Assembly Candidate Accused of Domestic Violence 

An ex-girlfriend of AC Transit board member Joel Young says he hit her repeatedly. But Young says she attacked him. A judge, meanwhile, expresses doubts about both their stories.

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Despite temporary restraining orders granted by the court earlier this year against both Young and Juarez, Juarez claimed that he continued to harass her. She said Young sent her a March 24 text message saying, "I assume that U are upset...But I want to let u know that I'm sorry." An e-mail July 22 from Juarez to her new attorney stated, "JY runs around the lake right next to my house all the time. I have seen him repeatedly but have not wanted to call the cops because it is rather hard to prove he ran in front of my house. I hope we can agree to a settlement."

Four days later, she crossed paths with Young in a public space in Oakland, according to her and a police report made by Young. Young alleged that Juarez had violated the temporary restraining order against her, but Juarez contended that his actions were more menacing. "Upon seeing Joel Young," she wrote, "I went in the opposite direction. As soon as I turned around, Young came towards me and began to run ... he followed me." In addition, she alleged that Young sent "sadistic death threats" by way of placing movie titles featuring films with themes centering on the killing of a loved one in her Netflix queue that they once shared.

In his rebuttal, Young described Juarez as volatile and prone to violence and pique, but he detailed only one argument occurring in January in which he said she slammed a ceramic bowl into the garbage. Young said the ferocity of her anger that night compelled him to retreat to his bedroom, lock the door, and stay in the room away from Juarez until the next morning.

Lawyers for Young also argued that the woman's statements regarding the chain of events during the alleged incident are inconsistent. For instance, they said, she appeared to reference just one attack in her conversation with the physician's assistant on March 9, but later claimed that Young had attacked her twice. The inconsistencies did not go unnoticed by Judge Jacobsen. According to a court transcript, he said at one hearing: "I've reached the conclusion that she has significant credibility issues."

But the judge also had trouble believing the state Assembly candidate. "Mr. Young is saying he didn't touch, hit, shake, or do anything other than to push her on the body until she calmed down," the judge said, according to a court transcript. "There clearly was a lot more than that, okay."

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