Posted: October 18, 2011 - Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:53 pm
Los Angeles, CA -- Millage Peaks IV tells authorities he and his associates paid the Transportation Security Administration officer at LAX $5,000 to $6,000 to help smuggle marijuana on nine separate trips, an FBI affidavit says. The son of a former Los Angeles fire chief (pictured above, center) was charged Monday with bribing a federal Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport to help him smuggle marijuana past security on nine separate trips. Millage Peaks IV admitted to FBI agents that he and his associates made the trips with the aid of a TSA officer, whom they paid $5,000 to $6,000 in bribes to avoid detection, according to an FBI affidavit.
Peaks and TSA Officer Dianne Perez were arrested on bribery charges Sunday following what the FBI said was his most recent attempt. A baggage handler smelled marijuana in the luggage and alerted authorities, who found 14 pounds of marijuana. Perez was charged Monday with accepting a bribe. Authorities said Peaks bought the marijuana for $38,000 the day before in the Bay Area, then drove back to L.A. to make the 7:25 a.m. American Airlines flight to Boston, where investigators believed he intended to resell the marijuana. Peaks, a 23-year-old construction worker, told authorities that Perez, 28, of Inglewood, helped him circumvent security nine previous times. Each time, he would pay her $500 per bag.
Peaks' father is Millage Peaks III, who had been chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department until earlier this year. His sister is an officer with the LAX Police Department. But she and his father told investigators they had no knowledge of alleged drug smuggling by Millage Peaks IV.
TSA issued a statement Monday saying the agency was involved in the investigation and that "appropriate disciplinary action will be taken."
In interviews with authorities, Peaks offered a detailed explanation of the system devised by he and Perez to get drugs on board planes. On Sunday, authorities said he told them, he met Perez outside the terminal and checked in for his American Airlines flight for Boston. He then gave her two pieces of checked luggage, which Perez took to a TSA screening room, according to an affidavit from federal investigators.
She returned three minutes later and waved, an indication that "everything is good," he said in the affidavit. He also said that Perez taught him how to pack his bags to avoid detection.Text messages from cellphones Peaks turned over to the FBI show he sent a number of text messages to Perez. In a message dated Oct. 7, he wrote: "He made it coo. Thanx soo much. U have no clue how clutch u r. Without u none of this would b possible….Ill have ur 700 Monday maybe earlier."
In another, dated Sept. 30, he wrote: "500$ tom night. Good looks."
Perez, a TSA officer for seven and a half years, was assigned to run bags through an X-ray machine and search for explosive, dangerous items or dense items. Although she initially told investigators that Sunday was only her second time to move bags through security for Peaks, she later said she had helped him many more times. She said, however, that Peaks had paid her $3,000.
Peaks and Perez were released from custody in lieu of $20,000 bail Monday. Their arraignments are set for Nov. 14. If convicted, Peaks and Perez each face up to 15 years in federal prison, said Thom Mrozek, a U.S. Attorney's office spokesman.
Posted: October 16, 2011, 8:07 p.m. - Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:55 pm
A whistle-blower tells how a private detective arranged for men to be arrested for drunk driving at the behest of their ex-wives and their lawyers — and that entrapment using decoys was only one of many alleged misdeeds.
Martinez, Calif. — David Dutcher (pictured above, center) met Sharon on Match.com in late 2008, a few months after separating from his wife. "We had a lot in common," he recalled. Sharon loved four-wheel-drive trucks and sports. They met for coffee, then dinner. Sharon was tall, slender, blond and beautiful. She moaned that she had not had sex in a long time. She told him he had large, strong hands and wondered if that portended other things. She described his kisses as "yummy."
"It felt a lot like Christmas," said Dutcher, 49, a tall, burly engineer with wavy red hair.
