Oct 6, 2015

DDA Whitney Barnes wins her first jury trial against the same attorney she lost against

Deputy District Attorney, Whitney Barnes, who was hired by DA Maggie Fleming at the beginning of this year won today's trial against the very attorney she lost the first jury trial to, Mr. Marek Reavis. That first trial was a domestic violence case.

She now joins this year's newly hired colleagues, DDA Trent Timm and DDA David Christensen who also won their first jury trials.

Davidsen was represented by Mr. Reavis who is with the Conflict Counsel's office.

Press Release:

On October 6, 2015, the jury found 43-year-old Amber Rachelle Davidsen guilty of illegal possession of a weapon, and battery - both misdemeanors. The defendant was found not guilty of misdemeanor assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.

The case arose from an incident in King Salmon on February 22, 2015 when, during an argument, the defendant hit her neighbor in the head with an expandable baton and then pepper sprayed her. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call for service and arrested the defendant after investigating the incident.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Whitney Barnes, with assistance from District Attorney Investigator John Burke. Judge John Feeney presided over the three-and-a-half-day trial. The defendant was sentenced to four days in jail, three years of probation, and ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim in the case.


  1. Was that 4 days "time served"? Nomally, if you get arrested and spend any time in jail, and then get convicted, the judge will sentence you to the jail time you already served. I'm not sure why. Perhaps to justify keeping you there in the first place. But, I ask the question because as you can imagine there is a vast difference between 4 days time served and 4 days to be served in the future.

  2. I can check on it tomorrow, today was a tad busy. Are you going to comment on the posts for rally for medical marijuana bills and the draft of the medical marijuana land use ordinance?