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Suisun City man jailed over ruckus with census worker

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From page A3 | November 23, 2011 |

FAIRFIELD — A local political gadfly was jailed Wednesday afternoon and will likely spend the long Thanksgiving weekend behind bars after being found guilty of a pair of misdemeanor charges.

Richard Giddens was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs at the end of a raucous two-day jury trial in which Giddens acted as his own attorney.

It took the jury less than 15 minutes to reach its verdicts.

Giddens faced a misdemeanor battery charge for hurling a bicycle at a census worker who had come to Giddens’ home in Suisun City on the afternoon of May 14, 2010. The damage done to the census worker’s bicycle led to a misdemeanor vandalism charge.

Giddens described the encounter as a “strange confluence of events.”

In his closing argument Giddens, who did not testify, accused prosecutor Kathy Murray of colluding and conspiring with the trial judge, Daniel Healy.

Murray objected to the accusation.

With a chortle, Healy responded saying, “Uh, yeah, that’s probably improper.”

The objection was just one of scores of objections Murray made while Giddens tried to wade his way through the complexities of criminal trial law.

Giddens said the case was contrived and that Suisun City police and Murray were making a mountain out of a molehill.

Giddens claimed he had the right to throw the bicycle because federal laws about obstructing mailboxes were being violated.

During the first day of trial, Giddens’ courtroom behavior was met with Healy making repeated warnings. Late in the day, Healy took the unusual step of finding Giddens in contempt of court. A hearing on the contempt charge was postponed until Nov. 28.

Healy also took exception to Giddens having his 15-year-old son testify about what happened while wearing an Air Force cadet uniform. The son admitted talking with his father about the incident but denied being coached about his testimony. Healy said the uniform was manipulative and improper.

Healy was so troubled by Giddens’ conduct and behavior that he ordered him locked up on $40,000 bail. Then Healy took the highly unusual extra step of ordering that the bail must be paid in full in cash.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or at jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net.

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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  • marrick8791November 23, 2011 - 10:05 pm

    CLASSIC! lol

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  • The SugarJarNovember 23, 2011 - 10:47 pm

    Mr. Sullivan does a nice job with crime- and court-related articles that I'd not find so interesting otherwise. Should he venture into true crime novels, a genre I don't normally enjoy, I'd read. He puts the real life punch into it. I'm sorry Mr. Giddens is having so much trouble. In a better world we'd have health care that includes comprehensive care for the those who are obviously in need. It is too easy for some folks to slip between the cracks, so to speak, and not get the help they need. When you see people jump on these folks, it's a sign.

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  • Mr. PracticalNovember 24, 2011 - 6:32 am

    "A man who represents himself has a fool for a client." But then, we've known that all along!

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  • Mr. PracticalNovember 24, 2011 - 6:40 am

    That $230k is probably burning a hole in your pocket. Why don't you post Giddens' bail. The outcome of this, and Healy's actions, were totally predictable knowing Giddens' history.

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  • CD BrooksNovember 24, 2011 - 6:41 am

    What goes around comes around. Some folks just never get it...

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  • Tom TolerNovember 24, 2011 - 6:58 am

    I would have been honored to post his bail if the judge had not ordered CASH only at 3:00 PM yesterday..CASH only Goes around, if this is what you want and expect from a judge, you're right. It will come around to someone else..

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  • Mr. PracticalNovember 24, 2011 - 7:12 am

    I wasn't a Healy fan before but now I'm started to warm up to him. Well done Judge!

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  • Debbie GanthnerNovember 24, 2011 - 7:23 am

    Oh that's a beautiful thing!!!

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  • Danny BuntinNovember 24, 2011 - 7:46 am

    Very interesting. Wish I would of known about this, I would of showed up with popcorn. You have to give to Rich, he talks the talk, and walks the walk. That being said, I do not know any judges that would put up with Mr. Giddens' immature attitude. I dare wonder who put it in Richs' head that the census worker was the second coming of Satan?

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  • Mr. PracticalNovember 24, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Danny, I need a bit of clarification for your comment to be complete. Buttered or Plain?

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  • Danny BuntinNovember 24, 2011 - 8:06 am

    I probably shouldn't, but what the heck - butter. The real victims in this case are the fellow inmates who have to listen to Rich over the thanksgiving holiday.

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 24, 2011 - 7:58 am

    To all the Rich nay sayers out there. You were not in the court room. I was. I do not feel Rich got a fair deal. Shame on you. As Mr. Toler says, can't wait till it is your turn!!!!!

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  • CD BrooksNovember 24, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, the bird is in the cage! :)

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  • WOWNovember 24, 2011 - 8:10 am

    I can't say I'm surprised that people are losing their patience with Rich, but I am very surprised at the high cash only bail. It's obvious to me they are trying to railroad Rich exactly like they did Mr. Toler. It seems citizens are not allowed to have their own opinions about the community we live in, and if we do have an opinion that is not peaches and cream, then we must not voice it. I don't believe Rich is being treated fairly. I believe if someone would acknowledge him and more importantly his gripes and issues at any of the numerous city coucil meetings that he attends, maybe his attitude would change. The more he is treated like a second class citizen, the more he is going to continue what he is doing. Don't forget this man served in the Air Force honorably, and retired. He's not some deranged lunatic, he's simply asking questions and not receiving any answers. The military doesn't work like that. You ask questions or file grievances, and there is a procedure to follow. I'm just blown away at the judges actions, and to Tom Toler-thank you for what you do, and thank you for relaying the judge's actions to those of us who were not there to witness it ourselves.

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  • Danny BuntinNovember 24, 2011 - 8:30 am

    Did he throw a bike at a census worker? The jury said yes, and I believe they where their as well. Mr Giddens could be a 100% right on things, but his delivery when communicating with people is what seems to get him in hot water. His message is drowned out by his petulant actions. We all get PO'd at times, but when you are in front of a judge, its time to compose yourself - or face the consequences. Judges have a lot of latitude (as they should), so it is no big shock on this board that Rich drew the wrath of the judge. Gobble Gobble.

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  • Debbie GanthnerNovember 24, 2011 - 8:35 am

    Actually he is some deranged lunatic.......just sayin'

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  • CD BrooksNovember 24, 2011 - 8:24 am

    Fact of life: No matter how right you are, if you push too hard you will ultimately take a beating. Plain and simple, at some point in one's life you have to learn when to shut up. Clearly, Mr. Giddens went too far.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesNovember 24, 2011 - 8:52 am

    WOW...I guess Turkey day came early... Someone tell Rich it would be a good form of protest not to post bail...

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  • TonyMNovember 24, 2011 - 10:11 am

    I can see this going two ways. First free speech does not end in areas like this blog. Rich does have the right in the court room and if he goes overboard the judge has the right to find him in contempt. The judge did find him in contempt but went overboard also. All you guys posting here have forgot that he was charged with misdemeanors and not felonies. $40,000 dollars bail cash is the same as the amount required for coming up for $400,000 bail to a bail bondsman. This punishment was more than most felonies. The judge has the right to fine/imprison him for his contempt charge at the hearing later. The second way I see coming is a Federal Civil rights suit again. His right to free speech, reasonable bail (he is not a flight risk), punishment that fits the misdemeanor crime and not his mouth, and the right to defend his self. The judge overstepped on the punishment for a misdemeanor by trying to hurt him financially.

