Victim can't remember details; Man found not guilty of elder ab...

A victim couldn't remember details in a case that found a Nice man not guilty of theft charges on April 14. Full Story
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Gomer

Lakeport, CA

#2 Apr 24, 2010
that's because the Drug Task Force got disbanded for financial reasons.
Koalabear2525

United States

#3 Apr 24, 2010
put the guy in jail for a few years and then kick his butt out of the county for good . find out who else he has scam or stold from
Pepe

Fort Dodge, IA

#4 Apr 24, 2010
Memory problems are not fatal. What a strange thing to say.

So the DA loses another one and is making excuses.

This is the second one of these cases they have lost in a week.

Doug Rhoades won again and of course it is being used against your boss. Your boss is a bad politician and hires people who can't win cases.

Hey Rachel, want some cheese with your whine?
Pepe

Fort Dodge, IA

#5 Apr 24, 2010
Koalabear2525 wrote:
put the guy in jail for a few years and then kick his butt out of the county for good . find out who else he has scam or stold from
He was found NOT GUILTY by 12 people who heard all the facts. Wake up. You can't send people to jail for a few years when they are NOT GUILTY. Don't buy into the DA's spin that he was somehow guilty. What the DA is saying in this article is very, very disrespectful of the hard work and time that the citizens on this jury invested in this case for very little pay, missing work, missing their families, and missing their lives during the day. Instead they spent time listening to the DA try to make a case where there was no case.
Vince

Windsor, CA

#6 Apr 24, 2010
Yeah, the honest contractor man lost in small claims court. would have lost again if not for the man's dementia, which has worsened over the years. If you all think this guy is innocent, hire him and let him work on your home. No way. this guy fleeces old people. I hope he fleeces someone you love, too.
Burned too

Barnesville, OH

#7 Apr 24, 2010
Koalabear2525 wrote:
put the guy in jail for a few years and then kick his butt out of the county for good . find out who else he has scam or stold from
We were scammed by him too. Exactly the same scam. Gave him a $500.00 deposit for a water system and could never reach him again. His own (late) brother warned us about him but we didn`t listen. I hope people are listening now. By the way,we didn`t even bother taking him to court because we knew,as the article stated,that we would get a judgement but never see a penny. It just wasn`t worth taking a day off work for.
Vince

Windsor, CA

#8 Apr 24, 2010
And these are the guys our future "DA" protects. Not to mention child molesters. You go Rhoades, you're perfect for Lake county.
Tim

United States

#9 Apr 24, 2010
Vince wrote:
And these are the guys our future "DA" protects. Not to mention child molesters. You go Rhoades, you're perfect for Lake county.
he's doing his job well. Unlike Hopkins and the freaks he has filled his office with.
Gomer

Lakeport, CA

#10 Apr 24, 2010
right and he had the temerity to issue a press release when he won, as if the DA doesn't do that all the time.
Donna Christopher

Clearlake, CA

#11 Apr 24, 2010
A case of this, ahem, magnitude should not have taken the time it did to get to trial. If you have elderly victims and are going to take so darn long to get the case to trial get the judge to order a video taped testimony & cross exam of the victim's testimony.

Death by a thousand (self inflicted) cuts Mr. D.A.
No2Reichwing

Clearlake, CA

#12 Apr 24, 2010
How sad-the work was not done, that's why someone else did it. This has a lot to do with why elder abuse is so hard to prosecute and should be a wake up call to both elders and family/caregivers. Winning at all cost.....................
No2Reichwing

Clearlake, CA

#13 Apr 24, 2010
Pepe wrote:
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He was found NOT GUILTY by 12 people who heard all the facts. Wake up. You can't send people to jail for a few years when they are NOT GUILTY. Don't buy into the DA's spin that he was somehow guilty. What the DA is saying in this article is very, very disrespectful of the hard work and time that the citizens on this jury invested in this case for very little pay, missing work, missing their families, and missing their lives during the day. Instead they spent time listening to the DA try to make a case where there was no case.
They DIDN'T hear all of the FACTS. Haven't you ever sat on a jury before? More than a day if at all? It is a well known fact that memory loss is the USUAL reason elder abuse is next to impossible to prove, unless the abuser leaves huge fingerprints and paper trails. Even check cashing is hard to prosecute. The thief says they were given permission, and the elder gets caught up in testimony proving their memory isn't perfect. Abusers get off every day all over the country for PRECISELY that reason. Stupid J-@$$. Go talk about something you have a half a clue about next time.
No2Reichwing

Clearlake, CA

#14 Apr 24, 2010
Donna Christopher wrote:
A case of this, ahem, magnitude should not have taken the time it did to get to trial. If you have elderly victims and are going to take so darn long to get the case to trial get the judge to order a video taped testimony & cross exam of the victim's testimony.
Death by a thousand (self inflicted) cuts Mr. D.A.
That's a very good idea. Pepe wouldn't like it though. Nor his friends.
No2Reichwing

