EL DORADO DA LOSES “SHOW TRIAL” - JURY CLEARS DELLINGER IN JUST 47 MINUTES
Placerville, Calif. – After just 47 minutes, an El Dorado County jury pronounced Dan Dellinger, a government relations and political consultant often on opposite political sides of the District Attorney, not guilty on all charges in a unanimous 12-0 vindication vote late Thursday. By clearing Dellinger and media consultant Cris Alarcon of any wrongdoing in connection with Dellinger’s consulting company work assisting the financially stressed Pioneer Fire Protection District pass a parcel tax known as Measure F back in 2011, the jury of seven men and five women handed El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson his second major defeat in as many weeks in what most observers now see as Pierson’s Soviet-style show trials for self-aggrandizing publicity or simply attempted political lynching of effective opponents.
“I don’t understand why this action was brought against Dan in the first place,” pondered Ripley Howe, the PFPD board secretary who testified during the trial, “our District did everything we could to follow the rules, Mr. Dellinger did everything he could to follow the rules, and the jury agreed that we did nothing wrong.”
“I want to thank everyone who helped me after I could no longer afford legal representation and had to become my own attorney and spend countless hours at our county law library,” declared a grateful Dellinger, “and I want to especially thank the brilliant Bob Laurie who represented me early on and the extraordinary Anthony Palik, the generous attorney I met at the law library who represented me for free at the end.”
Dellinger had been accused of expending public money and public resources for express advocacy, receiving or granting a gift of public funds, and engaging in unfair business practices. In November 2011, the PFPD’s Measure F passed with a nearly 80 percent approval vote.
Dellinger has a long history of political clashes with El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and his political ally, County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn, including helping elect County Supervisor Ray Nutting and County Sheriff John D’Agostini over Pierson and Harn’s strongly backed candidates. Nutting was cleared by a jury during the previous week of felony conflict-of-interest charges brought by District Attorney Vern Pierson.