Courts

March 2020

Lawsuit Accuses Humboldt County Judge of Drunkenly Attacking an Attorney, Throwing Him Off a Boat, and Says County Employees Tried to Cover It Up

Humboldt County Superior Court Closed for the Rest of the Week; Limited Hearings to Resume Next Week

22-Year-Old Hoopa Resident Pleads Guilty to 2015 Valley West Stabbing Murder

Eureka Attorney Arrested and Accused of Maintaining a Drug House Gets Arraignment Delay While He Challenges Charges

Four Years Later, Eureka Man Pleads Guilty to Drive-by Shooting Murder

‘No Salvation’: Victim’s Family Reacts as Three of the ‘Manila Five’ Receive Sentences

Teenage Dinsmore Man Who Was Convicted of Murdering Foster Father Given 18 to Life

February 2020

Family Members Ask God to ‘Show No Mercy’ to Convicted Murderer as Judge Sentences Him to Two Life Terms

Actually, Councilmember Kim Bergel and Facebook Activist Cornelius Loewenstein are Going to Try and Work It Out Outside of Court

At Emotional Sentencing Hearing, Local Man Who Crashed Into Humboldt Hill Home, Killing Local Business Owner, Officially Receives 11-Year-Sentence

Councilmember Bergel and Supporters Testify in Petition For Restraining Order Against Nasty Critic

Eureka City Councilwoman Kim Bergel Files for a Restraining Order Against Virulent Facebooker Cornelius Loewenstein

Eureka Mom Accused of Killing Her Son Pleads Not Guilty

Ettersburg Murder Suspect Enters Not Guilty Plea; Also Charged With Assaulting Two Other Men With AK-47

TODAY in COURT: Agreement Could Mean 11 Years for Man Who Fled from and was Shot by EPD; Orick Murder Trial Postponed

TODAY in COURT: Latest on the Rio Dell, Manila, Hikshari Trail Murder Cases; Trial of Accused Eureka Sex Trafficker Delayed

TODAY in COURT: Last Remaining Suspect in Manila Roadside Murder Set for June Trial; NCJ Embezzlement Case Pushed Back to May

Trial of Eureka Man Accused of Sex Trafficking Delayed Due to His Lawyer Being Arrested for Alleged Drugs and Weapons Trafficking

KOBAK GUILTY: Jury Verdict Will Likely Result in Life Sentence for Eureka Man Who Killed His Friend

January 2020

Fields Landing Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Humboldt Hill House Collision, Receives Maximum Sentence

KOBAK TRIAL: After Dramatic Closing Arguments, Jury Weighs Possible Murder, Manslaughter Verdict

KOBAK TRIAL: Both Sides Rest Their Cases; Jurors to Hear Closing Arguments Tomorrow; Suspect’s Degree of Drunkenness a Major Hinge of the Case

KOBAK TRIAL: The Suspect in the Eureka Roommate Murder Case Was Drunk, But Just How Drunk Was He?

KOBAK TRIAL: Eureka Murder Suspect Has Trouble Remembering Details of the Day He Shot His Friend

KOBAK TRIAL: Character Witnesses Testify to the Sweet Character of the Defendant, Who Says He Remembers Almost Nothing From the Night of the Killing

KOBAK TRIAL, DAY THREE: Expert Details Victim’s Eight Bullet Wounds

KOBAK TRIAL, DAY TWO: Victim and Suspect Shared Boozy Days, Laughs and Violent Text Messages

19-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to 2017 Rural Humboldt Murder, Will Get 18 Years to Life

Christie Retrial on Felony Animal Cruelty Charges Pushed Back to May; Defense Anticipates Filing Motion to Dismiss

Eureka Roommate Murder Trial Opens; Victim Shot Eight Times Following Day of Drinking and an Unrepeatable Insult, Say Lawyers

Suspects in ‘Manila Five’ Killing Agree to Plea Deals; Shooter to Receive 27-Year-Sentence; One Man Will Still Face Trial

Attorneys Ready for Trial in 2016 Manila Roadside Murder Case

December 2019

Jeffry Tsarnas Must Stand Trial for Fleeing the Scene after Fernbridge Hit-and-Run Incident

RETRIAL: Following Hung Jury, Rancher Ray Christie Will be Retried on Four Felony Counts in February, Prosecutor Says

Fortuna Teenager Held to Answer on Terrorism Charges; Officer Testifies Suspect Kept Journals Referencing Mass Shootings

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Hung Jury Declared After One Juror Out of 12 Declines to Convict Accused Rancher

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Judge Dismisses Apparently Rogue Juror; Deliberations to Start All Over Again With Alternate

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Jurors Scheduled to Return to Deliberations Tomorrow Morning

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Misconduct or Mistrial? One Juror Refuses to Deliberate or Follow the Law, Other Members Tell Judge; Unknown Whether a Mistrial Will be Declared or Possible Rogue Juror Replaced

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Day Six of Jury Deliberations, Still No Verdict

TODAY in COURT: McKinleyville Man Receives Attempted Murder Sentence; Manila Murder Trial Set on Third Anniversary of Victim’s Death

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Day Five of Jury Deliberations Pass With No Verdict; Prosecutors Sick

McKinleyville Man Who Stabbed His Grandpa and Killed a Dog Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Still No Verdict in Local Rancher Animal Cruelty Case! Jury Asks to Re-Hear Veterinarian Testimony

Rita’s Mexican Restaurant Owners Plead Not Guilty to Workers’ Compensation Charges

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Jurors Deliberate All Day For Third Day in a Row, Ask Questions of Judge, Still Can’t Reach Verdict

Juror Replaced in Christie Trial; Deliberation to Continue Into Next Week

CHRISTIE TRIAL: After the Defense’s Two-Hour Closing Argument, the Case is in the Hands of the Jury

CHRISTIE TRIAL: In Closing Arguments, Prosecutor Implores Jury to Hold Defendant Accountable for ‘Grossly Inadequate’ Management of Ranches

November 2019

CHRISTIE TRIAL: After Showing Jurors Some Drone Footage, the Defense Rests its Case


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