Krishna Abrams announces her candidacy for District Attorney at the Solano County Hall of Justice in Fairfield, Monday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Prosecutor kicks off bid for district attorney post

By From page A8 | March 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Longtime adversaries came together Monday on the steps of the Solano County courthouse, one of endorsing the other for the job of district attorney in the June election.

Veteran criminal defense attorney Denis Honeychurch, with his wife and school board member Judi Honeychurch, praised prosecutor Krishna Abrams, who filed papers Friday to run against her boss, District Attorney Donald A. du Bain.

“She has won the toughest cases, sticks to her guns and cares about the cases she prosecutes,” Honeychurch said of Abrams. “She is always honorable, ethical and fair.”

Abrams said that until very recently she had no intention of running against her boss, but that she received an outpouring from people in the community asking her to run in a race that she characterized as David v. Goliath.

Du Bain has extensive personal financial resources. He stepped into the job of district attorney unopposed in 2010 after loaning his campaign $100,000 before the end of the candidate filing period. More than $80,000 of that cash is still in his campaign coffers.

The noontime crowd of Abrams’ supporters was small, numbering about 50, but enthusiastic.

Unlike du Bain’s campaign kickoff in 2010, which was attended largely by prosecutors and District Attorney’s Office staff who were about to get a new boss, the crowd at Abrams’ kickoff was a diverse group with several of her coworkers, crime victims, defense lawyers and court staff on their lunch break.

Abrams, a Vacaville resident, told the crowd she is running because of a breakdown in trust with the District Attorney’s Office by the courts, the public and the legal community.

“The crime rate is up and the conviction rate is down,” Abrams said, pointing to the recent surge of violence in Fairfield’s Parkway Gardens as just one of the reasons she would focus on helping decrease crime in Solano’s communities.

“I’m not going to say I’m going to do the right thing. That’s just words. I am always going to do what is the right thing,” Abrams, a prosecutor since 1996, said wrapping up the brief event.

The California Deputy District Attorneys’ Association last year named Abrams the top prosecutor in the state for 2012.

Since there are only two candidates in the race, the one who garners the most votes in June wins. 

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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  • CD BrooksMarch 11, 2014 - 6:29 am

    Could be a slam dunk for Abrams, du Bain's money notwithstanding.

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  • Tax PayerMarch 11, 2014 - 6:38 am

    Abrams is one of the finest prosecutors in the state. DuBain had done nothing but make Solano County have the lowest conviction rate in the state. Soft on crime. His policies has criminals running wild and victim's scared for their lives. This is an easy decision: Get rid of Don, send him into retirement and maybe he can open up some non-profit program for the criminals.

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  • Spare meMarch 11, 2014 - 5:32 pm

    Are you kidding me?! What a bunch of jokers! Let's start with Denis Honeychurch and his wife Judi. They were just at a fundraiser supporting du Bain! Do we really want to support a prosecutor who has to go to defense attorneys for endorsements. Lol! Jess, we look forward to seeing if you plan to report on the outpouring of support demonstrated through contributions made to the du Bain's re-election. You won't be able to say he uses his own money. This time around, because he put his money where his mouth is he got a tremendous amount of support from the community. Besides, what exactly are you trying to portray here anyway? That he's a n'er do well? In fact, to the contrary, he is one of the few leaders in this community that works tirelessly. Don, you have the overwhelming support of the ENTIRE community not just a few from the legal community! I'll be happy to cast my vote for du Bain!

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  • tax payerMarch 11, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    I guess you don't check his results while he's been in office. Check the facts please unless you are a defense attorney.

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  • The MisterMarch 12, 2014 - 7:15 am

    I ask this because I want to know, not to accuse: What is her involvement with the corruption currently being revealed to the public? What did she know and what should she have known? Could she have blown the whistle?

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  • localPDMarch 12, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Dubain only has support from the political community. He has NO support from crime victims and the cops don't care much for him either. He's a very nice guy. He and his family are career politicians. He's connected to President Bush and has lots of money backers. He was a horrible prosecutor. Cant make a decision. He runs his office by having other people make the decisions, such as Terry Ray who's at the heart of the Coroner controversy. Krishna is tough. She's fair and is successful. What stands out the most is that he refuses to comment on this biggest story in decades and it involves his office. He's the one that told his prosecutors to keep quiet, according to Terry Ray's testimony yesterday. Why wouldn't he step forward and offer an explanation? Because he doesn't want to be charged with any violation of civil rights, thats why. Dubain is a coward and always has been. He wanted to be DA for years but was afraid to run against Paulson. We need someone in that office who will do the right thing because it's the right thing to do, and that's not dubain.

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  • Samuel CookeMarch 12, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Ms. Abrams taking Mr. duBain to task for ethical issues/violations is like North Korea complaining that Turkmenistan is too repressive and bad on human rights issues! If these are our options the good people of Solano better hope they're never wrongly/falsely accused of a crime!!

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