On their second date, Sharon suggested they join one of her friends "who was partying because she had closed a real estate deal," Dutcher said. They drove to an Italian restaurant in a suburb near San Francisco. Sharon's friend, "Tash," was a loud and raucous brunet who was pounding down shots. The women fiddled with Dutcher's tie and massaged his neck and shoulders. The brunet unbuttoned her blouse to reveal generous cleavage. "I am way over my head with these girls," he remembered thinking. "I hadn't been out dating in a while." Sharon had trouble finishing her tequila shots and asked Dutcher to help, he said. When the women went to the bathroom, two men at the other end of the bar peppered Dutcher with questions. "Are you a celebrity?" they wanted to know.
The women suggested going to a house with a hot tub that Tash was housesitting, Dutcher said. He followed them in his truck. Within a few minutes, a flashing red light appeared in his rearview mirror. The officer said he had been swerving.
Three months later, Dutcher's wife filed a motion in their divorce case, telling the court that her soon-to-be former husband had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and that she feared for their children's safety. The judge ordered that Dutcher's visits be supervised.
Then, earlier this year, Dutcher received a letter from Contra Costa County Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Harold W. Jewett. It contained a transcript of a police interview with Christopher Butler, a private detective and the subject of a state and federal criminal investigation. "I hope in some small way this information will help you recoup both rights and dignities lost in one of the most deplorable legal practices I have ever heard of," Jewett wrote.
Dutcher had been duped. The women who'd ogled him worked for Butler's detective agency. Sharon, who told Dutcher she was a divorcee employed by an investment firm, actually was a former Las Vegas showgirl. A man who once worked for Butler had blown the whistle. He told authorities Butler arranged for men to be arrested for drunk driving at the behest of their ex-wives and their divorce lawyers — and that entrapment was only one of many alleged misdeeds.
Butler, 49, a former police officer, was arrested in February. In addition to setting up at least five DUIs, he sold drugs for law enforcement officers and helped them open and operate a brothel, collecting and delivering the profits, according to prosecutors and a statement Butler gave them after his arrest.
In the March 15 statement obtained by the media, Butler said his accomplices reasoned that they could shield their illegal businesses because any complaints would be investigated by a state-run narcotics task force, which one of the officers headed. The alleged crimes implicated three different law enforcement agencies — the San Ramon and Danville police departments and the narcotics task force — and took place in Contra Costa County, a collection of mostly middle-class communities that stretch from the East Bay shoreline opposite San Francisco to upscale suburbs inland. Jewett called the scandal a "sordid drama" that overwhelmed the resources of the county and raised potential conflicts for police departments being asked to investigate their own.
In May, the FBI took over the probe, interviewing Dutcher and other ex-husbands arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. A federal grand jury indicted Butler and two of the officers in August and September. The charges included drug dealing, running a prostitution business and illegal possession of a weapon. More indictments are expected. A third officer, implicated by Butler in the DUIs, faces state charges of accepting bribes to make arrests.
Stunned prosecutors combed through pending criminal cases and eventually dismissed charges in at least 20 DUI and vice crimes, tainted by the involvement of the accused officers. Two of them had once worked with Butler on the police force of the East Bay city of Antioch.
Butler also apparently hoodwinked reporters. His agency received national attention for employing gumshoe "housewives" who juggled soccer games with undercover spying. People magazine and Dr. Phil did stories. An East Bay magazine reporter who went on a ride-along with Butler later discovered that everything he had witnessed had been staged.
In what prosecutors now call "dirty DUIs," Butler paid his decoys $25 an hour for four-hour minimums. The women worked in pairs. One drank heavily with the target and the other drove.
Butler videotaped the encounters from a nearby table. When the man got into his vehicle, Butler tipped off police. The last DUI setup occurred in January.
Susan Dutcher, a substitute schoolteacher, said in a sworn declaration that she paid Butler $2,500 to obtain evidence that her husband drove while drinking. She insisted she did not authorize Butler to have him arrested because she did not want to imperil his job and his ability to pay child support. Her lawyer's paralegal, who had recommended Butler, "made this all seem completely legal and as though it was standard practice" in divorce cases, she said.
