Bicyclist tased when he runs for minor infraction
By E-R Staff
Article Launched: 01/29/2008 12:00:00 AM
HAMILTON CITY -- A man riding a bicycle with improper lighting equipment was shot with a Taser stun gun Wednesday night as he ran from a deputy who tried to stop him for the infraction.
After repeated attempts, Glenn County sheriff's deputy Cale Smith said he finally got the attention of the rider on Sierra Street, who jumped from the bike and began running.After a half-block chase and several warnings from Smith that he would use the Taser, he did. Sgt. Scott James said only one probe struck the man, identified as Omar Herrada Rivera, 39, and he received no shock.
Smith caught up with him near the garage of a home, and took him into custody after a brief struggle. James said Smith was fully justified in firing his Taser, because Rivera was running toward a home, and could have endangered people inside.
"We consider the Taser as being at the same level of force as other weapons, including pepper spray and batons," James said. He added that deputies don't deploy Tasers against subjects who are driving or riding a bike because of the risk factor.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I have always been a fan of your blog, so much so that i created my own myspace page just to have an outlet to let people know there are more of us out there. The page is myspace.com/bristolcountycpcs it does have a blog as well. If you check it out and like it, i hope you would post a small snippet about it here as well. Thanks for all the great tips you have here, looking forward to reading more.I love it when I get email or comments that say they are fans of the blog, so Kyle was pretty much guaranteed a mention. Yeah, Kyle could have called me a giant asshole and I still would have been happy to mention him if he told me he still read my blog. I especially liked Kyle's friends list full of other Public Defender employees. It helps that he has attractive co-workers but it also seems like a nice big family, I really like offices like this. Just check out his Myspace page.
A little late, but welcome to the PD Investigator blogging world brother Kyle.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
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Enter some email addresses of your friends or just log in with your webmail account...Pretty cool huh? Yeah, I know that some of you are a little disturbed about this and some of the results that come back on the people in your address book but you can check out some of their Frequently Asked Questions and hopefully find some relief to your fears.
So why is this website important as a new investigative tool and not just some cool gimmick you can use to keep up with your friends? If you're doing some background work AND YOU ALREADY HAVE YOUR TARGETS EMAIL ADDRESS this is the MOST AWESOME CREATION EVER!!!
It really is a huge time saver. As soon as I read about this site, I ran three email addresses on some active cases I had open and up popped some really new information that I NEVER would have been able to find on my own, in fact I wish I could have gotten into the office this weekend to grab some more files just to plug in some more email addresses.
Check it out and let me know what you think. Part of me thinks its too good to be true and that it'll be shutdown but as a defense investigator in a county with limited funding for tech resources, I'm hoping its here to stay.
Friday, January 25, 2008
The state's first public defender office for capital murder cases is now open in Lubbock. As NewsChannel 11 first told you last summer, the Lubbock based office will encompass over 80 counties, from the tip of the panhandle down to San Angelo.I'm certain there are better articles on this out there but this is the one that fell into my Google Alerts.
Typically, one death penalty case costs counties and taxpayers anywhere from $150,000 to $500,000. Now, the public defenders office will pick up those costs.
"We'll be providing the two attorneys that are required by statue," said Jack Stoffregen, Chief of the West Texas Region Public Defender for Capital Murder Cases. "The mitigation that's required by statue as well as a fact investigator.
"The conventional wisdom is that if you are broke, you are going to get a dewy-eyed, freshman public defender," said Joshua Marquis, an Oregon district attorney and vocal defender of the death penalty. "That might have been true 25 years ago, but there are a number of resources available to indigent clients, and rightfully so. I am outspent 20 to 1 by indigent clients."
Inept court-appointed attorneys have been a common complaint among death-penalty
opponents in other states. Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, who brought the capital urder charges against Brooks and Addison, said indigent clients in New Hampshire don't have to fear the same here. "Our public defenders are very dedicated and very aggressive," Ayotte said. "And it's been my experience that they focus zealously on representing their clients. They are excellent at what they do."
Friday, January 18, 2008
Unfortunately, the mobile Google Map Location service does not work on my phone for some reason...it only shows: Your current location is temporarily unavailable. Booo! The plus side is they have a very active forum of users and since its really just being Beta tested, a fix is not too far away.
There is ANOTHER free Mobile map program available for most newer cellular phones from (please save the groans for someone who cares) Microsoft! Live Search Mobile is a program you can have emailed to your phone for easy download. This service DOES NOT have the locating service BUT it has something that has won me over..VOICE COMMANDS! You looking for Starbucks in your area? One button and the saying the word Starbucks will quickly bring you a list of stores near you! It will even map out the directions for you. I love it.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I mean, would it be too obvious if I closed down this blog and started another Public Defender Investigator blog a week later? I really do think it would make things easier on me sometimes.
Wishful thinking I guess.
Well, work has been interesting. Our office has had a healthy influx of new attorney's which has been great for everyone. As much as I love and appreciate most of the super experienced attorney's in the office, sometimes that also means they're super bitter or super burned out so the fresh faces are good for the clients and good for the investigators. Why? Sometimes it means we get more creative investigation requests from attorney's who are willing to approach cases differently than those that have been around the block a zillion times. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Basically, they're large email lists where one person can send out emails to a large group of people who are members of the same group instantaneously.
There are large Public Defender Groups like CLARANET, which is available to members of the California Public Defender Association and even Defense Investigator and Public Defender Investigator specific groups. In theory, these groups are a great benefit because you can share information and resources with a quick email.
Most of the time.
As an investigator whose job is to "muddy up a case" sort of speak to assist an attorney in defending a client in a manner in which to avoid any IAC complaints, I am sure that you will agree that you win some, you lose some. Those that the attorney represents spend time in prison and have plenty of time to think of ways to get back at the attorney and his investigator for getting them in the position they are in. This is a scary predicament to be in and you should have the option to fight back if the opportunity presents itself. and I realized why.
Just makes me shake my head sometimes. I don't know if the investigator that made the post above (who identified himself at the end but I will not) followed up with an explanation or not but its a small reminder of why I don't use the Groups that often.
Should you use them? Give em a try yourself and tell me what you think. Maybe It's because I haven't had my coffee this morning and I'm overreacting.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
I don't think I deserved it and if I hadn't been the ONLY Public Defender Investigator in my category, I wouldn't have received my Rodney...my sweet, sweet, disgustingly awesome RODNEY, VICTORY IS MINE!!! I think receiving a single vote in your own category is overrated anyway.
I need to earn it. I need to earn my Rodney.
I've been laying low for a variety of reasons. I've been busy and there has also been a little pressure at work to lay low. Some of its the usual political crap that goes on in almost any large Public Defender office but some of it required me to be silent until the giant wave of bullshit rolled over me. I think I pulled off a sweet little duck-dive (a shout out to my fellow surfers) but its time to pull me head outta my ass and start bloggin again.
I've got lots to say and I'm actually excited about blogging again.
I think I'll start tomorrow.