DA's actions questioned

DA's actions questioned

There are 111 comments on the Lake County Record-Bee story from Jul 30, 2009, titled DA's actions questioned. In it, Lake County Record-Bee reports that:

Regarding the District Attorney's full-page editorial explaining why he is dropping the negligent homicide charges against Bismark Dinius, something of extreme importance has been overlooked.

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Repeat 2x

San Francisco, CA

#1 Jul 30, 2009
Very good letter
Kville native

AOL

#2 Jul 30, 2009
If this is true and somebody from the D.O.J. is in on it to are they also an accessories to manslauter
Beware

Springfield, MO

#3 Jul 30, 2009
Thanks Don. Were you one of the so called cop haters, smattering protestors on the courthouse steps? This is the reason that this protest started in the first place. It had nothing to do with being a cop hater. It had everything to do with the corruption that we are seeing take place in Lake County starting with LCSO and filtering through to Hopkins - other Attorneys around the lake- Judges - and intimidation practices which in turn has made its way into the homes of private citizens. NO RECALL - we want this trash picked up and taken to the dumps and buried!
We need more honest citizens like yourself to step forward and truly question the acts of the DA's office. We need more to speak out and stop being intimidated out of fear for the lives - families and friends. This is by no means a exaggeration! We will continue our fight for Justice in Lake County. We will clean our backyards of all this trash!
unsafe speed

United States

#4 Jul 30, 2009
In the open letter Hopkins also stated "I can't tell you what's safe and unsafe" in regards to speed of boats on the lake. What ?????? Bet if his family was affected by perdo's unsafe speeding and a loved one was killed, he'd have a hold different outlook on safe speed on the lake especially on a dark night with poor visibilty. Unbelievable for anyone to say they don't know what's an unsafe speed on the lake, especially a DA. Speed kills, and it unfortunately took the innocent life of Lynn Thorton.
OH MY

Springfield, MO

#6 Jul 30, 2009
I wonder if Hopkins practices looking in the mirror and saying this to convince himself?
CBV

San Leandro, CA

#7 Jul 30, 2009
Can't forensics tell approximately how fast the speedboat was travelling by the force of impact on the sailboat? Surely there is an expert out there somewhere who can deterimine this.
Just a guy in Virginia

United States

#8 Jul 30, 2009
CBV asked whether or not forensics can determine an approximate speed: Absolutely. BUT = y'all don't have speed limits on the lake, RIGHT?

If/when Perdock comes to trial for his recklessness, his speed will indeed be forensically analyzed.
James

United States

#9 Jul 30, 2009
Mr.Scott: I bow to what you say, not in the know and all. This I know, when I have been lied to. Its the same bureaucrats that are charging Mr.Dinius. I say again its because those that you complain about are the arbitrators of your complaint. All can abridge if its about them and others look the other way. Its the awareness, them knowing the wrong and leaving it in place. The excuses you would not believe for their actions.So I say loud and clear government officials Lied and covered up the lies to this day. I may not now the truth about Mr.Dinius but I do know the truth about the bureaucrats in Lake County.

Since: Jan 09

Battle Ground, WA

#10 Jul 30, 2009
CBV wrote:
Can't forensics tell approximately how fast the speedboat was travelling by the force of impact on the sailboat? Surely there is an expert out there somewhere who can deterimine this.
I think they already know the speed. I think that was a huge factor in the DA dismissing the manslaughter charges against Dinius.
Old sea lawyer

United States

#12 Jul 30, 2009
Hopkins gets confused when he in confronted by facts.
So many people were sight impaired by drink (blind drunk) that April night he can't find a sober person that can testify the the sailboat light were not lit.
Resident of 20 yrs

Eugene, OR

#13 Jul 30, 2009
This situation couldn't be sweep under the rug because someone died. The business as usual climate in Lake County couldn't cover the incident up. The City of Lakeport has the Lakeport Police, the Sheriff's Department relocated to the old welfare building on Martin from the City of Clearlake, the California Highway Patrol overlapping Kelseyville and Lakeport jurisdictions, the California Highway Patrol Cadet Traininng Center for the Bay Area all for a city of 5,000. How many police does a town of 5,000 need?
Repeat2x

San Francisco, CA

#14 Jul 30, 2009
Gennyj wrote:
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I think they already know the speed. I think that was a huge factor in the DA dismissing the manslaughter charges against Dinius.
Perdock was moving at 60 mph, too fast for the conditions.

