Sunday, 19 May 2024

Brown: Still no on Farrington

When I wrote a letter recently to allow the voting public to get a good look at the real Anthony Farrington, candidate for Lake County district attorney, I had no idea at the time of just how low he would be willing to go in order to satisfy his insatiable appetite for political office.

When I read Farrington’s response, my first thought was that this isn’t a letter, but a menu. The special of the day is red herring with a side order of Farrington word salad.

He blathers on about things that are meaningless and tries even harder to make his civil law practice sound like it somehow qualifies him for DA.

He still hasn’t accepted my challenge and provided a list of the criminal trials that he has completed through jury verdict. Getting a plea bargain in a drunk in public case, as he proudly lists, is not a qualification for district attorney.

He speaks of the irony of someone in my profession being concerned with the outcome of an election that would have a substantial impact on public safety.

Someone with any level of criminal experience at all would understand the importance of the bail industry in guaranteeing that defendants are held accountable to show up for their court proceedings.

Apparently this very important element of the criminal justice system has been lost upon Anthony Farrington, a family law attorney. Maybe they didn’t cover that in his online law school.

Farrington has demonstrated a new low in seeking an office that should never be made political by either candidate.

I admire District Attorney Susan Krones for the reasons that she is not politically motivated and she has made a conscious decision to commit her entire adult life to public safety as opposed to her opponent who dances around for political and financial gain.

No amount of threats or frivolous lawsuits from Farrington will prevent me from sharing my concern regarding the safety of Lake County. Do not be fooled by his misuse of words like “prosecute” and “quasi-criminal.” Only the district attorney or her deputies are able to prosecute criminal cases. Anyone with even a bare minimum level of criminal law experience would know better.

Again I issue my challenge to Farrington to provide a list of criminal cases that he has taken to jury trial and seen through to a verdict. It shouldn’t take long.

Rob Brown is a retired Lake County supervisor. He lives in Kelseyville, California.

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