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Judge: Consider restorative justice in Efren Carrillo case


State prosecutors and a lawyer for Supervisor Efren Carrillo remain far apart in settlement negotiations to resolve his seven-month-old misdemeanor peeking case.

Judge Arnold Rosenfield met privately with both sides Wednesday and said they appeared to be nowhere near agreement on the appropriate resolution for the case.

“Each side has stated their position,” Rosenfield said upon returning to the bench. “They are not compatible at this point.”

Rosenfield said he suggested a disposition with “restorative aspects” to it and ordered both sides to consider it before returning to court March 19.

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, center, talks briefly with his parents, Margarita and Efren Carrillo, Sr., after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge in Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.  (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / PD)

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, center, talks briefly with his parents, Margarita and Efren Carrillo, Sr., after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge in Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / PD)

An attorney for the victim said she was unsure if the woman would approve of a settlement involving restorative justice, a jail alternative that requires a defendant to apologize directly to the victim, repair damage and make public presentations about a crime.

“I’m not sure she’d want to be in a room with him,” said Rosanne Darling, who represents the victim. “She wants him to take responsibility for what he did.”

Carrillo did not attend the hearing.

Joyce Blair, a supervising prosecutor for state Attorney General Kamala Harris, declined to comment as she left the courtroom with Carrillo’s lawyer, Chris Andrian. They disappeared into the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office along with Darling.

Both sides have agreed not to talk about the negotiations, Andrian said when he emerged a short time later.

Darling said only that she had faith in state prosecutors and believed their position is “appropriate and warranted by the facts.”

Carrillo, 32, was arrested July 13, after a woman living near West Third Street and Stony Point Road called 911 to report someone outside her window at about 3:40 a.m. She called a second time to say the person knocked on her front door, identified himself as a neighbor and ran away.

Police arrived to find Carrillo nearby, clad in just socks and underwear. He was arrested on charges of prowling and felony burglary. Officers at the time said they believed he intended to commit a sexual assault.

Carrillo bailed out of jail and remained in seclusion for the next five weeks, checking into an alcohol treatment center. Upon his return to the Board of Supervisors in August he admitted a problem with drinking.

Prosecutors in November charged him with peeking, a misdemeanor that can involve looking into someone’s home or window. A felony conviction would have led to removal from office.

His lawyer has been in talks to settle the case before a scheduled April 18 trial.

Meanwhile, interim police Chief Hank Schreeder has refused to release the 911 tapes, citing the ongoing prosecution.

Blair declined to answer when asked if prosecutors would release the 911 tapes and police report.

In court Thursday, Rosenfield expressed reluctance to meet privately to discuss a settlement. The judge said he was concerned about the perception of closed-door talks in light of a Press Democrat editorial calling for transparency.

Also, he said he didn’t want to jeopardize Carrillo’s fair trial rights.

But Rosenfield agreed to talk with both sides in a hallway after Andrian argued private discussions with judges were customary in reaching agreements.

“I don’t think we should be treated differently,” Andrian said in open court.

15 Responses to “Judge: Consider restorative justice in Efren Carrillo case”

  1. BlueFly says:

    The great lord Thomas Bonfigli has spoken!! Bow down and give praise. He pretty much knows everything and he has the thesaurus to prove it. Do us a favor and get over yourself. Your proverbial rants are exhausting as is the bullying you dish out to your dissenters.

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  2. AF Veteran says:

    Doesn’t “restorative justice” sound like “pay off the victim” so this will all go away? The politicians are corrupt, the DA is corrupt, and the judge is corrupt. Who is this judge? How much money would be enough to restore justice for the victim, eh judge? Perhaps you can explain what you mean by “restorative justice”? Unless we vote every last one of them out of office it will only continue to get worse.

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  3. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Big Jim-the Democrats were not happy with him BEFORE he did this. He is a DINO in my opinion and has sided with big business on nearly every issue. Plus, look at the people he now hangs with and who support him. I supported Rue Furch and if she had won that district, ALL OF IT RICH AND POOR, would have been supported.

    The Democrats will not support him if he tries to run again. Count on it.

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  4. Francis says:

    Mean while back at the ranch, live goes on as before with Mr. Efren. He kisses babies, blesses things, confronts city councils, gets his name in the paper, gets appointed to boards. All seems to be pretty normal for a peeping tom or attempted burglar or worse in this community.

    Sonoma county justice for the politically powerful. It is an embarrassment.

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  5. Jim says:

    “State prosecutors and a lawyer for Supervisor Efren Carrillo remain far apart in settlement negotiations to resolve his seven-month-old misdemeanor peeking case.”

    How many of us normal, non-connected, people would get our case dragged out for seven months while continuing to work as if nothing happened?

