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Re: “Let the Investigation Begin

"Steve Hogle lives in Healdsburg, where he manages a family estate and ranch. " This makes me wonder if he is a typical pimp benefiting from the cheap labor of illegals. Most open-border pro-illegal immigration types are interested in having the cheap labor available for exploitation.

Posted by MHilber on 06/07/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “The Killing of Branch Wroth

What a load of crap. Esa and Branch both good for shit. After taking a 1.25 million dollar handout from the county Esa damn near killed someone by crossing the double yellow on River Road causing a head-on while driving under the influence. Good riddance.

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Posted by MHilber on 06/07/2017 at 7:51 PM

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Watch it for yourself -…

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Posted by MHilber on 05/11/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Over a Barrel

The video of the hearing is posted now. It appears the County's appeal will be denied.

Actually it seems the judge on the left in the video will side with the county so it may be a 2 to 1 vote to deny the appeal.

Interesting hearing.

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Posted by MHilber on 05/11/2017 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Over a Barrel

in the present case, Andy was already holding a weapon pointed down at his side, and merely turned around in response to an officer's command, with no sudden movement towards the weapon.

While defendants cite testimony that the barrel of Andy's gun began to come up, or was in the process of being pointed at the deputies, the court is obligated to view that evidence in a light most favorable to the non-moving parties. And in that light, the court can conclude only that the rifle barrel was beginning to rise; and given that it started in a position where it was pointed down at the ground, it could have been raised to a slightly-higher level without posing any threat to the officers.

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Posted by MHilber on 05/03/2017 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Total Recall

"...unfolding as a May 9 federal court date in Pasadena may shine further light on the prospects of a wrongful death suit brought by the Lopez family against Gelhaus and Sonoma County.

The county unsuccessfully argued for limited immunity for Gelhauspresumably to clear a path to a county settlement without personally implicating the officerand the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals may address the county's argument that the shooting was justified ..."

This is confusing. Sounds as if the County has already lost a 9th Circuit appeal hearing in San Francisco and there is going to be another in Pasadena. Can this be clarified as to what specifically is going on?

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Posted by MHilber on 05/01/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Threet's Beat

"Sonoma County law enforcers are notorious for....and violation of civil rights. There is a pressing need for independent investigations of police misconduct. "
Very true, there is a serious problem of culture within the sheriff's organization, a problem of attitude, arrogance and contempt for citizens' civil rights. I don't know about Threet's "audit" process, but he here discloses he is not considering complaints of more than one year old. He would do well to look at more complaints including older ones and look for patterns of abuse. I filed a written complaint myself and was completely dissatisfied with the "acted appropriately" finding, or whatever they called it. Would have filed another regarding a separate encounter with a different deputy for similar reasons but knowing it would be a waste of time didn't bother.

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Posted by MHilber on 03/07/2017 at 11:36 PM

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