We’re finally rid of the corrupt practices of former district attorney, Jon Alexander,
(disbarred by the California State Bar), former supervisor, Martha McClure, (Google
L.A. Times, article by Steve Lopez in March 2018), and former appointed judge
Doehle. Chris Doehle is a good attorney. Unfortunately she was a terrible judge for reasons I will detail in my next article. Additionally, two corrupt sheriff’s officers were forced to quit a few years back. And it looks like we’ll soon be rid of the drastically corrupt practices of Judges Schafer and Follett.
Perhaps the days of good ol’ boy corruption being protected at the judicial level are finally coming to an end. Now we have Judge Darren McElfresh, a judge who insists the law must be followed; something that almost seems novel in our local court. Del Norte County is finally becoming less like an isolated island where corrupt judges rule the county.
In January 2019, Robert Cochran will be sworn in as our new judge. Bob reports he enjoys good health and fully expects to fulfill his six-year term.
Since Mr. Cochran is the former partner of the corrupt Judge Schafer and Judge Follett, I had concerns. Typically, a person who chooses to start a new career at his age usually does so for one of two reasons: either because he wants to give back to the community that made him so successful, or because he intends to step into the shoes of corruption.
So I contacted Mr. Cochran directly and asked him whether he will be able and willing, when necessary, to set aside any corrupt or illegal ruling made by another judge. I’m pleased to report Mr. Cochran has promised he will follow the law. To quote Mr. Cochran, “I can assure you, as a general proposition, I will follow the law, and in particular any ruling made by the
appellate court regarding any case.”
In addition Mr. Cochran will be swearing an oath of his obligations as judge.
If Mr. Cochran is a man of his word, we will finally be rid of the judicial
corruption that has plagued our local court for so long.
I predicted a ploy in one of my previous reports. Corrupt judges often groom
replacements to help keep their tracks covered. I believe this was the circumstance with the former judge Doehle for reasons I will detail in my next article.
Also, a simple ploy could be that Mr. Cochran would work a month or two, retire for health reasons and Follett would be right back in as a retired judge.
I’ll be delighted to have Bob Cochran prove me wrong.