A Tale Of Two Verdicts: Fredriksson & Dillman

One man abused his authority. The other defied authority. One was sentenced to jail.


Actions speak louder than words. Or so it's said.

So let me summarize two recent actions of the Alameda County courts and let you decide what they say about our criminal justice system.

Last week former San Leandro narcotics detective to charges that will allow him to avoid jail in the face of allegations involving  and .

You can read the lurid details by following the links above, but I don't think that's necessary.

Quite simply, Fredrikkson was a sworn officer of the law who abused his authority.

Hold that thought.

Last month, a of interfering with two sheriff's department investigators in the performance of their duties. That verdict followed a trial in which an Alameda County prosecutor proved, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the business owners had been crude, disrespectful and obstreperous.

Again, there's a litany behind that case. Dillman has . He's .

So there's no way to quarrel with the prosecutor who framed the case : "Mr. Dillman is here for one reason and one reason only. Because he has a problem with authority."

So I have posited that Fredriksson abused his authority while stipulating that Dillman defied authority.

How did the system match punishment with crime in each case?

Last week  under which Fredriksson will do 30 days work for the sheriff's department but won't spend nights in jail. He'll serve probation, pay some fines and accept other conditions.

Last month  to four months behind bars in county jail, a decision that is stayed while the defendant appeals.

Both judges work in the Superior Court in Hayward. Perhaps they'll bump in to one another some day and compare notes on these sentences and what they say about the local justice system.

Likewise, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley might want to chat with her deputies on each case: Michael Roemer, who negotiated the Fredriksson plea, and Scott Ford, who prosecuted the Dillman trial. Are we focusing on the right wrongs? What signals are we sending? That sort of thing.

What do you think?

Is there a message in this tale of two verdicts?

Please share your views in the comments below.

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Thomas Clarke May 30, 2012 at 02:29 AM
David, of course we the people are going to pay this guy's pension and benefits. The Union looks out for it own. The issue is that he is not the only dirty cop in San Leandro. I am sure that will raise a ruckus, but one only has to look at the legacy of sexual harassment, racial harassment and outright violence against women and minorities in the SLPD to see the long time, more than fifty years, tradition of racial intolerance and violence within the SLPD and the city itself. Those who deny this are denying the very real history of our community. The long time harassment of Dan Dilmann, his family and his dream are part of the continuing legacy of violent inflexibility on the part of the city and the county. For those of you frothing at the mouth right now, remember who the Blue Meanies were of People's Park fame and the continuing legacy of White's Only in San Leandro. Nothing really has changed, except that the whole system is fixed. To resist is futile without the power of the vote and the gun.
Paul Vargas May 30, 2012 at 02:59 AM
GIve it a break Clarke. You and your race baiting is getting old.
David May 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Thomas Clarke (assuming that's not your real name), why do you live in SL? I usually don't suggest people move, unlike the "liberal" folks who politely and impolitely suggest that I get out of California, but you really seem to despise San Leandro, its residents past and present, and basically everything about it.
Marga Lacabe May 30, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I think Thomas lives in San Lorenzo.
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