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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…

Gandalf’s Grenades

We often hear it said that Mendocino County is this wondrous place where each day starts anew and you can be whoever you say you are. All you need is…

Everclear & Gasoline

When Ukiah Police Officer Adam Elledge arrived at the ExpressMart on South State Street about 5pm on July 25th, he saw defendant Sequoyah Pickner on the ground, being held down…

Three Cheers For The Orange Angels!

Three Cheers For The Orange Angels!

The Orange Angels as they are affectionately known to our readers who suggested the AVA give a great big shout-out of appreciation to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation…

Caleb Silver Trial Begins

Caleb Silver Trial Begins

The trial of Caleb Silver for the murder of Dennis Boardman in Fort Bragg in early January of 2016 finally got under way last week, having taken up much of…

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