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Posted on August 7 at 9:31 p.m.
It's reassuring to see here that public awareness of the SB Superior Court's malfeasance bordering upon corruption is growing.The conspiracy of dunces among Bill Brown, Cam Sanchez, Joyce Dudley, Brian Hill, and (most egregiously) Frank Ochoa and their obsequious minions is a scandal worthy of a Grand Jury's attention.
From the moment an accused is handcuffed, he/she will be brutalized by a County Jail custody staff that is, in the main, sadistic and ruthlessly duplicitous. When transferred from jail to court (in full view of the public as the accused are shuffled across Figueroa St. in orange jumpsuits and chains), they're then bullied, intimidated, and physically abused by Court Bailiff personnel. Dare to glance at the jury during your trial (if you're brave enough to face the plea-bargain-refusal wrath of vindictive Assistant D.A.s) and you'll get a punch in the ribs on the elevator ride downstairs at the end of the day. No marks, just breathless pain and the promise of much more to come should one dare complain. Bathroom breaks? Forget about it.
Then, because our judges commit fundamental errors of evidence admission and procedural blunders, if you're convicted (likely, as the D.A. will do ANYthing to win a conviction without regard to truth or any semblance of justice), buckle up for the most inconsistent sentencing anywhere in the State of California, as Hill--a former "hanging D.A." is now a "hanging judge", and Ochoa looks the other way when Hispanics are up for plea-deal sentencing, while hammering anyone who dares go before a jury and screw up his frequent vacation plans. (Oh, and have we forgotten how he managed to get DUI charges against his faux-celebrity news-reading wife and Council-vet Iya Falcone swept aside?)
This city is sick, and at the heart of it all is a Board of Supervisors and a City Council afraid to rein it all in. They should have fired Brown and Sanchez years ago, but it's all about standing for re-election, isn't it?You bet'cha.
On Genis Cleared of Contempt-of-Court Charges
Posted on August 7 at 9:07 p.m.
Credit to the "light rain" for helping out the $425k law enforcement effort? Here's a suggestion: cancel Fiesta, save the half million dollars, and help mitigate the population crush at that violent, stinking, dangerous cesspool we call a jail.Oh, wait...that wouldn't be good for business would it? Better to collect those sales taxes on all that liquor, then bust every poor soul with the temerity to take an open can of beer onto the sidewalk and keep the cops-jail-court machine chugging along.
The whole thing's a farce, and a peek under the silver saddles would make real "news". Why is Nick Welch buying into the ruse? Because the Indy needs the ad revenue and every Fiesta tourist in town counts for circulation/rates.When in doubt, follow the money.
On Fiesta Arrests Way Up
Posted on June 26 at 12:42 p.m.
Lack's real crime in SB?Being a supporter of the political right.
As usual, Nick Welch proves that he's a left-leaning pundit, not a journalist. He simply can't "report" a story without infusing it with personal opinion, lame attempts at irony, or his profoundly awkward and far-from-pithy syntax.
If supporting Michael Huffington (surprising that Welch didn't remind us that Mike only came out of the closet after his divorce from that insufferably prolix, over-perfumed star-f*cking Greek wife who only divorced him pursuant to his political defeat) is meaningful to this story, then Lack is going to get 30 years at the hands of the local judiciary...all of whom dance to the tune whistled by that ridiculous clown Joyce Dudley.
On GOP Bigwig David Lack Faces Fraud Trial
Posted on June 26 at 12:26 p.m.
Here's the plan: keep everything as hush-hush as possible for as long as possible so that the whole thing turns media-stale, Bill Brown's political wins remain unsullied, the Board of Supervisors retain their positions, and no controversy affects the summer tourist biz.
Shameful and clearly corrupt.
On Families of Isla Vista Victims Call Out Sheriff's Office
Posted on May 29 at 4:47 p.m.
Well, well, well... Isn't this just perfect? "Therefore, they did not view the videos or conduct a weapons check on Rodger."
As if this absolves them of complete responsibility for failing to THINK or be proactive in any way.After meeting Roger, didn't they think he was the least bit hinky? Maybe even damned odd?Wouldn't any reasonable 21st-Century sleuth immediately check out the guy's social media status? Wouldn't you even be curious to find that he had a video up on YouTube?As for a "search" of his place that night, all they had to do was say "Do you mind if we look around just to make sure you're okay?" Once permitted/authorised inside (even absent a warrant), cops LOVE to "just look around". (which is why you never let one inside your apartment without proper documentation)These deputies simply blew it, and Bill Brown knows it...so he's got to cover their butts to cover his. This is, after all, the week before his (please, God, no!) re-election.Such typical SBSD CYA nonsense.
