Posted by Administrator at 18 February 2010
The most recent arrests of former San Bernardino County Assessor William “Bill” Postmus and former Chief of Staff to Supervisor Neil Derry, James Erwin, highlights yet again the disparity in treatment by San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos when compared with other jurisdictions. Ramos clearly is attempting to “punish” those who are political adversaries upfront as he knows the cases against them are weak and convictions are unlikely.
Take a look at the difference between the Postmus/Erwin case and the case of the four San Jacinto City Councilmen who were recently indicted in Riverside County. The disparity is glaring.
But there is one more factor to consider and that is of the judges who approve the high bails where clearly there is no justification to do so. Mike Ramos has supported the judges in their attempt to keep the $20,000 benefits package paid to them by the county that Supervisor Neil Derry has tried to end. Is Ramos receiving fruits from his other political maneuvering?
San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos:
William Postmus: Charged with 16 felonies, 1 misdemeanor, bail set at $350,000, arrested and booked twice
James Erwin: Charged with 19 felonies, bail set at $600,000, arrested and booked twice
Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco:
James William Ayres: Indicted on 148 counts, 51 felonies, 97 misdemeanors, bail set at $25,000, allowed to surrender to post bond without arrest
John Richard Mansperger: Indicted on 136 counts, 40 felonies, 96 misdemeanors, bail set at $25,000, allowed to surrender to post bond without arrest
Jimmie Dale Stubblefield, Jr.: Indicted on 135 counts, 39 felonies, 96 misdemeanors, bail set at $25,000, allowed to surrender to post bond without arrest
James Walter Potts: Indicted on 89 counts, 25 felonies, 64 misdemeanors, bail set at $25,000, allowed to surrender to post bond without arrest
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