Why does San Diego DA Dumanis have an atypically high 94.7% conviction rate?

 

Is the oddly high success rate a result of frightening innocent people into pleading guilty to crimes they did not commit?

“Did you know of the more than 16,000 felony charges filed San Diego County in 2011 – there were only 33 which resulted in ‘NOT GUILTY’ verdicts?”

A few days ago, we blogged of an Enicinitas family in need of help from what appears to be continuing malicious prosecution by DA Bonnie Dumanis’s office. She is intending to take a case, the People v. Burleson, to trial for a second time on October 2nd of this year.

To reiterate:

A March 18, 2014 appellate opinion found that in the prior December 2011 trial, the father of the Burleson family, Jeff Burleson, had been wrongfully found guilty of the misdemeanor of brandishing a weapon in a threatening manner.

The misdemeanor conviction was over-turned by the March 2014 appellate opinion.  The trial itself was a result of DA Dumanis attempting to intimidate and coerce Mr. Burleson into perjuring himself and pleading guilty to the felony of assault with a deadly weapon — with an unloaded shotgun.
 
Mr. Burleson is North County real estate broker, husband, and father of three young children.  He refused to make the false plea under threat by Dumanis’ office that if found guilty of the felony in trial, he could have been sentenced to fourteen plus years in prison.
 
According to a 2013 San Diego Reader article, it came to light in the 2011 trial that the Complainant, a process server for the Burleson’s homeowner association, most likely embellished his complaint against Mr. Burleson. This is a fact that remains in evidence to which Dumanis’ office has had access for nearly three years. Yet, she continues to prosecute.
 
The Reader article states,
 
…defense attorney Gerald Smith’s retrospective on the trial. “The reason why we went to trial in the first place,” he says, “was that the DA had not offered a whole lot of negotiation. They wanted Jeff to plead to a charge that would have had a serious impact on his life.”
What did Smith think most convinced the jury not to convict his client of assault with a deadly weapon? Since there were no third-party eyewitnesses to the alleged crime, the verdict had to be based largely on which version of events came off as most credible.
 
“Here was the major credibility issue,” Smith says. “Gruytch [the process server] had already said he was very familiar with shotguns, that in fact he owned one. So I asked him, ‘What happened when, as you allege, Jeff pointed the shotgun at you?’ His reply was that he’d stepped forward. So I asked, ‘You’ve got a shotgun pointing at you and you step forward?’ When I was giving the closing argument and brought that up, that’s when most of the jury nodded their heads and rolled their eyes. It was a telltale sign.
 
After we blogged of the matter on Katy’s Exposure, Encinitas family needs help. DA Dumanis practicing politics for cronies again!,  Mr. Burleson added this comment to the blog on August 11th:
 
Thank you very much for your encouraging words of support Mrs. Sharon Noonan Kramer.
‘We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose ANY foe in order to ensure the survival and success of liberty.’ – John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961
 
On March 29, 2011, I was falsely accused of committing a violent felony simply because I protected the lady in this photograph (my beautiful wife and three young children). Facing 14.5 years in prison, I would not plead to a crime I didn’t commit. I took the matter to trial and was acquitted of the felony accusation but was convicted of a misdemeanor due to a minor technical mistake.
 
Multiple jurors told my attorney I’d done nothing wrong, that I was simply protecting my family but because they weren’t given an opportunity to consider ‘self-defense’ or ‘defense of others’ they simply had no choice but to convict.
 
As a professional with three licenses which could be subject to revocation and/or denial as a result of a misdemeanor conviction, this case affected me greatly BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, it was a great miscarriage of justice; I didn’t commit any crime to begin with.
 
To appeal, I hired a former deputy District Attorney [Richard Huffman Jr., son of Appellate Justice and former chair of the Executive Committee of the California Judicial Council, Richard Huffman Sr.] who told me I had an excellent case for self-defense and that he himself was even better positioned to make it because he knew the District Attorney personally.
 
That should have been a warning to tread carefully. Unbeknownst to me he had been fired from the San Diego DA’s Office AFTER his THIRD DUI.
 
He’d LITERALLY been prosecuting DUI’s in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office WHILE collecting them himself on his motorcycle (replete with James Bond themed license plates.)
 
This former deputy DA did nothing whatsoever to protect my legal rights and as a result was later humiliated by the California State Bar Association when he was castigated for leaving me alone to fend for myself – serving nearly three months in custody simply because he failed to file a simple one page ‘Notice of Appeal’ form.
 
