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Attorney clarifies position on DA race

I have been a friend of District Attorney Donald du Bain since he arrived in Solano County some 20 years ago. I am as well one of the lawyers who signed the “We Accuse” statement that was published in three of this county’s newspapers in early May; I also wrote it. However, I would never deny that past friendship despite my present position.

Though I am opposed to du Bain continuing as district attorney, I am not a part of a left-wing conspiracy to defeat him. I was born and raised in Vacaville, attended Vacaville High School, played on its sports teams, and have lived there for 50 years. My family has lived there since the 1940s. My father was a businessman and served on the Vacaville City Council.

I returned to Vacaville after law school to join the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, where I worked for many years before becoming a defense attorney, and I have no interest in the outcome of the upcoming district attorney’s race other than an interest in good government.

For that reason, I am going to vote for Krishna Abrams. She has the drive and experience in the courtroom to be an exceptional district attorney. She has a reputation for being straightforward, honest and tough. My job will not be easier, but I’ll have considerably more faith in the outcome of cases I bring into a courtroom because I know Abrams will not tolerate dishonesty in her office.

I was not the only friend du Bain had in the defense bar. He had many such friends, and when this race began he sought their support. To a person they declined and each gave as his reason du Bain’s lack of integrity. For du Bain to now deny those past friendships, and to deny that he sought the endorsements of those lawyers, is both discouraging and a little embarrassing to witness.

John Coffer


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  • BSMay 30, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    John, you have flat out lied about being a friend to Don. You never were, never have and never will be. You have never even so much as sat for coffee with the man. What you are is the husband of the asst DA, Cathy Coffer, who resigned from the office when du Bain took over because she was at will and knew he would not keep her on because it was common knowledge that she spent her days behind her desk reading novels.

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