I am about to start a trial on Monday in West Covina, in a case which should not be prosecuted. Lets make the record clear: this is a CRIMINAL case…criminal cases are based on wrongful acts and CRIMINAL intent….an intent to do wrong. ABSURD! This case was filed too quickly, without proper investigation and follow up, and even now, as the EXCULPATORY information is being brought to the prosecutors in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, they still are moving forward with a “win at all costs” attitude, rather than doing the right thing. This attitude of “just get the trial experience, even if you lose” is asinine!! That is not justice, that is not truth, and that is not right….election year or not!
As prosecutors, it is their duty to do the right thing; let alone the prosecutorial requirement that they only prosecute cases which they feel can give them a guilty verdict “beyond a reasonable doubt”…NOT THIS ONE. And a woman sits accused in the meantime; she, her family, 81 years old with 9 children and countless grandchildren, all stressing and losing sleep over a careful left turn!..all after she carefully pulled into the intersection from her retirement home with a blocked view! Here are the facts:
My client is an 81 year old woman being prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter. It was 12:35 p.m., and she was pulling out of her senior center after playing bridge with her friends. No alcohol, no drugs, no nothing. It was a residential street, one lane in each direction, with cars parked on her side partially blocking her view, and the view of others traveling towards her while she was pulling out of the parking lot. She stopped for a stop sign in the parking lot, and began inching out. By the time her car pulled into the intersection, the other driver, an 87 year old with eyesight problems and not wearing her glasses came barreling down the street. Without braking, swerving, or making any maneuvers to avoid the collision, she broadsided my client. She then continued down the street some 200 feet, ACCELERATING down the street (literally!), drove up a curb, hit a brick wall, and snapped her spinal column. Doctors said she suffered cardiac arrest which could have occurred PRIOR to the initial accident; per the doctors, the death was b/c of the wall impact, not the initial broadside; detectives said major car damage was from wall; two cars were parked on street making it difficult for my client to see as she entered the residential street AND for the 87 year old to see my client. Speed of 87 year old’s car could not be determined because the police didn’t properly investigate the scene.
My client has no driving history of any significance.
The vehicles were sold or destroyed prior to the first appearance of my client in court, meaning they police had already disposed of the cars without my client’s ability to review the physical evidence. Even today, more information is coming forward to show that the 87 year old accelerated down the street after the accident, which ultimately caused her demise.
This is a very tragic incident, but I ask you, attorneys, Deputy D.A.s, and members of the general public:
Is this what our taxpayer money is for? To call this woman a criminal?!!
Is that is the duty of a prosecutor? To win a case that should have never been filed? Or to act truthfully and to seek justice FOR ALL, even the wrongfully accused?!
I’m anxious to know where everyone else falls on this, as I consider myself pretty reasonable, able to see justice wherever it may be. Please share with me, and anyone else, your input on this.
This is a tragic case; there may be a civil case (in fact, there is)…but criminal? Please share this with everyone you know, and let them/us know your thoughts. Remember the issue I have: is this criminal conduct?
A pro golfer turned jewel thief was escorted from the Catalina Island jail to a golf course, where he gave the captain pointers, the deputy and the former inmate say. The captain is under investigation.