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  • Mr. PracticalNovember 24, 2011 - 10:47 am

    Tony, you're probably right. However, any reasonable person would not have treated the census worker in that manner and would have been more responsible in a court of law. Any impropriety by the judge (if proven to be the case) is not excused by Rich's actions. And vice-versa. The sad part of this is his son being dragged into his antics. I fear he'll grow up to believe it's ok to have an out of control temper, an unhealthy disregard for authority and that violence is somehow acceptable in cases other than self defense. Hopefully he'll be the rare instance where a child learns from the errors of a prominent role model rather than perpetuate it with his children.

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  • FF64November 24, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    I have seen $3,000 bail on felony warrants and "no bail" on misdemeanors...no one in California is as powerful as a Superior Court Judge. I would be more concerned that Mr. Giddens will annoy other inmates and suffer a beating. Hopefully they house him alone.

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  • TonyMNovember 24, 2011 - 11:40 am

    Mr P, I have to disagree with you. We and that includes his son have been inundated by the media with disrespect for authority stories daily(Occupy Wall Street, UC Davis). Ask yourself what punishment did the ones arrested get that threw things? I can tell you that they did not get the $40,000 bail. Why are you not outraged by the judges decision not to be fair? The judge could have ordered long-term temper management classes for Rich to be paid by Rich and a fine. Rich's actions got the judge to take it personally. A judge is supposed to be above it. So now Rich has proved his point in court that the County and their system is biased and are willing to go beyond Constitutional limitations. I do not know Tom Toler but I knew from past judicial experience (jury) that some police and DA's lie under oath. He was lucky that he had the money to prove that as he took the Case out of the County. I do not know why people believe the system is fair to all. It is sad that Rich is in Jail this holiday for a misdemeanor and will be still angry over injustice.

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  • Danny BuntinNovember 24, 2011 - 11:57 am

    I am unclear on what judicial system you are referring too, but judges will and do take things personally. Thats why you do not tee them off. Judges have the same psyche pitfalls as most average people. They do not possess some super gene that prevents them from feeling challenged/threatened by a person. Rich rattled the hornets nest, and he got stung. It is called keeping order in the court room. Now Mr Giddens can plead his case to his fellow inmates. I do not believe anyone on this board is happy to see someone incarcerated during the holidays, but he brought this upon himself.

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  • ArtimusNovember 24, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    It is true that people in authority are just regular folk like me and you but they have either been appointed or employed to that position of power because of their knowledge and experience. There is often a scale of tolerance, restraint and discretion that is afforded to most people in authority under the law. There are those who will narrow their scale by only including the letter of the law to impose a penalty and then there are those who increase their scale by using the letter of the law to include the spirit of the law. It sounds to me that Rich might have messed around with the wrong Judge this time that had a narrow scale for nonsense. Like C.D. said so well, Rich pushed to hard. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Be safe.

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  • Mr. PracticalNovember 24, 2011 - 11:58 am

    Tony, I don't think we disagree on that point. I stated that if in fact the judge went to far, he is responsible for his actions. Knowing Rich's history, I'm sure he will seek recourse and time will tell. The vast majority of people would never be in this position. It was a series of poor decisions on Rich's part that got it to this point. I stand by my concern for Rich's son.

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  • CD BrooksNovember 24, 2011 - 11:50 am

    TonyM, you are obviously quite passionate about this and have made up your mind. The man was charged with contempt of court. Judges have a very wide purview to charge as they please. If you keep pushing, you’re going to get pushed back. Maybe they did him a favor? If you don’t want to get beat up, consider the immortal words of Chris Rock “shut the ---- up!”

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  • TonyMNovember 24, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    CD, I am not arguing that he was right. The judge is going to punish him at the contempt hearing for his actions. Why do it twice?

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  • CD BrooksNovember 24, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Ok, I see your point.

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 24, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    Thank you WOW, as one of the few people on this blog that was in the court room, I can tell you that Rich was railroaded, just like Mr. Toler. You are so correct! Who is paying for it now? Not Mr. Toler, not the PERPS in government, but the taxpayer!!! As you mentioned, Rich honorably served in the Air Force for 24 years and is NOT a lunatic. His so called judge, so called because I don't think he is fit to be dog catcher after his performance Tuesday & Wedneday with Rich, is to the best of my knowledge a slacker that was never in the military. Healy even had the nerve to complain about Rich's son wearing a ROTC Uniform in court, even though he is a cadet. Hope all you Veterans out there remember that when Healy comes up for election!!!!!! I would prefer a RECALL!!!! BTW, I visited Rich today and he wants everyone to know that the one of the things not mention in Jesse article is that there were three Comcast workers that knocked on his door for about 15 minutes very loudly and that the census worker showed up around the same time. Furthermore, Rich has an elbow problem is not able to throw a bicycle. He simplely removed the bicycle from his property, but since Rich has enemies in office, the truth doesn't matter till this issue goes to a higher court and the taxpayer is stuck again! Well, Mr. Practical/Garry, CD, and all your other vigilante types out there, hope you like them high taxes with no service coming due to your continued support of those that don't need to be in office!!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

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  • "Slacker" Healy's CredentialsNovember 24, 2011 - 2:28 pm

    Has served Solano County courts as a judge-pro-tem for vacationing judicial officers several weeks each year for the past decade. Has served hundreds of times as a pro-tem judge in small claims and traffic court. Recently received a special award from the Solano County Bar Association for his supervision and service to the juvenile misdemeanor court. In 2009 he personally oversaw over 230 juvenile court matters. Has served as a pro-tem "beeper judge", issuing protective orders to domestic violence victims, since 1996. Named attorney of the year by the Solano County Bar Association in 2005. Honored as a "Superlawyer" by SF Politics Magazine six years in a row since 2004. Adjunct professor of trial advocacy at UC Davis King Hall School of Law since 2000. Since opening his own Vallejo office in 1989 Healy became a well-known advocate in a range of areas, including criminal law, juvenile law, and civil litigation. Significant success in civil litigation. His 7-year effort on behalf of Vallejo veterans groups against Solano County resulted in the purchase of a new Vallejo Veterans building in 2004. He has tried, for both plaintiffs and defendant, many jury and court trials in Solano County. For the past several years his office has assisted many Solano residents struggling with the real estate foreclosure crisis. He also has a substantial history of representing victims of elder abuse and financial crimes. Recognized by the State Bar as a criminal law specialist since 1996, Tried numerous homicide and other high-profile criminal cases, including the 2001 acquittal of David Moreno in the Moreno / Pacheco trial that was featured in an episode of "60 Minutes". Substantial experience in juvenile delinquency and dependency courts. Community service Served as President of the Solano County Bar Association in 2005. Served as an SCBA board member five other years. In 2005, obtained for Solano County Courts a grant to purchase laptop computers for use by domestic violence victims seeking protective orders. That same year co-sponsored a grant application resulting in the construction of the Alternative Dispute Center at the Solano County Courthouse. Chaired the annual SCBA golf tournament for 21 years, earning tens of thousands of dollars for the Donald Balding scholarship program. Current chairman of the Benicia Planning Commission; has been a member since 2006. Was named by Supervisor Linda Siefert in 2009 to serve on the Solano County Civil Service Commission. He has served for the past four years as chairman, and the past decade as a member, of the Solano County Democratic Central Committee. Has served since 2004 as a member, and from 2007-2009 as chairman, of Vallejo Community Access Television (VCAT); during his tenure VCAT constructed and launched a television studio and local channel 27 in Vallejo. Srved from 1991-2005 as a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Social Service of Solano County, including seven years (1994-2000) as board chair Member, Affordable Housing Affiliation (AHA) from 2000-2006, Member, Solano County Legal Assistance in 1994-1995, Member of the State Bar of California, Legal Services Section Committee on Crime Victims and Corrections from 1990-1997. As a law student at UOP McGeorge School of Law co-wrote and lobbied for passage of legislation providing for state funding of the 1-800-VICTIMS telephone advisory service for California crime victims.... Mr. Guynn, what are your credentials?