Once Dutcher got into his truck, Butler called a police officer friend to report Dutcher had been drinking. Butler maintained the officer was not paid by him and did not know Dutcher had been set up. The officer, who has not been charged, later went to work for Butler.
Dutcher, an avionics engineer who works on rockets, said he was dumbfounded when he learned what happened. After his arrest, he could not get the heightened security clearance he needed for certain jobs. Driven by anger and embarrassment, he contacted others he had learned had been set up, including Declan Woods, a contractor arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2007. Woods' ex-wife was represented by Mary Nolan, the same divorce attorney who worked for Susan Dutcher. Woods said the arrest hurt his business and cost him thousands of dollars in fines. His ex-wife declined to discuss the case but said she did not authorize Butler to have Woods arrested.
Butler told prosecutors the attorney referred him to Susan Dutcher because she was thrilled with his performance in the Woods case. In a sworn court declaration, Nolan denied having anything to do with hiring Butler in the Dutcher case; she could not be reached for comment about Woods' arrest.
Woods' ordeal began with a call for a kitchen remodel estimate. The prospective client turned out to be an attractive, flirtatious brunet. She told him she was new in town, a writer, and wondered what he was doing that night. He said he planned to grab dinner at a local cafe. "Hey, this chick is picking up on me," Woods joked to his business partner after the two men met with her. The woman showed up with a friend that evening. They went to a nearby bar, where the three drank lemon drops. Woods said in an interview that the brunet was so aggressive he twice pushed her off his lap. Calm yourself, calm yourself, he remembered telling her. Looking back, he said, he should have realized something was wrong. "Things like that don't happen to blokes like me," said the British-born Woods. "But the alcohol kicks in, you are having a good time, and you think, what the hell."
The women suggested going to a house with a hot tub. Woods hopped into his truck and followed them. He was pulled over almost immediately. "I have been set up," he remembered telling the officer.
Prosecutors offered to help Dutcher and Woods remove their DUI convictions and approved the dismissal of charges against the three other men. Dutcher obtained a court order last month to expunge his conviction. Even though the men had been drinking, prosecutors said Butler's stings violated a little-used 19th century law that makes it a felony to conspire to subject another person to arrest. The female decoys have not been charged.
Dutcher has worked long hours seeking vindication. After spending nearly $30,000 on an attorney, he decided to represent himself in an attempt to overturn the divorce and custody agreement he signed last year. He said his ex-wife had him "over the barrel" after the DUI. Susan Dutcher's current lawyer, doubts Dutcher will succeed. "Nobody held a gun to his head," she said of his drunk driving arrest. "Nobody forced him to drink.... The guy was drunk and he was driving. How is that a dirty DUI?" Dutcher agreed he "made a terrible mistake." A trial date on the divorce settlement is set for Nov. 17, 2011.
The Grey Stork!
Posted: October 16, 2011, 13:49 PDT - Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 16:05 PDT
San Quentin, Calif. (WCJB) -- A guard at San Quentin State Prison has been arrested on suspicion of selling drugs at the prison and bribery, authorities say. Robert Alioto, 48, of Petaluma was taken into custody on Wednesday and booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of selling drugs to a person in custody, requesting or receiving a bribe, possession of marijuana for sale, sale or transportation of marijuana and conspiracy, according to jail officials.
Alioto was arrested by investigators with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The department said it did not have many details about the case and referred calls to San Quentin Prison spokesman Lt. Samuel Robinson.
Robinson told the media he also didn't have details about the case although he said the investigation was ongoing. "We here at San Quentin and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are determined to ensure that our institution is safe and secure, even if it means pursuing legal action against our staff," Robinson said. San Quentin, north of San Francisco, is the state's oldest prison and houses about 5,000 men, including those on death row.
The Marin County District Attorney's Office was still reviewing the case against Alioto on Thursday and had not filed any charges, said spokesman Barry Borden.
Alioto has been released on $50,000 bail, according to the local media. A message left at a number for a Robert Alioto in Petaluma was not immediately returned.
Arrested For Murder!
Arrested For Murder!
