Friday, November 21, 2014

ELMY WORKMAN: Two plea deals rejected, case goes to trial but " resolved"?

Elmy Workman was found guilty of PC 245(a)(1), assault with a deadly weapon and personal infliction of great bodily injury per PC 12022.7. - John Chiv/Words Worth

Basically, this one was not allowed to tank.

◼ Well, look at this: link - Lost Coast Outpost prints the DA's PRESS RELEASE, which DOES NOT tell the story of how Gallegos/Zach Curtis tried to tank this case.

It is a grotesque misrepresentation of the story of the verdict. You can read the lousy thing at the link. The only good thing you can say is the DA's Office finally does seem to grok that there were life-threatening injuries.

A couple of comments shed some light:
Jacqueline ZumwaltThe district attorney was going to let her plea out to an assualt charge. Angel had to get a lawyer. The judge finally denied the plea agreement and made her stand trial for a felony charge. It took Angel 3 years for justice to be served. I wish that LoCo had told more of the story. If Angel hadn't fought hard for that justice, that woman would have been let off with probation. I hope the new DA better serves the Humboldt community.

Angel DawnThank you. Allison Jackson is a hero. She took my case, probono, two hours before this crime got a three year probation result. It's sad the DA's office didn't do their job themselves. I hope Maggie Fleming can turn that office around for the better. I got lucky. Think about how many cases didn't get proper justice :/'s stomach turning

swedeIf you all would read the Chiv blog regarding this case, I don't have a link, you will learn that Gallegos twice attempted to gain a plea bargain for probation for this convicted vermin apparently falsely asserting special circumstances existed. Allison Jackson had to represent the victim because the DA was more concerned with expediting the prosecution (sic). Per the blog, Jackson represented the victim in front of Feeny and Feeny denied the plea bargain as Jackson successfully argued the special circumstances did not apply and the wounds received by the victim were evident the criminal was attempting to eviscerate her (purposeful "J" incision with severed liver, etc). A status was set for June 30th of this year. Apparently when Jackson and the victim appeared on the 30th they learned Gallegos had already in early June attempted and achieved his same plea in Reinholtzen's court. As I understand, Jackson had that matter reversed.

Jackson rightfully called out Gallegos for "forum shopping" attempting to find a judge who would approve his plea bargain attempt while totally disregarding the victims rights per a recently passed proposition requiring DAs' to notify victims of prosecutorial actions against their assailants.

It is a relief to see that this matter was finally brought to its rightful, final conclusion. We all should be relieved Gallego's time as the top law enforcement officer in this County is now numbered in the days.

Jacqueline ZumwaltExcellent Swede. Thank you for posting that info/history. Gallegos actually told Angel that she had no rights or say in what deal was made with the woman who tried to kill her.

John Chiv was the only one to cover the case as it went its tortuous way through the courts. LoCo is remiss in not pointing this out and linking people to the coverage - OR asking for a full report with a byline. As it is, you don't know the half of it. But those commenting DO.

TWO Plea Deals tossed, NOT by the Perp. BY THE COURT. Denying a victim's rights, judge shopping (BY THE DA!), a complete and utter failure to act in an ethical and transparent manner.... and yet he, the DA, no less, lectures the people of the County about their 'priorities.'

Sneaky Plea Deal fails
Allison Jackson scores another win for victim; deal between Gallegos and Sanders busted - John Chiv/Words Worth
Allison Jackson puts a crimp in secret plea deal - John Chiv/Words Worth Jul 30, 2014
Allison Jackson, who is representing the victim in the Elmy Workman case was never notified that the same plea deal that was rejected by Judge John Feeney was presented again to Judge Dale Reinholtsen. She was not also sure if Judge Reinholtsen had been given the background of the case. - John Chiv/Words Worth Jul 30, 2014
Previous plea deal rejected back on table with no victim notification; exact deal - John Chiv/Words Worth Jun 30, 2014
Judge Feeney tentatively rejects Workman plea deal; final decision is the same, case to go to jury trial - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 15, 2014
Elmy Workman sentencing postponed again, this time defense requests continuance based on amended probation report - John Chiv/Words Worth Apr 3, 2014
Elmy Workman sentencing postponed again. - John Chiv/Words Worth Mar 20, 2014
Defense and private attorneys run the courtroom under Paul's watch? - John Chiv/Words Worth Mar 12, 2014
Another case where comments sections get out of control - Real News From The North Coast June 3, 2012
Suspect arrested after woman stabbed in Arcata - Times-Standard May 31, 2012
Blue Laker Slashed, One Arrested - Arcata Eye May 30, 2012
APD Press Release - May 29, 2012


  1. Good job to Zach Curtis. An even bigger thank you to Allison Jackson. Without her objection and intervening this would never have happened. She may not have had an impact on every case since 2010, but on this one she did.

