Cockfighting charges dropped against Christie

Full story: Eureka Times Standard

A county prosecutor on Wednesday announced the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office would drop several charges related to allegations Ray Christie, a McKinleyville rancher, was raising roosters to be used for cockfighting.
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confused

Memphis, TN

#1 Apr 30, 2009
therew is no reason to waste any more of taxpayers money on this stupid crap
Gary

Eureka, CA

#2 Apr 30, 2009
Welcome to humboldt county, where animals are more important than people. The DA would rather spend time on this than violence against people.
Middle-o-the-str ea m

Arcata, CA

#3 Apr 30, 2009
Deputy District Attorney Sherissa Edmark, you are a looozer. Did paul help you or hang you out? Nice waste of county funds, but what do you care you get payed anyway.
semper fi

Redwood City, CA

#4 Apr 30, 2009
please call ur local Public officials to stop wasting our taxpayers money for a " Chicken "misdeameanor case!

Better use our limited law enforcement and taxpayers money to prosecute VIOLENT CRIMINALS, Domestice Violence, human predators, prosecute organize syndicates/non-profit groups that steals million of Taxpayers money etc..etc....

Contra Costa county announces to stop enforcement on some misdeameanor cases becasue of budget cuts...
Simple Jack

Sherman, TX

#5 Apr 30, 2009
The thing you must remember is that government employees don't give a hoot about how much of "your" money they spend or how they spend it. It's all about perception. Regardless of how inept they are, government employees at all levels will spare no expense when it comes to demonstrating their authority and contempt over their fellow citizens.

What's at issue here is not a few antique artifacts passed on from on generation to another. It's simply a demonstration by authority to justify the perception of protecting the public by bringing the entire force of a government entity to enforce a law that was created for a special interest group to punish a microscopic group of people who by all other accounts are tax paying law abiding citizens. And by the way, since the other charges were dropped the news media in their continuing effort to influence public opinion can drop the reference to owning or raising these chickens for the purpose of fighting as it applies to Mr. Christie.
Jeff E

Eureka, CA

#6 Apr 30, 2009
Cock fighting is a despicable, illegal activity. People who participate in this act have to be cruel & a little sick. They are similar to the Romans who watched blood "sports" in the colosseum two thousand years ago.

It would be nice if the reporter didn't just say "what" happened but found out "why". Why did seven of the jurors find Ray Christie not guilty?

He had 1,300 roosters & all the knives & fighting & killing equipment. Was the DA incompetant? Did some of these jurors participate in cock fighting & so ignored the law?
Mike Mogan

San Jose, CA

#7 Apr 30, 2009
NEXT CASE HUMBOLDT BUREAUCRATs vS. COL. SANDERS
RIGHT ON SiMPLE JACK U DA MAN !!!!

"It's all about perception. Regardless of how inept they are, government employees (BROWN SHiRTs) at all levels will spare no expense when it comes to demonstrating their authority and contempt over their fellow citizens"

WE COULD FEED A LOT OF HOMELESS WITH THIS WASTED TAX MONEY & THAT WAY THEY WiLL NEVER LEAVE oLD-TOWN WITH ALL IT's EMPTY STORE FRONTS...

THE BUREAUCRACY GROWS BIGGER, PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES KEEP FLEEING...

WE NEED HOPE & CHANGE....

semper fi

Redwood City, CA

#9 Apr 30, 2009
Simple Jack wrote:
The thing you must remember is that government employees don't give a hoot about how much of "your" money they spend or how they spend it. It's all about perception. Regardless of how inept they are, government employees at all levels will spare no expense when it comes to demonstrating their authority and contempt over their fellow citizens.
What's at issue here is not a few antique artifacts passed on from on generation to another. It's simply a demonstration by authority to justify the perception of protecting the public by bringing the entire force of a government entity to enforce a law that was created for a special interest group to punish a microscopic group of people who by all other accounts are tax paying law abiding citizens. And by the way, since the other charges were dropped the news media in their continuing effort to influence public opinion can drop the reference to owning or raising these chickens for the purpose of fighting as it applies to Mr. Christie.
I agree . what a INJUSTICE to Humans beings that are tax paying law abiding citizens..Worst than a NAZI's..HUmans are prosecuted because of " Chickens " ?
Anonymous

