Krishna Abrams for Solano County District Attorney
by: Douglas N. Keener, Retired Chief Deputy District Attorney
I have lived in Vallejo for over forty years and I am concerned about prosecution of crime in our community. With over 34 years of law enforcement experience and as a retired Chief Deputy District Attorney for Solano County, I have been carefully following the race for DA. We need a change. I know both candidates and their work ethic. I am convinced that Krishna Abrams' work ethic and prosecutorial experience makes her the best candidate for the position. It is time to elect a real prosecutor as the Solano County District Attorney. Krishna Abrams is that person.
"Accomplishments"? - The incumbent reminds
me of the Roman Emperor Nero, fiddling away while Rome burned. During his term, violent crime has continued
to climb throughout the County. In the
past six weeks alone, there have been over 30 shootings, with two more in
Vallejo yesterday. Yet, based on his campaign
mailers, his accomplishments are:
Court (128 parents, is that 64 students?…a mere drop in the bucket versus the
total of all truants in Solano County)
Family Justice Center (200 in one mailer, 400 in another mailer of persons served... again a mere drop in the bucket versus the annual number of crime victims)
Real Estate Fraud (no cases listed).
happened in violent crime cases? No
mention about his prosecution of these cases was made in any of his mailers.
Felony Convictions - The incumbent tells
us “actions speak louder than words". Yet, he repeatedly refuses to
address his abysmal conviction rate, his outrageously high rate of plea
bargaining and his outright dismissal of felony cases. The most recent official state report from
the Judicial Council of California states
Solano Contra Costa Yolo
Felony Conviction Rate 24% 73% 72%
Felony Plea Bargain/Dismissal
Rate 68% 24% 27%
the incumbent believes that bragging about an unknown number of real estate
fraud cases will divert voters’ attention from the explosion of violent crime
in Solano County. You live here in
Solano County. You probably know a
victim of crime here. Do you even know of
a victim of Real Estate Fraud? You are
certainly aware of the escalating crime rate.
Are these your priorities for the county’s chief law enforcement
official? His priorities are definitely
not ours. Do you feel safer with the
incumbent as your District Attorney?
Mishandling of Evidence - A District Attorney
has a legal obligation to disclose all evidence to the defense and the
courts. In multiple homicide cases this
obligation was ignored by the incumbent.
The incumbent’s self proclaimed “gold standard” policy on discovery has
been severely tarnished by both his and his staff’s willful violations of law.
This so-called gold standard has caused one Superior Court Judge to state
"policy has no value when prosecution’s deeds do not match its words"
and most damning, "If this is the gold standard then God help us all,” the
Judge was quoted as saying.
Failure to Address
- The incumbent has failed in the following areas, as well:
Act (Open Meeting Law) Violations and Training for Public Agencies - Ignored
Cold Case Homicide Unit - Eliminated
Investigative Unit - Drastically Reduced
Shootings - It is the direct duty of
the elected DA to thoroughly review each and every officer involved incident in
a timely manner. An officer who is required to use deadly force deserves the
personal, individual and prompt attention of the elected DA. The victim and the
family deserve this personal review, as well as the community, in a timely
manner. Until the incumbent came into office this was the practice. Under the
incumbent the responsibility is passed off to staff and, in many instances,
more than a year has passed without resolution.
Victims' Rights - The incumbent says he
is “a strong leader in his support of victims’ rights” and touts the Family
Justice Center having served 200 people. The District Attorney’s in-house Victim Assistance
Unit, which has provided direct services to tens of thousands of crime victims
since the early 1980s, has been virtually ignored by the incumbent. Perhaps this is why every member of the DA’s
Victim Assistance Unit and every local victims' group is endorsing Krishna
Lack of Appropriate
Experience - The DA should be someone who has prosecuted
the most serious cases and who knows the law and the rules of evidence. The incumbent has never tried a murder case. Solano County deserves a District Attorney
with real prosecution experience. Krishna Abrams has tried 20 of Solano
County's most complex murder cases over the past few years.
Inability to Understand
Duties of District Attorney - The incumbent asserts that he is “committed
to ensuring every child receives his or her legal right to an education.” Is he running for school board? The District Attorney has no jurisdiction to
ensure education rights. That is the
responsibility of local school officials and is enforced by the California
Attorney General. Perhaps the incumbent
is again trying to mislead voters by talking about a few truancy cases but telling
us nothing about what he has done to address the hundreds of juvenile crimes
that occur in Solano County each year.
Lack of Law Enforcement
- The DA should be a leader among law enforcement officers, respectful of their
work and responsive to their needs. With
the incumbent’s record of “accomplishments,” it should be no surprise to anyone
that every local law enforcement group that gave an endorsement in this election
is supporting Krishna Abrams. The incumbent
has NO backing from rank and
file law enforcement.
Seeking to retain a
- It seems that the incumbent is desperate to keep the title. As of today, the incumbent has poured $400,000
of his own money into his campaign. Why
would a candidate personally pay over twice the annual salary of the
position to be re-elected? It is
apparent to me that he enjoys the trappings of the office, but not the day to
day responsibilities of the position.
Need for Change - Those of us who
support Krishna Abrams believe that the DA should be a leader in the justice
system, setting the example of fairness and justice for all. The DA should be a leader in the community
and a strong advocate and voice for victims, focusing efforts on prosecuting
the most serious and repeat offenders, putting them in prison for as long as
possible, and making it clear to criminals that violent crime will not be
tolerated in Solano County. The
incumbent's conviction, dismissal and plea bargaining rates speak for
incumbent’s lack of honesty, credibility, and integrity, along with his
repeated dereliction in the performance of his duties as the chief law
enforcement official in the county, all show that his actions do, indeed, speak
louder than his words. He has had enough
time to demonstrate any abilities and accomplishments, but instead we see only
misdirected efforts and persistent failures.
We can't afford another four years under this incumbent.
Please go to abrams4da.com to see an exhaustive list of local law enforcement and fellow citizens who support her. As a resident of Vallejo since 1972 and active member of the community, I wholeheartedly support Krishna Abrams for District Attorney, and encourage all citizens of Solano County to join me in voting for KRISHNA ABRAMS.