Monday, January 06, 2014

A Look At The District Attorney Race

We have a district attorney race coming up this year. Here's Matt Owen's brief synopsis of the race.Three out of the four candidates have web pages up now. I can't find one for Maggie Flemming. If anyone knows of one, send me the link.

I was just advised by Richard Marks of Elan Firpo's campaign web page. Interesting that she had another career before going to law school.

Arnie Klein's web site is here. At first glance he's running with a strong record in criminal prosecution.

Allan Dollison's web site is here. No surprise there's no mention yet of any legal background or accomplishments. He just brags about his military service.

As for how I'll vote in this race, too early to say, but I guarantee you I won't be voting for Allan Dollison. Don't get me started on him.


At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mention three, but took Dollison off the table. That leaves two.
Mr. Klein's closing comments in the TS article he linked to [it takes a couple of clicks to get there via his blog posting] are not confidence inspiring:

”It's a young man's game -- it's hard,” Klein said of prosecutorial work, adding that he still loves courtrooms and juries but has tired of reports, motions and the sea of paperwork that accompanies cases, noting he still types with one finger and is “computer-challenged.”

As for Ms. Firpo- she's what, four years out of law school? She was in her old job longer than she's been a deputy DA, and she thinks she's ready to run the office? Frankly, that's scary.

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

I mentioned four, with Maggie Fleming (mentioned in the first paragraph) being the one that doesn't currently have a web site.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Rose said...

They all have strengths, and they have a golden opportunity to run on their merits.

The DA's Office is a disaster, down to less than half the prosecutors we had when Gallegos took office. It will take YEARS to rebuild it.

Al four of these people have worked there. they know first hand how bad it is - far worse than you have been told. It's going to be a nearly impossible job. But no matter which one of these four gets elected, it will be a VAST improvement over Mr. "weaning myself off grants" Gallegos.

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"Al four of these people have worked there."

Then I guess the question is which ones contributed to any problems, and which ones didn't?

Picked any favorites yet, Rose?

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So they all know the place is a disaster? Any of them ever say so, and if so, post the link to what they said. Or are you speaking for them, or some of them, in which case, which one(s)? Seems to me, last election, most or all said Paul walked on water, and have never said otherwise.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

One, Firpo, still works there, I believe. The others resigned for whatever reason,although I do recall Dollison resigned fairly recently- the public reason being he screwed up a case by not providing the defense information required under Discovery.

I'm sure there were reasons for Dollison's resignation beyond that we're not aware of. We might just have to wait for the candidate forums to see what each one has to say about the current inner workings of the D.A.'s office.

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, while we wait to see what Fleming has to say, we have three people,
Klein, whose only been here 6 years who gave a retirement interview literally saying he was too old for the job , and hated the paperwork,
Firpo, who is barely dry behind the ears as a lawyer, only been here 4 years, if that, and
Dollison, another new arrival, who apparently wants to play soldier
all of whom were perfectly happy working for the current DA, but Rose says they really aren't, but they themselves have said Paul's office is the greatest thing on earth.
Swell. This is an improvement? Maybe Paul should reconsider.

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

You need to remember that Paul Gallegos was totally uninvolved with the D.A.'s office when he ran for the position. He was considered mediocre by most in the courthouse, yet still won the election. I'm not sure experience within the office means that much, at least as far as winning.

I'm not saying experience doesn't matter. I'm saying all candidates have an easy act to follow in that regard.

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So your point is it really doesn't matter who is grossly unqualified as a matter of character, experience, or whatever, because it's Humboldt, the more qualified the candidate, the less likely that candidate is to win? Ok, so we're getting Firpo or Dollison, who, combined, COMBINED, have less experience than Klein or Fleming.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

I never said that. I simplly said any of them have more experience within the D.A's office than the current D.A. did when he was elected.

At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our community deserves to have someone lead that office who understands the dynamics involved, and values experience. The DA's Office should be the place where you bring experience to the table not gain your experience. If nothing else, the person holding the position as DA should have more experience than those he or she leads.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

If that's how you feel then you should vote for the candidate you feel has the most experience.


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