[Nfbc-info] Wheels of Justice
braillewoman at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 3 17:31:59 CDT 2009
I sent an email to the District Attorney expressing my strong feelings
regarding prosecuting low lives such as Mr. Web. I got a form email back
letting me know the website to follow the trial. Unfortunately, I deleted
that email. I, myself, have been a victim of a violent crime, when I lived
in LA. If there is anything that I can do for Diane or to permanently put
Mr. Web behind bars, let me know.
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Behalf Of Bryan Bashin
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2009 1:22 PM
To: NFBC Info at NFBNet
Subject: [Nfbc-info] Wheels of Justice
Just an update on the prosecution of Joseph Webb, Diane Starin's
attacker. Our efforts to raise the profile of this case are paying
off. Today I recieved a call from a senior prosecutor at the
Sacramento County District Attorney's office. He told me that he had
selected a prosecutor in this case who was an office expert in
prosecuting abuse of so-called vulnerable populations, which includes
people with disabilities. Though we may cringe a bit at the
nomenclature, this is good news, because it means that the DA will do
the hard work necessary to present to the court a case which would
include very stiff penalties indeed.
The prosecutor also told me that although the entire criminal history
of Joseph Webb is not yet in the public record, it wouldn't surprise
him if Mr. Webb decided to use as a defense his own disabilities and
possibly substance abuse as well.
On another note, the identity of the good Samaritan who followed the
attacker and helped get him arrested is not yet public, but the
prosecutor told me that usually when this information is presented at
trial we'll be in a position to contact him and perhaps offer a
thank-you. I can imagine presenting him with an award or resolution
at our convention, but my sense is that the trial, and hence his
identity, won't emerge for many many months. The prosecutor also
told me that District Attorney Jan Scully herself has an annual
heroes award ceremony and that after the trial it's possible he'll
submit this man's name to be considered for it.
I'll keep everyone posted.
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