    What would happen to us second-class citizens (i.e. non-politically connected) would be a quick plea deal (i.e. no contest) where we’d have to register as sex offenders for life, pay a huge fine and be put on probation for 3-5 years.

    Carillo just goes on with his life, with his Sheeple supporting him, without a care in the world because he is a connected politician.

    Gotta marvel at the most corrupt political system in the world as it works its magic right in front of our eyes.

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  6. R.B. Fish says:

    I don’t know if “restorative justice” is law that’s on the books. Even if the victim would consider the faults and fragility of human behavior and accept the grandest and most heartfelt apology it is the public that demands that the laws be enforced with appropriate punishment. If so desired he can publicly apologize afterwards whether the victim is receptive or not.

    At this point the courts and the police are showing incompetence by playing the political game.

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  7. Follower says:

    Efren Carrillo!

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  8. Papa ESoCo says:

    The only “Restorative Justice” “Captain Underpants” needs is State Prison with a hulking, terrifying cellmate.

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  9. Graeme Wellington says:

    Restorative justice does not apply here because he is an elected official. Like a police officer, such a person must be held to a higher standard, and not given compassionate treatment reserved for those who actually deserve it. Courts not only must see that justice is done, it must be seen as insuring justice is done.

    Mr. Carrillo must be held to the highest standard. Only that standard serves the interests of justice.

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  10. Elephant says:

    What happened to a DA or prosecutor of some sort deciding what charges to file and then going to trial? That’s what would happen to the average person. The level of favoritism in this mess reeks.

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  11. Sonoma Gone Crazy says:

    Wow! I doubt any apology from Efren would ever feel sincere. And forcing this victim to face the criminal that did this to her? I can’t say what is in her mind.

    But as a woman, I would say to Efren: Take your fake apology and cell phone and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine!

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  12. GAJ says:

    I hope the witness, who, apparently does not want to be in the same room with her stalker, sues him in Civil Court.

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  13. It will indeed be a sad reflection on our great county if this poor excuse of a politician and pathetic excuse of a “role model” (which is a term which he used to refer to himself during his supervisorial campaign) is allowed to walk or receives nothing more than a limp slap on the wrist from a weak and reluctant Lady Justice.

    Citizens of Sonoma County, I ask you: Just how much more contemptuous and revulsive behavior from this man are you willing to tolerate? Has the threshold become so low that politicians carved from the same mold of ethics and character and who are of the same odious ilk as Efren Carrillo are what we can expect to be our lot when it comes to future political “leadership” in this county?

    If so, I’m afraid that we’re in for quite a tumultuous period which will be brought about by such a vacuum in leadership unless and untl the majority of the voters see the light, come to their senses and undertake the necessary steps to identify, recruit, support and elect more worthy candidates for public office who are in possession of the necessary requisite character and moral turpitude which is normally associated with what used to be honorable civic words: “Public service.”

    While I am an advocate – albeit a somewhat reluctant one – of the concept of restorative justice, I feel that Efren Carrillo is not an appropriate candidate for this rather new and novel concept. Why? Let us rewind the “spin” machine all the way back to Labor Day of 2012 to his shameful San Diego incident and how the details of that incident were inexplicably and clandestinely swept under the proverbial rug – including the videotape and the police report. The senseless and violent nature of that crime proves quite conclusively that Efren Carrillo is a violent man who feels he is above the law and that he doesn’t owe his tax-paying constituents an explanation for his conduct, let alone a full exposure of the details. And, regarding his latest incident, who could forget his arrogant and contemptuous statement: You’ll get the details as they become available?

    And he has followed pretty much the same path in this latest matter as well.

    I exhort the District Attorney Brad Hunt, the representative from the California State Attorney General’s office as well as Ms. Roseanne Darling, the victim’s attorney, to hang touch, hold firm and demand real justice, even if it means taking this case to trial in Superior Court. Perhaps then, the evidence will be presented in the light of a courtroom for the people of Sonoma County to finally see, where it will receive the thorough examination and distillation that it deserves.

    “Ready for the People, Your Honor.”

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  14. Shocked Monkey says:

    So here’s the thing that amazes me, Since Efren will not accept responsibility for his actions, every one else has to pay the bill.

    Victim’s attorney, local police, state attorney, Local DA, local court system, and his attorney, are all being paid to bring this to a resolution when there is NO denying what happened.

    Efren is a real scammer and has dishonored himself, his community, his family and friends, and most of all his supporters.

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  15. Big Jim says:

    Why so much special treatment for Carrillo? If it had not been a democrat darling that was charged, you can bet the 911 tapes would be made public long ago. He should be in jail.
    We will not forget his behavior when it comes to the next election, I for one will do everything I can to make sure of that.

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