Taylor had a long and storied career in law enforcement, where he was a State Parole Agent in Southern California. One of his cases was turned into a book that is still available on Amazon.com.
Keith also was the Chief of Police for the Hoopa Valley Tribal police department, after he retired here as a parole agent.
“I got to work very carefully with Allan on the habeas case involving the Murder conviction of John Thompson. Allan’s hard work and dedication paid off when the court denied Mr. Thompson’s petition. Allan spent hours with me discussing the case and preparing me. The case was almost two decades old, but Allan thoroughly engrossed himself in it, and but for his dedication a murderer would be out free today.”
Dollison stated, “I have always valued my personal friendship with Keith. We have not always seen eye to eye on every case, but he always knew that I had a commitment to justice, doing the right thing and firmness in my approach.”
Finally Taylor said, “I have been involved in several DA races here in Humboldt County. This election Allan is the obvious choice. He is hard-working and dedicated, but also independent. He will be independent in dealing with both law enforcement and the defense bar. We need that independence in a District Attorney.”
From the comments:
Keith Taylor said...
Several days ago Allan Dollison ask for my support and I told him yes. When my name came out in public I received telephone calls asking if I knew about his history, documented on the California State Bar and I said no, I was not aware of it. I received a 38 page legal document listing many items too numerous to mention here, but one can google the California State Bar with his name and read it yourself.
I was disappointed to read the information contained in the state bar history. I thought when he was hired by the local District Attorney there would be nothing like what was listed in the state bar History. I regret my endorsement of Allan Dollison, he was a personal friend.
◼ Allan Dollison's response to the alleged Keith Taylor endorsement withdrawal - John Chiv/Words Worth
I have known Keith Taylor for almost my entire time in Humboldt County. I have socialized with him. I gave his family a dog, and we have had lunch and dinner together. His extended family has been over to my house on numerous occasions.
About 4 days after agreeing to endorse me, I received a call late at night at about 9:30 pm. I did not recognize the number. I have Keith's numbers recorded in my telephone. The caller sounded like Keith, but the call was short. He said that he had been contacted by David Prendergast. I also consider David a friend to include helping my efforts with veteran's causes, and I was responsible for getting him appointed to a non-profit board to help veterans. He served for a short period of time, and then stepped down due to personal reasons. I have never done anything to Mr. Prendergast, but he seems to have made it his mission to conduct a vendetta against me in this campaign. He has repeatedly contacted people in opposition to me.
The caller said they wanted to withdraw their endorsement. I did see Keith Taylor several days later but was unable to speak with him.
I saw the e-mail address that had been identified by Fred Mangels with some sleuth work, and I have never seen that E-Mail before and it is definitely not Keith's E-Mail, that I have known.
As I have said before, I am not proud of a very sad chapter in my life, from 17 years ago. Mr. Prendergast goes out of his way to smear me with every detail possible, but always fails to mention that this happened 17 years ago. I have risen above this, accepted responsibility, and have tried to practice law the best way I know how. I do believe in redemption and forgiveness, as christian ideals that I aspire to. This election is about the future of Humboldt County, and whether or not we can feel safe in our communities again, and what type of justice system we will have. I am proud to have that discussion about the future. Some just want to have a discussion about the past. In the past negative personal attack campaigns have been the staple in Humboldt County. I will not conduct such a campaign.
It's not like Dollison's record is NEW news. It was reported here way back when he was hired. And I was his worst critic.