The Vacaville Reporter Endorses Krishna Abrams for District Attorney

The Reporter: Editorial May 18, 2014 -

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Original link: http://www.thereporter.com/editorials/ci_25785784/editorial-vote-krishna-abrams-solano-county-district-attorney

The race for Solano County District Attorney has turned into one of the most hotly contested election campaigns in recent history.

Voters who head to the polls on June 3 have an important decision to make: They can stick with the status quo or they can bring change to an office that increasingly — and justly — finds itself under fire.

The Reporter Editorial Board feels it is time for a change, in order to restore public opinion of, and confidence in, the prosecutor’s office.

For these reasons, The Reporter is endorsing Krishna Abrams for Solano County District Attorney.

This is not a decision made easily or lightly. In some ways, the board was torn on the decision because there are programs created and pushed by the incumbent that are good and worthy efforts and that should continue no matter who wins the post. He deserves recognition and credit in particular for his truancy program, which reaches out to work with schools, law enforcement and parents to get truant students and their parents on the right track. It is, by all accounts, a good program with plenty of supporters and data to show that getting these kids on the straight and narrow now, will help to keep them out of courts and jails later.

With that said, however, the board agreed that truancy efforts alone cannot be the backbone of a District Attorney’s office.

The first and most important role of the District Attorney is to be a tough on crime, collaborator with law enforcement, to get the bad guys off the streets and to keep our community safe. The D.A. is the top law enforcement official in any county. And the bottom line is the 23 to 24 percent felony conviction rate under the current administration is a symptom that this office is falling down when it comes to this most important task.

Yes, the conviction rate is higher when misdemeanor case figures are added in, but it doesn’t take a law degree to know that the really bad guys aren’t charged, tried or locked away from society on misdemeanor charges.

Add to the dismal conviction rates an ongoing battle over non disclosure of documents containing exculpatory evidence in local homicide cases, and you have a recipe for a District Attorney’s office that has lost the public’s confidence and raised questions about its own ethical standards.

When the “gold standard policy” of the current D.A. calls for examining the personnel files of police officers in search of “impeachable evidence” that might be used against them at trial, but condones failing to turn over such evidence on the chief pathologist in a timely manner, one has to think something has gone wrong.

It is time for an overhaul of the prosecutor’s office.

And Deputy District Attorney Krishna Abrams is just the sort of tough, no-nonsense prosecutor to do the job.

Abrams has 18 years of experience as a prosecutor, including 14 locally in which she has taken on some of the toughest cases in the county — many of them homicides — and won.

Her impressive track record was recognized last year by the California District Attorneys Association which presented her with its Outstanding Prosecutor award for rural/medium counties. Each year, the CDAA chooses just two top prosecutors: one for the eight largest counties and one for the remaining 50. Abrams is the first career Solano County prosecutor to earn the award in the 36 years it has been given.

She is a tough, aggressive advocate for victims who has shown a clear understanding of the issues that are important to the people of Solano County and she displays the sort of confidence that will be needed to rebuild trust with local law enforcement and confidence with the public.

On June 3, vote Krishna Abrams for Solano County District Attorney.

 

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Another Reason Integrity Matters

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From the Daily-Republic
Letter to the Editor
Original link: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/opinion/letters-editor/to-set-the-record-straight/
May 15, 2014 - 

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I would like to set the record straight. The two candidates for Solano County district attorney met in the Fairfield City Council chamber to answer questions posed to them by a moderator.

My step-daughter, Danna Dever, and her cold-case murder trial was brought up at this forum. Krishna Abrams, who successfully prosecuted her killer, Lonnie Kerley, stated that she had to fight Donald du Bain to even get the case in front of a jury.

Du Bain tried to refute this by saying that the consensus in the office was that the case was filed prematurely.

On three separate occasions over the past year, du Bain told me himself that he would not have tried this case and that he didn’t want it to go forward, but because of Abrams and how passionate she was about it; he relented. He told me that he felt it was a no-win case due to the fact that it was so old and other than circumstantial evidence there was no real concrete evidence.

For him to now say that he just thought it was filed prematurely seems to be a bit disingenuous on his part.

The fact is that two cold-case detectives worked for almost three years putting together a mountain of evidence against Kerley and Abrams gave voice to Danna from the grave 17 years after she was brutally murdered.

Abrams was honest. She told me from the very beginning that she didn’t know if she could win the case but that she would do everything in her power to see that Danna got justice. After almost a three-month-long case, justice was served when the jury came back with a guilty verdict.

For that, my family and I will always be grateful to Abrams for putting politics and her own win-loss record aside and doing what was right.

Susan Dever

Fairfield

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Solano County Farm Bureau Endorses Abrams for DA

From the Solano County Farm Bureau:
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May 7, 2014 – Solano County Farm Bureau is proud to join the Solano County Deputy Sherriff’s Association and many other local law enforcement agencies in endorsing Krishna Abrams for Solano County District Attorney. We, at Solano County Farm Bureau, believe Krishna Abrams has the character to effectively lead Solano County’s District Attorney’s office in the right direction. Property theft is the largest threat to agricultures viability and Krishna Abrams is committed to prosecuting the career criminals who continue to steal property and peace of mind from our communities. Krishna Abrams has been committed to justice in Solano County for over 13 years, earning herself the 2012-2013 Prosecutor of the Year Award for the State of California. Krishna Abrams has the experience to lead, the commitment to prosecute, and the passion to seek justice for Crime victims. Let’s move county forward and elect Krishna Abrams District Attorney for Solano County.

