Where, exactly, does the candidate for El Dorado district attorney live?
ROCKLIN, CA - A candidate for El Dorado County district attorney contacted at his Placer County townhouse insists he only stays there on weekends to spend time with his 7-year-old son.
"I live in Placerville," insisted Judson Henry, 52, a bankruptcy attorney who filed papers March 9 to unseat District Attorney Vern Pierson, who has not faced opposition before.
On his declaration of candidacy form, Henry listed a home address at 6556 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, a house owned by political consultant Cristofer Alarcon and shared by Alarcon's wife, ...
Placerville bail bondsman and political activist Chuck Holland assigned two private investigators to track Henry's movements and plans to file a lawsuit in El Dorado County Superior Court to have him disqualified from the June ballot because of the residency issue...
Editor's Note: The above story contains many known factual errors but more to the point, My response to Chuck Holland:
It is time for a new DA. This county needs certainty and consistency in prosecuting crimes, not fear-mongering platitudes.
How interesting that the DA is so concerned about having competition for office. Trying to sue someone to keep them off the ballot.
Is that the best defense that Chuck has to offer to counter claims that our DA uses his office for political purposes? That Judson Henry should not be able to be on the ballot dispossessing the voters of even a choice. How autocratic is that?
What is wrong with our DA? Let's start with having a challenger for office.
Vern should be secure in his position if he believes he has been doing a good job. If he were so, he could welcome competition to the race and acknowledge its importance to Democracy. But he takes the other approach. He looks down on regular folks and attacks Judson Henry for even having the nerve to run and then goes into normal Vern mode and attacks and threatens his opponents. As usual, our DA is expressing his feeling of patronizing superiority. Vern is missing the point that the public wants fair and equal justice, not more or less justice depending on Vern's personal political motives that are unrelated to justice.
Chuck makes his living from crime and corruption. He makes money bailing people out of jail. An integral part of the justice system, but certainly not the high-minded part that concerns itself with fairness and justice. Here we see Chuck doing his best for his buddy Vern. But no one will accuse him of being objective.
Judson does live at one of my homes. If Chuck's so-called "investigators" have never seen Judson's car at my home, I don't understand that. I see it there in the morning 4-5 times a week. I have a different schedule than Judson but I do look to see if it is there, for obvious reasons. In fact, I stopped writing this post to go look. It is there, but I don't see any investigators around.
And if Chuck wants to make a big deal about a man living estranged from his wife, but one that does see his son as often as possible, then shame on Chuck. Husbands and wives do get separated these days. When a couple is separated and a man is no longer living with his wife then he is obviously living somewhere else. The fact that he was no longer living with his wife is why he moved his office from Roseville to Shingle Springs many months ago. But that is Judson's personal business and I have already said more than I should have.
All subterfuge aside, Vern's fear is that every vote that Judson gets will really be a vote AGAINST Vern. In what should be a cake walk for the sitting DA, it looks like the fact that the public is being given a referendum on Vern's job performance has the DA and his friends running scared.