Fearing the worst and facing a trial in California State Bar Court, He ADMITTED abandoning me in custody AND failing to communicate that he’d dropped me as a client before it was too late. He also admitted failing to return my file.
 
Why didn’t he file the form? (He blamed a number of personal ‘issues’ INCLUDING the stress and anxiety he suffered from organizing his James Bond themed wedding in Rancho Santa Fe.)
 
After nearly three years (including nearly three months in custody) and incurring more than $340,000 in expenses, the California Fourth District Court of Appeal o March 18, 2014 REVERSED my misdemeanor criminal conviction, noting in fact I had independent, corroborating evidence proving my self-defense claims and that I should have been able to make my case to the jury.
 
The fact I was denied the chance to do so was a fundamental denial of my right to due process of law.
 
Because I was VINDICATED by the California Fourth District Court of Appeal, the deputy District Attorney I hired now faces an even greater potential sanction (including possible disbarment) AS WELL AS a massive legal malpractice suit for his failure to perform, once this case is resolved in my favor. Furthermore, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office faces even greater scrutiny and embarrassment for how my case was mismanaged from the beginning.
What would you do if you were in their position? Would you admit you were wrong? Or would you go for broke?
 
Twice vindicated by verdict (first on the felony by the trial court, the second time by the Fourth District Court of Appeal), instead of simply acknowledging the mistakes that were made graciously and magnanimously, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office is instead pulling out all the stops to convict me – AGAIN.
 
Why? Because doing so enables the San Diego District Attorney’s office to save face BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY shields their former colleague from further scrutiny and embarrassment AS WELL AS CIVIL LIABILITY.
 
This isn’t about public safety, its about politics, plain and simple. Its also a message to those who dared to speak up against the status quo in San Diego politics – the four term district attorney is paying VERY CLOSE ATTENTION to who her friends are – AND who they are NOT.
 
And because I openly supported her challenger, Bob Brewer in the last election I am most certainly not going to be getting a holiday greeting card from the San Diego District Attorneys The Official Grumpy Cate, that’s for sure.
 
My family and I appreciate ALL of the support we have received thus-far and continue to receive both publicly from private citizens, public officials and those who hold elected office across our country and around the world.
 
For a public official to capriciously use her prosecutorial power again and again against a husband and father who was simply standing fast in defense of his family is wrong.
For that public official to do so as a transparent act of political retribution is beyond the pale of decency in American life; it is highly unethical, illegal and actionable at law.
 
Did you know of the more than 16,000 felony charges filed San Diego County in 2011 – there were only 33 which resulted in ‘NOT GUILTY’ verdicts?
 
My next trial starts on October 2, 2014; nearly three years AFTER my first trial resulted in my acquittal on the felony accusation.
 
My public defender last week told me ‘I can’t imagine you being sentenced to more jail time after you’ve already served the original sentence but after what you’ve been through, you never know!’
 
Let’s just say THAT was far from reassuring.
Please like, share and help by visiting our blog at: http://www.gofundme.com/theburlesonfamily
 
Katy’s Exposure Blog is about exposing environmental health threats and those responsible.  What the Burleson matter has to do with that subject is this:
 
Much evidence indicates that Bonnie Dumanis serves as a “political prostitute” and guard dog for those who abuse their government positions in San Diego county. She appears to have a propensity to use the DA’s office as a means of CYA of their blunders.
 
In merely the latest example of this, she has wasted the taxpayers dollars by relentlessly harassing the Burleson family for a crime that obviously was not committed — while covering up for crimes that obviously were committed. (complainant perjury of lying to a jury to attempt to obtain a false conviction consistent with the conviction Dumanis wanted, is a crime).

 

Simultaneously, Dumanis has repeatedlyy refused to prosecute local jurists, including Richard Huffman Sr., who falsified numerous court documents in a SLAPP suit (2005 to 2013) over a matter impacting public health, nationwide. As Dumanis knows, some of the documents were falsified while knowing their courts had no subject matter jurisdiction. Under the law, court officers who falsify court documents without subject matter jurisdiction have no immunity from prosecution for the felonies.

 

Dumanis has also repeatedly refused to prosecute the local sheriff (also involved in the Burleson case), who falsified FBI records in the SLAPP matter while covering up for the jurists’ collusively criminal acts of falsifying court documents. This, while knowingly aiding a scientific fraud of epic proportion to remain viable in courtrooms all across the United States to the detriment of the American public.
 
