Thursday, December 29, 2011

The #Occupiers are NOT happy with Paul Gallegos

Paul Gallego's bullshit pogrom. - billygoat at Indymedia

INCARCERATION: Holiday Gift from Paul Gallegos to Occupy Eureka

While the District Attorney vacations with his family for the holidays, he (ultimately responsible for actions of his office) has set in motion another campaign of harassment, wrongful arrests, and incarcerations....

What do the three people who were arrested "for a warrant" have in common? They all are dedicated Occupy Eureka demonstrators. They all were arrested in the 'no warning' mass arrest on November 14th. They all made sure to inquire about their court dates. NONE of them received notice in the mail to appear. All of them had signed for or been told that their dates were after the holiday. And NONE of them had, or could have, missed a date! (In fact, Martin went in to the court clerk on his own to make a Dec 28th court date!)

So, why the warrants and the cruel X-mas arrests? We could call it absolute incompetence by the District Attorney's office (who is precisely the entity to cause warrants to be issued here), or we could call it deliberate and blatant action to stifle political dissent. Violating constitutional rights and locking people up to stifle dissent: the same reason that the county and the city and the DA have criminalized hanging a flag banner (or any sign) around the courthouse, and arrested Pat today. The DA's office won't tell us who has these bogus warrants. Who will it be tomorrow?


*Leave message for Kelly Neal, Assistant District Attorney at 707-441-3051 and fax 707-445-7416
KNeel [at], pgallegos [at], districtattorney [at]

As stated above, Martin Katz made a court date which is tomorrow morning, Thurs, at 8:00am. If he is still in jail, please show up to support Martin in court. Watch out: The DA's office might oppose his release back to the community like it has for other Occupy protesters!


Hey. You guys probably helped elect him. Welcome to your world.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Not even a plea deal. No evidence.

Judge dismisses murder charge against Loleta woman - Thadeus Greenson/Times Standard

A Humboldt County judge has dismissed the murder charge facing a Loleta mother accused of killing her baby with methamphetamine-laced breast milk last year.

In a ruling filed Wednesday, Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Bruce Watson threw out the murder charge against Maggie Jean Wortman, 27, finding that no evidence was presented at the case's preliminary hearing to establish that Wortman knew she was endangering her infant son's life when she breastfed him after allegedly smoking methamphetamine.

Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney Ben McLaughlin said Wednesday he may choose to refile the murder charge and start the case over again from square one.

”We did not consider a murder count until after the testimony at the preliminary examination but thought there were sufficient facts to support such a charge,” McLaughlin said in an email to the Times-Standard. “Our investigation has continued since the preliminary examination, and we will meet as a group to consider whether or not to refile the murder charge. If we decide to refile, the preliminary examination will be considerably more involved.”

Wortman was arrested after her 6-week-old son, Michael Phillip Acosta III, was taken not breathing to a local hospital the morning of Nov. 21, 2010. Michael was pronounced dead that day, and a subsequent autopsy determined his cause of death to be “methamphetamine toxicity.”

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Can you grow pot in Detroit?

The median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.

Imagine the profit margin! Go forth and gentrify.

Google "Let it Snow"


Entertainment. And Poison.

It's entertaining to watch the meltdown over WalMart at The Herald. Evidently Target, KMart and Costco are now cherished local businesses who will be affected by a similar competitor.

It's a little less entertaining to see Richard spreading his poison. There's no campaign in play at the moment, but he's conducting the scorched-earth smear campaign early, hoping upon hope that if he says it often enough you all will come to think it is true.

One of his targets is Rex Bohn. And Richard brings up every dirty little thing he can make up and hope will stick. With no evidence to back it up, as is always the case - it's smear and innuendo. It's not the echo-chamber he hopes to convince, but you, the reporters who surf the blogs all day long.

He delights in bringing up CalPine. Let's not forget that Richard got in bed with Bonnie Neely, who, in her position as Supervisor was engaged in serial back door meetings with CalPine. The company was meeting with as many local officials as they could, long before the community ultimately said, "No, we don't want it."

It's old news, and the hypocrisy wears thin.

In his life - Richard will be lucky to have done 1/100th of the positive work for this (his) community as Rex has. Richard has not created a goddam thing, except the poisonous smear machine he heads.

You looking for a fight, Richard? Poor baby.

Pot grower pleads, gets 1,000 hours of community service; Bridgeville man to forfeit $40K, stay out of jail

Pot grower pleads, gets 1,000 hours of community service; Bridgeville man to forfeit $40K, stay out of jail - Times Standard

The head of a marijuana cultivation operation near Bridgeville will serve 1,000 hours of community service and forfeit almost $40,000 in cash -- but stay out of jail -- under a plea agreement reached this week with the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office.

Thomas William Morgan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Bulgaria also known as Taco Nikolov Budnakov, was arrested Oct. 19 and charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales after the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reported finding 191 pounds of dried marijuana, more than 60 pounds of processed marijuana buds, a handgun and the cash.

On Wednesday, Morgan pleaded guilty to a felony charge of maintaining a residence for the purpose of marijuana cultivation in an agreement that stipulated to his forfeiting the cash, allowing the firearm to be destroyed and doing 1,000 hours of community service in order to stay out of jail....

Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos said in a statement emailed to the Times-Standard that it's appropriate for Morgan to do the equivalent of more than six months worth of community service work rather than jail time.

”The way I look at it is people who broke the law but are not dangerous shouldn't be sitting in jail at county expense, they should be out in the street doing work,” he said. “There's plenty of need, and plenty of work to do.”


'Occupier' at courthouse reportedly harassing employees; EPD has been apprised of the alleged complaints

'Occupier' at courthouse reportedly harassing employees; EPD has been apprised of the alleged complaints - Times Standard

Jack Nounnan, an activist associated with the Occupy group, said they've had some problems with a few of the homeless residents that gather there but that none of the core people of the Occupy group have harassed anyone.

”There's a couple of people who are definitely mentally ill, and sometimes they scream,” Nounnan said. “We've never seen any of them accost anybody going into the building.”