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Supervisors appoint Abrams as Solano district attorney

Abrams DA Board of Supervisors 8_12_14

The audience at the Solano County Board of Supervisors applauds Tuesday after the board voted to appoint Krishna Abrams, center, as district attorney. Abrams will take over the job Friday evening after current District Attorney Donald A. du Bain's resignation becomes effective. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | August 13, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Solano County District Attorney-elect Krishna Abrams is to be sworn in as the county’s next district attorney at about 5:01 p.m. Friday.

Under normal circumstances, Abrams would take office Jan. 15, 2015. But District Attorney Donald A. du Bain, the loser to Abrams in the June election, on Thursday announced his resignation effective 5 p.m. this Friday.

The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Abrams by a 3-0 vote to fill out du Bain’s term. Supervisors Erin Hannigan, Linda Seifert and John Vasquez votes “yes.” Supervisor Jim Spering was absent after being delayed at a midwestern airport and Supervisor Skip Thomson had an excused absence.

Abrams, a prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office, made the request for the early appointment. Otherwise, Chief Deputy District Attorney John Daugherty would have performed the duties of the office while keeping his title.

She feels very comfortable that she and Daugherty can work for a smooth transition without disrupting the work of the office, Abrams told supervisors.

“I think we can accomplish this goal together with this appointment,” Abrams said.

Thomson sent a letter that got read out loud. He thanked du Bain for his work and said the appointment of Abrams would recognize the will of constituents.

Seifert praised du Bain for his work beginning the Family Justice Center and the truancy court. She also said that the District Attorney’s Office will be in very good hands when Abrams takes office.

Friday’s swearing-in event is to be done in private. Abrams said a formal swearing-in ceremony will take place in September, when there has been time to make plans.

The transition between du Bain’s office and her office will be orderly, slow and smooth, with no massive, immediate changes, Abrams said after the Board of Supervisors vote.

The appointment item was not on the Board of Supervisors agenda released late last week. Agendas under state law must be posted 72 hours in advance. The county in a Sunday press release said that supervisors would consider adding the item to the agenda.

State law allows the Board of Supervisors to add an item to the agenda if supervisors determine there is a need to take immediate action and the item came to the county’s attention after the agenda got posted.

County Counsel Dennis Bunting said the need for immediate action arose because the next Board of Supervisors meeting is Aug. 26 and Abrams asked to be appointed upon du Bain’s resignation.

“When she made the request, we had to act,” Bunting said.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Demarquis Abdullah WashingtonAugust 12, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    Daugherty and Ray were co-conspirators in all of doo doo Bane's crimes and they need to be expunged too. Several months ago, Daugherty entered the government building and saw me. He immediately flipped me off and started cursing at me . Daughtery clearly is unfit for duty and is a serious liability for Solano County.

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  • gemmaAugust 13, 2014 - 7:47 am

    @Demarquis-I believe you. That is so wrong for a supposedly grown, public official to act like that.

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  • 2realAugust 13, 2014 - 6:11 am

    Watch us get a conviction once a month..

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  • JimboAugust 13, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    Sure beats having 4 convictions a month with 3 overturned on appeal all on taxpayer expense as wrong way duBAIN has done.

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  • ThemisAugust 13, 2014 - 6:39 am

    Time will tell if all of the campaign promises will hold true. Let's hope so, for the sake of domestic violence victims and children in Solano County. Hopefully no more plea deals where crimes endangering children are pled out for the sake of conviction statistics and criminal protection orders are issued in ALL felony DV cases given that it often takes, literally YEARS, to prosecute such crimes leaving unprotected victim/witnesses subject to intimidation and future violence.

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  • trish hamiltonAugust 13, 2014 - 6:56 am

    I hope the City council and School Board are paying attention-- did you see how the Board of Supes voted and got something simple done? no consultants, no external job searches--ACTION! Wow

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  • mdsAugust 13, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Trish Hamilton, it really isn't much of a decision for the BOS to appoint Abrams. She was elected and the job is hers in four months anyway. I sure as heck hope our elected boards do not make decisions so fast when it comes to hiring permanent leaders for our cities and schools.

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  • mdsAugust 13, 2014 - 9:05 am

    Are you telling us she made a campaign promise to end plea deals in domestic violence cases where children are involved? I never saw such a promise made. I think you don't have an understanding at all of the plea bargain process or why it's used. There are many reasons for the prosecutor to make plea deals and one of the main reasons for those deals are the victims want them! The victims often don't want to testify and just want the case over. Although the prosecutor is not obligated to grant the victim's wish, any good prosecutor will always take the victim's concerns into consideration. Also pleas are often offered when the prosecution case isn't strong and there is a concern on whether a jury will convict. It's often better to have something than nothing and that's another reason for plea deals. And yes there is also the reason that it saves the tax payers money too.

