John Chiv’s blog at https://johnchiv.blogspot.com/ is of extraordinary value to the successful operation of the legal system in Humboldt County, California in three significant ways: he publishes facts that are not published elsewhere; he makes the community heard; and he provides live coverage.
In the first ever case of the placement of a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) in Humboldt County in August, 2018, John Chiv was the only source of information. As with many legal cases, citizen access to information is challenging and confusing. In the case of SVP Cooley, as in every other legal case in Humoldt Couty, John Chiv was present at all the court events (https://johnchiv.blogspot.
com/2018/06/over-objection-of- district-attorney.html?m=1), took photos of the original charges and posted the case file when no no other outlet did,(https://johnchiv. blogspot.com/2018/06/a- confidential-placement-has- been-found.html?m=1) and immediately responded to inquiries. His coverage is focused, factual and authoritative.
In addition, community voices armed with informative facts can be heard (https://johnchiv.blogspot. com/2018/08/this-is-not-about- freshwater-or-eureka.html).
Finally, at the hearing set for August 23, 2018 at 8:30am for Judge Feeney to consider whether a proposed placement was appropriate for Cooley, John Chiv was present and published three posts including one at the time of the hearing (https://johnchiv.blogspot. com/2018/08/so-many-people- showed-up-to-speak-at.html# more) when the overflow of community presence inspired the judge to relocate the hearing from courtroom #4 to the Board of Supervisors’ Chamber.
Single source of facts, community input and live coverage: these three criteria set John Chiv apart from other court media in Humboldt County and make his blog uniquely valuable.
John Chiv doesn't sugar coat the facts, he just reports them. This has made him unpopular, but a true journalist isn't running a popularity contest."
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An all-time Humboldt Headscratcher.
Schmucky Stunich gets outed for having no permit for concealed carry but has possession of a gun that he allegedly forgot about when he brought it to the courthouse. He didn't obtain a concealed permit when he was supposedly buying a gun from down South?
The DA's office bends over backwards to make sure Stunich pleads out so he can keep his law license. Stunich makes an all-time mistake by publicly proclaiming innocence and feigning some sort of public fight -- for honor? to clear his name? And, in the end, Stunich pleads out when he could have done this months ago without a permanent internet paper trail that every future and potential client can access on Google.
You've done your job, John, when others in the press have been radio silent on Stunich and his legal idiocy.
Elizabeth Alves thanks Chiv for his reports, and hopes the resolution of the Bullock case brings him some measure of peace.