VIDEO interview I gave with Walter Davis in 2013.
VIDEO before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, January 2014.
 
Mr. Burleson is not the first person in this county who DA Dumanis has attempted (sometimes successfully) to bully into falsely pleading guilty to a felony to the benefit of her friends in the local legal system. In the same vein of corruption, she refuses to prosecute her friends who are proven to have committed felony document falsifications, which harms people all across the U.S.
 
I have no intention of being silent until San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is held accountable for abusing the District Attorney’s office to practice politics, not law, on behalf of her cronies and her own political career.  Too many lives remain at stake to allow her to play fast and loose with the district attorney’s office, under the color of law.
 
The Burleson family needs your help, now, to take a bite out of the perverse problem in the San Diego County “legal system”. 
 
Please CONTACT your county, state and federal legislators to voice your outrage of this continuing harassment of the Burlesons by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
 
Mrs. Sharon Noonan Kramer
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Encinitas family needs help. DA Dumanis practicing politics for cronies again!

The Burleson family of Encinitas, California needs help to stop San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis from abusing her government position, while once again practicing politics for her friends.  Mr. Jeff Burleson has filed a complaint with the California State Bar against attorney Richard Huffman Jr. for professional negligence and misrepresentation. Burleson apparently has sued Huffman for the damages caused by Huffman’s proven negligence. It was proven by the Fourth District Division One Appellate Court extending the time for an appeal because of it.
Mr. Burleson is having a difficult time suing Huffman Jr. or anyone else . If DA Dumanis can keep Mr. Burleson running in circles defending himself from trumped-up criminal charges while operating on a financial shoe-string, it is highly unlikely that he will be able to effectively pursue for the damages caused by Huffman Jr’s incompetence and dishonesty.  As frequently happens in this town, no attorney will take a case if it means addressing collusion between court officers, the DA’s office and the Sheriff Department.  Mr. Burleson is having represent himself.
Richard Huffman Jr. is the son of Justice Richard Huffman. Huffman Sr. is former chair of the Executive Committee of the California Judicial Council and a practicing justice in the Fourth District Division One Appellate Court.  Huffman Jr. is a former San Diego deputy district attorney with a drunk driving charge that was notably handled by questionable means. (See August 2005 San Diego Reader article, “His Eyes Were Red and Glassy“)
According to a July 10, 2013 Reader article “Did you know how much trouble you could get in with a shotgun?”, Dumanis’s office was way out of line in 2011 and 2012 when prosecuting Mr. Burleson for basically, answering his front door late in the evening for an insistent, burley man who would not identify himself. Mr. Burleson was unable to get a call through to the police because of a cell phone malfunction and was carrying an unloaded shotgun at the time.
Sheriff Bill Gore’s employees also appear to have addressed the matter with an unreasonably heavy hand before Dumanis became involved.  Upon receiving what sounds like an embellished complaint by the burley man, who was a process server for the Burleson’s homeowner’s association, they surrounded the house and hauled the then unarmed Mr. Burleson off to jail.
According to the Reader, even when facts and witnesses, who were also scared that evening by the obnoxious and intimidating process server, corroborated that Mr. Burleson had good cause to fear for his young family’s safety and never assaulted anyone; Dumanis wanted him to commit criminal perjury and falsely plead guilty to the felony of assault with a deadly weapon.  Mr. Burleson, who is a North County real estate agent and father of three young children, refused to commit perjury at the risk of spending fourteen years in jail.  A felony plea would have caused his real estate license to be revoked and ended his career.

(Correction to the following: the trial was in December 2011, post-trial in 2012)

