Alameda County DA Pamela Price Believes a Man's Life Is Worth … Five Years, Tops

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On April 11, here at RedState we detailed the San Francisco Bay Area Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community’s frustration with progressive Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price’s unwillingness to specify charges against three suspected gang members accused of murdering toddler Jasper Wu. Wu’s death occurred on an Oakland freeway in November 2021 when crossfire between rival gangs hit the car he was riding in with his parents. As it turns out, this is hardly Price’s sole ongoing controversy.

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In Price’s fashion of avoiding the media while using unchallenged social media channels to promulgate her views, on April 5, she released this curious YouTube video.

The time for a change in the justice system is now. My team and I are working hard and are committed to making sure that the process is fair and that the public is kept safe.

I have been in office now for a few months, and I wanted to catch my breath and talk to you about what we have been working on. It has taken a while to get situated. To be perfectly frank, it hasn’t been easy to make changes in this office. We have spent quite some time establishing new clear lines of management accountability and communication. I have already made some policy and protocol changes, and I will keep you updated as we go along.

In the meantime, there are a lot of rumors buzzing through this community, much of it simply not true. Some people, including reporters, are saying things that are not based on facts. I will always be straight with you. But, I also have to let you know there are some details about cases that I just can’t talk about publicly because they are open cases that are still being prosecuted — for example, the case involving Delonzo Logwood and two other young men. I can’t talk about the evidence in that case, but I want you to know that we have reviewed the case extensively to make sure that it can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s what we are committed to do with every case. It is against a prosecutor’s ethics to try a case in the public as some reporters are demanding that I do. I will provide more details about that case at the proper time.

I can say that Judge Mark McCannon overstepped his boundaries as a judicial officer and has created a firestorm of prejudicial comments that do not in my view serve justice. The judge is supposed to be an impartial referee managing cases that come before him. Because of Judge McCannon’s inappropriate comments and conduct on two separate occasions, my office will file a motion to disqualify him from hearing any criminal cases being prosecuted by our office.

Thank you for your trust in me. I am honored and humbled that our community has shown its support for justice with compassion and for what my team is doing to honor that. Thank you.

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And what, pray tell, did Judge McCannon do to raise Price’s wrath? Feel up a clerk? Be spotted at 3 AM hanging off a light post in downtown Oakland singing “I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen?” Wear a MAGA hat to work? No, none of these. The man had the unmitigated gall to reject a plea bargain proposed by the DA’s office regarding the aforementioned Delonzo Logwood.

Some background, courtesy of the (San Jose, California) Mercury News:

Logwood was charged alongside 30-year-old Dijon Holifield with five homicides between the two of them in a span of 45 days in the summer of 2008. Holifield, who was 17 at the time, was ultimately prosecuted in juvenile court, records show.

The original charges included enhancements alleging that the killings were committed to further the interests of the West Oakland-based gang known as Ghost Town and that both men belonged to a subset of Ghost Town known as the P-Team. Prosecutors also connected the pair to a number of other violent crimes, including the nonfatal shooting of a potential witness and a series of armed carjackings.

Washington was gunned down on June 30, 2008, near his mother’s home on the 8000 block of MacArthur Boulevard. One of two suspects yelled “get him” before the gunmen shot Washington in the back and buttocks. Three weeks after the day of his death, he’d been scheduled to testify against Logwood’s half-brother in an unrelated shooting case.

Ford was killed the very next day while in a car at a gas station on 35th Avenue and Quigley Street in Oakland. Authorities called it a murder-for-hire case that Logwood and Holifield both accepted money for and alleged that Logwood shot Ford while Holifield was a lookout man.

Carter was shot and killed July 31, 2008, in the 2000 block of MacArthur Boulevard during an attempted carjacking.

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For this, the DA proposed … Logwood plead no contest to one count of voluntary manslaughter, bringing a sentence of 15 years. The deal would include the seven years Logwood has already spent in state prison while awaiting trial, meaning he’d walk away a free man in eight years. After murdering three people.

Judge McCannon considered, then rejected the deal, thus bringing on Price’s temper tantrum. McCannon also has rejected requests by both the prosecution and defense to remove himself from the case. It warrants mention that the defense had agreed to the DA’s proposed plea bargain.

So, if you are wondering what a human life in the East Bay is worth, now you know. It’s five years. But fear not — Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price is totally committed to keeping the public safe! Well, unless you’re already dead, in which case your family and friends need to stop whining and suck it up. Because compassion, or something.

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