Tai Abreu Case Delayed Indefinitely

After waiting all this time to get the Tai Abreu case back on the court calendar we are reduced to reporting only that the new felony murder law, Senate Bill 1437, is still on hold as being “unconstitutional” in the opinion of some prosecutors across the state. They say the legislators passed the bill in […]

Susan Miller’s Crime

Sixty-eight-year-old Susan Miller, a retired teacher and librarian, an active volunteer in her community, and the parent of two successful adult children, was sent to prison last week even though there was not even so much as a traffic ticket on her record. Readers may recall that Susan Miller was recently found guilty of “accessory […]

On the Way to Jail…

Richard McCormick has done a terrific service to the Sheriff’s office by demonstrating how utterly incorruptible the deputies are. On March 27th, Mr. McCormick, having been picked up on a misdemeanor offense, while out on bail for another felony, and was being transported to jail, tried to bribe the deputy into letting him go. The […]

Seven-Year Sentence Week

It was the week of the seven-year sentence – everybody got seven years, whether the crime was a burglary or a homicide. Didn’t matter. Dylan Beck was up first and she/he got seven years for a taking a vehicle without permission, passing stolen checks and burglarizing a house. Beck had two co-defendants, Jeanette Long, sentenced […]

The Dead Father

The judgment and sentencing of Jewel E. Dyer began last Wednesday, May 15th and will continue this Wednesday, May 22nd. Mr. Dyer has pled guilty to voluntary patricide, to killing his “biological” (Mr. Dyer’s clarification in a Letter to the Editor) father, Sanford Sternick, 58, with a baseball bat on March 28th, 2016. What do […]

Desperado Deal Drama

Monday morning, after three days of negotiations (and it is with studied reluctance that I’ve not said “intense negotiations”) the District Attorney has crafted a deal with the three Bay Area desperadoes who robbed a Willits pharmacy for a cache of Oxycodone (synthetic heroin) and several vials of pure, operating room-grade morphine, and then led […]

Salt & Foam

Surprising things happen at the courthouse. You may leave a crowded courtroom, to make room for a jury being picked in the morning, and come back in the afternoon, expecting the trial of “The One and Only” (as he styles himself in his Letters to the Editor) Michael France to have finally gotten underway, only […]

Sparing Silverman

As the courtroom fell idle awaiting prisoner Jacob Silverman to be transported from the jail, and as the estimated time of arrival came and went, the conversation of the court officers having somehow got started on the urban legend of underground tunnels below the courthouse and other buildings in the downtown area, Judge John Behnke […]

Jury Duty

I was called to jury duty on a civil matter in Judge Jeanine Nadel’s court last week. The matter of Masingale v. FCA US LLC wherein Mr. Richard Masingale of Fort Bragg was suing Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, etc. and the Sport dealership in Fort Bragg over a big Dodge truck he’d bought there and wasn’t […]

Mr. Nice Guy Goes Away

The judgment and sentencing of Michael Blahut at the Ukiah Courthouse last Thursday was attended with such a sense of joie de vivre and so much promise of well-earned respite from those of us who have come to know the quintessential “nice guy,” that it almost seemed like a minor holiday, kind of an April […]


Judge Faulder invited your trusty correspondent into his chambers last week for a little discussion on Objectivity In The Press, opening with the White Queen’s Gambit: “Your writing is delightful, Bruce, just delightful. I’d much rather read your stuff than the objective reporting in other newspapers like the Press Democrat or the Daily Journal.” Sorry, […]

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