He was found guilty in a 2012 jury trial of the lesser charge of a misdemeanor for brandishing a weapon. The erred misdemeanor verdict and judgment appear to have been reached due to flawed jury instructions on subject of self-defense — according to a March 18, 2014 unpublished appellate opinion.
When Mr. Burleson first went to appeal in 2012 based on the error, he was referred to attorney Richard Huffman Jr. for legal counsel.  With regard to Huffman Jr.’s negligence and lying to his client, Mr. Burleson, the 2013 Reader article states:
Within a week of his trial, Burleson was planning on an appeal of the brandishing charge, based on self-defense. An attorney friend recommended former deputy district attorney Richard Huffman to conduct the appeal. At their first meeting, says Burleson, Huffman said that he agreed with the nature of the appeal and was confident it would be successful.
The charge to handle the appeal was $3500. Burleson gave Huffman $1000 to begin. This included purchasing the trial transcripts from the court. Burleson would pay the remainder in installments that were to be complete by the time the appellate court received the appeal.
On February 28, 2012, Burleson went to court again, this time for sentencing. He wasn’t worried: he claims that Huffman assured him the appeal would have kicked in by that time and that the judge would delay sentencing. Huffman was in court that day, too. He told Burleson the court had returned the opening brief, which seemed odd. Still, says Burleson, the attorney “didn’t expect any surprises.”
The judge sentenced Burleson to 120 days of work furlough. There was no mention of the appeal. After the hearing, Burleson says that Huffman told him, based on portions of the transcript he’d seen, that the defense attorney had fought like hell for his client and that there wasn’t much basis for an appeal. He should take the furlough and get on with his life.
On March 12, 2012, Burleson began spending his nights, for a charge of $42 each, at Correctional Alternatives Incorporated, a private company in Logan Heights that has a contract with the County of San Diego. He was allowed to leave each day for his job as a salesman of “practice management” software for attorneys. The software is largely intended to help them keep track of deadlines.
“How ironic,” Burleson says, “given what I soon discovered.” A little more than a month after entering custody, he called the court about his case. An official told him that not only was there no appeal on file, but that no one had ever ordered transcripts.
Due to overcrowding, Burleson was released from Correctional Alternatives 40 days early. Finishing the furlough finally gave him time for his family again. After some rest, he figured, he could still pursue the appeal. But he soon realized that his right to appeal had expired.
“So I decided to go after Huffman instead,” Burleson says. Last summer, he requested a copy of his file from Huffman. To date, it has not been forthcoming, although at one point an attorney for the defendant explained that Huffman was “assembling” it.
Acting on his own, Burleson has filed a complaint of “professional negligence” and “breach of contract” against Huffman, asking for $100,000 in costs and lost income. “It’s almost like you’ve got to be a self-absorbed, cocky, abrasive, and at times obnoxious son-of-bitch to survive. And I admit I’m all of that when I have to be.”
On March 18, 2014, the appellate court reversed the verdict with directions to the lower court. 
So what did DA Dumanis do which helps Huffman Jr. skirt having to defend himself for the damages caused to Mr. Burleson and his family?
On the very same day that she was re-elected as San Diego District Attorney in June of 2014, she decided to re-try the case.
According to the family’s website, http://www.gofundme.com/theburlesonfamily, in their heartfelt plea for help to stop the oppressive harassment by Dumanis:
THE BURLESON FAMILY NEEDS YOUR HELP…to fight back against San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and her SELF-SERVING REIGN OF TERROR AND MERCILESS PERSECUTION.
My name is Shelly Burleson and this is my family: my husband Jeff and three children Aaron (3), Ashley (5), and Chandler (7). They mean the entire world to me and fill my heart with a joy I never thought was possible. Everyday, I thank God for His blessings.
In 2011, shortly after Aaron was born, my husband Jeff was falsely accused, wrongfully arrested and dramatically overcharged with a VIOLENT FELONY (assault with a deadly weapon) AFTER he asserted his 2nd Amendment right to defend my children and I when a stranger pounded on our door for 20 minutes after dark. We feared for our safety that night; my husband met the stranger at our front door while holding his shotgun down and across his chest. He was simply being cautious in an effort to defend our home and our family after the Chelsea King and Amber DuBois slayings. This evil man later called the sheriff and falsely reported my husband ‘burst out’ of our home and chased him down the sidewalk with a shotgun.
That simply did NOT happen.
Shortly after my husband’s arrest, Bonnie Dumanis, the San Diego District Attorney, added a strike and firearms enhancements to the charge of Assault With A Deadly Weapon. Why? Because she was running for Mayor of San Diego at the time and wanted to increase her “94% Felony Conviction Rate”. If convicted, my husband faced up to 14.5 years in State Prison. We believe in our Rights and are Proud to be Americans; he was not going to plead guilty to a crime he didn’t commit, so the case went to trial 9 months later. The verdict was ‘NOT GUILTY’ of assault with a deadly weapon but ‘GUILTY’ on the charge of misdemeanor ‘brandishing a firearm’ due to several mistakes made in the courtroom by the prosecutor and the judge.