Orange, CA

#11 Apr 30, 2009
Jeff E - right on all counts.
Wad

Eureka, CA

#12 Apr 30, 2009
Jeff E wrote:
**** fighting is a despicable, illegal activity. People who participate in this act have to be cruel & a little sick. They are similar to the Romans who watched blood "sports" in the colosseum two thousand years ago.
It would be nice if the reporter didn't just say "what" happened but found out "why". Why did seven of the jurors find Ray Christie not guilty?
He had 1,300 roosters & all the knives & fighting & killing equipment. Was the DA incompetant? Did some of these jurors participate in **** fighting & so ignored the law?
he wasn't caught fighting the chickens, just raising them, which is legal. The fighting utensils are illegal to have, so that's the only thing he's guilty of; can't lock him away, yet, for the intent you think he might have.
just thinking

Daly City, CA

#13 Apr 30, 2009
Jeff E wrote:
**** fighting is a despicable, illegal activity. People who participate in this act have to be cruel & a little sick. They are similar to the Romans who watched blood "sports" in the colosseum two thousand years ago.
It would be nice if the reporter didn't just say "what" happened but found out "why". Why did seven of the jurors find Ray Christie not guilty?
He had 1,300 roosters & all the knives & fighting & killing equipment. Was the DA incompetant? Did some of these jurors participate in **** fighting & so ignored the law?
Well Jeff, all animal abuse is wrong, but perhaps the jury didn't convict because they didn't have evidence that proved beyond a reasonable doubt the crime was committed. Now, that could be because the evidence didn't exist to prove it or the prosecutor didn't know how. Either way, it does not speak well for the DA or his staff.
a nono

Eureka, CA

#14 Apr 30, 2009
Jeff E wrote:
**** fighting is a despicable, illegal activity. People who participate in this act have to be cruel & a little sick. They are similar to the Romans who watched blood "sports" in the colosseum two thousand years ago.
It would be nice if the reporter didn't just say "what" happened but found out "why". Why did seven of the jurors find Ray Christie not guilty?
He had 1,300 roosters & all the knives & fighting & killing equipment. Was the DA incompetant? Did some of these jurors participate in **** fighting & so ignored the law?
Agreed.
So I'm wondering if some of these other posters would feel different if their family pets were tortured and killed by someone. Would you expect that crime to not be prosecuted because, after all, they're "just animals"?
The law is the law whether you personally find the cause important or not.
agree

Daly City, CA

#15 Apr 30, 2009
a nono wrote:
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Agreed.
So I'm wondering if some of these other posters would feel different if their family pets were tortured and killed by someone. Would you expect that crime to not be prosecuted because, after all, they're "just animals"?
The law is the law whether you personally find the cause important or not.
I think most would agree. The problem here is not whether the law is good or bad. The law is the law. The question is whether there was the evidence to prove it or the competence to present it to the jury. That is very different criticism. If they didn't have the evidence then no amount of hating the crime can justify the trial when you can not prove the case. It looks like the jury had a real problem with the lack of evidence presented to them for whatever reason it wasn't presented.
Drugs make you stupid

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 Apr 30, 2009
A lot of ruffled feathers over this call.
anonymous

Eureka, CA

#17 Apr 30, 2009
I only think this thing sucks because once again he got away with something. That's how it works for him. That's why he is the person he is and does what he wants, right or wrong, because it doesn't matter to him. Someone will get him out of it.
Kitty

Orange, CA

#18 Apr 30, 2009
Has anyone seen DeathRace? I think this would be the perfect community service for Mr. Christie!
Run a tight Ship

South San Francisco, CA

#19 Apr 30, 2009
Give him back his chickens!!!!!
Lobster

Chico, CA

#20 Apr 30, 2009
Looks like you got away with it this time Christie. You'd better change you ways though, your luck won't last forever.
common sense

United States

#21 Apr 30, 2009
Blood sports have no place in a decent society. I am proud of our DA for prosecuting this one. Jeff E called it correctly.
hypocrite

Redwood City, CA

#22 Apr 30, 2009
HYPOCRITE and Terrorist Extremist hsus & their militias have no place in a decent society.
common sense wrote:
Blood sports have no place in a decent society. I am proud of our DA for prosecuting this one. Jeff E called it correctly.

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