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  • CD BrooksNovember 24, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    GGJ, you were there and we now have your slightly biased take. I believe that Mr. Gidden's reputation showed up before he got there, and that might explain the animosity. I have actually supported his complaints so shove your vigilante crap. Just because you believe the judge didn't serve means absolutely nothing and Mr. Gidden's behavior at the moment trumps his past achievements. Be sure to stuff a file in his pie when you go back to see him again. Bottom line and most intelligent adults understand this, if you have a history of particularly negative public behavior, you will ultimately pay for that. Looks like that may have happened here Sir...

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  • Tom TolerNovember 24, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    Question: What is worse, the Davis Police Office who sprayed the students or a judge who takes the freedom of a defendant out of anger? The pen or the sword, both a danger to our rights when in the hand of the wrong person. An American should have the right to come to court and passionatly defendant their self without the judge losing control. The jury handed over the verdict. The person deserves what ever the law says concerning that crime. Its a standard the people are in control of. Tolerate it and you or your kids' just might experence it one day. Healy stated in court he warned Giddens one million and one times. Healy commented on the son's uniform to the jury. Healy charged Giddens with contempt then called the jury back in and ordered him to continue. I have always been told Healy hated Paulson and the way he did business. Judge Healy you took a mans freedom out of anger. This is just what Paulson did. Your perception of Giddens sending signals to jury and accusing his co-chair of the same only shows your lack of control of the court room and your head. Giddens runs off at the mouth and gets people upset but you know, he has that right. He paid a portion of preserving our righst, protecting our constitution by serving his country as every person that stood up and got in line for service to their country did. Your behavior is just what Paulson did. Got mad and used his power. Do we stand our ground? Say things are good enough? When the police were using high pressure water and dogs on the civil right fighters, their were plenty that thought things were just fine then. Let Iraq say " our country has been this way for 500 years. The United States is for ever moving forward, forever pushing, questioning and holding accountable those that disreguard our rights. If you have a voice, let it be heard. Are we good enough with how Americans are treated? If so say it. If not, voice it. In 2009 a Federal Court Judge asked during a break " does Solano County get away with this type of behavior " is this the way they do business " this case is increditble" Toler v Paulson In 2010 the judge in Alameda County stated clealy what he thought of our police. Folks, they are not protecting us or our constitution. What is the point of having them take an oath? Just toss em a gun or one of those black robes and let them go. Healy, you swore under God that you would protect and defend. You have done neither. Just whos' side do you work for? The pepper spraying cop is not what has every leader at UC Davis running for cover, it is the reaction of the people. The power of the people, the greatest weapon on the planet. Respectfully, Tom Toler

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesNovember 24, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    Please, can we just reflect on the spirit of the Holiday as the Turkey cooks & we watch Dallas beat Miami. Lets remember Rich will be enjoying a free Turkey Meal thanks to the people of Solano County. Just wait till he gets to enjoy the Mystery Meat Sandwich tomorrow. The good thing about Thanksgiving is that the Mystery is mostly Turkey. It is a good Thanksgiving...Cheers...

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  • ArtimusNovember 26, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    Its always easy to kick a person while he is down. It requires no bravery or strength but does reveal cowardness.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesNovember 27, 2011 - 9:59 am

    So when does the "Rich Giddens Fan Club" meet next Artie? Is it called "Visiting Time"?... Was that you with the booth in Suisun yesterday selling soap on a rope with Rich's face on it to raise bail?...

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  • ArtimusNovember 27, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    That was such a beautiful spin Jones. :*

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  • MarciNovember 27, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Especially when the one down is a conservative. But, that's how they play ball on the left.

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  • Jason KnowlesNovember 27, 2011 - 11:29 am

    This is not a right versus left issue, Marci. He threw a bicycle at a census worker. How do you possibly defend that? You, who chortle at the Occupy Whatever protesters as lawbreakers, are showing your blatant hypocrisy by your stand. While Giddens does have legitimate complaints against his neighbors, his chosen methods of seeking redress turns people off. Being a jerk, even when you are right, gets you nowhere (nobody knows that better than I). But in Marci-Land, because Giddens is a conservative, he is getting a raw deal. Obviously, I was not there and do not know the intricacies of what happened, but it was clear that he threw a bicycle at someone. Again, unless Giddens was assaulted himself, there is no justification for that. None. I bet if someone threw a bicycle at you, you'd be playing a different tune.

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  • TonyMNovember 27, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    Gee Jason I noticed that you just THREW out your opinion about something that you did not see. That definition of threw can mean other things like' THREW the door open', 'THREW a fit', etc. The word was used to be negative. The word could have been 'pushed' because Rich has problems with his arms and lifting things with them. I would expect you would have been defending Rich for the raw deal he got. His word against another persons word. In all the time that Rich has been vocal and abrasive he has never lied or been violent. You, as a teacher, know about what one person word against yours can do to get you in trouble. Many an innocent teacher has been accused falsely. The person had no injuries nor witnesses seeing the bike being thrown and hitting him. I guess because he is a conservative he is guilty in your eyes even though you were not there. Neither were you in the court, but you are ready to base your beliefs on hearsay.

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  • CD BrooksNovember 27, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Nice that Mr. Giddens got to participate personally in such a wondrous occasion. He will forever be remembered as a member of the all-encompassing Solano Court system on its centennial celebration. He has fought valiantly for his beliefs and rightly so. One should understand the frustration he must feel when he has worked so hard to get blight issues resolved and is ignored. Having said that, after enough of those volatile episodes, history has shown that your message not only gets lost, it becomes a joke. This has not ended well for him on a personal level. But maybe it will shed some light on the city's poor response and correction practices and provide some resources for getting this problem cleared up.

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  • MarciNovember 27, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    GMAB, Jason! I certainly DO NOT condone any violent behavior. Nor do I ignore the glee from the left because Rich happens to be a conservative. Wise up, why dontcha.

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  • Jason KnowlesNovember 27, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    Nice arguing semantics, Tony. And you are right, I was not there, but according to the article, he was found guilty of the battery charge. He is guilty because the law found him as such. I have no problems with conservative viewpoints (though I often disagree with them). Like I said, Giddens' complaints are valid (from what he has presented), but because he is so abrasive, rude, and vindictive, he gets nowhere so it is hard to have sympathy for him. There is no schadenfreude on my part. He has said things to me (over politics) on this website where he attacks me personally and resorts to name calling. His reputation precedes him when he enters a courtroom.

