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Du Bain has strong record of accomplishments

Don du Bain has an impressive record of accomplishments.

Since taking office, he’s revitalized the District Attorney’s Office. His background in not only criminal prosecution, but also management and business, has made him an effective leader who can balance the budget and still obtain high-profile convictions.

Under his leadership, he’s convicted gang members, cold-case homicides, and other cases too numerous to mention. His opponent lacks this multifaceted experience that is necessary to being an effective manager.

Please elect the candidate with the experience and know-how to serve Solano County well. Please re-elect Don du Bain.

Yvonne Greer-McManigal 

Morland McManigal


Letter to the Editor


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  • General Fadi BasemMay 23, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    I am still looking for the date, but I did say on this electronic forum that this election for DA would be lots of fun. This posting (and the others of this series of four) is the kind of thing I was alluding to. Four real quick spewings--do they all come from the same IP address?

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  • Joseph D. JoyceMay 27, 2014 - 12:47 am

    Wait a second... Are you listing Krishna Abrams accomplishments?? Because if you think these are Don DuBains you are clearly misguided. Why didn't you list all of the acquittals he's accomplished? Krishna is the Top Prosecutor in the state and has never been involved in scandal. Please do better research. If you're unable to google DuBain please let me know I will forward you what he's managed to accomplish over the past few years. Krishna Abrams for DA!

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  • The ChiefMay 27, 2014 - 6:29 am

    Let's see - a list of Kommisar Abrams accomplishments as an administrator...I'll have to Google the People's Republics of Berserkely and Davis for that. Vote Don DuBain on June 3rd.

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  • Susan DeverMay 27, 2014 - 9:26 am

    Under his leadership he's convicted cold-case homicides...I think you mean despite his leadership. The cold case homicide you must be referring to was my step daughter's murderer's case. On three separate occasions over the past year Don told me himself that he would NOT have tried this case and that he didn’t want it to go forward but because of Krishna and how passionate she was about it; he relented.  He told me that he felt it was a no win case due to the fact that it was so old and other than circumstantial evidence there was no real concrete evidence. The fact is that two cold case detectives worked for almost three years putting together a mountain of evidence against Kerley and Krishna gave voice to Danna from the grave 17 years after she was brutally murdered.  However, even before Danna's trial started the cold case unit put together by du Bain's predecessor was no more. Krishna stated that one of her priorities if she is elected is to reinstate the cold case unit that Mr. Du Bain dismantled. Without this unit my family would never have found out what happened to Danna. She had been a missing person since 1996 and all those years we lived with the sure knowledge that Lonnie Kerley had killed her but without her body there was nothing we could do. Her father, my beloved husband, went to his grave never knowing where his daugther’s body was or if we would ever see justice for her. Unless one has gone through an ordeal such as this it is hard to describe the helplessness, hopelessness and heartbreak that families of cold case victims face. These families deserve closure or at least a district attorney who will do everything in his/her power to help solve these cases so that families can start to heal as best they can. Sadly, without the detectives in this cold case unit this is not going to happen.

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  • Don du Bain has my vote!May 27, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    Don du Bain is the one who filed that cold case not Abrams. Period. Furthermore, he doubled down the efforts to get a conviction in that case by putting an additional prosecutor on that case. Of course, Abrams never mentions the other prosecutor in that case while she touts the conviction. Another prosecutor gets 50% of the kudos for that win and, rightfully, du Bain should get credit for filing it AFTER all the evidence (forensics) were in.

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  • Susan DeverMay 27, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    Sorry...but you don't know what you are talking about... period.

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  • Susan DeverMay 27, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    I hope Retired Chief Deputy Keener doesn't mind me reprinted his statement of what really happened in Danna's case: Douglas Keener (Retired Chief Deputy Solano County District Attorney's OfficeMay 15, 2014 - 8:37 am Prior to this case being filed, District Attorney Dave Paulson included "DA Elect" Dubain to sit in on the filing meeting with the entire management staff, two Cold Case Investigators who had put the case together after three years of work and Deputy Krishna Abrams. It was staff's consensus that the case should be filed. As in some cases, this would not be an easy case. All possible evidence had been compiled and justice needed to be done. After District Attorney Paulson had the case filed, Dubain, on his own, went to the Court Clerk's Office and, claiming he was DA Elect, tried to intimidate a clerk to return the case to him and "unfile" the case. The clerk refused and called the DA's office not knowing who this Dubain was. Dubain now claims that it was the consensus in the office not to file the case. Nothing could be further from the truth. That is unless he is talking about the consensus of the office around the proverbial water cooler. That consensus would have been based on very little information. The truth is that Dubain was afraid of the consequences of a not guilty verdict. The truth is that his decision was based on the fact that he had never tried a homicide case in his career. The two Cold Case investigators, Retired Lt. Ron Becker of the Vallejo Police Department and Retired Sgt. Jose Cuevas of the Solano Sheriff's Office are considered two of the most experienced homicide investigators in Solano County. It was Dave Paulson who formed the cold case unit and brought them into it. It was DA Dubain who disbanded the cold case unit and sent the two investigators on their way. What a shame. The verdict shows that Deputy District Attorney Abrams did a fine job and understands that justice for everyone cannot be ignored.

