Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HCLDF Endorses Elan Firpo

Tom Sebourn reports the Humboldt Civil Liberties Defense Fund has endorsed District Attorney candidate Elan Firpo:

"The office of District Attorney plays an unparalleled role in both the protection and violation of our cherished liberties. Few public officials hold such power to take away one's freedom as a prosecutor does. We urge all citizens who share our concern for protection of the freedoms we hold so dear to join us in working to elect √Član Firpo as Humboldt County's District Attorney."

They are correct, and such an endorsement should pull some weight. Unfortunately, at least some voters up here might consider concern for civil liberties a bad thing.

10 Comments:

At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HCLDF= Jeff Schwartz. Try going to the website for HCLDF.
Then try this.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/aboutcriminallaw

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Thanks. I recognize the name and believe he's written a letter to the editor, or two, to the Times- Standard. Seems to me I'm not always in agreement with him but don't recall the exact details.

 
At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Salzman
http://hcldf.wordpress.com/officers/Marc Marc Delany
Peter Martin
Jeff Schwartz
Kiriki Delany
Richard Salzman

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Yep, I figured Salzman would be in there and know he's a Firpo supporter. I consider the issues, not so much the person. I was 100% behind Salzman when he fought Arcata's anti- panhandling ordinance.

 
At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point is HCLDF is no grass roots organization, but a front for notably agenda-driven lawyers and political operatives. Martin, Schwartz and Salzman have all come out for Firpo individually (tho she's trying to hide Salzman, the North Coast Journal complicates that), this is just a way to get free ink and sound public-spirited.
NCJ: I heard that Richard Salzman [Gallegos' former campaign manager] will be working for Elan Firpo's campaign.

I understand that too. Richard's a dear friend. ... I think that Richard certainly is a dynamic person, a good person to know. And I don't think that's a bad find for her.

 
At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is fair to say that if those looking for limited government intrusion, transparency, and civil liberties is supporting √Član. She is a self described libertarian and has held to that throughout the campaign. I would be more surprised if civil liberties groups didn't endorse her. I know she has the endorsement of the SoHum civil liberties group as well.

Even her liberal stance on Homelessness is the most practical approach, so I give her a pass on that one.

 
At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, first thing I look for in the person responsible for prosecuting murder, rape, child molesters and pornographers is "limited government intrusion".

 
At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people responsible for prosecution are the deputies. I want the DA setting policy to have a commitment the constitution and civil liberties.

 
At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That should include Article 1 Sections 28(b) and(c) of the California Constitution, and the laws such as Penal Code sections 1192.5, .6,.7 and 679.026. Which Ms. Firpo was asked about during a debate, her answer regarding the significance of these provisions was
"I don't know".
Some level of commitment. Does not know the Constitutional and legal rights given to victims. Which is why the Anderson-Jordet pleas were thrown out. Some level of commitment, telling the judge the victim "died of a single stab wound" and not telling the judge about the other wounds. These are rookie mistakes, and are at least as much PVG's fault as anyone else's. The day may come when Ms. Firpo is qualified to lead. But it is not this day.

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:22 you are correct, this is not the day. June or November it will be.

 

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