In 2011, out of more than over 16,000 charged in San Diego, there were ONLY 33 people found ‘NOT GUILTY’ by jury verdict. Thanks to my testimony and the testimony of one of the other five witnesses we found, each of whom corroborated my husband’s account that the man was frightening and belligerent, the jury found Jeff ’NOT GUILTY’ of the felony charge.
Since our original attorney didn’t file appeals, we hired a different attorney to appeal the misdemeanor conviction.
That attorney, Richard Huffman II (who we later discovered had been fired as a deputy DA by Bonnie Dumanis because of several DUI’s) NEVER filed the appeal, THEN tried to convince my husband he should “just take the 120 day custody sentence and move on with his life”. Huffman abandoned my husband in custody and left me alone with 3 young children (ages 4, 3, and 1) for three months.
IF ONLY HUFFMAN had filed the appeal and performed the job we paid him to do, my husband would have been free on bail pending the hearing on the appeal.
That’s right. My husband NEVER should have had to serve ANY TIME AT ALL.
By God’s grace, the 4th District Court of Appeal allowed us to file a motion to appeal even though the time limit had expired, and in March of this year, they FINALLY agreed with my husband’s argument of self defense and REVERSED the guilty verdict. Justice was delayed, but justice was served.
NOT GUILTY on both counts! We were elated! After nearly three years and $300,000 – he had been vindicated at last.
Our excitement was short lived; in June of 2014, on Election Day, DA Bonnie Dumanis decided to re-try the case. There are no words to describe the frustration and exhaustion we feel after this harrowing experience, to have it start ALL OVER AGAIN. We have NO CHOICE BUT TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT!
We have been fighting for over three years. This has cost my family more than $300,000 in bail, attorney’s fees, lost wages and assorted other expenses; money we didn’t have in the first place. It has caused us unimaginable pain and suffering and now our funds are exhausted.
Jeff lost his job in early 2013. When the statute of limitations approached for filing a lawsuit against Huffman and his partners, he couldnt find an attorney to take his legal malpractice case, after all, who wants to represent a ‘guilty’ client anyway?
Jeff had no choice, he wrote the lawsuit himself, and in the ensuing months found he simply could no longer function at his job; he’d become obsessed with winning his case. He was diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety stemming from the overall incident. In April of this year, his disability compensation expired. That was ok, because he was vindicated with the Fourth District Court of Appeal decision. He was exhilirated, and found an exciting new job in May. As you can imagine, he lost it due to the stress and anxiety he suffered upon learning the DA was resuming their merciless campaign against us. He does not qualify for unemployment due to a ‘technicality’ in the CA EDD regulations.
The San Diego District Attorney PREY’S on the the poor and ignorant and has ruined thousands of lives by giving falsely accused criminal defendants NO CHOICE but to plead or face terrifyingly long sentences.
Our case was no exception; we sacrificed enormously to prove my husband’s innocence – it took a relentless commitment and stole THREE YEARS OF OUR LIVES. Now the DA is ‘upping the ante’ by deciding to try him AGAIN on the same set of facts AFTER a higher court ALREADY RULED Jeff had an ‘affirmative right to self-defense’.
At this time, we humbly ask for funds for basic living expenses BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY for attorney’s fees and costs (including expert witnesses, investigators, etc.) while we continue to fight her malicious and merciless persecution and try to get back on our feet.
My husband and I know that the most frightening thing about our situation is that if it can happen to us, it really could happen to anyone.
Would you consider showing your support by making a contribution? Its truly humbling and heart warming knowing our story matters in the hearts and minds of so many others across the country.
Perhaps you’d like to help but find yourself just as financially stressed as we are, we certainly understand. Would you forward this on to your friends and family?
My family and I humbly thank you for your consideration. God Bless.
Had Mr. Burleson listened to proven liar Huffman Jr.’s advice to not appeal and to “take the furlough and get on with his life”; it would have all been wrapped up neatly.
Dumanis would have one more criminal conviction under her belt. No one would question why employees of Sheriff Bill Gore, who is also a second generation “public servant” of the San Diego system, used such force when arresting unarmed Burleson. No one would be questioning why the jury instructions were flawed. And no one would be questioning why Huffman Jr. lied to his client while accepting payment for services not rendered.
Ask yourself this:
Whose interests are being served by San Diego County District Attorney Dumanis continuing to harass this family while benefitting the children of her cronies and mentors  — who’ve been caught screwing up again and ruining people’s lives?  Its certainly not the taxpayers’ who fund Ms. Dumanis’ chosen endeavors.
I am highly of the opinion that DA Dumanis needs to be made to stop abusing the San Diego legal system as a political playground for her inept and compromised friends.  Its not a game.  People’s lives are at stake.
VIDEO, San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting, January 2014.
Mrs. Sharon Noonan Kramer
 