Posted at: 08/29/2011 10:16 PM | Updated at: 08/30/2011 1:44 PM
The FBI arrested former NBA player Javaris Crittenton at a southern California airport Monday night when he checked in for a flight to Atlanta. The Atlanta office of the FBI had obtained a federal arrest warrant for Crittenton, who was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He is being sought in connection with the shooting Aug. 19 of Julian Jones, a 22-year-old mother of four in Atlanta. She was struck by bullets apparently intended for someone in a group she was with, Keith Meadows of the Atlanta Police Dept. said. In the group was a man Crittenton believed had stolen jewelry from him in April, police said.
“He was not fleeing,” his attorney told a Los Angeles media affiliate Tuesday morning. “He came to LA to work out, to rehab. His second home is LA. He bought that [one-way] ticket weeks prior to even knowing about the killing. He should not have his career destroyed.” Another lawyer for Crittenton, had told the Atlanta Journal Constitution earlier Monday that Crittenton would return to Georgia on the red-eye and surrender to authorities. The FBI intervened before he could board the flight from John Wayne Airport.
“Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name,” the attorney said. “He's innocent of the charges.”
"B.A.R.T. Police!" "Johannes Mehserle!" Trial Date!
March 27, 2010
A judge in Los Angeles has set a slightly earlier trial date for Johannes Mehserle. The former BART police officer is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland on January 1, 2009. On Friday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Perry moved up the start of the trial by six days, to June first. Last fall, a Superior court judge in Alameda County moved the trial to Los Angeles, due to the intense media coverage in the Bay Area.
L.A. Trial Judge
December 3, 2009
OAKLAND, CA — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge will preside over the murder trial against former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, the state's judicial council announced Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry, who first was appointed a judgeship in Los Angeles in 1992, will preside over a case that a local judge ruled should be moved to a new location because of pretrial publicity and the threat of violence.
November 21, 2009
"All this I'm reading says you are on the fast track to some very, very long prison sentences. You are 18 years old and next time you come around, I think you will be getting a lot of time in state prison."
--Alameda County Superior Court Judge (Jew) Morris Jacobson to Walter Bell, 19, (and black) who was arraigned in Contra Costa County on charges of murder and attempted murder in the Jan. 20, 2009 death of Rylan Fuchs (a white drug dealer).
The murder trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle (pictured left) will be held in Los Angeles County, a judge declared November 18th. The trial will most likely will not begin until the end of next year. Alameda County Superior Court Judge (Jew) Morris Jacobson moved the murder trial of Johannes Mehserle (a white police officer videotaped killing a black man) to Los Angeles County after he ruled last month that Mehserle could not receive a fair trial in Alameda County. That ruling was based on (Jew) Jacobson's view that the amount of media coverage in Alameda County and the continued protests that accompanied every hearing regarding the case would make it difficult to find an impartial jury.
Mehserle's (Jew) attorney argued on November 18th that the trial should be moved to (exclusively white) San Diego, California, because his client (who is currently free on $3,000,000.00 bail) would be hurt, both financially and judicially, by waiting a year before the case is heard. Mehserle's (Jew) attorney also argued that having the case tried in Los Angeles could hurt his client because of the past incidents there involving police brutality. Citing the case of Rodney King, who was videotaped 18 years ago being beaten by Los Angeles police officers, Mehserle's (Jew) attorney said residents of Los Angeles continue to remember the riots that case caused.
Alameda County Deputy District Attorney (Jew) David Stein, however, argued that the case must be moved to Los Angeles County because the demographics there best resemble those of Alameda County. Estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau show that in 2008, Los Angeles had nearly 10 million residents with just over 9 percent being African-American. Meanwhile, San Diego had 3 million residents with 5.5 percent African-Americans. That same data revealed that Alameda County had 1.5 million residents with 13 percent African-Americans.