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SEIU Local 1021 Trusts Abrams to Move Solano Forward

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Joining a growing wave of employee and management organizations, the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 announced their support for Krishna Abrams for Solano County District Attorney. SEUI Local 1021, the local chapter of the fastest-growing union in North America, joins numerous law enforcement and trade organizations in their support of Abrams.

“The SEIU serves as a strong voice for honest dealing and fair play,” said Abrams. “I’m honored to have the endorsement of an organization that represents so many hard working families in Solano County.”

With their endorsement of Abrams, the SEIU joins the following labor and management organizations in their support of her campaign for District Attorney:

• Firefighters Local 1186
• Dixon Firefighters Association
• Benicia Police Officers Association
• Dixon Police Officers Association
• Fairfield Police Officers Association
• Rio Vista Police Officers Association
• Solano County Sheriffs Custody Association
• Solano County Deputy Sheriffs Association
• Solano County Law Enforcement Management Association
• Solano Probation Peace Officer Association
• Suisun City Police Officers Association
• Vacaville Police Management Association
• Central Labor Council
• Operating Engineers Local 3, District 4
• Napa-Solano Building and Construction Trades Council

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Abrams Speaks at Sexual Assault Awareness Month Breakfast

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Krishna was honored to be selected as the speaker at this morning’s breakfast promoting Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Krishna was asked to be the speaker long before her announced District Attorney candidacy, as a result of her years of dedicated and steadfast efforts on behalf of sexual assault victims.

The event, put-on by the SafeQuest Solano organization, was attended by hundreds of people from around the region. Pictured with Krishna Abrams is Lisa Lewis-Javar, Executive Director of Napa-Solano Sexual Assault Response Team/Sexual Assault Nurse examiners.

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Law Enforcement Supports Abrams

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Fairfield, CA – In an unprecedented show of unity, Solano County law enforcement associations held a joint press conference today (April 4th, 2014) where they enthusiastically announced they have endorsed Krishna Abrams for Solano County District Attorney. “We believe that Ms. Abrams is and will be responsive to the needs to the community and when she is elected to office, she will protect the citizens of Solano County by vigorously prosecuting criminals who prey on our citizens.” 

The agencies involved in the joint endorsement include:

  • Benicia Police Officers Association
  • Dixon Police Officers Association
  • Fairfield Police Officers Association
  • Rio Vista Police Officers Association
  • Solano County Sheriffs Custody Association
  • Solano County Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Solano County Law Enforcement Management Association
  • Solano Probation Peace Officer Association
  • Suisun City Police Officers Association
  • Vacaville Police Management Association

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According to law enforcement representatives, the agencies held a candidate forum and listened, “to both candidates and after much thought and consideration a decision was made as to whom to support for the Office of District Attorney.” Making the endorsement even more notable is the fact that several of the agencies withdrew their endorsement of the incumbent in order to endorse Ms. Abrams.

Ms. Abrams was on hand to accept their combined endorsements.  “I’m honored to have the support of the law enforcement community whom I’ve worked alongside in Solano County for fourteen years. They know that when it comes to the office of District Attorney, integrity matters.”

Abrams is a career prosecutor who has worked for the Solano County District Attorney’s office since 2000. In that time she has prosecuted some of the county’s toughest and most serious criminal cases including homicides, sexual assault, child molestation and domestic violence. She is a fierce advocate for victims and in 2013 was awarded the “Outstanding Prosecutor of the State” award.

For more information on the press conference, please contact Solano County DSA President Ken Kramer at (707) 646-1197 or solanodsa.com.

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Abrams for District Attorney Campaign Picking Up Support, Momentum!

In a few short weeks, the Abrams for District Attorney campaign has successfully raised thousands of dollars, received numerous significant endorsements, and attracted legions of new supporters and volunteers.

“I couldn’t be happier with the incredibly strong support I’m receiving,” said Krishna Adams, a 14-year prosecutor in Solano County. “Citizens of Solano County know we must re-establish integrity in the District Attorney’s office.  I’m honored that they trust me to do it.”

Abrams opponent has come under increasing fire for his role in a scandal that has rocked the Solano County criminal justice system (Link to story here).

Abrams, who was recently named “Outstanding Prosecutor of the State”, said it was her deeply-held belief in the rule of law that prompted her to run. “I’ve spent my entire professional life successfully prosecuting some of our County’s most heinous criminals, and I did it by following the rules. The incumbent’s obvious ethical failings have tarnished the good work of law enforcement in our county.”

Solano County Supervisor Skip Thomson was an early supporter of Abrams’ candidacy.

“With her unwavering commitment to justice and to always doing the right thing combined with her unmatched achievements, including being named prosecutor of the year, I’m convinced that Krishna Abrams is the right choice for our County and community,” said Thomson.

Former Solano County Deputy District Attorney and current New Jersey Deputy Attorney General, Darryl K. Richardson, has also come out strong for Abrams.

“Krishna is one of the most dedicated and honest prosecutors I have had the privilege to work with.  She has consistently done the right thing in every case in order to reach the just and fair result. I am proud to call her my friend and urge you to vote for her in this upcoming election.”

For a full list of Krishna’s endorsements, click here.

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Krishna Abrams Boldly Declares Her Run for District Attorney!

Krishna“Abrams addressed supporters on Monday by stating that running against du Bain was a difficult decision, but an outpouring of support from the legal community & public encouraged her to run…Defense Attorneys are questioning our ethics in our office, the public, the community is questioning our ethics in our office, the media and the courts are questioning our ethics in our office,” Abrams said.

 

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