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Daily Kos sheds light on corrupt judges who target and bully lawyers

This is a HUGE problem in California.  Bullied and intimidated lawyers are leaving those wronged by officers of the courts nowhere to turn for professional counsel — when its dead obvious judges have been colluding to cover up for themselves and other judges who’ve been practicing politics, not law, in the courts. If the lawyers think they are getting targeted, they might want to look at what happens to those who can find no brave, noble lawyer when judges have been misbehaving and want it covered up.
The following are direct quotes from the July 28th Daily Kos article, “Lawyers Who Criticize Judges Are Being Punished
“They don’t speak up. The reason is you get targeted and you could lose your license,” said Barbara Kauffman of lawyers who witness judicial misconduct. Last month the California attorney contacted state officials alleging that a family court judge in Marin County tampered with court records.
Civil rights attorney Don Bailey had his law license suspended for five years in October by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “The reason I lost my license is because I criticized judges,” said Bailey, a former Democratic Congressman and state auditor general, in a phone interview last week.
The pattern of attorneys losing their careers or facing hefty fines after speaking out against judges has legal experts worried. The law professor and legal analyst Jonathan Turley wrote of Bailey’s license suspension, “While some would agree with the case, there is a worrisome line of cases targeting lawyers who criticize judges.”
America’s judicial system is extremely ineffective at removing bad judges, said Kathleen Russell, the founder of the Center for Judicial Excellence, a non-profit that is working to stop family court judges from giving child custody to domestic abusers and pedophiles. “Judges are judicially trafficking children to abusers by ignoring evidence of child abuse. Even when judges behave maliciously, there is no law that holds them accountable.”
The above article should serve as a wake-up call for many of just how out of control our courts really are. A judge may be legally held liable for criminal acts when they act without their courts having jurisdiction.
There are several acts which may cause a judge to lose jurisdiction and thus lose judicial immunity from prosecution.  So what if no one (aka other judges, law enforcement agencies, judicial ethics policing agencies and political cronies) will do anything to hold them accountable.  Falsifying material court documents and sending the frauds through the mail are felonies and federal offenses punishable by years in prison.
Its common knowledge that officers of the California courts are getting away with these types of crimes every single day.  No one who could and should interceed to stop the fraudsters, does anything to stop them.  Lives continue to be devastated by not only the fraudsters themselves, but equally by all the willfully blind eyes who aid them to continue to defraud the public.
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Please help save lives. Support legislation to hold corporate criminals accountable.

“It is always one’s moral duty to speak up when doing so could save lives.”
Begin forwarded message from Public Citizen:
“Corporations should not be allowed get away with murder. But when corporate bosses suppress facts about the life-and-death risks their products pose to consumers (or their worksites pose to employees), very rarely are corporate decision-makers held accountable when the worst occurs.
A new piece of legislation introduced this week by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) would change that.
Tell your senators to co-sponsor the Hide No Harm Act.
Introduced in response to the inexcusably delayed General Motors recalls, the Hide No Harm Act — which was written with substantial input from Public Citizen — would impose criminal penalties on corporate bosses who withhold information that could result in consumer or worker deaths or injuries.
Under current law, corporate executives have no affirmative duty to certify that all risks posed to consumers or workers have been disclosed.
Appallingly, prosecutions for suppressing information can occur only when the suspected corporate criminal is the subject of a federal investigation — too often, in the aftermath of a tragedy such as the 13 deaths blamed on General Motors’ faulty ignition switches.
It is always one’s moral duty to speak up when doing so could save lives.
But apparently that’s not enough for executives who weigh the impact of bad publicity and lost profits against honesty about risks.
With passage of the Hide No Harm Act, corporate bosses responsible for suppressing life-saving information will face up to five years behind bars.
Such tough penalties will encourage those who might otherwise put profits before public safety to speak out, thus saving lives and preventing future tragedies.
Holding corporate criminals accountable and keeping consumers and workers safe are ideas every member of Congress should be able to get behind, regardless of party.
Make sure your senators know you want them to support the Hide No Harm Act.
Thanks for taking action today.
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Onward,
Rick Claypool
Public Citizen’s Online Action Team
action@citizen.org”
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Election Day ~ Don’t forget to vote OUT Judge L. Schall & DA Dumanis!!!

Vote Carla KEEHN for Judicial Seat 20; and either Bob BREWER or Terri WYATT for District Attorney.
Directions to your polling place in San Diego County
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