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  • ArtimusNovember 27, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    If he does go Postal; I hope he does not remember you kicking him while he was down and then calling him a nut. Your new name will be "Can't Jones anywhere".

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  • MarciNovember 27, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Hey, Joneses: You're enjoying rubbing Rich's nose in it because he's a conservative--not because what he did was wrong. Your hypocritical leftist mentality only sees an event for the politics. BTW, don't worry, Obama is constantly on my radar screen. :)

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  • CD BrooksNovember 27, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    Wow, look at the press he's getting. Mr. Giddens could become a folk hero! :)

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  • ArtimusNovember 27, 2011 - 1:32 pm

    I meant to say "Can't find Jones anywhere". Marci makes a good point in how Jones is gloating so brightly of having Rich experience an unfortunate situation. Not so much because he is right or wrong but because he is simply a conservative. Like I said before; it’s easy to kick a person while they are down for it does not require bravery or strength but often does reveal a coward character. Sorry Jones; you will probably come back with a great spin on it but the truth is already obvious. Enjoy your gloating.

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  • Danny BuntinNovember 28, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Lets be fair, every time a dem or liberal stubs his/her toe - Marci is their to point it out, with some humor. For her to use the word hypocritical is what is really funny. If Obama was accused of what Cain has been accused of, we would see daily links from Marci, pointing out that all liberals are like this. Now as far as some of the liberals on this board, we have been mute on the subject concerning Cain. Rich has put the focus on himself. So it is not fair to shine the light on comments of other people concerning Richs' actions.

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  • Danny BuntinNovember 28, 2011 - 11:02 am

    My last post was directed at Artimus, with a indirect at Marci.

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  • annonNovember 28, 2011 - 11:10 am

    annon November 28, 2011 - 9:32 am Sorry George. It’s nice that you can try and take “you people” as being racist, but it won’t work. As for the constitution I uphold it as well as enforce it. So George sit back and relax and enjoy the threads.

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  • ArtimusNovember 28, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    I dig it Danny; my comment was directed solely on Jones who seems to be gloating so joyfully at a misfortune of another. Jones seems to do this frequently revealing his character which I am pointing out. Mr. Practical makes a good point that Rich has a history which in turn gives a reason why some are making their remarks toward him. But again; my comment is directed at Jones who seems to find it so humorous of enjoying a misfortune of another. After all; we are all humans who have faults and sooner or later each and every one us will experience a fall and hopefully when we get up, we will be a better person. There are three types of people around us when we do fall and find ourselves in humiliation. Those who kindly extend their hand to help you up, those who don’t want to get involved and then those who stand back and laughing, who ridicule, make jokes and gloat at the misfortune.

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  • MarciNovember 28, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    FYI Danny boy: The operative word is "accused," to which we can add smeared. There are no facts about any indiscretions by Cain like there are about Obama's checkered radical past. It is not hypocritical to wait for facts before blasting someone. Think about it, DB. I'd like to announce that the great Obama now wants us to help bail out Europe! They only have $11 trillion debt to our $15 trillion. Barney, of the subprime mortage fiasco notoriety--among other things--is going to retire! My husband and I only heard about it on the radio while we were out and about today, or we would have put out our American flag. It wasn't enough for him to retire after his boyfriend's prostitution scam in their basement was uncovered. But good old redistricting did him in. :) And the beat goes on . . .

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  • MarciNovember 28, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfbmjUQOFxs&feature=related

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  • ArtimusNovember 28, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    Marci; don't forget one of Jones favorite tunes; she/he plays it everyday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJv5qLsLYoo

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  • MarciNovember 28, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    But does he dress-up too?! :)

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  • Mr. PracticalNovember 27, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    It's never been an issue of polictics with Giddens. It's purely a behavior issue. Artimus, it's the Golden Rule thing. Others are treating him as he treats others.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesNovember 27, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    Spare me...Both of you... But if you want to make it a conservative thing & it makes you happy, I'm cool with that... Artie, I think I would be low on the list... And Marci, Yeah I see your Obama Blips everywhere. I keep checking the Obit's to see when you scoop that low, or are you waiting for mine... :)

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  • MarciNovember 27, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    Hi, CD. I thought Rich already was folk hero?! :) Mr. Practical, most of the people gloating just happen to be liberals. I found many of his remarks phrased objectionably, and I called him out a time or two. But his message was for conservative values--loud and clear.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesNovember 27, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    Funny Artie, I don't mind kicking you every chance I get. Did you get your panties in a bunch again?

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesNovember 27, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    Marci, where on any of my post's that you "Called" me on is there a connection to being a Conservative? Prove yourself for change...

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  • MarciNovember 27, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    Joneses, you attach far too much importance and relevance to yourself. I was referring to having called Rich out a few times.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesNovember 27, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    "Most of the people gloating just happen to be liberals" Marci?! My god you are narrow-minded. Is that all you think about?

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  • MarciNovember 27, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    I'd rather be narrow-minded than mindless, Joneses. BTW, I rarely read any of Rich's rants on the local political scene.

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  • annonNovember 28, 2011 - 6:51 am

    annon November 28, 2011 – 6:45 am Marci you know my stance or at least should. I have said in the past that we should get rid of conservatives and liberals alike because they are the cause of why we are in the crap that we are in now. YOU CAN’T GET ALONG. And I would have to agree with Keeping up with the Joneses. You are the only one in these threads that is trying to convince people that bashing Rich is because of his political position. I disagree. It’s because he has pissed a lot of us off with his racist rants that most often have nothing to do with the points made in a post. And George I’m not trying to paint Rich as a racist. He did that himself. I guess you have not seen some of his threads that were removed soon after about his thoughts on African Americans and others of ethnic backgrounds. Even a co-worker of his jumped into this and said he had made a racist comment to a co-worker and was being disciplined for it prior to his departure from the military. So Sorry George Rich painted his own portrait. I suspect Rich wasn’t allows a racist and maybe the reason why he married someone of ethnic background. Didn’t he meet her in the Philippines.

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  • annonNovember 28, 2011 - 9:38 am

    I think Rich has received the most threads. We are up to about 103 and I think more is to come. Take a BOW Rich

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  • Mr. DoverNovember 24, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    Dallas beat Miami? No way. Reggie Bush and the Dolphins will pull one out in Dallas. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesNovember 24, 2011 - 5:07 pm

    Oh soooo close there Mr. Dover...

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 24, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    "Slacker Healy's Credentials, notice you don't want to use your real name. Nice copy and paste from Healy's election website! I said nothing about about what pieces of paper, placks, etc he has obtained. I am concerned that Healy is slapping a 24 year veteran, while I am not aware of any military service on Healy's part. Wheither you like Rich or not, he does not deserve $40K for bail. He is a homeowner and has been a part of this community for many years. Furthermore, he has no previous record and has always showed for trial in the year and a half since first charged. $40K bail, cash only, for a first time misdemeanor is obscene. Just wait till Rich wins in Federal Court and the taxpayer has to pay for Healy's lack of good judgement!!!!!! Rich is going to be Toler II in my opinion. As for my qualifications, I was in the Army. How about you and what is your real name? And by the way, Veterans don't like being spat on by slackers!!!!!

