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