Since: Nov 08

San Francisco, CA

#15 Jul 30, 2009
CBV wrote:
Can't forensics tell approximately how fast the speedboat was travelling by the force of impact on the sailboat? Surely there is an expert out there somewhere who can deterimine this.
The defense team has hired an accident reconstruction specialist. The problem is simple physics and from the rough figures I have read it is clear that the power boat was going something like 40 to 50 miles per hour faster than the sailboat. Where Mr. Perdock had no headlights this was certainly reckless as any number of small craft could be on the lake at night. This crash was not a matter of "if," it was a matter of "when" and "with what."
David Thomason

Roseville, MI

#16 Jul 30, 2009
I have been following this case with interest since the tragedy occurred, and I'm glad for Mr. Dinius that this burden has been lifted from him; however, the fact remains that the folks of Lake County are still burdened with a District Attorney who is neither lawful nor moral.

I am a mariner, and my family has been the business, one way or another, for over 160 years. I base my assertion on those facts when I state that this person, the DA, can and should be prosecuted for gross misconduct in office. If the Attorney General cannot bring himself to do it, then a special prosecutor must be appointed to carry out the demands of the people.

As for Mr. Pedrick, nothing short on incaceration for 2nd degree murder is appropriate. Drunken speeding at night in a powerful motor boat is no different than doing so upon the highway.

That this travesty has been allowed to continue for as long as it has is a testament to the need for continual vigilance over all Law Enforcement agencies. They work for the people, and not the other way around.
Ronald Klimes

York, PA

#17 Jul 30, 2009
I have been a boater for many years, and for some time held a Coast Guard pilot's license. Maritime Law is different from highway law. A maritime attorney is needed. I hope the judge realizes that and is not part of the cronyism.
double d

San Lorenzo, CA

#18 Jul 30, 2009
so what happends now? perdoch goes back to running the sheriff dept? the da goes back to protecting currupt law enforcement personal? is this gunna be just like other cases like wileys where it just gets swept under the rug?
DUI

Milton, FL

#19 Jul 30, 2009
On the record.
The collision occurred shortly after 9 pm. It takes 25 minutes to get to Sutter and 20minutes to get to Redbud from Konocti. MARK WEBER was tested at 11:15 PM, RUSSELL PERDOCK was tested at 11:30 PM and BISMARCK DINIUS was tested at 12:05 AM. Weber and Perdock were tested on April 29, 2006, and Dinius was tested on April 30, 2006. Rumors that Perdock was not tested for over 24 hours are not true. WEBER TESTED .18%, DINIUS TESTED .12% and PERDOCK TESTED .00%. The legal limit is .08%
Donna Bagho

Boulder, CO

#20 Jul 30, 2009
They don't care. They just want a chronic alcoholic drunk, Dinius, to get a free pass because of their hate for authority and law enforcement.

“Used to be"Just Wondering"”

Since: Jul 09

Location hidden

#21 Jul 30, 2009
Donna Bagho wrote:
They don't care. They just want a chronic alcoholic drunk, Dinius, to get a free pass because of their hate for authority and law enforcement.
Isn't "chronic alcoholic drunk" a silly statement, it would be reasonable that a "chronic alcoholic" might be drunk or be a "drunk, chronic alcoholic"

You really need to work on your language skills.
James

United States

#22 Jul 30, 2009
Double d: It will occur if no oversight from Mr.Brown and there is the rub. Arrogance is the aftermath for that lack. Thus the loss of respect for the law or the people they serve. It all goes back to Mr.Brown of the attorney generals office.

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