Changing of the Guard (at the DA’s Office) or More of the Same?

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Monica Krauth of the Woodland Daily Democrat writes a story today on District Attorney elect Jeff Reisig taking office. Apparently the biggest challenges that the DA’s office will face are the murder cases of Ramirez and Garza and also the Reisig imposed Gang Injunction.

No mention that Henderson’s office suffered from a number of ethical complaints.

No mention of the pending law suits against the DA’s office most notably from Halema Buzayan and Khalid Berny, who in separate incidents have accused the District Attorney’s office of selective and malicious prosecution.

Reisig will indeed face many challenges, but none of those external challenges may compare with the task he has to perform in cleaning up his own office–an office that he was a part of and an office that almost unanimously backed his candidacy for District Attorney in June’s Primary Election.

Like elsewhere in the country, the rule of law is being imposed often at the expense of civil liberties. No one wants crime to increase, no wants to have to live with gangs. Everyone wants safety. Those are not the issue.

The question is one of ends versus means. Do we accomplish a reduction of crime at the expense of our own liberties? Do we accomplish a reduction of crime more to the point at the expense of the reduction of those people who lack the resources to fight the charges against them.

The one thing I keep coming back to over and over again, Halema Buzayan’s father had the resources to fight her treatment. How many other people in her position are not so lucky? Khalid Berny likewise had the resources to fight his prosecution. How many other Khalid Berny’s are there out there that we just haven’t heard about because they lacked the means to fight unfair prosecution?

Why are the local papers giving the District Attorney’s Office a pass on these issues?

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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12 thoughts on “Changing of the Guard (at the DA’s Office) or More of the Same?”

  1. Anonymous

    The merits of the “Gang Injunction” should be explored and frankly should have been discussed much more during the last election. Nobody wants to be affected by gang activity, but how far do you go to stop it. I know they claim otherwise, but it looks like they just put the clamps on a bunch of Hispanics because Hispanics are usually bang bangers. It is sort of like throwing all Japanese in concentration camps because they are more lkely to spy and be subversive than other people. I am certain that crime would be reduced in Richmond, CA if all Black people were required to go to bed at let’s say 10:30PM. The Gang Injunction tries to target the right people so it is not as bad as what I described above. However, how many mistakes are being made in the selection process?SAH

  2. Anonymous

    The merits of the “Gang Injunction” should be explored and frankly should have been discussed much more during the last election. Nobody wants to be affected by gang activity, but how far do you go to stop it. I know they claim otherwise, but it looks like they just put the clamps on a bunch of Hispanics because Hispanics are usually bang bangers. It is sort of like throwing all Japanese in concentration camps because they are more lkely to spy and be subversive than other people. I am certain that crime would be reduced in Richmond, CA if all Black people were required to go to bed at let’s say 10:30PM. The Gang Injunction tries to target the right people so it is not as bad as what I described above. However, how many mistakes are being made in the selection process?SAH

  3. Anonymous

    The merits of the “Gang Injunction” should be explored and frankly should have been discussed much more during the last election. Nobody wants to be affected by gang activity, but how far do you go to stop it. I know they claim otherwise, but it looks like they just put the clamps on a bunch of Hispanics because Hispanics are usually bang bangers. It is sort of like throwing all Japanese in concentration camps because they are more lkely to spy and be subversive than other people. I am certain that crime would be reduced in Richmond, CA if all Black people were required to go to bed at let’s say 10:30PM. The Gang Injunction tries to target the right people so it is not as bad as what I described above. However, how many mistakes are being made in the selection process?SAH

  4. Anonymous

    The merits of the “Gang Injunction” should be explored and frankly should have been discussed much more during the last election. Nobody wants to be affected by gang activity, but how far do you go to stop it. I know they claim otherwise, but it looks like they just put the clamps on a bunch of Hispanics because Hispanics are usually bang bangers. It is sort of like throwing all Japanese in concentration camps because they are more lkely to spy and be subversive than other people. I am certain that crime would be reduced in Richmond, CA if all Black people were required to go to bed at let’s say 10:30PM. The Gang Injunction tries to target the right people so it is not as bad as what I described above. However, how many mistakes are being made in the selection process?SAH

  5. Doug Paul Davis

    More about this tomorrow, but this is what concerns me most:

    “In a move that still angers opponents, prosecutors gave notice of the suit to just one alleged member, and he lived in Rancho Cordova, 15 miles away. Reisig wrote in a court filing that the alleged Norteño, Billy Wolfington, would spread the word to compatriots.

    Wolfington didn’t show up in court to contest the injunction, however, and neither did any other alleged members of the gang. With no opposition in attendance, Superior Court Judge Thomas Warriner granted a permanent injunction on Feb. 3, 2005. “

    That’s from the SF Chronicle article.