October 16, 2009
OAKLAND — Judge grants former BART police officer change of venue. The murder trial of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle will be moved to another county, a judge declared Friday. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson informed attorneys late in the afternoon that the case against Mehserle, who is accused of murder in the Jan. 1 fatal shooting of Hayward resident Oscar Grant III, 22, should occur in another county because Mehserle, 27, cannot receive a fair trial in Alameda County. Although Mehserle's defense attorney, Michael Rains, focused on what he claimed was a racial divide in the county regarding public opinion of Mehserle's guilt in the case, Jacobson's ruling focused on the repeated protests that have accompanied court actions and the "staggering" volume of media coverage of the shooting and events that followed. Defense attorneys presented Jacobson with more than 4,000 stories spanning print, radio and television broadcasts related to the Mehserle case since the shooting. Jacobson also cited the numerous protests that have occurred in relation to the case and the death threats that have been made against Mehserle, his attorneys and his family.
"This court knows witnesses in this case are truly frightened by the violence, civil unrest and the death threats that have been directed at anyone in the path of this case," Jacobson wrote. "Without a doubt, potential jurors have the same fears." By having those fears, Jacobson said, there is no way to guarantee that a jury in Alameda County would not be influenced by the potential of violence should they decide a certain way.
"This case may well be a close one and difficult for some or all of the jurors to decide," Jacobson said. "The jurors will likely be making a difficult decision that could go either way. These jurors will be exposed to protesters' angry demand for 'justice for Oscar Grant' each time they go in and out of the courthouse, a constant reminder of the impending civil unrest. "These jurors also will be concerned about the real possibility more riots and violence depending on the verdict they choose," Jacobson wrote.
Jacobson's ruling was made less than a week after a hearing on a change of venue in the case concluded with prosecutors arguing that Alameda County is large enough to find impartial jurors and defense attorneys arguing that media coverage of the case had made it impossible to find residents who had not formed an opinion on the case.
Jacobson agreed that the county's size, as the seventh-largest in the state with 1.5 million residents, factored against a change of venue but said the media coverage and threat of violence far outweighed the population factor. "Here, despite Alameda County's large size and metropolitan nature, the court is not confident that this factor has overcome the avalanche of pretrial publicity or the intensity of the community outrage," Jacobson wrote.
In making his decision, Jacobson had to consider six factors: media coverage, nature and gravity of offense, size of community, status of victim and defendant before the crime, politics surrounding the crime and possibility of violence during and after the trial. Only one factor, the size of the county, could be used to support a denial of a change of venue, Jacobson wrote, but even that factor did not rise to the level needed to keep the trial in Alameda County. "In conclusion, all of the above factors favor a change of venue save one, the size and nature of this County," Jacobson wrote. "That factor, alone, does not persuade the court."
Where the trial will be held will now be decided by Jacobson with help from the state Administrative Office of the Courts and after a hearing with prosecutors and defense attorneys. Within two weeks, Jacobson should be supplied with a list of at most three locations that would "not be unduly burdened by the trial of the case." The judge would then hold a hearing and consider arguments for each location and then make a decision.
According to court rules, the site chosen must meet a number of factors, including similar demographics to Alameda County, availability on the court's calendar and ability to handle the interest in the case. Jacobson did not set a date for a hearing on deciding a new venue for the case and said, for now, a Nov. 2, 2009 trial date will remain on the court calendar although the case is not expected to begin by then. The scene outside Rene C. Davidson Courthouse on Friday evening was calm, with only about six protesters showing up to speak out against the change of venue.
May 18, 2009
Lawyers for former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle lost their bid today to disqualify the Alameda County district attorney's office from prosecuting him on a murder charge in the slaying of an unarmed passenger on New Year's Day. Mehserle's lead attorney, Michael Rains, had sought to disqualify District Attorney Tom Orloff and his office from the case, saying in court papers that Orloff "formulated and orchestrated a systematic effort to get Mehserle to talk - and confess - without the knowledge, and outside the presence, of his lawyer."
Mehserle, 27, is charged with murdering Grant at BART's Fruitvale Station in Oakland. Grant, 22, of Hayward, was being held by officers after an early morning fight on a train and was lying face-down on the platform, his hands behind his back, when Mehserle shot him.
