Apr 11, 2017

"Our law firm is reaffirming our commitment to the indigent citizens of Humboldt County and we will keep fighting to obtain a qualified Public Defender."

Mr. Patrik Griego, a private attorney, with the law firm Janssen and Malloy filed a lawsuit against Humboldt County on behalf of Plaintiff Doe, provided this response.

"Our law firm is reaffirming our commitment to the indigent citizens of Humboldt County and we will keep fighting to obtain a qualified Public Defender.  We learned today that Mr. Marcus misrepresented his employment history and that he was actually working as an insurance adjustor in Florida for the three years before his hire.  We also learned that the Public Defender's Office employees reported to the Board that his lack of qualifications is crippling the PD office.  Our community deserves better.  "






Mar 24, 2017

Patrik Griego wins motion against Humboldt County in lawsuit regarding Public Defender





Visiting Judge Dowling granted Mr. Patrik Griego's motion for discovery finding good cause this morning, despite County's objection.

Mr. Griego asked in his motion that the process be expedited to determine whether newly hired Humboldt County Public Defender David Marcus meets the state qualfications required under Government Code 27701.


Allegations have been made against Mr. Marcus that he is unprepared for court and attorneys working under him are concerned about the well being of clients. One of his imost vocal critics has has been Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis, who applied for the job that Mr. Marcus currently holds.

Previous posts:

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2017/02/david-marcus-hired-as-public-defender.html?m=1

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-didnt-any-of-applicants-raise-this.html?m=1

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2017/03/is-humboldt-public-defender-david.html?m=1

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2017/03/whoever-did-david-marcus-background.html?m=1

http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2017/03/not-everyone-sees-issue-with-david.html?m=1

13 comments:

  1. It seems that some lawyers are more committed to their State Bar oaths than some local officials are committed to their oaths to serve the people of Humboldt County. Humboldt County and its cities have demonstrated over and over that almost anyone can be elected to, and serve in public office without solid qualifications or real, continuing commitments to those who elected them.
    Sometimes true professionalism shines through and newspaper interviews which are based on someone else's opinion do not detract from what Mr. Griego is doing. I don't know him, hadn't heard much about him before this but I am proud that someone IS standing up and telling it like it is.
    And I have a question for Mr. Marcus: If you know California Law so well, how is it you thought you were qualified to serve at Public Defender?
    For over 20 years I had to correctly apply the Customs Laws in CFR49 and while there may be room for interpretation there, I don't see any here. I've read that Code. If misusing the law to your own benefit is your take on it, I hope you go back to Florida and do whatever you were doing before.

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  2. Griego is a PIG!!! He represent all the DUI killers out there. He is currently representing Kade Chandler who killed two (over 2 yrs ago) in a DUI where he had alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and opiates in his system. ALSO he is currently representing Marci Kitchen whom ran down her own child and her child's friends while driving drunk....she then leaves them for dead and goes home to hide her Jeep. So ya.....Mr Griego is a PIG!!

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  3. You need to get your facts right. Kade Chandler is being represented by Manny Daskal and Benjamin Okin. Marci Kitchen is being represented by Benjamin Okin and Patrik Griego but initially, it was Mr. Okin speaking on her behalf. While Mr. Griego does represent clients with criminal cases, he also does civil cases; he certainly does not represent nearly as many DUI clients as some other lawyers.

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    1. Thanks for correcting the record Mr. Chiv. Mr. Griego actually represents the victims in the Kade Chandler case and filed a civil case against Mr. Chandler.

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    2. Thank you anon for your comment.

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    3. My sincerest apology and I mean that!! I did have these attorney's mixed up. Mr. Griego please accept my apology and anyone else I may have offended with my wrong info.

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  4. Anonymous needs to chill out. This isn't about cases algready being handled. This is about getting someone qualified to run the PD office and making sure people who can't afford a lawyer get quality representation. Mr. Marcus can't provide that type of quality representation period!

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  5. what we need is layer who will KICK OUT THE ILLEGALS

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  6. Thank you for all you do John. I hope you keep coming to the courthouse. All of the lawyers are happy to see you there keeping them honest. Maybe you will be a lawyer some day and clean this town up.

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    1. I've often wondered if John was preparing to become a lawyer and take over the local legal scene. He would clean up! A very rational man.

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    2. Yes he is amazing... Will you attend a law school soon John Chiv?

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    3. Thanks for the kind words, no such plans, definitely not locally. I do enjoy what I do. We have some great local lawyers.

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    4. If he became a lawyer that would be good... it would be sad to not have his writing. It is a very hard choice to make. I also think he would make a good supervisor.

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