  2. Way to go Zach!

  3. I would not be patting Zach on the back for this. Not the way it went down. The good end result is not thanks to him.

  4. Well I think the gist of the story was that it was Gallegos who tried to force down the inappropriate plea. Not Zach. Gallegos tried twice but failed thanks to Allison Jackson. Zach just tried the case and won, I assume that those were the charges she was charged with (although in my opinion this was really an Attempted Murder). The end result was thanks to him because he won.

  5. No, the gist of the story is that Paul in charge of the office tried to make another plea deal with one of his defense buddies.

    Thanks to Allison Jackson, the plea deal was rejected twice. It only got any public attention because it was reported by a blogger, John Chiv. The professional media suck.

    Yes, Zach prosecuted a case which was cut and dry, does deserve credit, but ultimately the case went to trial because Allison Jackson knows the law. The verdict was just because a jury did their job.

  6. Zach should not be blamed for Paul's failings. You are exactly correct that without Allison, Paul's corruptness would have carried the day. Here is a novel concept. The first case that Maggie Fleming should file is called Peo v. Paul Gallegos. That would be a great day. We need to know that corruption will not stand.

  7. Paul's corruptness carried the day because many defense attorneys cared about making money and did not care about victims. Lack of reporting from media that gets favors from Paul to only promote wins.

    Your obsession in mentioning Zach in every comment is overboard. Thanks for finally giving Allison Jackson credit. You still glossed over the fact that the public would not know about the background of this case except for Chiv's reporting. He is the only one who has exposed the disaster the Gallegos administration has been.

    The victims will continue to suffer as long as District Attorney press releases are what the media considers reporting.

    The jury won this case, despite a corrupt justice system and people like you, that let Paul slide for over a decade.

  8. You have no idea what you are talking about. Defense attorneys care only about their clients. They have to. It's a legal deal. If those Defense attorneys used corruption to get deals for their clients (which I believe is in the realm of possibility) then Maggie Fleming should criminally charge this POS and expose this for everyone to see. We'll see if that happens.

    1. Maybe you should get a clue before telling others they are clueless.

      Trolls like you sit all day commenting. on a screen just to get attention.

      You will come back with a response because you cannot help yourself.

      People with a life have moved on, so play your little game by yourself and have fun.

  9. Rose, you should check out all these "creative" comments on Ferguson from one of your bookmarked tea party blogs

    1. Eat shit oh lowly troll.

    2. Anon 5:14 loves the racist bagger blog comments

  10. No 5:14 is disgusted by nasty trolls like 7:08 and 7:03. Btw you are the racist. You and others who stupidly throw that term around against anyone who comments and of which you take issue for whatever reason.

    I repeat eat shit lowly troll. Spew hate elsewhere.

    1. I always enjoy Baggers who defend blatantly racist comments

    2. And I love progs who have their closed minded elitist heads up their ass

    3. Let's try to keep score here.
      a) Elitist...
      Progs: fighting for a living wage for the working class. Elitist? Job Creators: fighting to keep it as low as possible, even if at those wages their employees are eligible for public assistance. And, let's be honest, the Job Creators would rather not those progams exist.

      When you say elitist, how are you defining this?

      b) Closed minds...

      Re closed minds? Because we progs can see through the thinly veiled corporate sponsorship of the news as info tainted to us by Rush and Fox, that makes us closed minded?

      What if your world view is exactly upside down and this could be proven? For one it would make for a quick end to an off topic thread.

    4. Second most popular comment on that tea party article:

      "The library is safe"

      356 "likes"


    5. Very sad indeed Rose

      But yet not racist like your political gang

    6. Jon are you stoned? Fighting for the working class? You elitist shites are fucked up. I am a worker and you are an idiot.

    7. Well, that settles it! Ha!

    8. U R speling it rong... it's raaaaacist." U need at least 5 a's. (try doing that with autocorrect)

    9. Hard to ignore 356 people "liking" a blatantly racist comment, but Rose does so without blinking. A seasoned pro!

    10. As 646 am notes, that is a compelling argument 11pm.

      Some how, the economic elites have managed to pull the wool over our working class's eyes since 1980. They've done it with infotainment (Rush/Fox/HumGOP) and, importantly racism/victimization. I sincerely understand this is difficult to see, but it's very clear if you look at the election results maps from 1960 to today. If you scroll through those you will see a blue south turn red. It's called the southern strategy and it's basis is the only thing that drives us as human more nuts than a boss taking advantage of us is the off chance that someone outside our own ethnicity will be doing as well as us.

      Buy the app 270 to win and scroll through Presidential elections from 1776 to today. Or, if you don't want to spend the $1.99, go to Wiki and scroll through the years.

