Today, John Mayne, a Deputy District Attorney who has served under Birgit Fladager for over a decade, announced that he is also running for District Attorney. Patrick issued the following statement in response: Continue reading “A New Contender”
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As you can see in the article, Ms. Fladager is not particularly happy to have a challenger, and claims that I don’t know much about how her office runs. But she still manages to concede that her office has problems, and seems to agree that my proposed solutions are the right ones, claiming that the office is in the process of rolling out a digital system that allows electronic discovery to criminal defense attorneys.
As a local criminal defense attorney with many friends in the DA’s office, I can say with confidence that her description of this system is… overstated, to say the least. I have never received a single piece of discovery electronically from a Stanislaus County DA, unless you count DVD copies of video recordings. There is no central system for attorneys on either side to electronically access the evidence in a case, and I have repeatedly had situations where the DA handling a case wasn’t sure whether evidence had been given over or not. Even if Ms. Fladager’s dream system is really being built, why did it take her eight years of “leadership” to recognize that there is a problem?
Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with the practice of criminal defense law in Stanislaus County has known for years that there are serious, endemic issues with efficiency and transparency in that office. It is time for someone to come in and fix these problems from the ground-up, someone who isn’t tied to years of mismanagement and mistakes.
Note, also, Ms. Fladager’s admission that her office has been losing attorneys left and right. Of course, she blames this on attorneys leaving for better paying jobs in bigger counties, but that’s provably not true. Later in the campaign, we’ll be providing verifiable data about where attorneys have gone after leaving our District Attorney’s office, which should include income comparisons for those who remained in public service. Stay tuned for that!
In the meantime, welcome, and thank you for your interest in my campaign. We have a very long road ahead of us, and Patrick is looking forward to engaging personally with as many of you as possible. If you would like to have Patrick come to your church, social group, car club, quinceanera, or other group so that he can hear from directly you about what matters most to you and your loved ones in this race, please send him a message on our Facebook page, and we’ll make it happen!
Our first official recognition by the local media happened! Jeff Jardine’s column on the outcome of the Frank Carson case had the following little blurb:
But losing such a case and costing the taxpayers millions of dollars certainly would be ammunition for someone to oppose Fladager is 2018, should she choose to seek a fourth term. Carson will be arraigned April 24 and could refuse to waive time, meaning the case could go to trial within 60 days and possibly be over in time to affect the outcome of an election.
One candidate, Modesto criminal defense attorney Patrick Kolasinski, filed March 31 to run for DA, citing the department’s inefficient management along with the problems it has had with discovery – as has been a problem in the Carson case – and poor morale.
Politicians, including DAs, are elected officials who run on their records to get re-elected. The decisions they make today can be gold mines for their opponents tomorrow.
Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to visit us. I am Patrick Kolasinski, and if you live, work, or play in Stanislaus County, I want to be your next District Attorney. We have a long ways to go before the June 2018 election, but I know that, together, we can win this race and bring an era of accountability, transparency, and security to Stanislaus County!
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