Mehserle's lawyers say he thought he was firing his Taser stun gun (see story below). He is free on $3 million bail.
The ruling by Judge C. Don Clay of Alameda County Superior Court allowed the preliminary hearing for Mehserle to begin in an Oakland courtroom filled with 50 spectators, including relatives of the former officer and the family of the man he shot, Oscar Grant (pictured left).
The first witness today, Karina Vargas of Hayward, was on a BART train that pulled into the Fruitvale Station around the time of the shooting. She and others captured parts of the incident with cell-phone cameras and other devices. Vargas gave her account of what she saw, and her video footage was played on a wall screen. Her video did not show the actual shooting, but the gunshot could be heard.
Vargas testified that Grant had not been struggling. "From what it looked like to me, he was cooperating and had his hands behind his back," she said.
She said she had stopped recording for a moment and then had begun recording again when she saw officers in a confrontation with Grant and several other young men. "From the beginning, I thought, 'This isn't right,'" she said.
At the end of the hearing, which is expected to last about two weeks, Clay will determine whether there is enough evidence to hold Mehserle over for trial.
Update - 3-7-09
Continued Support for Mehserle by B.A.R.T. Police
OAKLAND — Police are investigating Sgt. Derwin Longmire's phone calls with jailed former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV as well as separate allegations that Bey IV provided women to Longmire for sexual favors, a police spokesman said Friday.
A retired Boston police lieutenant who now teaches criminology at Boston University said it is "unprecedented' and "malfeasance" that a homicide investigator would be having conversations with a jailed suspect and his family. "They are looking at this guy (Bey IV) for complicity in a murder," said Thomas Nolan. "There is clearly an association" between Bey IV and Longmire. "There is something to hide here," Nolan said. (See "Phone calls between Bey IV, detective being reviewed." By Thomas Peele and Mary Fricker. The Chauncey Bailey Project. Posted: 03/06/2009 07:13:15 PM PST. Updated: 03/07/2009 08:55:26 AM PST.)
What we have here is a racist double-standard.
A climactic embarrassment came [for B.A.R.T.] when a new cell phone video belatedly surfaced (see below right "Pirone Punch") showing a second BART officer punching a seated and unresisting Oscar Grant III two minutes before Johannes Mehserle fired the much-filmed fatal shot that landed him with homicide charges. This latest video emerged after BART police Chief Gary Gee announced that BART had completed its confidential in-house investigation of the shooting death, and that all other officers at the scene had acted with admirable professionalism.
Gee then followed up by cluelessly sending a memo on his own letterhead instructing BART officers how to send money, food, books and letters to Mehserle at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he was being held until he posted bail. Meanwhile, the leader of BART’s police union distributed a message asking law enforcement officers for donations to help Mehserle reach bail. The union denied having approved the plea.
Mehserle's Contrived Defense
April 25, 2008
NICHOLASVILLE — "The condition of a man who was accidentally shot by a Nicholasville police officer Thursday has been upgraded to fair, according to University of Kentucky Hospital.
A police news release said Lt. Bill Jones intended to use his Taser to stop a fight outside the police department, but he mistakenly drew his handgun and shot the man once in the side. Jones is on administrative leave pending a Kentucky State Police investigation, Nicholasville Police Chief Barry Waldrop said. Nathan MacLaren of Baytown, Texas, identified the man who was shot as Michael McCarty, 27. McCarty had been listed in critical condition Thursday night.
MacLaren, 47, is the boyfriend of McCarty’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Amanda, and they intended to take the McCartys’ 8-year-old son, Johnny, to Texas, MacLaren said. MacClaren said he and Amanda McCarty had expected trouble, and they arranged for Michael McCarty to say goodbye to his son at the police department. The couple had a police officer get the boy from Warner Elementary School in Nicholasville, and they had police verify a court order in which a judge granted Amanda McCarty full custody of Johnny and his 6-year-old sister, Megan.