  6. Doug Paul Davis

    More about this tomorrow, but this is what concerns me most:

    “In a move that still angers opponents, prosecutors gave notice of the suit to just one alleged member, and he lived in Rancho Cordova, 15 miles away. Reisig wrote in a court filing that the alleged Norteño, Billy Wolfington, would spread the word to compatriots.

    Wolfington didn’t show up in court to contest the injunction, however, and neither did any other alleged members of the gang. With no opposition in attendance, Superior Court Judge Thomas Warriner granted a permanent injunction on Feb. 3, 2005. “

    That’s from the SF Chronicle article.

  7. Doug Paul Davis

    More about this tomorrow, but this is what concerns me most:

    “In a move that still angers opponents, prosecutors gave notice of the suit to just one alleged member, and he lived in Rancho Cordova, 15 miles away. Reisig wrote in a court filing that the alleged Norteño, Billy Wolfington, would spread the word to compatriots.

    Wolfington didn’t show up in court to contest the injunction, however, and neither did any other alleged members of the gang. With no opposition in attendance, Superior Court Judge Thomas Warriner granted a permanent injunction on Feb. 3, 2005. “

    That’s from the SF Chronicle article.

  8. Doug Paul Davis

    More about this tomorrow, but this is what concerns me most:

    “In a move that still angers opponents, prosecutors gave notice of the suit to just one alleged member, and he lived in Rancho Cordova, 15 miles away. Reisig wrote in a court filing that the alleged Norteño, Billy Wolfington, would spread the word to compatriots.

    Wolfington didn’t show up in court to contest the injunction, however, and neither did any other alleged members of the gang. With no opposition in attendance, Superior Court Judge Thomas Warriner granted a permanent injunction on Feb. 3, 2005. “

    That’s from the SF Chronicle article.

  9. Anonymous

    Remember, West Sacramento has been dealing with real problems with gang activity. We had the Halloween murders in Woodland (a gang drive-by fatal shooting of a young adult and juvenile) and Davis had experienced a drive-by shooting of a house on L Street (no one was injured)that was attributed to Norteno/Sureno activity. The gang injunction should be closely monitored by the Court to that it is not used abusively, but it is not a new thing. I seem to recall Berkeley using a similar strategy to shut down drug activity in troubled areas of the city in the early 1990s with neighbors using civil lawsuits against absentee landlords who allowed their properties to turn into centers of criminal activity and using TROs against known drug dealers to help clean up their neighborhoods.

    So far, the injunction has survived legal challenges. It is hard to say if there had been more notice to possible “injunctees” that the Court would have not approved it.

  10. Anonymous

    Remember, West Sacramento has been dealing with real problems with gang activity. We had the Halloween murders in Woodland (a gang drive-by fatal shooting of a young adult and juvenile) and Davis had experienced a drive-by shooting of a house on L Street (no one was injured)that was attributed to Norteno/Sureno activity. The gang injunction should be closely monitored by the Court to that it is not used abusively, but it is not a new thing. I seem to recall Berkeley using a similar strategy to shut down drug activity in troubled areas of the city in the early 1990s with neighbors using civil lawsuits against absentee landlords who allowed their properties to turn into centers of criminal activity and using TROs against known drug dealers to help clean up their neighborhoods.

    So far, the injunction has survived legal challenges. It is hard to say if there had been more notice to possible “injunctees” that the Court would have not approved it.

  11. Anonymous

    Remember, West Sacramento has been dealing with real problems with gang activity. We had the Halloween murders in Woodland (a gang drive-by fatal shooting of a young adult and juvenile) and Davis had experienced a drive-by shooting of a house on L Street (no one was injured)that was attributed to Norteno/Sureno activity. The gang injunction should be closely monitored by the Court to that it is not used abusively, but it is not a new thing. I seem to recall Berkeley using a similar strategy to shut down drug activity in troubled areas of the city in the early 1990s with neighbors using civil lawsuits against absentee landlords who allowed their properties to turn into centers of criminal activity and using TROs against known drug dealers to help clean up their neighborhoods.

    So far, the injunction has survived legal challenges. It is hard to say if there had been more notice to possible “injunctees” that the Court would have not approved it.

  12. Anonymous

    Remember, West Sacramento has been dealing with real problems with gang activity. We had the Halloween murders in Woodland (a gang drive-by fatal shooting of a young adult and juvenile) and Davis had experienced a drive-by shooting of a house on L Street (no one was injured)that was attributed to Norteno/Sureno activity. The gang injunction should be closely monitored by the Court to that it is not used abusively, but it is not a new thing. I seem to recall Berkeley using a similar strategy to shut down drug activity in troubled areas of the city in the early 1990s with neighbors using civil lawsuits against absentee landlords who allowed their properties to turn into centers of criminal activity and using TROs against known drug dealers to help clean up their neighborhoods.

    So far, the injunction has survived legal challenges. It is hard to say if there had been more notice to possible “injunctees” that the Court would have not approved it.

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