Arrest Attempt On Deputy District Attorney
On April 1, 1985, the arrest attempt on the deputy district attorney was no April Fool's joke!
During the court proceeding, on April 1, 1985, the deputy district attorney was told, in open court, that he was under arrest. The judge immediately shouted, "Not in my courtroom, you don't. You're not going to make a shambles of this case!". The judge was promptly disqualified.
The manner in which the judge proceeded was an act, criminal in nature, while subject to the provisions of California Penal Code Section 136.1, which makes it a crime for anyone to dissuade a victim or witness from exercising their lawful power to make an arrest.
We were not allowed to view the transcript of the hearing for more than two years. And when viewed, the court reporter's transcript gave a totally different account of what had actually happened. A local news reporter viewed the court proceeding. The reporter worked for the Argus-Courier Newspaper in Petaluma, California and published an article on April 2, 1985, entitled, "Judge rejects arrest attempt on deputy district attorney". The transcripts prepared by the court reporter told a fabricated story of the proceeding. The news reporter correctly told what happened. The fabricated version was presented by the court reporter.
April 1, 1985, was the last day that my feet walked the floor of the courtroom in Petaluma. By the way, no criminal cases have been handled in that court for more than thirty years now. Oh, once in a while there might be a "civil" case handled there now and then. But nothing criminal. And rightly so.