While the children were saying goodbye to their father, MacLaren said, Michael McCarty ran across the parking lot to MacLaren and began swinging. MacLaren said he was trying to get McCarty to his knees “and get him away from me.” During the scuffle, “I heard a ‘pop’ but I didn’t know where it came from,” MacLaren said. “I didn’t see a weapon.” McCarty was “screaming in pain, holding his stomach,” MacLaren said. He saw blood on McCarty’s hand."
Alameda County declares that no bail should be set for any murder suspect, regardless of the circumstance surrounding the crime.
Former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle was freed from jail February 6, 2009 on $3 million bail. Mr. Mehserle is the only person in Alameda County who has been charged with murder that has be released on Bail! Another murder defendant Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield was given a $2 million bail last week (Hoeft-Edenfield, 21, is accused of murder in the stabbing death of Christopher Wootton, 21, a UC Berkeley student, during a melee on the university's fraternity row).
It must be noted Mehserle and Hoeft-Edenfield are White males. Further, in both cases, evidence of the Defendants' guilt is overwhelming. Both defendants committed homicide in a manner that demonstrated deliberateness.
Mehserle Bail Hearing
Former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle was freed from jail Friday on $3 million bail, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. About 3:45 p.m., Mehserle was escorted from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin by the bondsman who posted a bond, said Sgt J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. Mehserle — accused of murder in the Jan. 1 shooting of an unarmed, prone Oscar Grant III, of Hayward, at Oakland's Fruitvale BART station — was released a week after Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson set the bail amount. It remains unclear how Mehserle's family was able to generate the cash needed for the bail. Nelson said Mehserle used the services of a bail bonds company but did not know the details of the agreement. Typically, defendants using bail bonds companies must pay 10 percent of their bail in addition to having collateral worth the same as the bail.
[Alameda County Superior Court Judge] Jacobson ruled that bail was permissible because Mehserle did not pose an immediate danger to society, had not made threats against others and was not charged with a capital murder, the only three requirements necessary under the state constitution for a defendant to be denied bail.
-John Burris, Oscar Grant's Family Attorney
(See Robert Grimminger.)
"The court is dealing with that issue now. You can't summarily deny bail in all cases and that is why (people) are complaining about it."
Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff.
Oakland & Bail for Law Enforcement Officers
In February 2003, the city reached a $10.5 million settlement with 119 plaintiffs who said they were beaten and framed by a group of Oakland police officers who worked the night shift and called themselves the "Riders." Officers Clarence "Chuck" Mabanag, 39, Matthew Hornung, 33, and Jude Siapno, 36, were accused of committing more than a dozen felonies during a two-week period in the summer of 2000. The officers were tried twice, and in both cases a mistrial was declared after jurors deadlocked. A fourth officer, Frank Vazquez, who was also implicated in the case, fled to Mexico and is considered a fugitive.
Oakland, CA Transit Cop Shooting
• Mehserle Makes Bail!!!(Updated 3-7-09) January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot once (1) in the back!!)
• Tony Pirone, B.P.D.(Mehserle Accomplice - Jan. 1, 2009 Homicide)
• Johannes Mehserle, Killer Cop(Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Shooting Investigation(The Investigation of Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Aftermath (The Oakland Riots New (2009))
• B.A.R.T. Police, Racism, Homicide(Video of The Oakland New Year's Day (2009) Transit Shooting )
Oakland, California Police Department
• Officer Pat Gonzales: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 3 Killings
• Officer Hector Jimenez: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 2 Killings
• Captain Edward Poulson, OPD(Beating Death of Suspect (2000) Promoted in 2008)
• Investigator interfered in police probes of former bakery CEO
• Oakland Police Department, Corrupt, I
• Oakland, California Police Department, Corruption, II
• Oakland Police Department, III
• Oakland Police Department, IV
• Oakland Police Department, V - Major Corruption
• Jeff Loman, Deputy Chief, OPD(Placed on Leave Feb. 4, 2009)
• Deborah Edgerly, Corrupt former Oakland City Administrator
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