Trial set in murder of taxi driver

A former Nice resident is set to go to trial April 27 for the alleged murder in 2007 of a taxi driver who was a beloved community member. Full Story
Love the LC

Isleton, CA

#4 Mar 24, 2010
Finally.This case has been "pending"way way too long.
Agree with PM,he should be in State prison.
dizzy jean

Oakland, CA

#5 Mar 24, 2010
my bet is that Mr. Jack wont even be sentenced for more than 5 years which would include time served. This means that he would only be doing another year or 2 in jail. Sad situation really. how can this county send an alleged murder back into the county so soon?
Strange how someone like Eddy Lepp can go to prison for 10+ years for growing marijuana plants and not even hurt a single sole but an alleged murder who even had blood on his shoes probably wont even do half that time.
how safe is this county?
Cheeseball

United States

#9 Mar 24, 2010
Murphy, please name ONE case that has gone to trial because Hopkins won't sentence bargain. One case, that's all I ask. You are buying into the nonsense that Doug Rhoades has been putting out there. Fine, if you want felons with multiple convictions to get probation instead of the prison terms they deserve, support sentence bargaining.
i remember

Clearlake, CA

#10 Mar 24, 2010
I worked at that casino when this all happened, everyone seems to have forgotten the missing tapes from surveillance, which by the way, was being done by a tribal member... how convenient right? The cameras that were pointing to the front of the hotel and towards the marina all went missing... just vanished!
Highlander

United States

#11 Mar 24, 2010
Hey Hopkins! NO MORE PLEA BARGAININGS for those who take the lives of others. Give them the same treatment they gave their victims. Death penalty should be on the table here.
Thin Mints

Foster City, CA

#14 Mar 24, 2010
dizzy jean wrote:
my bet is that Mr. Jack wont even be sentenced for more than 5 years which would include time served. This means that he would only be doing another year or 2 in jail. Sad situation really. how can this county send an alleged murder back into the county so soon?
Strange how someone like Eddy Lepp can go to prison for 10+ years for growing marijuana plants and not even hurt a single sole but an alleged murder who even had blood on his shoes probably wont even do half that time.
how safe is this county?
Perfectly Said...
Gopher

United States

#17 Mar 24, 2010
Hopkins didn't prosecute Lepp, that was the Feds. I don't know what you people are whining about, the trial hasn't happened yet.
Philip Murphy

Tracy, CA

#18 Mar 24, 2010
Cheeseball wrote:
Murphy, please name ONE case that has gone to trial because Hopkins won't sentence bargain. One case, that's all I ask. You are buying into the nonsense that Doug Rhoades has been putting out there. Fine, if you want felons with multiple convictions to get probation instead of the prison terms they deserve, support sentence bargaining.
only two counties in CA don't sentence bargain, seems like you and hoppy are WAAAY out of step with the rest of the world-which is why hoppy won't have a job come June!
Richard Hertz

Clearlake, CA

#19 Mar 24, 2010
Philip Murphy wrote:
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only two counties in CA don't sentence bargain, seems like you and hoppy are WAAAY out of step with the rest of the world-which is why hoppy won't have a job come June!
And if he does?
Gopher

United States

#20 Mar 24, 2010
Because the whole sentence bargaining thing is working so well in say Sonoma or Humboldt, is that not so? Sentence bargaining is about one thing and one thing only: whether a convicted felon goes back to prison for a new offense, or gets local time and probation. The relevant section is PC 1203(e)(4); probation for a person previously convicted of two felonies is available only in an unusual case. That's what sentence bargaining is all about. It isn't whether dirtbag felon gets the mid-term or the upper term; it's about whether he goes back to prison. So yeah, great plan, let's sentence bargain and make sure that persons with multiple felony convictions don't go back to prison, that should assure our safety.
why

Hayward, CA

#22 Mar 25, 2010
why is the recordbee taking off comments?i guess they want to spare the feelings of mr jack..ahhh.so the people that knew joe as a person have no right to voice their oppinion?what about his three sons with no father now?everyone knows who did it and everyone knows who covered it up and destroyed evidence.i bet he walks gets out and does it again.
Barn icle

Clearlake, CA

#23 Mar 25, 2010
Why the delay in prosecution - had to wait for an election year. Justice delayed is justice denied. Time for a new DA.

Lake County INJustice System.
Freedom of speech

Fort Dodge, IA

#24 Mar 26, 2010
why wrote:
why is the recordbee taking off comments?i guess they want to spare the feelings of mr jack..ahhh.so the people that knew joe as a person have no right to voice their oppinion?what about his three sons with no father now?everyone knows who did it and everyone knows who covered it up and destroyed evidence.i bet he walks gets out and does it again.
Appears the RB has become "deletion gone wild". Joe was a great man and did alot for folks in this commumity, his murder was in cold blood. So sad forhis family and friends. Hard to fathom that Jack gets to live for two years while the taxpayers foot the bill. Didn't he have felony priors? I understand why some posts are deleted, but why those that express their opinion of what a great man Joe was? The Constitution is dying.
LC needs a wake up call

Lakeport, CA

#27 Mar 29, 2010
dizzy jean wrote:
my bet is that Mr. Jack wont even be sentenced for more than 5 years which would include time served. This means that he would only be doing another year or 2 in jail. Sad situation really. how can this county send an alleged murder back into the county so soon?
Strange how someone like Eddy Lepp can go to prison for 10+ years for growing marijuana plants and not even hurt a single sole but an alleged murder who even had blood on his shoes probably wont even do half that time.
how safe is this county?
I feel the same way, Id say this county is turning into the ghetto, but i think its already gotten there. Along time ago. And people dont realise how dangerous this county really is. And officials arent doing a good job (or there job at all really) fixing it. WAKE UPP!!!!!!
Richard Hertz

Clearlake, CA

#28 Mar 29, 2010
LC needs a wake up call wrote:
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I feel the same way, Id say this county is turning into the ghetto, but i think its already gotten there. Along time ago. And people dont realise how dangerous this county really is. And officials arent doing a good job (or there job at all really) fixing it. WAKE UPP!!!!!!
Isn't it ironic the start of the "ghetto" is on Soda Bay Rd. in and around Mission Rancheria.

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