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  • MisinformationMay 28, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Du Bain shouldn't have your vote. It's unfortunate the misinformation being spread by du Bain. I recently spoke with both prosecutors on this case and it did not happen the way du Bain claims. Although du Bain got out of the way and let Abrams do her job, his gut reaction on this case was wrong, period! The claim that du Bain doubled down and appointed a second prosecutor is for public consumption. This case was voluminous and technical. Abrams recognized another seasoned prosecutor would be helpful in seeking a conviction. Abrams actually got resistance by administration using a second prosecutor. At the end of the day justice was served due to Abrams belief in the case and their hard work.

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  • Bonnie DennisonMay 27, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Dear Editor: As a former (now retired) prosecutor, I had the opportunity to work with both Krishna Abrams and Don duBain in Solano County. I know Ms. Abrams to be a dedicated, knowledgeable prosecutor. She works tirelessly to achieve justice for crime victims and citizens of Solano County. She has expertly handled a wide range of serious and complex cases, including murders, sexual assaults and domestic violence, among others. The prosecutor’s office should be above reproach when it comes to its ethical duty. That is not the case under the current D.A., as has been seen in the extended debacle involving Dr. Susan Hogan. The decisions made by the current administration have already had a negative impact on cases in court, causing the courts to admonish juries that the district attorney’s office did not follow appropriate evidence/discovery rules. These decisions have eroded the public’s trust in the agency’s ability to conduct its mandate in a fair and impartial manner. These decisions will, unfortunately, continue to impact cases in the future. There is a good reason the law enforcement agencies in this county support Ms. Abrams for District Attorney. She takes her ethical obligations seriously, she has high expectations for herself and others, and she knows how to get the job done. Additionally, Mr. duBain’s recent cartoon-like mailer is contemptible and a pathetic attempt to trash the competition without addressing the real issues facing his agency. It is beneath the dignity of the office. Please join me in voting to restore the public trust in this important agency. Vote for Ms. Abrams. Bonnie Dennison (Ret.) Deputy District Attorney Fairfield, CA.

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  • Susan DeverMay 27, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Great letter Bonnie...I only hope it gets its own headline

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  • JournalistFaithMay 28, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    The crime victims I know have been exceedingly disappointed with duBain, who allows recent parolees who intimidated, threatened, and pulled a knife on two men I know just because they were in their car several doors down waiting his teenage daughter to pack up her things after learning her mom had secretly let this ex-con move in. house after learning the ex-con move in. This man not only had a notoriously horrible reputation, he had killed a member of the daughter's own family out of jealousy by hitting him, but because he was hospitalized and didnt die for a few days, doctors couldn't prove it the family was told. Dubain ignored several messages noting his aliases weren't allowing all his other cases to be brought up in their computer system, then saw it fit to let him bail so he could go on a business venture living up north while awaiting trial. My friends who he'd assaulted out of pure paranoia even had to testify against him twice, yet his case was somehow still dismissed!!! DuBain should not be working at McDonalds, let alone the D A's office after this display of incompetence. I can only imagine how many other victims never see justice if this was my experience.

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  • Antonio DambadassMay 28, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Honestly, I wasn't sure who to vote for in this election until recently when my mailbox became polluted with political flyers from District Attorney Don DuBain.  The first few praised the creation of the Family Justice Center.  While this may be an important resource for victims, it does nothing to reduce the crime in this county, which is appalling.  Mr. DuBain, has crime gone up or down since you have been in office?   With the next two flyers, Mr. DuBain resorted to smear campaign techniques bashing challenger Krishna Abrams for possibly not being a resident of Solano County.  This is a great example of someone attempting to look good by trying to make someone else look bad.  I guess Mr. DuBain had no other accomplishments to brag about.   Results are what is important to me as a resident of this county.  Personally, Mr. DuBain, I don't care if Krishna Abrams lives in Nevada, as long as she can do a better job than you.  I was on the fence to begin with, but because of your slimy campaigning, I just voted to giver her the chance.

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