After listening to the testimony of DA Investigator Dale Lingerfelt during the preliminary hearings on 02/24/2016 of Frank Carson, et al. I almost felt embarrassed for the Stanislaus County Prosecutors, DA Birgit Fladager, Marlisa Ferriara,and DA investigator Kirk Bunch, but one does reap what they sow.
Let me explain why as my Back Story Continues.
Lingerfelt testified that the prosecutions #1 Snitch, Robert Woody, confessed that he had murdered and chopped Korey Kauffman to pieces. Woody said he feared no repercussions because “law enforcement and attorneys had his back.”
The law enforcement officers not specifically named, and the attorney not specifically named according to Lingerfeldt were inferred to be Carson and the CHP officers now being arraigned.
The major problem as I see it is that when Lingerfeldt also testified that the forensics reports of Kauffman’s remains indicated that it had not been “hacked to pieces” (and only gnawed by animals) Woody’s credibility is out the window, along with another snitch Ms. Miranda Dykes who was given a wire to record her conversations with Woody.
The prosecution’s case is based essentially on the confession of Woody that implicates Carson, the officers, and the Atwal brothers (“that had his back” in murdering and chopping up Kaufman–who was not chopped up).
Does Bunch seriously think the credibility of Woody (the snitch) would survive before a jury if Carson and his alleged co-conspirators were held over for trial? I candidly think not.
It seems to me, more or less, that DA Birgit Fladager, and the entire Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office has fallen down a rabbit hole of their own digging while wasting millions of tax payers’ dollars.
Bizarrely they see no way out but to dig deeper…..instead of admitting that they make a serious mistake by bringing the criminal charges based upon testimony of “criminal snitches**.”
There is certainly nothing new or unique to prosecutors overstepping, fabricating evidence and turning a blind eye to the obvious incredulous statements of their prize snitches.
Case in point is the Orange County District Attorney’s Office debacle.
“Prosecutorial and police misconduct are often dismissed as just a few bad apples doing a few bad apple-ish things. But what happens when it’s entrenched and systemic and goes unchecked for years? That looks to be the case in Orange County, California, where the situation got so completely out of hand this spring that Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals issued an order disqualifying the entire Orange County District Attorney’s Office (that’s all 250 prosecutors) from continuing to prosecute a major death penalty case.” (Excerpt from SLATE: ‘You’re All Out’ 05/28/2015 by Dahlia Lithwick who writes about the courts and the law for Slate.)
The Back Story continues its coverage of the Carson prosecution fiasco with this prediction….DA Birgit Fladager will be given the boot by the same people who elected her to office, sooner than later, along with all those that orchestrated the destruction of people’s lives and waste of tax payers’ money joining her. Remember you heard it here in The Back Story first.
The Back Story will continue…..
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Supervisor Jim DeMartini will be the guest on Wednesday March 2 at noon.
**Additional suggested readings about the perils of using criminal snitches:
Excerpt: “A prosecutor who does not appreciate the perils of using rewarded criminals as witnesses risks compromising the truth-seeking mission of our criminal justice system. Because the Government decides whether and when to use such witnesses, and what, if anything, to give them for their service, the Government stands uniquely positioned to guard against perfidy. By its action the Government can either contribute to or eliminate the problem. Accordingly, we expect prosecutors and investigators to take all reasonable measures to safeguard the system against treachery.(United States v. Bernal-Obeso, 989 F.2d 331, 333-34 (9th Cir. 1993).