Santa Cruz County prosecutor George D...

Santa Cruz County prosecutor George Dunlap suspended by state bar

There are 54 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Santa Cruz County prosecutor George Dunlap suspended by state bar. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

The State Bar of California has suspended a Santa Cruz County District Attorney for professional misconduct.

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Lonnie

Watsonville, CA

#24 Sep 3, 2008
Once again Santa Cruz's "Golden Boy" DA Bob Lee is responsible for hiring a sub-standard, morally suspect lackey. Where was the vetting!! That Palin woman is more qualified to be President than that sleaze ball was to represent the good citizens of our town. I fear he is but one of many rotten apples in the once honorable office of the Santa Cruz District Attorney. God help us all.
Good Lord

United States

#25 Sep 3, 2008
Becky Johnson wrote:
I'd sure like a lot more information on this case. Hey, SENTINEL reporters!! This is your beat. Give us the story here. When I was issued a TRO for SITTING IN A CHAIR in a public office, you printed an above the fold story on page 2 ALL about it. How about writing an actual report on this case?
Becky, Becky, Becky. Once again it's all about YOU.
Aptos Observer

Sunnyvale, CA

#26 Sep 3, 2008
It's easy to sit on the sidelines and throw darts. The truth is that George Dunlap is a gifted prosecutor with almost 100 murder trials under his belt without one loss. He has put some 5 condemned criminals on death row and even let one out when it was warranted. He was a threat to a superior at his former office so he was let go. That happens a lot to the unwary in law offices. Santa Cruz has been blesssed to have been protected by George Dunlap's hard work - and I mean this guy works exceptionally hard, nighgts and weekends - over the past few years. We are all the better for it. George Dunlap is a larger than life made for T.V. character who does not fit the standard square box. He belongs in the old west, in a Clint Eastwood movie. So what he tried to save a wife with a DUI. That speaks more of him in my book than against him. I can also understand why the State Bar can't allow that from a prosecutor. Bob Lee made an eyes wide open judgment as to the bottom line: What protects us here in Santa Cruz County? Nothing George Dunlap was accused of happened here. Bob Lee made the right judgment call to keep George Dunlap's tremendous experience on hand and to have him train the junior prosecutors in Lee's office. All the local lawyers love George Dunlap - from both sides of the bar and the judges too. Mr. Lee, keep up the good work and thanks for standing tall for all of us! Hold your head up high and keep on keeping on!
Bob Knows How to Pick Em

Watsonville, CA

#27 Sep 3, 2008
Community members may find it noteworthy that another local Deputy District Attorney, Steve Moore, was just re-hired by the Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office after he was fired by the Santa Clara D.A.'s Office and suspended by the State Bar for practicing law without a license (his license was inactive for a period of many months because he failed to pay his Bar Dues).
http://members.calbar.ca.gov/courtDocs/07-O-1...
http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/member_de...
Go Bob Go.
Inquiring Minds

Watsonville, CA

#28 Sep 3, 2008
Check out a detailed account at the Stockton Record:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/articl...

"The state bar recommended that Dunlap be disbarred, but in her 20-page ruling, State Bar Court Judge Lucy Armendariz recommended that Dunlap be banned from practicing law for two years and serve five years of probation.
The state bar judge found that:
In 1995, Dunlap displayed his prosecutor's badge to a Highway Patrol officer who pulled Dunlap's then-wife over on suspicion of drunken driving. Dunlap, a passenger, tried to use the prestige of his job to prevent his wife from being ticketed, telling the officer he was a deputy district attorney.
Later that year, Dunlap lied to an officer about causing a drunken-driving accident in San Francisco and failed to report his arrest to the state bar, as required of attorneys. That drew Dunlap two violations.
In 2001, Dunlap represented the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office in a case against his then-girlfriend, who faced an insurance fraud charge. He didn't tell the judge about his relationship with the woman.
The judge found that Dunlap's misconduct was 'extremely serious.'"
What about us

Avondale, AZ

#29 Sep 3, 2008
Their are five families waiting to have their cases heard. Now George has poured countless hours and experience trying to put a murder behind bars. Their going to assign our cases to "others". We get to wait while their juniors "others" try and catch a clue about these cases. This is so pathetic ...
Imagine That

