Jury deadlocks in Suisun City political gadfly’s trial

By From page A8 | February 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A two-week jury trial for a Suisun City political gadfly who faced criminal charges for what he did at a community crime forum ended Tuesday with a mistrial.

Richard D. Giddens was ordered to return to court Feb. 27 when prosecutors will announce whether they will continue to pursue criminal charges against Giddens.

Giddens was arrested by a trio of Suisun City police, including Police Chief Ed Dadisho, as he left an April 2012 neighborhood crime forum. Before the community forum, a neighbor of Giddens, with whom he had a long feud, called 911 to report that Giddens tried to run him down as he pulled out of his driveway on his way to the forum. The arrest included a struggle with officers and ended with Giddens in the back of a patrol car, where he repeatedly kicked a rear window.

During the trial, Judge E. Bradley Nelson threw out a felony assault charge involving the neighbor.

Jurors deadlocked roughly 8-4 for guilt on charges of felony vandalism, resisting arrest and a civil rights violation involving the altercation with police.

Giddens, who has pleaded not guilty, remains free on bail.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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