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  • gemmaAugust 13, 2014 - 7:42 am

    I think we should all thank DuBain for leaving early. Aside from ridding us of him. he once again showed how unprofessional he can be(leaving at a moment's notice), and I hope his new and any future employers take note of that. Then again, it's probably a blessing he left early, without causing any further damage.

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  • DanielAugust 13, 2014 - 8:02 am

    Good riddance hopefully he doesn't damage another city nor county again.

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  • BeeboAugust 13, 2014 - 8:10 am

    I don't know how he can make a Star Wars movie and have the time to do this. Oh well.

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  • BeeboAugust 13, 2014 - 8:12 am

    oops, meant "she"

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  • DotAugust 13, 2014 - 8:26 am

    My momma always said, be careful what you wish for....

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  • George Guynn, JrAugust 13, 2014 - 9:44 am

    I am happy that Ms. Abrams gets to be DA early, but how come County Counsel Bunting is slow to act on enforcing the Brown Act or answering Mr. Tipton's questions, but is quick on the DA matter? DA Washington, I have also witnessed Mr. Daughtery giving a Solano Citizen the finger and saying he needs to get mental help. Totally over top improper conduct!!!!

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  • Demarquis Abdullah WashingtonAugust 13, 2014 - 10:08 am

    The coup d' etat in the DA's Office advances justice in Solano County. The expungement of the trifecta of corruption and abuse (Doo Doo Bane, Daughtery and Ray) is a triumph of justice, fair play and an act of courage and integrity. What worries us now is that Doo Doo has been hired by his equally corrupt pal, Gascon (his name sounds like a constipation medicine) at the SF DA's Office. That means Doo Doo can still wreak havoc and the taxpayer will be stuck with all of Doo Doo's mess throughout the not-so-golden state.

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  • It's a shameAugust 13, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Solano is falling apart. Sad. Abrams will not be hard to work with. She is an arrogant megalomaniac. She supports Pam Bertani. Can you see the pits to which this county will fall? Tragic.

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  • DotAugust 13, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    oh thank Heavens.. someone gets it.

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  • Judge Luis M. Villarreal Solano County Superior Court Judge, (Retired)August 13, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    Today is a great day for the citizens of Solano County. I had the pleasure of having Ms. Abrams appear in my court hundreds of times, both as fledgling defense attorney and a seasoned felony prosecutor. Whether representing an indigent defendant or the citizens of Solano, her main interest was always to seek justice. She was one of the few attorneys who had the unique ability to represent either side with vigor and more importantly in a completely ethical manner. Yes, she is aggressive and always prepared but never rude and overbearing. She can be very forceful when prosecuting a dangerous sociopathic predator but also caring and cooperative when working with the defense and the court to place a young nonviolent offender in drug treatment as a condition of his or her probation, if needed. Solano County is extremely fortunate to have Ms. Abrams as its chief law enforcement officer. Good luck, Krishna!

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  • It's a shameAugust 13, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    Hey Louie! Abrams is good as a prosecutor. This does NOT translate to being a good boss or DA.

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  • George Guynn, JrAugust 13, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    It is a shame, if you want a good boss and DA, why did you say nothing about DuBain? His record as a prosecutor is terrible and he increased real estate fees from 3 to 28 while increasing the fees from $3 to $10, all without a vote of the public, to fund the real estate fraud unit. He even claimed to have reduced taxes while increasing taxes more than he claimed to have saved! Furthermore, the real estate fraud unit had a much greater need back when DuBain first took office, not now. Too bad DuBain didn't retire as Solano County's problem soon becomes San Francisco's problem.

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  • JimboAugust 13, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    I give him less than 6 months in SF before he is fired or quitting insisting SF was not 'fair' to his personal wrong way of doing most everything.

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  • JimboAugust 13, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    .....and I hope the door leaves a bruise on duBAIN on his way out.

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  • Shaking my headAugust 14, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Jimbo, I cannot believe you took time out of your day to be nasty. I feel sorry for the people that live with you and work with you. I hope you get help someday. You are part of the problem with society. Ugliness will only hurt you and others in the long run.

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  • TRObserverAugust 20, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    Abrams will be the worst DA in Solano county history. She will be volatile and ethically challenged. She has no idea what she is doing. You morons who chased du Bain away will beg for the good old days.

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