Santa Cruz, CA

#30 Sep 3, 2008
WOW Another Bob Lee crony doesn't work out so well.....who are the dumbasses that elected this guy??? What a Maroon...Keep kidding yourself Bob...Live the lie!!!
Imagine That

Santa Cruz, CA

#31 Sep 3, 2008
Aptos Observer wrote:
It's easy to sit on the sidelines and throw darts. The truth is that George Dunlap is a gifted prosecutor with almost 100 murder trials under his belt without one loss. He has put some 5 condemned criminals on death row and even let one out when it was warranted. He was a threat to a superior at his former office so he was let go. That happens a lot to the unwary in law offices. Santa Cruz has been blesssed to have been protected by George Dunlap's hard work - and I mean this guy works exceptionally hard, nighgts and weekends - over the past few years. We are all the better for it. George Dunlap is a larger than life made for T.V. character who does not fit the standard square box. He belongs in the old west, in a Clint Eastwood movie. So what he tried to save a wife with a DUI. That speaks more of him in my book than against him. I can also understand why the State Bar can't allow that from a prosecutor. Bob Lee made an eyes wide open judgment as to the bottom line: What protects us here in Santa Cruz County? Nothing George Dunlap was accused of happened here. Bob Lee made the right judgment call to keep George Dunlap's tremendous experience on hand and to have him train the junior prosecutors in Lee's office. All the local lawyers love George Dunlap - from both sides of the bar and the judges too. Mr. Lee, keep up the good work and thanks for standing tall for all of us! Hold your head up high and keep on keeping on!
Thanks Ari Symons (aka: another Bob Lee crony)
DBS

AOL

#32 Sep 3, 2008
Becky Johnson wrote:
I'd sure like a lot more information on this case. Hey, SENTINEL reporters!! This is your beat. Give us the story here. When I was issued a TRO for SITTING IN A CHAIR in a public office, you printed an above the fold story on page 2 ALL about it. How about writing an actual report on this case?
Shut up and go away. This isn't about you or any of your whackjob crusades.
Aptos Observer

Sunnyvale, CA

#33 Sep 3, 2008
I am not Ari Symons. In fact, prior to Bob Lee's recent stewardship of the D.A.'s, I hated the Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office and everything about it. The truth is that Gov. Schwarzenegger's recent appointments to the Santa Cruz Bench combined with Bob Lee's passionate, but firm, control over the D.A.'s office has combined to reinstill my faith in the local legal system. We have a good thing going down there right now - and I am a confirmed Democrat who has never, ever voted Republican for anything in my life! In fact, my grandfather co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union with Roger Baldwin and Clarence Darrow ("For The Defense') almost 100 years ago.
never voted Republican

Watsonville, CA

#34 Sep 3, 2008
Ari Symons was a registered Republican until about 18 months ago. When she decided to run for Judge, she dropped her Republican association, believing that she could not be elected with her true colors.
So, are you sure you never ever voted for a Republican?
worst of the rest

Watsonville, CA

#35 Sep 3, 2008
Getting fired by other counties maybe is a pre-requisite for Santa Cruz D.A.? Because Santa Cruz takes the rejects from San Joaquin and Santa Clara?
We don't get the best of the best, we get the worst of the rest.
bigrob

San Mateo, CA

#36 Sep 3, 2008
>>wow i have to go to the comments section to find the real story. Big surprise there Sentinel.

Yeah right.

But now that I've seen the rap, I'm scratching my head. Disbarred for trying to snake out of a DUI? There's a lot worse stuff going on in that courthouse, believe me. Police brutality--oops, sorry, use of excessive force. Lying, ticket fixing, jury tampering, evidence-fixing. I'd say someone in power has it in for this guy. Cops get multiple domestic abuse raps and stay on the force. And this guy gets it for... failure to report a DUI to the Bar Association? And all of it 12 years ago. Take it from me: the guy stepped on somebody's toes and now he's getting the screw.
a friend

Fairfield, CA

#37 Sep 3, 2008
Mr.Dunlap has done alot to serve the people of this community.Please report on all of his accomplishments.Trying to lesson the serious criminal element in this area is honorable.It's really easy to sit back in your living room and judge without all the facts. Sincerely,A Friend
not just a dui

Watsonville, CA

#38 Sep 3, 2008
Dunlap was arrested and arraigned for a felony dui causing injury to another person (in fact he injured his passenger *and* the person in the car he hit). After the accident that he caused while drunk, he told a police officer: John, the real driver, just ran away. Uninvolved witnesses said they saw Dunlap get out of the driver's seat and Dunlap was the real driver.
This isn't "just a dui" -- this is straight-up lying to police in order to escape felony criminal liability.