And now (and this is a classic) Joyce Dudley is "conducting an investigation into the officer-involved shootings" of that horrible night. Sure. Just like she conducts "investigations" into every cop shooting in the county...and ALWAYS finds "ample justification" for flying lead. Those four deputies that night were firing into the dark at will. I can't wait to find out how many rounds were fired by them...only one of which actually hit Roger, and non-lethally at that.
We all know that both the SBSD and the SBPD revel in the glory of their armaments. Just watch the episode of that moronic piece of media hype "On Patrol" on KEYT which aired just 24 hours after the UCSB killings, wherein the SBPD describes in grinning detail the firepower they have at their disposal. "And this HK will fire 300 rounds per minute with complete sound and flash suppression..." Oh, and let's not forget the assault rifles now carried by every motorcycle cop in town. Those things come in handy when writing those rolling stop citations, don't'cha know...
There are four gangs in SB: Eastsiders, Westsiders, SBPD, SBSD, and they're all trigger happy, dangerous nuts.
On Isla Vista Killer's April 30 Check-Up
Posted on May 24 at 3:24 p.m.
Chancellor Henry T. Yang has spent the last decade ignoring the problems of alienated students with mental health problems and the I.V. "lifestyle" generated by the free flow of alcohol just steps away from campus.
The socialization and integration of students in the community is an obvious priority for the safety of all concerned...and zero efforts in that regard are made by Yang.
Time to do two things: 1.) clean house at UCSB on the admin level. Perhaps Napolitano has the insight and the political courage to do so. Likely not, however, as rocked boats get everyone's feet wet. 2.) eliminate by County Ordinance the sale of any alcoholic beverages within a 3-mile radius of the UCSB campus. (Back in the day, UCLA's Westwood Village was "dry", and these problems simply did not exist.) So much of UCSB's ills are directly attributable to the free-flow of liquor and suds...and Bill Brown's brownshirts have a habit of waiting until everyone is sh*t-faced before they make any appearance, rather than acting calmly and preemptively.Business as usual will only see more tragedy in the future.
On Isla Vista Shooting: Echoes of David Attias
Posted on May 24 at 3:10 p.m.
Yup. Another obvious example of the Santa Barbara Police State, wherein anything the cops or the D.A.'s office (why in the world do the assistant D.A.'s need county cars to drive home in?) do is "necessary".
In a community where plastic bags are now an eco-felony, every cop car in the city/county burns fuel 24/365, making our "carbon footprint" that of Godzilla. Wonderful logic.
But...time to get down to the next press conference where the Board of Supes, the City Council, Sheriff Bill, and Chief Cam incessantly congratulate each other so that Paula Sanchez has something to talk about instead of ever dealing with her own illegal behavior or reporting on her husband's AMAZING racism from the bench.
Oh, wait: we're already celebrating Fiesta (3 months distant) and lining up these "dignitaries" for more self-aggrandizement.
Where's my spoon? I need gagging.
On Have Idling Sheriff Cars Wasted More than $1 Million?
Posted on April 30 at 4:41 p.m.
If her slush fund buys her another term, we are so f*cked.
On Capps Leads Money Field
Posted on April 17 at 7:01 p.m.
They're gonna be safer in jail than they will be walking the breakwater at the harbor.
On Commercial Fishermen Arrested for Theft
Posted on April 17 at 6:37 p.m.
whatsinsb, you speak out of apparent ignorance, so don't flaunt it. SBCOJ is regularly filled beyond capacity with marijuana violators, people who dare to drive without a license, people who dare to "resist" by asking WTF are you stopping me here on the sidewalk?, who don't have proof of residence ID, who take a nap in a city park, by shoplifters, by those who dare to defend themselves from random drunken assault...and the list of "hardened" criminal offenses goes on, none of whom are candidates for "redemption and revitalization" opportunities (the very notion of which is a joke coming out of Bill Brown's mouth).Have you ever been inside SBCOJ? It's an experience in draconian brutality, widely considered among California Custody workers as the worst jail in the state, with the highest inmate death rate in the 11 western states, an operation run by an undersheriff who avoided prosecution for sexually harrassing female staff by summarily resigning (gotta protect that pension too!), and overseen by a sheriff who is more concerned about getting a "Mission style" edifice built with his name on the brass plaque out front.$80 million? Those funds should be spent on mental health facilities and upon ongoing microscopic oversight of everything local law enforcement does.
On Big Plans for the Big House