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Judge Scott Steffen bails on DA jury tampering

According to jurors in the A.J. bail bonds case, Dist. Atty. Dave Harris and DA investigator Steve Jacobson interviewed them outside the courtroom before they went into deliberations.

Judge Scott Steffen stated that he was obligated to do something about the corruption of his jury but was seeking “legal advice” on what should be done.

On Friday, February 27, a hearing was scheduled to hear the complaint against the Dist. Atty. and what course of action had been decided by Steffen.

Dist. Atty. Dave Harris was represented by County Counsel, but the judge had already decided that he was removing himself from the case.

Steffen sent the case to Judge Silviera, who then sent the case to Judge McFadden.

Back room decisions have been made. Perhaps the legal advice that was being sought by Judge Steffen was to remove  himself  from the case. Who is advising the other judges on what to do about the misconduct in the District Attorney’s Office.

All this was done without any paperwork and leaves the judicial system with an obligation to inform attorney Frank Carson about what is going to be done about his revelation of the jury tampering .

At the very least,  Judge Steffen should reveal what legal advice he has received other than he might be a witness.

Judge Steffens jury had not been released to go into deliberations when jury members reported to the court bailiff the actions of the District Attorney’s Office and in particular those of investigator Steve Jacobson.

Nine days after the jury’s decision to completely exonerate AJ Pontillo the courtroom bailiff  was fired by Sheriff Adam Christianson, she had served the County for 16 years.

Christianson was a witness at the trial, On the way out he paused and saluted the bailiff that he fired after the trial.