In the episode with his girlfriend's insurance fraud allegations, Dunlap had originally told the court that he could not appear on the case because he had a conflict of interest. The San Joaquin DA's office expressly told Dunlap that he was to have nothing to do with the case because of his intimacy with the Defendant. The assigned DA thought the girlfriend had committed a serious crime that warranted prosecution (either by plea or trial). And then on a day when the case was heard by a different Judge and the assigned DA was delayed in another court room, Dunlap stepped in on his girlfriend's case and dismissed it. He did not reveal his conflict and he knew that the assigned DA did not want this case dismissed.

That was why he was *fired* by San Joaquin. Shortly thereafter he was *hired* by Bob Lee. This wasn't merely a personal issue. He let his criminal girlfriend off the hook for insurance fraud!!!
kick him out

Watsonville, CA

#39 Sep 3, 2008
The Sentinel article is incorrect: the State Bar recommended that Dunlap be disbarred for his repeated acts of lying. The State Bar Court did not follow that "recommendation" and instead ordered Dunlap suspended from the practice of law for 2 years. People want the facts.

The licensing agency for attorneys prosecuted Dunlap and asked that he no longer be counted as one of them.
J Squires is one sided

Peru

#40 Sep 3, 2008
Wow...we all know J. Squires likes to tell her slanted, one sided stories on accused "criminals". Why does she tell them so diferently when it is a "D.A"? Doesn't the press have a certain obligation to fairness...to truth...I guess it has to do with the law enforcement assholes who spoon feed her the lame ass stories...nice going Jen keep up the great work.
Silence of the Lambs

United States

#43 Sep 3, 2008
Ewwww, some commenter is referring to another commenter as "It." Pretty nasty and uncalled-for.
realist

Watsonville, CA

#44 Sep 3, 2008
Kate Canlis was the best person for the job of DA. Hopefully she re-emerges. However, George Dunlap has paid any pennance by starting over and putting heinous criminals behind bars, protecting the public, and looking out for the interest of victims.

Now, if the Sentinel would report on what has gone on in the court of elected Judge Almquists' court such as:

1.) Released Anthony Dewolfe, against arguments of public safety, which resulted in Dewolfe murdering a human being within a day.

2.) Released another inmate, presumably prison bound, on a "pass". This inmate obtained drugs to smuggle back into the jail which were the cause of the death of a human being due to overdose.

3.) Released another inmate, Denise Jones on a pass who then stabbed someone.

If any of these are incorrect, please correct me.

Does anyone else have any stories where Judge Almquist has placed the rights and privileges of the GUILTY or ACCUSED above the rights of the VICTIMS?

It seems that people need to be aware of this man to assess his ability to serve in this ELECTED position. The Sentinel refuses to analyze and report on this judge. There are no other judges in this county that have been reported to have made so many poor decisions, at the expense of victims.

This is not justice. It is rather an attempt at social engineering...not something a judge should engage in. Very dangerous.

This is much more important than old news.
real issue

Capitola, CA

#46 Sep 3, 2008
>>>>Lying, ticket fixing, witness tampering, evidence-fixing.

That is absolutely what he did.

So the issue is not that he's paid $100k+ to prosecute people for the crimes that he weaseled himself and his girlfriend out of (we all do know that felony dui is punishable by years in prison).

The issue is that when it is convenient and important to him, he is totally okay with lying, cheating, manipulating. This kind of repeat deceit is not limited to a couple of isolated incidents. This is who he is. But the State Bar prosecutor only went after the charges that were easy to prove.

Everyone hates lawyers. And lying, cheating lawyers who harm others and can't take responsibility for their own bad acts are justly more hated.

This is who Bob Lee put in place in Santa Cruz to protect the innocent and the wronged, and to bring light to the truth. He is the integrity we can be proud of, and we can feel safe knowing he is out there to protect us.

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