      It's enlightening.

      11 PM, is fighting for $12 minimum wage against the working class? Did you buy into the contradictory conservative rhetoric that at the same time was asking for a regressive sales tax raising prices for everyone guaranteed while fear-mongering to those on limited incomes about the dangers of paying living wages?

      I'm not sure how "liberal elites" like me are going to persuade you when we don't like to fear monger on things like race or jobs, but we'll keep trying.

      Why? Because as Mulder might say, the truth is out there and we are hoping that sooner or later you'll understand the game.

  11. Jeffie, you think all the protestors are black? You friggin' racist you. LOL

    1. You gotta love bagger logic!

      Thanks for the laugh Rose-

    2. You may be on to something Rose, here's some more comments from the same thread:

      5 days ago
      Worst part? All the guilt tripping whites in the crowd.

      kapowi Rocky
      5 days ago
      That one self loathing white guy got a brick upside his, he deserves it.

      Fran123 Rocky
      5 days ago
      People w/o a race

  12. Why don't you just use your name if you wanna have a conversation? Would it kill you? You don't want people to know how you feel? You're embarrassed by your racism? It never occurs to you that people don't like mobs burning shit down? Riots in the street are your preferred method of dealing with things? I see why you have to hide then. Chicken.

    1. Rose, you really think this commenters all live in Ferguson and are simply reacting to looting in their neighborhood? How naive. Yes, please keep calling us the racist ones. And don't forget Obama.

      This gets really ugly. And this tea party site is moderated - there is many many deleted comments but apparently these all made the cut.

      5 days ago
      Christmas shopping comes early for the zoo.

      However, there is no Palmer's Cocoa Butter left to be had in all of Ferguson.

      Bet there are no Nike shoes left on the shelves.

      It could be stopped in minutes - just fly over in a helicopter and bombard them with job applications !

      They don't want to jeopardize their welfare checks. No way any of them would get filled out.

      5 days ago
      Blacks doing their best to validate their worst stereotypes

      E. Newton
      5 days ago
      For some reason, I want to see the white rioters beaten down more severely than the black rioters. The black rioters are doing what is natural to them. They're naturally dumb and violent. The white "supporters", they're little Billy Ayers wanna-be's. Beat them harder.

      5 days ago
      The most racist people are blacks.

      5 days ago
      You first must know to read English and not ebonics.

      6 days ago
      Who in their right mind would loot a Family Dollar? Go upscale and loot a K-Mart. Skittles and ice tea. Sizzurp purple drank lean. Winn Dixie still has watermelons.

      5 days ago
      These folks do not want to be civil, did you not learn from Rodney King and the LA riots.

      5 days ago
      Sing us a song, a real song. When you was slaves, you sang like birds.

      5 days ago
      Disgusting ANIMALS!! They just reinforce every SINGLE stereotype!

      5 days ago
      Obama spoke using the King's English. They could not understand him.

      5 days ago
      Wow, they're animals. Why destroy your community you thugs. Oh well, back to Sanford and Son reruns!

      5 days ago
      "Darren Wilson not indicted?? Swisher Sweets for EVERYONE!!"

      Let the looting begin.

  13. "It never occurs to you that people don't like mobs burning shit down? Riots in the street are your preferred method of dealing with things?"

    Rose, if you were black, when would your breaking point have been? Slavery, Jim Crow, a continued systemic economic and justice system that is weighed against you only because of the color of your skin?

    Rose, should we be OK with our society when average wealth inequality differs $140K to $22K based on race alone?(

    You know more about our justice system than most and you must know how important a good attorney is, do you think this type of wealth disparity, base, again, on race alone, will result in equal justice? Do you think that, at least in part, results in the racial disparities we see in our prisons? Possibly even, more unjust killings of blacks by law enforcement than whites?

    Final question. Do you think there are certain affirmative actions our policy makers can take to continue our arc of making this more wrong than right, or does this difference reflect in part, an less-than-optimized culture, for lack of a better word, including family structure, etc and there is nothing our policy makers should do about this outside of encourage the private sector and religious institutions to do the right thing?

    1. Remember John, the liberals & Obama are the racists. Why? Because Rose said so, that's why!

    2. Remember anonymous and all the libtards who hijacked this thread, you are low lifes to make this about you.

      Liberal Jon, is having your own blog not enough? Get a life. You pollute every blog with your drivel.

    3. Rose said "Why don't you just use your name if you wanna have a conversation? Would it kill you? You don't want people to know how you feel? You're embarrassed by your racism?"

      Gotta love it, Jon posts his name as requested and still Rose ignores him. Love it!

  14. Great essay on race in Hollywood, penned by Chris Rock


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