Friday, April 11, 2008

More to the story - 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 wife gets immunity

Statements made by Blue Lake Police Chief David Gundersen's wife during the District Attorney's Office investigation into allegations against her husband won't be used against her.

A court order filed April 7 states that the District Attorney's Office entered into an agreement of “use immunity” with Gundersen's wife, who the police chief stands accused of raping.

”It is hereby agreed by and between the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office and (Jane Doe), that statements made by (Jane Doe) to the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office as part of their investigation into the above case, and any information directly or indirectly derived from those statements shall not be used against her in any criminal case,” the order states....

...f Gundersen's wife is indeed still a hostile witness, and another immunity agreement is reached, that may make things more difficult for the defense, according to University of California Hastings College of Law professor David Levine....

The real question, Levine said, is why Gundersen's wife would feel the need for immunity.


Here's another question - Based on this statement, Gundersen's wife's attorney, Patrik Griego, and Clanton were not immediately available for comment Thursday. it appears Gundersen's wife is represented by Patrik Griego, who has been at Blue Lake City Council meetings working for the legal defense fund of the Police Officers Research Association of California -- or PORAC -- Is he representing her as PORAC? Or as an individual?

Related coverage, with links

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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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Still can't force her to testify about the rape.

Anonymous said...

What a cluster.

This seems less about justice and more about publicity. Something is very very wrong about all of this.

Anonymous said...

PVG is getting points from his fan's for going after a cop, even if it is someone the is not held in very high esteem by other cops.

It doesn't seem like PVG if faring too well on the Douglas / Zanotti debacle. THREE court appearances and they still HAVE not been arrainged! Cluster, yes.

Most would probably be surprised that others from outside Humboldt County follow the twisted soap opera drama's that are occuring here.

Rose said...

Considering that in the Douglas/Zanotti matter he had to present the evidence to the Grand Jury, that should all have been ready and available to hand over on day one. No?

The Gundersen thing? Something hasn't felt right from day one. Fred said it best, something stinks.

This latest, the offer of immunity only adds to it.

Rose said...

Here's another question, and I am adding it to the post - From the article, Gundersen's wife's attorney, Patrik Griego, and Clanton were not immediately available for comment Thursday. it appears Gundersen's wife has a new attorney. In addition to Clanton, is she now also represented by Patrik Griego, who has been at Blue Lake City Council meetings working for the legal defense fund of the Police Officers Research Association of California -- or PORAC -- Is he representing her as PORAC? Or as an individual

Anonymous said...

Good question. Probably. The drugs and guns were found in her house too.

Blue Lake PD stinks.

Anonymous said...

just what this area needs, another case tried in the media. who does this help.

Anonymous said...

It helps Paul get his name on the front page, which is all he really wants anyway. There is no concern for justice or what is right and what is wrong. Train wreck!

Anonymous said...

Elected officials have to seek attention, that is the nature of the beast. Do you want a DA that is appointed and not elected?

Rose said...

At this point, I think electing a DA is a disastrous mistake, 9:25. I would never have said that until I saw what has happened here.

But as to the train wreck - where is Paul? From the article looks like he is now sending Wes Keat in. So maybe he's shying away from his great and shining case.

Where was Paul when the Board Of Supervisors honored the Victim Witness Unit? Department heads usually show up with their staffs for that kind of thing. Not Paul. Ever. That would have been good publicity for Paul. Wouldn't it?