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Mendo Court Predictions For The Coming Year

At the Office of the Public Defender Mary LeClair will become the new Public Defender. Anthony Adams will be the new Assistant Public Defender. Eric Rennert will be murdered by…

“Gimme A Cigarette!”

“Gimme A Cigarette!”

Jasper Clark lives near Ukiah’s nice Vinewood Park on Magnolia Street in Ukiah. On the night of Sunday, December 10th, he was standing outside chatting up a young beauty by…

Credit Card Scammer Almost Skates

Credit Card Scammer Almost Skates

On November 3rd Jason Ress took $539.71 worth of merchandise from Friedman’s in Ukiah — he was moving around from town to town on the North Coast, hitting stores in Fortuna, Santa…

Home Invasion Victim Fights Back

Home Invasion Victim Fights Back

62-year old Janette Krigian lives west of Laytonville on Branscomb Road and, as a tough guy from Oakland recently discovered, “the lady has a lot of balls.” This is what…

Judge Dolan’s Gala Debut!

It got pretty exciting at the Courthouse last Thursday evening. Wait, strike that! Exciting is too puny a term for the breathtaking exhilaration whistling through the ancient halls of justice.…

The New Face of Pot Enforcement

The New Face of Pot Enforcement

It has been almost a year now since the legalization of rec(reational) pot and people are still getting busted for it — so what’s up with that? It is a…

A Letter to the Defense Bar

A number of the lawyers at the Office of the Public Defender have communicated certain innuendos about your trusty courthouse correspondent, namely that I am too friendly with law enforcement…

Failure To Appear

Clevon Grant, nabbed by the long arm of the law, was in court last week, and I had to sit through his failure to appear hearing just to button-hole District…

A Frenzied Murder

A Frenzied Murder

Caleb Silver, standing trial for what prosecutor Tim Stoen called “the frenzied murder” – 11 hammer blows to the head, and a throat slashing that was so ferocious it splattered…

Charges Against Jessie Slotte Doubted

According to his wife, Veronica, Boonville native Jessie Slotte, a heavily decorated veteran of the war in Iraq, threw her to the ground, put the boots to her, dragged her…

Courthouse Rotates The Tires

The County Courthouse is in a state of change, a bustling mass of lawyers moving in many different directions. The seething flux and flow includes several lawyers who have left…