz? "I did the right thing."

    Make no mistake about it, he knows how to turn over evidence. He just isn't doing it.

  9. Dikeman/Jackson "regime"? Uh, neither of those people held management positions under Farmer or PVG. And if you think the office isn't falling off the tracks, have a quiet beer with one of the responsible public defenders. To quote one " Great for my job, a disaster for the commmunity".


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