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 24, 2011 - 10:13 pm

    Ops, sorry about the two "about" typo above. CD, I give you credit for agreeing with Rich's complaints. However, you are obviously not a Veteran. If you were, you wouldn't like being spat on by a person that never ever served and gave you $40K bail, cash only, for no legitimate reason. I hope and expect that Healy will lose a lot of Veteran votes for his actions. Plus, don't forget the taxpayer dollars lost when Rich gets a reversal in Federal Court, shall I say Mr. Toler II? CD, sounds like you believe in go along to get along with your negative behavor theory. Well, if you lived in Nazi Germany and wanted to do well you had to like Hitler regardless of what he did. I would not be on Hitler's side and would rather do whatever it took to resist. What side would you take? Are you going to tell me you would support Hitler?

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  • Slacker Healy's CredentialsNovember 25, 2011 - 11:17 am

    So if Healy was a vet, you would be ok with the result? I'm betting most vets would be embarrased by Gidden's conduct.

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  • Rich JohnsonNovember 25, 2011 - 5:16 pm

    GGJ, your comment is ridiculous so won't waste my time on that. You don't know anybody more positive than me and my military story has been documented here. Not having served does not make me any less than anyone that has. In fact, in light of Mr. Gidden's behavior and your support of it, I'd say I'm probably better off. Yeah, I'm guessing there won't be a reversal but rave on dude. You guys are always good for a laugh!

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  • CD BrooksNovember 25, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    HUH?

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  • common centsNovember 25, 2011 - 7:48 am

    While I respect Mr. Giddens service in the Air Force that service in and of itself does not qualify nor justify his actions. Military service does not allow some one to do what ever they want, in fact we should expect and demand more from those who have. You'd think that after 24 years he'd have some sort of discipline instilled in him. Service in the military does not automatically make you a saint. I believe Judge Healy was absolutely right in addressing Mr. Giddens son's wear of the air force uniform. Regardless of if the son is a cadet or not it is not appropriate to wear and was clearly being used in an attempt to sway the jury. The uniforms of our nation represent a measure of trust between the public and the military. Mr. Giddens tried to manipulate that trust and it bit him on the butt. His son violated Air Force Regulations (AFI 36-2903) and Air Force JROTC regulations by wearing his uniform in a civilian court.

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  • Mayor SanchezNovember 25, 2011 - 10:25 am

    I'm sorry that Mr. Giddens has to go to jail this time of the year. I agree with some bloggers that the judge might have somehow abused his authority in this case when the $40,000 cash bond was imposed. Theatrics or not, the penalty should not be so burdensome. City leaders can force an abusive participant to be out of council chambers , then allow him back in ,a few minutes later if he calms down. As mayor, Ive done that . Judges have to protect the integrity of the courts, hence, the contempt of court charges when one consistently misbehaves in a court of law. Gadfly or not, citizens can call us electeds any name in the book,during a public meeting. We just accept that as the "entertainment" portion of our political life. I've learned not to take insults personally. But, if you're in a judge's court, try to behave, or else.....

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  • T.J.November 25, 2011 - 10:37 am

    So Mayor Sanchez, Why is it so hard to get city cade violations taken care of? I don't want to hear about the budget and personal cut backs either.

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  • T.J.November 25, 2011 - 10:42 am

    Sorry, City code, not city cade.

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  • CCMNovember 26, 2011 - 10:55 am

    I agree with you Mayor Sanchez. I'm not sure though if the 40k cash bond was or was not appropriate or warranted. Judges have broad parameters within which to make their orders, so it may very well be that imposing a cash bond falls within those paramaters. Rules are rules. If a child is cautioned by a teacher in the classroom not to say certain things, yet the child keeps saying these things anyway, the teacher will impose some type of discipline. Courts have a certain expected decorum as well that must be respected. It sounds as though Mr. Giddens was cautioned a number of times yet continued to ignore those warnings. So, he now is suffering the consequences of choosing to ignore the judge's directive, similar to a child in the classroom. My bet is that Judge Healy wanted to send the message to Mr. Giddens via the cash-only bail criteria that he expects order in his courtroom and won't tolerate anything less. He may be very strict, but I wouldn't consider this an "abuse" of authority vested in him. BTW - I didn't vote for Judge Healy and don't have an opinion one way or the other about his performance as a judge. I just believe in respecting the rules.

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  • T.J.November 25, 2011 - 10:32 am

    I will admit I am one of those people who have made fun of Rich on these blogs. Not so much for what he stands for but about how he goes about it with all of his complaining. With that said I can fully understand Rich when it comes to some of his complaints and nothing is ever done about it such as city code violations and party houses inparticuler. My current nieghbors (a rental right next door to me) has at any given time 17-20 people living in it. It is a 3 bedroom 2 bath house. I have called the police department, C.P.S., the city, the county and no one will, or can tell me if there is a law or code on the books about how many people can legally live in a single family home. Other than John Silva, NO ONE WILL EVEN RETURN A PHONE CALL. Thanks John although all I got was another number to call. I am totaly fustrated. If I wanted to live next door to an apartment complex thats where I would have bought my house. They take all the street parking with there 8 or 9 vehicles, block peoples drive ways, park across the sidewalks. Trash all over the place all the time and what ever else you can imagine that comes with that many people in one house. The home owner will not take my calls any longer. Go figure, these 17-20 people must be paying rent on time. So yes I feel the fustration Rich feels. Now do I need to act like Rich to get results? I see where that got him. Jail time for thanksgiving.

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  • Did you seeNovember 25, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    TJ,Did you see the video Rich made on Youtube that shows him being asked by SSPD officers to get out of his vehicle that is parked in his driveway, so he can be handcuffed? That was after he called to complain about his nasty neighbor. I believe his videos are listed under Idol Hans on Youtube. I understand your disgust and frustration with the situation. Just know that things don't always turn out the way they should, hence Rich being in jail. It's not the first time he's been arrested, and imo, for no good reason.

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  • Mayor SanchezNovember 25, 2011 - 10:46 am

    @TJ Meet with me and the city manager to discuss your Suisun City code enforcement "problem". At a date and time convenient to you. 421-7356 Happy Thanksgiving.

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  • T.J.November 25, 2011 - 10:55 am

    I actually live in Fairfield. I just thought whatever excuse you gave would be the same one Fairfield would give. I'm not trying to be a jerk. It's just frustrating. Hope you had a great thanksgiving.

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  • T.J.November 25, 2011 - 11:02 am

    Mr. Mayor, did you read my problem posted above? Yes I know you are Suisun and I am Fairfield. But lets say that moved in beside you or Mr. Price. How long would it take to find something on the books and for the problem to be taken care of. Amuse me, lets just say it happened.

