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Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Investigating leaks? Wait! When did reporting a crime become a crime?

Posted by David.Hicks on 06/23/2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Longtime Residents Fight to Bring the Blues Back to West Oakland

Gotta love Ronnie Stewart--super guy worth supporting.
David Hicks

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Posted by David.Hicks on 04/23/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “The Turkey Invasion

What? no recipes for wild turkey?

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Posted by David.Hicks on 11/06/2014 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Oakland Is Killing Adoptable Dogs

Just after the Oakland Firestorm, I did a pro-bono case (and when I won the City asked me what I'd settle for for attorney fees, and I said I don't want any fees). In that case, the City agreed to a permanent injunction against itself that provided that no longer would the City have a policeman (sgt.) running the animal shelter--they'd hire civilians for this position, and they'd stop killing animals based on breed (which was illegal anyway)--they'd been labeling, for example, singed loose-running pets of various breeds, as pit bulls. I recall one was an Irish Setter. The name I gave the case when I filed it was "In re Lucky Dog", because one of the dogs with its hair largely burned off had been dubbed "lucky" just because it was still alive. David HIcks 5105952000

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Posted by David Hicks on 10/16/2014 at 10:34 AM

Re: “What's Going on at Oakland Animal Services?

After the firestorm, I took the City to Court over the practice of mislabeling dogs as pitbulls so that they could be euthanized. If I recall correctly, the City agreed to two things: that the Shelter would no longer be run by a police officer as part of the injunction granted by the Court and it would be run by a civilian.

The case name was In Re Lucky Dog.

I waived my attorney fees because I was only after compliance and acting pro bono publico (in the public interest). The defense attorney Charles ___, was a deputy city attorney. The City agreed to end having an OPD officer heading it up, and that a civilian would be selected instead and used thereafter. Did that change back in the night sometime? A woman named Nancy Urdan may still have the papers.

David Hicks, Attorney at law

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Posted by dhcases on 01/03/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Two Bay Area Incidents That Explain Why People Don't Trust Government

The DA's office doesn't have many opportunities to train deputies to prosecute statutes like the Brown Act (Open Meetings Act) and the Fair Political Practices Act as amended in 1974, and because those laws were written by "self-policing" legislators, every out you can imagine can be found there. Only the most brazen and stupid get caught. How do you prosecute secret meetings when they are held in secret? What do you do when a juror is afraid of the repercussions of convicting a police officer or public official?

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Posted by dhcases on 07/11/2013 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Categories We Didn't Think Of: Arts and Culture

What a great public service you do with this!

Posted by dhcases on 06/12/2013 at 10:43 AM

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