Monday, May 12, 2014

Rumor proves true: Littlefield case to be retried

Unconfirmed as of now but Timothy Littlefield case to be retried? - John Chiv/Words Worth

McKinleyville Man Facing 8 Life Sentences Granted Mistrial - Thadeus Greenson/The Journal
Timothy Floyd Littlefield was facing eight life sentences in state prison without the possibility of parole stemming from convictions on 11 child molestation charges when he stood before Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John Feeney last week at a sentencing hearing. Instead of sentencing Littlefield to serve 188 years to life, as he said was his intent, Feeney declared a mistrial in the case, finding juror misconduct in the months-long trial that wrapped in September.

“In all my years as a laywer, I have never seen anything like this,” Littlefield’s attorney, Russell Clanton said. “It was a great day for justice.”

...One of those jurors, Clanton said, told his investigator that he simply felt the defense didn’t prove Littlefield was not guilty during the trial. “I almost fell out of my chair,” Clanton said. Knowing the criminal justice system places the burden of proof on the prosecution in all cases, and that he, Feeney and the prosecutor, District Attorney Paul Gallegos, had all gone to lengths to explain that to the jurors, Clanton said he then had the juror sign a sworn declaration saying he felt the defense didn’t prove its case....

Gallegos said he will, “of course,” be retrying the case and Feeney set a new trial date for June 30. (Unconfirmed rumors that the case was headed for a retrial were first reported on John Chiv's blog Friday).

The alleged victim in the case is now a teenager, and Gallegos said he feels terrible that she will be put through another trial and asked to testify again. She’s been dealing with Littlefield’s criminal case now, Gallegos said, for five years.
Thank you to NCJ's Thad Greenson for following up on the Littlefield post; new trial on June 30 - John Chiv/Words Worth
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McKinleyville man convicted of 11 molestation charges - Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard Sep 13, 2013
Timothy Floyd Littlefield doubled over onto the table in front of him and let out an audible sob as a Humboldt County Superior Court clerk read a jury verdict finding him guilty of the first of 11 charges of child molestation Thursday.

”How?” Littlefield asked his attorney, Russell Clanton, as the clerk continued, rattling off guilty verdicts to each of the 11 counts.

Facing a total of eight life sentences without the possibility of parole, the 32-year-old McKinleyville man appeared to be in a state of shock at hearing the verdict a jury arrived at after just three hours of deliberation in the case. After the verdict was read, Littlefield was handcuffed by multiple bailiffs and led from the courtroom as three young women sitting in the front of the courtroom sobbed loudly.

”You just sent an innocent man to prison for life,” one of the women yelled at jurors as they filed out of the courtroom.
Accused molester trial pushed back three years/walks free - CNN/ireport Nov 1, 2011
Mistrial declared in Littlefield case; molestation case headed for retrial after hung jury - Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard Nov 1, 2011
A Humboldt County Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Monday in a child molestation case after a jury said it was deadlocked, having deliberated for more than two days.

The jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of convicting Timothy Floyd Littlefield, 30, of McKinleyville, on a host of child molestation charges, according to the foreman. Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos immediately requested a new trial and he and Littlefield's attorney, Russell Clanton, are due back in court today to set a date for the new trial.
Molestation trial in jury's hands; McKinleyville man faces eight life sentences if convicted - Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard Oct 27, 2011
During his closing statements, District Attorney Paul Gallegos, who's prosecuting the case, replayed for the jury clips from Jane Doe's interview with the county's Child Abuse Services Team during which she described numerous sexual acts performed on her by Littlefield.

”He said, 'Don't tell anyone or else' ... or else, he would do something really bad to my mom,” Jane Doe said in the videotaped interview.

16 comments:

  1. How is this Juror Misconduct? This is 8 months later. I wonder if Gallegos bothered to see if any of the other Jurors heard this? This is suspicious coming up extremely late. If they had they would have corrected him. Or they would have reported it. I spell a rat in Denmark.

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  2. This is horrible!

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  3. It's Clanton. Expect dishonesty from from him as well as Gallegos. Clanton own father is a child molester and Clanton got his bff Gallegos to plea bargain dad's case to 1 charge and a minimum sentence.

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  4. Maybe Paulie can go work for Russ.

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  5. Why do you think Gallegos and company want firpo to win, so they can continue these kinds of plea deals. Why else is Gallegos himself is going to be at the bricland meet and greet.. So he can try to convince his backers to vote for Firpo. We should all attend this gathering to see what other lies and promises he will try to pass off.

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    1. Yes you should show up. I am sure such a crowd would be great for Elan.

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    2. Yes. That is why Gallegos wants Firpo to win. So she'll continue plea deals. Makes perfect sense. You should definetly attend. Don't forget, potluck. Bring a dish.

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  6. Why did Fleming beg Gallegos for his endorsement (puke)?

    I have come to the conclusion that Neither Fleming nor firpo have any good judgment.

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    1. Give it up Arnie. Your best chance is the deal you made with Maggie.

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  7. Anonymous aka Harmony, you continue to do Arnie's bidding drumming up the same tired line?

    Or is it anon Losey or Joel desperately trying to lift up Maggie's numbers since voters are getting wise?

    Don't tell others to show up, you show up. Unless you are afraid of the truth.

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  8. The truth is Klein sucks and sadly so does Fleming and Firpo. It seems like we are screwed. Either it's no judgment or bad judgment. Also seems that once one is on the county dole that person believes they are entitled to stay on the dole forever no matter how bad a job they do.

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  9. Anon @ 7:53, sounds like you are firpo or dollison troll or one of their other paid blogger.
    Aside from that I agree with 8:07 that once they are on the take, they don't want to give it up.

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    1. Only a Maggie or Arnie supporter is afraid of the truth.

      With 61,000 in two months and more after, only Maggie can afford a paid blogger. Oh and any unreported donations.

      Arnie has a girlfriend and attorney friends who don't mind funding him so any paid blogger is not from Dollison or Firpo campaigns.

      Your attempt to silence with that lie shows who is the real weasel.

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  10. I will be there! Can't wait to hear from Gallegos convince us that 4 1/2 years prosecutor experience is sufficient to lead the office.

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    1. Must be a sad existence for Arnie. His entire platform now is running against Firpo. No ideas. No vision. Nothing positive of his own.

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    2. Now? His entire existence and campaign has been about attacking Firpo.

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