Friday, April 28, 2006

Justice Coto de Caza Style


We just had a constructive, and at times very heated, conversation with Orange County’s Deputy District Attorney, Susan Schroeder regarding the tragic accident that occurred March 12, 2006 at the intersection of North Hampton Place and Lexington Way in Coto de Caza, resulting in the death of 75 year-old Morteza Manian, as he was struck by an under-aged hit-and-run driver, eventually arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run and resisting and delaying or obstructing an officer.

Our position in this case to Susan is that justice has not been done – Immediately Susan went on the defensive stating that justice was being done – citing California Rules of Court, Rule 1423. Confidentiality of records (§§ 827, 828 and California Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct, among a litany of other state and national statues. Our response? We know of quite a few attorneys whose behavior seems to violate every single rule contained in the California Bar Association – to which she agreed, that there is a significant number of non-conforming attorneys.

We also informed Susan that certain board sympathizers are placing the blame on the victim, who is unable to defend himself: “Another teen runs down an old man on a bike. The old man is violating the vehicle code, and the teen runs away after the accident. Is that right?” – writes this board supporter. The same person also admits to being new to the community, having little background when it comes to public safety issues, not having read the countless comprehensive security proposals rejected by the Coto de Caza board of directors – yet he is wiling to give the board a pass and condemn the victim!

So our question to Susan is: Given that there are people within Coto de Caza who are blaming the tragedy on the victim, who cannot defend himself, while at the same time, the Orange County DA is not able to say anything about the case – is that justice?

Anyone with information on how to contact Mr. Manian’s family, please send info to :
P.O. Box 154
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

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