Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Day 7 - Seal's attorney, Gundersen's ex testify - 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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☛ TS Attorney: Gundersen's wife feared she'd be killed for testimony
Stranger and stranger. Her attorney testifying about/against her.
The ex-wife testifies - and Under cross examination by Gundersen's attorney Russell Clanton, Gundersen's ex-wife testified that she had spoken with her family law case attorney, Gallegos' wife Joan Gallegos, and that Joan Gallegos told her Paul Gallegos would consider prosecuting Gundersen for raping her if there was sufficient evidence.

Gundersen's ex-wife said she had no plan to use Seal to aid her in the family law case, but that she has been awarded full custody of her two children since Gundersen's Feb. 8 arrest....


And this - Under cross examination, Clanton asked Griego if he was aware of a criminal investigation targeting Seal, and of allegations that she had allowed her ex-brother-in-law, Carl Patton, to take firearms from the Blue Lake Police Department in exchange for marijuana. Griego said he was aware of the allegations, but that Seal had told him they were false and she would be willing to take a polygraph test to show as much.

Patton was arrested in January on charges of attempted murder after reportedly firing shots at his girlfriend and her vehicle after an argument. Upon searching Patton's residence, law enforcement found several firearms with their serial numbers filed off, according to court records, but that investigators were able to restore the serial numbers from at least one of the guns.

Patton pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and was sentenced in March to serve three years in prison. Clanton was his attorney.

After Gundersen's trial concluded for the day Tuesday, Gallegos confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into Seal's conduct, but declined to go into specifics.

”We did investigate the possibility that (Seal) did provide weapons from the Blue Lake Police Department to an individual, and that at least one of those weapons were subsequently used in a crime,” Gallegos said. “The information we have, if true, is very serious to us, but it's still under investigation.”


There's alot more about the allegations of drugging and raping, homicidal thoughts, fears, it is a mess, no question about that.

☛ ER Gundersen’s ex-wife takes stand

And then there's the Midnight Express moment - covered in both papers. The whole thing is a mess.

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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5 comments:

  1. Holy shit - can we all carpool to court to watch Joan on the stand being cross examined by her husband?

    This case is such a mess, I mean a real cluster. Threats by the DA, promises by the DA's wife, the DA is a witness and his wife is a witness, the alleged victim totally denies the charges and the exwife has a contentious custody battle with the defendant in which the DA's wife represents the ex. Then the ex's testimony conflicts with the Lt.'s testimony where he clearly said there was a plan to get the defendant out of town by the ex and Joan.

    this is simply unbelievable. Where is the state bar, don't they do anything to police bad lawyers and corrupt DA's?

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  2. An attorney telling a client that the DA may consider prosecuting a crime isn't unethical regardless who the DA and attorney are and doesn't matter if they are husband and wife. That is what any attorney would tell their client who is alledging a crime. What would you expect her to tell her client? Too bad my husband is the DA so he can't prosecute the person who raped you? WTF are you people smoking?

    Nothing about the 2 Seals attorneys saying she again lied under oath about what they said to her?

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  3. Do you think her attorneys and friend Lazarre forced her into claiming she was raped? What about what she said to her own attorney about fearing for her life because of his gang connections? Maybe this is why she changed her story to such an incredible degree?

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  4. You just don't get it 2:21 and 2:22. This case never should have been brought because of the problems with the witnesses. Period. '

    Why was such a piece of crap case brought while others are plea bargained or never filed on? Why? Because of who the defendant was and not based upon what can be proved. Now that is the issue 2:21 and 2:22.

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  5. Arcata man gets three years for shooting at girlfriend's car
    Arcata man gets three years for shooting at girlfriend's car

    The Times-Standard
    Article Launched: 03/21/2008 01:15:22 AM PDT

    A judge ordered Carl Patton, 41, to serve three years in prison Thursday, after the Arcata man pleaded guilty last month to discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.
    Patton was arrested in January and charged with four counts, including attempted murder, stemming from an incident with his live-in girlfriend. Patton entered his guilty plea Feb. 6.

    Patton's attorney, Russell Clanton, argued Thursday that there were unusual circumstances surrounding the incident and asked Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen to place Patton on probation.

    In making his decision, Reinholtsen said he weighed the serious nature of the offense, the danger posed by Patton's act, the defendant's apparent lack of judgment and the message a lenient sentence might send to the community.

    ”If someone discharges a weapon at a human being, there are going to be serious consequences,” Reinholtsen said.

    After Patton serves his prison term, he will be placed on three year's probation, the judge said.


    Oh, Christ, Clanton's the attorney in that case, too. Another plea deal.

    And now the weapon in that case is linked to Darcie Deal? Allegedly? And Gallegos doesn't know it? Or does but the investigation is incomplete? Wouldn't the investigation have been done before they pled it out?

    Under cross examination, Clanton asked Griego if he was aware of a criminal investigation targeting Seal, and of allegations that she had allowed her ex-brother-in-law, Carl Patton, to take firearms from the Blue Lake Police Department in exchange for marijuana. Griego said he was aware of the allegations, but that Seal had told him they were false and she would be willing to take a polygraph test to show as much.
    Patton was arrested in January on charges of attempted murder after reportedly firing shots at his girlfriend and her vehicle after an argument. Upon searching Patton's residence, law enforcement found several firearms with their serial numbers filed off, according to court records, but that investigators were able to restore the serial numbers from at least one of the guns.
    Patton pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and was sentenced in March to serve three years in prison. Clanton was his attorney.
    After Gundersen's trial concluded for the day Tuesday, Gallegos confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into Seal's conduct, but declined to go into specifics.
    ”We did investigate the possibility that (Seal) did provide weapons from the Blue Lake Police Department to an individual, and that at least one of those weapons were subsequently used in a crime,” Gallegos said. “The information we have, if true, is very serious to us, but it's still under investigation.”

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