It would be malpractice for the Monterey County Attorney to not have filed that motion. These two men keep fighting, I predict a big win, citizens should be able to have recourse against law enforcement who knowingly lie about them, making outrageous claims with no evidence, or ability to bring charges. I mean really it took them four days to show up and the Sheriff never conducted an investigation.
Don Ratcliff / Donald Ratcliff is the very influential man, according to public court records, that caused this whole mess and cost the Sheriff his job. The Sheriff was influenced by his buddy Don Ratcliff / Donald Ratcliff who had it out for Amadio who was dating his daughter, he did not approve, and the court documents show the rest. This man Donald Ratcliff / Don Ratcliff lends his million dollar helicopter to the former sheriff, as well as his piloting skills, time and fuel. He also donated a large sum of money to the sheriff's failed re-election bid. Sounds like Don Ratcliff / Donald Ratcliff of Monterey / Salinas lied and those lies known by the Sheriff cost him his job and caused the victims of the art theft great harm. Just Google them. Good luck finding a job after that. The actions of that Sheriff cannot be condoned in our society under any circumstance. For the Sheriff to be immune they must have honestly been doing their jobs, which clearly they were not, repeating known lies by your friend is not in furtherance of a legitimate investigation for which the immunity is needed. It's the opposite reason the law was created, namely, to help the court system, not hinder it.
Had this happened in Santa Cruz the art would have been located and the thief's arrested because we have a real Sheriff that cares about this community and it's citizens.
As I understand it was an inside job yet the victims have yet to be throughly questioned as to whom they believe is at fault. Look close what about their former attorney under investigation by the state bar for complaints filed against her by all but one of her former clients. What about her husband that claimed in the press he was obtaining insurance quotes, yet has no license with the state insurance commission to issue casualty insurance? As I understand at the time of the theft there were repo orders for the victims attorney and her husbands vehicles. Can you spell MOTIVE and OPPORTUNITY. They may be innocent but it seems odd that these two have not been investigated as it appears they had something to do with their clients lost art. Something a real Sheriff such as ours would have discovered on this Boulder Creek Attorney and her husband during a real investigation, had the theft happened here.