Clearlake, CA

#15 Apr 24, 2010
Vince wrote:
Yeah, the honest contractor man lost in small claims court. would have lost again if not for the man's dementia, which has worsened over the years. If you all think this guy is innocent, hire him and let him work on your home. No way. this guy fleeces old people. I hope he fleeces someone you love, too.
Vince-you are correct. They would NEVER hire this guy AND i would NOT be surprised if they were buds' or doing the same thing themselves, which would be WHY they are clinging to the memory loss proves he's innocent. No patience for that lot.
Philip Murphy

El Dorado Hills, CA

#16 Apr 24, 2010
Vince wrote:
And these are the guys our future "DA" protects. Not to mention child molesters. You go Rhoades, you're perfect for Lake county.
using the same criteria Rob Brown is "perfect" for Lake County too? I want a DA that wins cases, and gets them before a jury before the victim goes mental or dies, Rhoades will do that a heck of a lot better than hoppy ever could..
Paul

Fort Dodge, IA

#17 Apr 24, 2010
No2Reichwing wrote:
<quoted text>
They DIDN'T hear all of the FACTS. Haven't you ever sat on a jury before? More than a day if at all? It is a well known fact that memory loss is the USUAL reason elder abuse is next to impossible to prove, unless the abuser leaves huge fingerprints and paper trails. Even check cashing is hard to prosecute. The thief says they were given permission, and the elder gets caught up in testimony proving their memory isn't perfect. Abusers get off every day all over the country for PRECISELY that reason. Stupid J-@$$. Go talk about something you have a half a clue about next time.
You are very disrespectful of the jurors. That is not OK. They did a good job. Now man up and accept it.
Uncommon Sense

Belmont, CA

#18 Apr 24, 2010
Donna Christopher wrote:
A case of this, ahem, magnitude should not have taken the time it did to get to trial. If you have elderly victims and are going to take so darn long to get the case to trial get the judge to order a video taped testimony & cross exam of the victim's testimony.
Another "expert" spouts false information in "know-it-all" mode. I suggest you read Crawford v. Washington.

"the Court held that testimonial statements by witnesses who do not appear at trial may not be admitted unless the witness is unavailable and there has been a prior opportunity for cross examination. Crawford limits the application of the confrontation clause to hearsay statements. Hearsay statements are out-of-court assertions offered as proof for the truth of the matters asserted."

I guess you think they could just set a special "mini-trial" for the victim to testify and be cross examined by the defense before they have the actual trial....sheesh. I don't know what you're good at, but it isn't law, maybe you should stick with something else and let the people who know better handle the business at hand.
Speaktruth

Clearlake, CA

#19 Apr 25, 2010
If the DA only charged sure fire winners then a lot of criminals would go free. Both Anderson and Rhoades want to let small time criminals go free and not go after the big time criminals because the cases are too hard. What do you expect from two defense attorneys? If you are a criminal then vote for one of them. Oh, right, you can't vote because of that annoying felony conviction.
Philip Murphy

Redway, CA

#20 Apr 25, 2010
Speaktruth wrote:
If the DA only charged sure fire winners then a lot of criminals would go free. Both Anderson and Rhoades want to let small time criminals go free and not go after the big time criminals because the cases are too hard. What do you expect from two defense attorneys? If you are a criminal then vote for one of them. Oh, right, you can't vote because of that annoying felony conviction.
funny how you leave out the part about hoppy trying to convict innocent people, and wasting a ton of our money losing those cases. You seem unclear on the fact that no single man has done more harm to the image and economy of Lake County than Jon Hopkins-EVER! Either Don or Doug would be a huge upgrade over "I'm in love with myself" hoppy, a self-serving slimewad if there ever was one.
Belle

United States

#21 Apr 25, 2010
Speaktruth wrote:
If the DA only charged sure fire winners then a lot of criminals would go free. Both Anderson and Rhoades want to let small time criminals go free and not go after the big time criminals because the cases are too hard. What do you expect from two defense attorneys? If you are a criminal then vote for one of them. Oh, right, you can't vote because of that annoying felony conviction.
You sound like Hopkins.'I try the hard cases.'. This means "I lose trying to send innocent people to prison.'. Hey hippy hoppy do you know how much prisons cost California. Do you know the state is in financial trouble. Do you know it is just wrong to send innocent people to jail. You look in the mirror all the time but you are not seeing what we see when we look at you. Ugly radiates from the inside out.

You are training young da's to be like you. That is sick. Rachael is already there. Poisoned by you. So sad. She loses cases and can't accept blame.

Hippy hoppy's people support him because they don't know any better.

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