Saturday, March 08, 2014

Sniping Begins in D.A. Race

As expected, a couple candidates, Allan Dollison and Arnie Klein, have criticized a plea deal made by candidate Elan Firpo who is prosecuting the case. 

Actions taken by a candidate in the courtroom are certainly fair game in a race for district attorney. I can't help but think that in this case it might have been better for them to keep quiet. I'm sure the finger pointers made the same sort of plea deals during their time in the courtroom. It also strikes me as an act of desperation by second tier candidates wanting attention.

Candidate Firpo seemed to handle the criticism well. Maggie Fleming, the other apparent front runner in the race, seems to have had the sense to stay out of the fray.


At 10:23 AM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

I absolutely agree with you.

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous skips said...


At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I side with the victim's family. I feel like I was sold a bill of goods with Firpo's statement that responded to the public outcry.

At this point I'm voting for "anybody who isn't Firpo."

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

According to the news article, the victim's family agreed to the deal, then changed their minds. Firpo said she'd be more than willing to consider that now that she's been made aware of it.

I don't see the problem with that, especially considering these sorts of deals happen in the courtroom pretty much every day.

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the news article, the victim's family said, "We're just disappointed with the way it turned out. It just didn't go the way it should have gone."

So, I do see a problem with that. Explain to me how a plea deal can turn out different from the expectations Firpo would have given the victim's family.

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firpo lost her chance at my vote when she decided to publicly drag the victim's name through the mud to try protect her ass politically. That was a no-class move.

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Rose said...

Fred... if Paul was running, his record would be pertinent.

And consider this. 'Politics' is the ONLY chance there is to hold the DA accountable. Don't like what he is doing? Think the Board Of Supervisors can make him do his job? Enhh. WRONG. Think they can sanction him? Enhh. WRONG AGAIN. Think the Attorney General can step in? WRONG AGAIN.

ONLY THE VOTERS can do it. And only once every 4 years. So, OF COURSE that's when the issues rise to the surface, and get aired in the media.

It's serious stuff, not to be lightly brushed off as 'just politics.' The election is the candidate's job application and job interview rolled into one. Are you saying the voters should only be allowed to know what the candidate tells you about themselves?

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Are you saying the voters should only be allowed to know what the candidate tells you about themselves?

No. What gave you that impression?

I already wrote the candidates' record in the courtroom is a legitimate subject. I just think they're making a mistake criticizing Firpo when they've very likely done the same thing. They'd also likely do the same thing if elected. It happens every day in courtrooms across the country.

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred seems to be the only one being objective here.

Read comments on other blogs and many people agree with Fred.

The anonymous comments are the same that are on other blogs, probably from Arnie or Dollison supporters?

Fleming showed class by not attacking Firpo.

A LOCO comment was right on when they said a caller called Klein on a radio show and said, you must hate Firpo to make your entire campaign about her.

Klein and Dollison brought this up, they made it an issue. They disrespected the family.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Fred seems to be the only one being objective here.

You can bet I LOVE this guy (or gal).

At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah, Fred is just mistaken that a DA's office under anyone else would not prosecute a slam dunk murder trial and push for the maximum sentence.

Plea-out lesser offenses. Murder is the top offense, one that goes to trial unless the evidence is weak, and even then, sometimes it goes to trial anyway because the public wants justice for murders.


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