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  • Ted GloverNovember 25, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    You can list Healy's titles all day long but at the end of the day if he is not willing to act like a judge and protect our rights, he is in the wrong line of work. I just want to know about one title, that of oath keeper, protector of our rights. Which one of you free people said you can only push so much? Tell that to the people that have fought for where we are now. I suppose if a police officer has had enough of your mouth, you should just expect a beating or to be tossed in jail. You teach your children that? T.J I can see someone like you losing their temper and punishing someone but a judge acting like you? Not on my tax dollar Giddens, how many very good questions did he ask? How many answers did he get? How many answers should this tax paying American have expected? I didn't hear the judge ask who told the police officer to wear his uniform. If it was expected, why was the other cop in half fitting street clothes? Healy asked for the job, promised he would be fair and honest, took the oath and acted like captain hook in his first few months on the job, on a two day trial. What will happen when he gets a real trial? It you are happy with less rights, speak for yourself or maybe move to one of those countrys' and pay no tax but please don't offer to discount my rights. That is just what you do when you lessen any Americans rights. On any given day there are many men and women in uniform while at court. The only people happy with Healys action was the 3 cops laughing and poking each other like kids who just took another kids bike. There was no honor in that court room. The DA should have had the good sense to dump the case. 100's of cases a month are dumped due to money. I guess they just had to show him a thing of two. What was Paulsons' first name? He tried that. Didn't work out so well. I guess that sheriff took that behavior for a test drive and wrecked. For the people by the people..................get use to it!

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  • T.J.November 25, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    O.K. I will bite, why do you see me as someone losing there temper and punishing someone? I agree with what you are saying about the judge. I am also agreeing with why Rich gets so fed up. I also said acting like him gets you jail time. I simply threw out my situation here because I remember Rich crying about his nieghbors. Thought some one could tell me how many people can legally live in a 3 bedroom house. If there is nothing on the books and you can cram as many people in one house as you want then there is nothing I can do about it. I don't see how that makes me come across as someone losing his temper and punishing people. Now being called a bully by one blogger shouldn't make me out to be a bad person either.

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 25, 2011 - 5:07 pm

    @Slacker Healy's Credentials, I would NOT be happy with the result even if Healy was a Vet. You are missing the point. Very few people, if any, in the military like to give up the time and risk to their life from serving in the military and then be mistreated by someone that was never in the military, especially a judge acting in an opportunistic way to get back at Rich for wanting another judge. It is totally inexcusable that Healy raised the bail for Rich to $40K, cash only, so that Rich would have to spend the holiday season in jail. Rich has no previous record, has lived in this area for many years, is a homeowner, always showed for court hearings, and has done nothing in the year and a half since this case started to be called a Menace to the Community by Judge Healy. The real menace to me is Judge Healy abusing his position, the deputy district attorneys that iare willing to do anything to get a conviction while ignoring the facts of the case show it should have been dropped, and police officers that want to silence Rich for pointing out their failures. As for other vets, they can speak for themselves, but personally as a vet, I wish there were many more people willing to speak out like Rich. And finally, I have sat in court and watched Healy perform as an defense attorney and thought he was a good one. As a judge, he gets an "F" grade in my book. There is no excuse for $40K bail, cash only!!!!!

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 25, 2011 - 11:32 pm

    @Mayor Sanchez, Talked to Rich today and he told me to tell you that he appreciates your blog comment above that the $40K cash bond was not right. He also said that he owes you on that one and won't forget. Now, the question is, are there any other people in office out there that are willing to speak up about an out of control judge and stop this madness and waste of taxpayer money?

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  • T.JNovember 26, 2011 - 1:03 pm

    During your visit did you remind him not to bend over and pick up the soap if he drops it?

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 27, 2011 - 12:22 am

    @T.J, no, LOL! Rich is in the Maximum Security Section and has one other person in the same cell and hopefully that is not a problem. About your question on the number of people allowing in a three bedroom home, the federal standard, I believe, is two people per room, which translates to 6 people. Some states have a tougher standard of two people per room plus one, total of 7 people for a three bedroom home. Since you are not the owner, the owner won't help, and the government critters are less than worthless for you, you can try to get your neighbors to join you in individual small claims suits. If you can get ten neighbors to join you at $7,500 a claim, that is a total of up to $75K that the owner would have to deal with if he loses. Do you think that would get his attention? If not, would twenty neighbors do the job, at $150K? Hope that helps!

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  • common centsNovember 27, 2011 - 3:27 am

    GGJ: There is no standard. You are talking out of your rear end. Please cite your source on the federal standard for max people in a house.

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  • Occupancy StandardsNovember 27, 2011 - 7:00 am

    There are occupancy standards in regards to Fair Housing. They are not generally enforceable and it's simply a guideline.

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  • annonNovember 27, 2011 - 8:23 am

    Yes. Toler and Gidden have a similar though process. Do I say more.

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  • annonNovember 27, 2011 - 8:24 am

    thought.

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  • annonNovember 27, 2011 - 9:35 am

    This blog has been the most entertaining. Toler's upset because he was probably in the court room just waiting to make some money when Gidden's needed to bail out. But that didn't happen. I will say that Gidden's is a very smart person, but he just needs some meds to put things in perspective. Did I spell that right

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 27, 2011 - 11:28 am

    @common cents, as Occupancy Standards mentioned, I was referring to the Fair Housing Laws. The important point is that small claims court works if a lot of neighbors file a nuisance complaint for $7,500 each. The property owner either fixes the problem or has a big bill to pay! @annon, you do not know Toler, if you think he was in court just for the money. Toler does not like out of control government!!! As for Giddens needing drugs, what medical degrees do you have that leads you to that conclusion? Also, since you aren't using your real name, why should anyone beleive anything you write, mis-spelled or not? Isn't the real issue, you are a foot kisser of out of control government, while Rich is not?

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  • Occupancy StandardsNovember 27, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    annon has been commenting here for a couple years and consistently provides honest and insightful information.

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  • annonNovember 27, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    I have met Toler and Giddens. I'll leave it at that

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  • TedNovember 27, 2011 - 1:48 pm

    Everybody knows the price of doing business is sometime the innocent gets tossed in jail. Its no big deal if 8 out of 10 get to jail because they are guilty then we're doing good. The judge knows best for all of us. I say stand by the judge and the guy in jail got what he had coming for running off at the mouth. He could have just stayed quite and lioved his life but no, he had to complain. Whinners get attention, our right not to have to hear this mess is more important. I say judge, you did good cause you know when to stop. Maybe mr giddens with go home and stay quite now, or move.

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  • annonNovember 27, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    Giddens is government. Did you not know that he retired from the Air Force and while you're at it ask him why he left. Does Gidden make some good points on these threads "YES", but most of his threads are nothing more than rants and most often have nothing to do with the topic at hand. As for Toler I'm sure several people wanted him roasted and he prevailed. It's kinda like the kid you may have known growing up. Know one likes him because he is nothing, but a cry baby. So what happens is he doesn't get picked for the team, often is harassed by his peers and maybe even beaten up by his peers. Than he grows up like Toler and never learned how to blend in with society. So maybe the county was one of the bullies trying to put him in his place. Ted you ever been in the military like the Marines. I suspect Giddens and Toler would have been so out spoken on what they think is right and wrong in boot camp, that they would have been the victims of a "BLANKET PARTY" from their peers. But yes maybe 1% of what they have to say is good, but they loose this 1% with all their other hogwash.

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  • annonNovember 27, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    Sorry Ted, my response was for George Guynn, Jr. Can't seem to multi-task these days. Age is catching up with me.

