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Retired judge selected to serve as county's interim DA

Original post made on Sep 13, 2017

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint recently retired Superior Court Judge Diana Becton to serve as interim district attorney, making her the first woman and first African-American to hold the position in the county.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6:28 PM

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Posted by Dan Ville
a resident of Danville
on Sep 13, 2017 at 9:36 am

She never worked as a prosecutor, never even practiced criminal law; she was caught actually plagiarizing major parts of her application for this job and had to admit plagiarizing the application; the union of district attorneys gave her vote of no confidence and endorsed a long time veteran prosecutor for the job; the County Sheriff actually showed up at the hearing and said appointing her would be an insult to law enforcement; As a Judge she was so biased and impartial that she was routinely 170.6 challenged for being prejudiced and biased to the point she could not be a fair Judge; Her entire "theme" for wanting to be DA is what she describes as "social justice" and wanting to drop felony charges the police recommend down to misdemeanors so criminals get out of jail quicker; She used her "community activism" connections to pack the chambers at the hearing with "anti-police" demonstrators demanding she be appointed as she is African-American and a woman.

Double lock your doors, Contra Costa County residents, as the Joker is now running Gotham City, and the crime spikes are coming your way.


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Posted by Dan Davis
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2017 at 7:40 am

Comments are obviously biased but beyond that does anyone know how accurate they are?

Plagiarizing her application has already been reported, and should be enough to disqualify her, but I'm wondering about the other charges.

Supervisors never spoke out regarding Peterson when he committed a felony and now they let activists intimidate them into what appears to be a poor appointment. Very disappointing.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2017 at 10:27 am

Rick is a registered user.

Judge Becton’s appointment is a small, but not insignificant, example of manifestly poor governance consistent with the 25-year tradition of CA government leaders – at every level of government – easily qualifying the State as one of the 3 or 4 worst run states in the Union. The CoCoCo Comm’s had 12 candidates, 9 of whom had prosecutorial experience, 4 of whom here in CoCoCo. Judge Becton’s qualifications and character (to wit: admitted DA application plagiarism; per Dan Ville, above, 170.6 violations, which, in proximate English: from CA Code Of Civil Procedure section (a) (1), (in relevant part), “… A judge, … shall not try a civil or criminal action or special proceeding of any kind …that the judge …is prejudiced against a party or attorney or the interest of a party or attorney appearing in the action or proceeding.”) appear, even to casual observer, to be limited to non-existent. Consistent with the SJW mentality and intellectual poverty of CA’s dominant political class, Judge Becton is now Acting CoCoCo DA! Please remember: Being Politically Correct means always having to say you're sorry. Welcome to CoCoCo and CA politics.


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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Sep 15, 2017 at 2:26 pm

I don't know much about Judge Becton, but just want to clarify the bit about CCP 170.6: any party has a right to a new judge (if timely asserted). There is no finding that a judge is biased or unfit to serve. Plenty of times parties will "paper" a judge under this section because they think they could get a more favorable draw.


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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Sep 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

The article talked about Judge Beaton bringing a new "perspective" to the DA's office. The only perspective I really care about for the DA's office is that they prosecute cases in accordance with the law, and with honesty.

From some of the other posts, I have concerns about lack of prosecutorial experience, as well as what MAY be indications of Becton being soft on crime. Lord protect us from activist DA's..... At least the remainder of the term is only a year plus a few months away.


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