Kade Chandler, another case, in which Mr. Benjamin Okin is co-counsel, is free to be out while the families await justice.
Yet, no case has received kiddy glove treatment like Marci Kitchen, who also has Mr. Benjamin Okin as co-counsel.
Private attorneys and clients who can afford bail are a combination that are misused in the Humboldt Court system, regularly.
I have sent an email to District Attorney Maggie Fleming, asking these two questions. I had tried to follow up on this before.
"1. Why was there no request for her to surrender her passport?
2. Why was she not asked to prove her bail was paid by legal means?"
There are other cases with private attorneys that I have covered that no one else has, like Rick Littlefield who with five DUIs, gets SWAP instead of jail time, stays out of custody while his case is resolved. Another case was Randy Cook, but his case was during Paul Gallegos' administration.
Marci Kitchen has a boyfriend, whose father is Mel Pearlston, a private lawyer with cases in this local court. No other case had a defendant taking multiple trips out of the country, having the gall to ask the County for assistance when she clearly has access to funds, and a case in which the suspect is charged with the death of her own daughter.
I have covered the Bodhi Tree case, the Jason Warren case, the Gary Lee Bullock case (one which I was personally affected by) and many others but Marci Kitchen's case, rightfully has the public outraged and the questions they are asking, have been ones I have informally discussed and thought about for months.
Her defense team delayed her turning herself in; her defense team keeps bringing up basically the same excuse for a continuance, her defense team is creating delays and questions leading to more press. Public comments that this maybe a manipulation tactic for change of venue and that she may change lawyers to further delay the preliminary ( not even at the trial phase yet) are justified concerns by a savvy public.
Deputy DA Stacey Eads has passionately advocated for the victims and families; Judge Christopher Wilson had this case for the first time today and gave defense the warning they needed to hear so my questions for the DA are to Ms. Fleming as she is in charge and the one for Judges to Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrichs who handled this case, previously.
People had more sympathy for Gary Lee Bullock than they do for Marci Kitchen. Why are public concerns being ignored?