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  • Disturbed & DisappointedNovember 27, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    Healey abused his authority by using bail as a method of punishment. Bail exists to ensure a defendant's appearance in court. Healey lost his cool. Behavior like his undermines the public's confidence in our system of justice. Judges, like members of law enforcement, are often targets of hostility. Like law enforcement, a good Judge rises above such vitrotic venom. Only those individuals capable of this all important "judicial demeanor" deserve to don the black robe. Healey, who is a brand new judge, has a lot to learn. Assuming he has the ability to recognize that.

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  • annonNovember 27, 2011 - 6:55 pm

    Disturbed & Disappointed and to some of you that are blaming Healey. You're all forgetting that Gidden's defended himself. Everyone knows you don't do this. That is basic one o one. And yes you piss off any judge after he or she repeatedly tells you to stop doing something and he or she will throw the book at you. Let me ask you all this. When you were a kid ,did you get in more trouble when you tried to justify your actions or blame others for why you did it. I suspect the answer is yes. So if Giddens had an attorney he would have been the target of the excuses. But seeing Giddens acting as his own attorney and most likely making a joke of the court system, he got want he deserved. Listen to all of his past posts. He blames everyone especially others of different ethnic backgrounds. I for one hail the judge.

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  • common centsNovember 27, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    To GGJ, Toler and other Giddens supporters: Please explain why he had his son dress up in his air force cadet uniform? The appearance had nothing to do with the military or his "cadetship". Please explain how this does not violate AFI 36-2903 and AFJROTC regulation 27-34(A) ? Rich tried to manipulate the system and lost.

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  • The DudeNovember 27, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    Giddens brought discredit to the USAF by manipulating his son to serve his own warped agenda. Rich is well aware of proper (and improper) wear of the Air Force uniform and just thumbed his nose at the establishment I proudly served for more than 2 decades.

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  • Christine in FFNovember 27, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    annon~ if you reply to a post~ it places the post under the one you're replying to. That's probably why his comment was way up there on the thread but with today's date.

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 27, 2011 - 11:56 pm

    @annon, Your attempt to label Rich as a racist is obsurd. His wife is of another ethnic background from Rich. This fact, plus the fact that you refuse to reveal your real name, does NOT give you credability. What is your agenda for trying to smear Rich?

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  • annonNovember 28, 2011 - 6:45 am

    Marci you know my stance or at least should. I have said in the past that we should get rid of conservatives and liberals alike because they are the cause of why we are in the crap that we are in now. YOU CAN'T GET ALONG. And I would have to agree with Keeping up with the Joneses. You are the only one in these threads that is trying to convince people that bashing Rich is because of his political position. I disagree. It's because he has pissed a lot of us off with his racist rants that most often have nothing to do with the points made in a post. And George I'm not trying to paint Rich as a racist. He did that himself. I guess you have not seen some of his threads that were removed soon after about his thoughts on African Americans and others of ethnic backgrounds. Even a co-worker of his jumped into this and said he had made a racist comment to a co-worker and was being disciplined for it prior to his departure from the military. So Sorry George Rich painted his own portrait. I suspect Rich wasn't allows a racist and maybe the reason why he married someone of ethnic background. Didn't he meet her in the Philippines.

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  • annonNovember 28, 2011 - 6:48 am

    annon November 28, 2011 - 6:45 am Marci you know my stance or at least should. I have said in the past that we should get rid of conservatives and liberals alike because they are the cause of why we are in the crap that we are in now. YOU CAN’T GET ALONG. And I would have to agree with Keeping up with the Joneses. You are the only one in these threads that is trying to convince people that bashing Rich is because of his political position. I disagree. It’s because he has pissed a lot of us off with his racist rants that most often have nothing to do with the points made in a post. And George I’m not trying to paint Rich as a racist. He did that himself. I guess you have not seen some of his threads that were removed soon after about his thoughts on African Americans and others of ethnic backgrounds. Even a co-worker of his jumped into this and said he had made a racist comment to a co-worker and was being disciplined for it prior to his departure from the military. So Sorry George Rich painted his own portrait. I suspect Rich wasn’t allows a racist and maybe the reason why he married someone of ethnic background. Didn’t he meet her in the Philippines.

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 28, 2011 - 7:18 am

    @annon, wasn't that what Hitler used to say, "Let's get rid of some people"? Sounds very racist to me! I think you are what you are accusing Rich of being. You sure don't sound like you believe in the Constitution.

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  • CD BrooksNovember 28, 2011 - 7:44 am

    Maybe they will let him out today? He didn't fork out the $40K, did his time and "learned a lesson." But if he insists on getting after the judge, he may get another charge and that will really cost him. Doubtful he'll get any satisfaction from the legal community.

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  • annonNovember 28, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Sorry George. It's nice that you can try and take "you people" as being racist, but it won't work. As for the constitution I uphold it as well as enforce it. So George sit back and relax and enjoy the threads.

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 28, 2011 - 7:22 am

    See my comment above about annon being what he accuses Rich of being.

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  • annonNovember 28, 2011 - 9:35 am

    George Hilter was flat out crazy. His thought process was similar to Rich's don't you think. XXXOOOXXX

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  • suisun city residentNovember 28, 2011 - 11:40 am

    what a douchbag!!

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  • annonNovember 28, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Artimus, I'm "gloating so joyfully at a misfortune of another" as many others are. So how can you single out Jones alone. I'm just saying.

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  • ArtimusNovember 28, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Well then Mr. Annon; if the shoe fits then you are in good company with Jones. After all, the birds of the same feather usually flock together. One day; you may find youself in a fall smelling the dust of humilation and you will know how it feels if someone is standing afar laughing, ridicule and gloating at your misfortune. And if you have never fallen; good for you but if you ever do; I won't be a person gloating at your misfortune.

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  • ridahogNovember 28, 2011 - 2:28 pm

    No Artimus I have been the victim of some ridicule and gloating. Some I deserved and others not. But hey life goes on. On a serious note, I hope that Rich gets the professional help I beleive he needs.

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  • ArtimusNovember 28, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    I think all of us have experienced the gloating of others especially in ball games or a friendly competition or even in Politics but gloating on behalf of someone else’s suffering, pain or in this case humiliation some how reveals a dark side of a person. That is all I was pointing out. You on the other hand ridahog reveal that you are a compassionate and kind person based on your hope for that person to receive help.

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  • ArtimusNovember 28, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    Marci; don't forget Jones's favorite tune, she/he plays it everyday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJv5qLsLYoo

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  • ArtimusNovember 28, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    I have a feeling he does but to be politically correct; I will say that he/she does. After all just the name Jones could go both ways in gender. Just like anon; could go either way.

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  • LilNovember 28, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    I'm not a fan of Rich, I stopped reading his comments a long time ago because of the racist tone of so many of them. But I feel sorry for his family and I hope he learns to tone down his message. He would reach more people and get more accomplished if he wasn't so abrasive and he presented his complaints in a more rational manner. I've been in the court room when Healy was the judge and I found him very professional and upstanding. I think everyone has a breaking point and if pushed toward it, they are going to push back. I think that is what happened with Rich and Healy. I'm not defending Healy's bail amount but if you irritate a judge so much, you need to look in the mirror and maybe accept responsibility for your actions.

