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Who’s the right choice for DA?

I am loath to get into a battle of words, but, a recent letter tended to portray criminal defense attorneys as individuals who make a living from defending child molesters, cop killers and murderers in our court system.

Well, I am one of the people who signed the advertisement and I want you to know that I have lived in this community for 35 years. I originally lived in Vallejo and now live in Benicia. I have had a law practice in Vallejo for 36 years and have been a small-business employer.

My wife is a retired special education teacher and both of my children attended local public schools. Both my law partner, Amy Morton, and I have always lived and paid our taxes in Solano County. One of the supervisors in the current District Attorney’s Office was a law school student of mine (I taught at a local law school for 20 years). I have coached Little League, girls softball and girls and boys soccer.

My partner and I have represented people who have done terrible things, but we have also represented a lot of good people.

The truth is: Don du Bain is not a “proven crime fighter.” That is why the overwhelming majority of police officers support his opponent. He is also not a supporter of victims’ rights, as evidenced by the treatment of victim witness employees in his own office.

I don’t think I gave up my duties as a taxpayer and citizen of this county by being a defense attorney, and those duties trump my role in the courts. Although du Bain’s opponent, Krishna Abrams, and I have rarely seen eye to eye, I believe she is desperately needed by all of the county. That’s why I have given her my support.

Daniel J. Russo


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  • Papers servedMay 29, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    We have a system of jurisprudence that maintains that people are innocent until proven guilty and ensures that everyone is afforded legal representation. The role of a defense attorney is necessary. Defense attorneys work closely with prosecutors on a daily basis. Relationships are often based on mutual respect and trust. That's why du Bain's recent attempts of guilt by association are disgusting given that he actively courted support from defense attorneys. He conveniently left that fact out of his recent campaign flyers. I'd venture to say he's even had drinks with defense attorneys. du Bain's duplicitous behavior is not becoming an elected official. Honesty matters, like Russo I'll be voting for Abrams.

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  • Just sayinMay 30, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    You guys talked her in to running and now are fighting and scratching to "get the job done."! I just wonder why you want your job to be tougher....maybe because the truth is , "you struck a deal"? Am I wrong?

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  • LolMay 30, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    Well you know it's gonna get nasty if defense attorneys are behind it!

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  • Lisa Lewis JavarJune 02, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Respect from your opponent ! That speaks volumes !

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