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gaypalmsprings
03-17-2010, 06:46 PM
Prosecutors appeal dismissal of charges related to Coachella music fest

Desert Sun wire services March 17, 2010

Prosecutors have appealed the dismissal of nearly five dozen misdemeanor underage drinking cases involving Coachella Music and Arts Festival attendees, court records show.

Commissioner Hugh Bobys dismissed charges on Jan. 15 against 59 defendants who had no criminal records, paid $500 in fines and stayed out of trouble for six months.

The commissioner said at the time that the punishment of losing a driver's license for a year was too stiff for the defendants, most of whom were college students or young people looking for jobs.

The defendants were targeted in a sting operation that the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control conducted during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival last April 17-19. The sting focused on underage drinkers in possession of alcohol or fake identification.

Prosecutors appealed the decision because Bobys granted the defendants ``informal diversion,'' which does not exist in Riverside County, according to court documents.

Deputy District Attorney Karen Salas argued that type of deal can only be made with the approval of the D.A.'s office. Salas said at the January hearing that the prosecution was willing to allow the defendants to plead to the charges against them.

Michael Jeandron, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said prosecutors filed the appeal simply because the agreement was illegal.

``It's important for our office to follow the law, even if following the law is inconvenient for someone else,'' he said. ``We have a responsibility to follow the law and we're going to follow the law. Something illegal has happened.''

The festival, which drew people from all over the world to see Paul McCartney and dozens of other performers, required attendees to present a valid ID to get a wrist band that allowed them to purchase alcohol.

Most of the defendants did not obtain a beer, but were caught when they presented a fake ID.

Assistant Public Defender Bryant Villagran said the public defender's office is considering whether to take on the defense of the appeal.

John Patrick Dolan, who represented one of the defendants, said his client fulfilled the agreement made with the judge.

``He deserves the benefit of his bargain, and to seek to reverse the agreement would be not only in my opinion illegal, but also unseemly,'' Dolan said. ``It makes the District Attorney's office, the defense bar and the judiciary look stupid, like we can't tell the difference between serious criminal matters and trivial nonsense.''

Susanne Cho, who also represents one of the defendants, said the appeal is new territory for many defense attorneys.

``We're not used to having the D.A.'s office file appeals on misdemeanor dismissals,'' Cho said. ``Unfortunately, it's another example of waste for the county and taxpayers' dollars.''

SoulDischarge
03-17-2010, 06:51 PM
Is this seriously worth anyone's time? Jesus fuck.

3wulfmoonz
03-17-2010, 07:00 PM
Deputy District Attorney Karen Salas is batshit.

captncrzy
03-17-2010, 07:01 PM
Wow, they really must be bored.

JebusLives
03-17-2010, 08:18 PM
land of the free

Stickjohn
03-17-2010, 08:27 PM
Thanks for posting though GPS.

Right or wrong, fake id's and wristband games is risky business.

corbo
03-17-2010, 08:36 PM
Karen Salas you fucking cunt

guedita
03-17-2010, 08:40 PM
``He deserves the benefit of his bargain, and to seek to reverse the agreement would be not only in my opinion illegal, but also unseemly,'' Dolan said. ``It makes the District Attorney's office, the defense bar and the judiciary look stupid, like we can't tell the difference between serious criminal matters and trivial nonsense.''

Susanne Cho, who also represents one of the defendants, said the appeal is new territory for many defense attorneys.

``We're not used to having the D.A.'s office file appeals on misdemeanor dismissals,'' Cho said. ``Unfortunately, it's another example of waste for the county and taxpayers' dollars.''

Seriously. What a bitch.

Stickjohn
03-17-2010, 08:42 PM
someone needs to reign in these activist judges.

ErikFlyingV
03-17-2010, 08:54 PM
Consumption of any alcoholic beverages by any persons under the age of twenty one is not just morally wrong, it is illegal.

As a fan of both the music and arts, I advise all Coachella attendees to keep an eye out for any such lewd behavior.

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BROKENDOLL
03-17-2010, 09:52 PM
I told you our court system was whack...