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 29, 2011 - 1:10 am

    @annon, I know Rich and Rich's thinking is NOT like Hitler's. In a comment above, you talked about getting rid of people on the left and right that you don't like. Before making comments about Rich, may be you should look in the mirror. Who gives you the right to get rid of people that you don't like? Also, how do you uphold and enforce the constitution? And by the way, Rich is back!!! Yippie!!!!!!!!

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  • annonNovember 29, 2011 - 7:10 am

    Sorry George, but you brought up Hilter first. I'm not saying get rid of people on the left and right. I'm saying do away with party lines. It's not that I don't like them. Take Marci for example. Sorry about that Marci, but I suspect that you would vote for someone in your party regardless of his her ability to do the job just to keep someone from the other side to be elected. And that goes the other way with others on the other side. Most of the left or right will not step up to the plate to pick someone that's worthy of the job regardless of their party. As for Rich, I'm glad he was released. I just hope that he gets the help that he needs. And George if you are a true friend of his than you know he needs some counseling and/or meds.

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  • MarciNovember 29, 2011 - 7:51 am

    Annon, I've stated numerous times on this blog that in order to prevent Obama from further destroying this country, I WOULD vote for anyone else--as long as I was convinced he/she loved this country and respected the Constitution.

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  • George Guynn, JrNovember 30, 2011 - 6:03 pm

    @annon, Glad you clarified that you are talking about getting rid of parties, not people. The dems and the reps both have lots of members that hate the Constitution and want one world government. We need more people that prefer the Constitution. About Rich, you have made a lot of statements about Rich being a racist that are based on heresay and a lot of other less than valid means. He is not the bad person that you and/or some others want to make him. The real problem is that Rich points out that a lot of politicians and law enforcement people are not doing their jobs and they want to get even. Rich could be Tom Toler II. Get over it! As for Rich needing meds, that is like forcing ritalin on school kids because they aren't quite zombies that grow up to be sheeple for the government. Some of the legal drug companies are not much better than the people pushing illegal drugs!!! We need more Richs that made the government fear the people, not a society where the people fear the government! No king wantabees needed here!!!!!!

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  • It's not hearsay...November 30, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    He has had numerous comments, both deleted and not deleted, that were racially inflammatory on this site. They have been witnessed by many

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  • George Guynn, JrDecember 01, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    It's not hearsay... Oh really? Then why don't you use your real name as Rich and I both do? Sounds like more hot air about Rich to me!!!!!

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  • It's not hearsay...December 01, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    It really isn't hearsay. Hearsay is information gathered by one person from another person concerning some event, condition, or thing of which the first person had no direct experience. Giddens' racially derogatory comments came directly from the source (or horse's mouth if you prefer).

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 01, 2011 - 11:36 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=LGIgMpNuPoE

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 01, 2011 - 11:41 am

    Who Breaks A Butterfly Upon A Wheel? Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?" is a quotation – sometimes misquoted with "on" in place of "upon" – from Alexander Pope's "Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot" of January 1735. The line has entered common use and has become associated with more recent figures. It can be taken as referring to putting massive effort into achieving something minor or unimportant, and alludes to "breaking on the wheel", a form of torture in which victims had their long bones broken by an iron bar while tied to a Catherine wheel. Pope's satire The line "Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?" forms line 308 of the "Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot" in which Alexander Pope responded to his physician's word of caution about making satirical attacks on powerful people by sending him a selection of such attacks. It appears in a section on the courtier John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, who was close to Queen Caroline and was one of Pope's bitterest enemies. The section opens as follows: Let Sporus tremble –"What? that thing of silk, Sporus, that mere white curd of ass's milk? Satire or sense, alas! can Sporus feel? Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?" Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings, This painted child of dirt that stinks and stings; Whose buzz the witty and the fair annoys, Yet wit ne'er tastes, and beauty ne'r enjoys,

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 03, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    No mention of the Comcast Solicitors Jess? Remember them? This article is leaving out quite a bit. As we explained, a group of Comcast Solicitors showed up on my property at dinner time along with the wayward errant Census Worker---all of them rudely pounding on my front door with the "no soliciting" sign. Confluence of strange events? Yes, we explained that the Comcast door-to-door solicitors arrived at the same time as the Census Worker and we didn't know who was who as we tried to ignore their rude pounding on the door at dinner time! Wearing a uniform to court? Air Force instructions authorize me as a Air Force Retiree to wear the uniform. As I explained to the Judge and Jury, Air Force instructions authorize the wear of the uniform and it is our custom and manner. Even though I'm authorized to wear the uniform, I wasn't in uniform, only my son was. Procedural errors or contempt? I yelled no profane words or used no untoward language. Obstruction and vandalism of my mailbox? As I explained to anyone who will listen, it's covered under USC 18 Section 1705 and 1701! The penalty is 3 years in jail and a $250,000 fine! Again, I merely removed the bicycle from my mailbox and dropped it on the property line. The Census worker then followed me back to my front door yelling census questions at me while failing to indentify himself. I closed my door and went back to cooking for my family. My son witnessed the whole thing. His affidavit attesting to the facts was not allowed to be placed in evidence even though he testified on the stand. Trial convening on the day before Thanksgiving when jurors are most likely to be inconvenienced and annoyed? Do you think? There were no white men on my jury. It was mostly female with the jury commissioner sending over a pool of prospective jury members who were law enforcement or the immediate family members of state and local government employees. The capper is the Judge's prejudicial comments to the jury just before their deliberations began by saying uniform wear was "hiding behind the flag" and essentially saying "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel". For that "offense" my bail violated the 8th amendment forbidding same and the judge then arbitrarily lowered it to twice that of the bail schedule set by law 5 days later. Matters of extreme mitigation and extenuation? Solano County leaders and authorities don't want to hear any of it----I only get the special treatment from them.

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  • annonDecember 04, 2011 - 7:25 am

    Rich, do you think because you had "No White Men" in the jury box somehow was the reason you were found guilty. And do you think that we believe that all 12 members of the jury were related to law enforcement or other local government and were out to get you. Rich, Rich, Rich. you poor thing. Before long you will be putting up barb wire and painting your windows black. I'm sure the security cameras are already installed. And when are you going to build that bunker underground in the back yard.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 04, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    You are a typical gimme the treasury cop Annon. And a very poor one at that. I want your budgets cut like today!

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 03, 2011 - 6:23 pm

    Mr. Editor----you have deleted my comments again. What excuse do you have now Mr. Editor? Your news article left quite a bit out---like the COMCAST SOLICITORS being on my property when this happened 2 YEARS AGO.

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  • Glen FaisonDecember 03, 2011 - 7:21 pm

    @Rich Giddens: As you are well aware, I am not deleting your comments. All of your comments are held in moderation until they can be reviewed. This is our response to your continued inability to comply with our terms of use. As always, I or another editor will attempt to review your comments as quickly as possible and where appropriate, post them for public view on the site. Those that do not comply with our terms of use will not be cleared to the site.

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  • SuisunnyJuly 14, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    Dont you have a felony conviction now as well?

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  • FedUpApril 30, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Justice is served. For joy!!

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  • DrackoreJuly 16, 2014 - 11:37 am

    BAHAHAHAHA. Guilty! Hope you serve that time and not get probation. Maybe you'll stop threatening active duty Air Force members now too. Well deserved. Keep going - people like you need to be locked away from civil society forever.

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