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MARIN DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAULA KAMENA HAS A LOT OF ADMIRERS -- PUBLIC DEFENDER MARK DAVIS AND JUDGE VERNA ADAMS BOTH CONTRIBUTED TO KAMENA'S CAMPAIGN FOR DA.

 DOES THIS AFFECT THE PROSECUTION OF CAROL MARDEUSZ?

by Virginiai McCullough

Marin County District Attorney Paula Kamena conducted a well financed campaign when she ran for  office in 1998.  She reported on her campaign statement covering the period between 3-18-98 and 5-16-98,  that she loaned her campaign $45,000 in increments of $5,000, $15,000 and $20,000  over just an 11 day period in May.  By the end of June, 1998, Kamena reported that she had received contributions of $145,975.  She was, however, in the hole at the end of June, because her total expenditures were $148,889.  This campaign red ink was in spite of the fact that Kamena loaned her committee an additional $58,751 during the reporting period of 5-17-98 through 6-30-98.

One could speculate that she was buying her office and had no independent support.  But many other people were contributing to Kamena to assure her election. Certainly her parents and siblings - the Freschi family - were financially supporting Kamena.   Attorneys, deputy district attorneys, judges, assistant prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers, sheriffs, local law enforcement officers and developers were among the professions who contributed by far the largest amounts to get Kamena her job.  Occasionally one can find a homemaker who also contributed such as Elizabeth Boren whose accumulated contributions totaled $450 by the end of June 1998.

By the end of June 1998 retired Marin County District Attorney Jerry Herman, who had selected Kamena as the next District Attorney, contributed $500 to get her elected.  After all, he was financially backing the candidate he had hand picked for the job.  Not to be out done by Herman, Michael Gridley, the Marin County 1998 District Attorney contributed $850 by the end of June that same year.

Judge Lynn Duryee contributed $100 on 3-20-98.  Attorney David P. Freitas contributed $250.00 on 4-11-98.  On Judge Duryee's California Fair Political Practices Form 700 [Conflict of Interest Form]  filed 12-7-99,  she identifies her husband's law firm worth over $100,000 as the Freitas Law Firm.

Finally two contributions of $100 each are listed.   On 12-11-97 Verna Adams [the Adams & Dornan Inc. law firm] contributes $100 to Kamena; Adams identifies herself as an attorney.  Shortly she will be appointed a judge.  Recently on Friday, June 9, 2000, Judge Verna Adams refused to recuse herself on the case District Attorney Kamena has brought against Carol Mardeusz for perjury.

The second $100 contribution given to Kamena occurred on 10-8-98 and the donation came from Public Defender Mark Davis.  Davis would soon be appointed to represent Carol Mardeusz even though she had not requested a public defender.

On October 18, 1999, Davis wrote the infamous memo to Prosecutor Kelly Vieira stating that Kamena's office had no legal leg to stand on in prosecuting Carol Mardeusz for the attempted kidnapping of the child she has sole legal custody of, her daughter Haleigh.  Davis' memo would serve as a blueprint for Kelly Vieira and Kamena's office showing the prosecutors the errors they made when they filed the kidnapping case.  On November 24, 1999, following  the receipt of Davis' memo, Kamena's office stated that they would bring back an amended complaint for an upcoming hearing before Judge Terrence S. Boren scheduled for November 29, 1999.

Instead Kamena's office, with Deputy District Attorney Kelly Vieira in the lead, secretly impaneled a criminal grand jury, lied to the panel members, did not disclose any exculpatory evidence, hid the physical and sexual abuse of Haleigh Mardeusz from the eyes and ears of the panel members, and obtained an indictment of Carol Mardeusz for multiple counts of perjury.  This effectively placed Carol Mardeusz is a position of having been once in jeopardy and now  she was again under the gun leveled at her by the Marin County District Attorney Paula Kamena and her underling, Kelly Vieira.  Judge Boren took no judicial notice of the fraud upon his court and ignored the fact he had been lied to by Kelly Vieira when she said that she would return with an amended complaint.  Now Vieira returns to Boren's court with a grand jury indictment, secretly obtained from grand jury members who were deceived by the prosecutor's office.

Judge Terrence S. Boren conducted the initial hearing on the new charges and insisted that Mardeusz have Public Defender Mark Davis as her attorney for this new ordeal forced upon her by Kamena's office.  Mardeusz did not want Davis because he had told her that he was giving information about her defense to prosecutor Kelly Vieira.  In fact, since Davis told her this, the Novato Police Department had raided her home without a search warrant when only her teenage daughter and her friends were present.  Judge Boren would not listen to the Mardeusz objections about Davis and he would not retract his order.   Judge Boren was attempting to have the Mardeusz defense controlled by Public Defender Mark Davis so that Carol Mardeusz could not defend herself.  Mardeusz asked Judge Boren to retract his order to have Davis control her defense in order to save Davis the embarrassment of open hearings; Judge Boren refused.  This forced Carol Mardeusz to endure several Marsden hearings which determine adequacy of counsel.  Following these hearings she once again regained control of her own defense.

When a client has an attorney to represent them, they are not allowed to speak for themselves or conduct their own defense.  Carol Mardeusz had been very intelligent and articulate in defending her daughter, Haleigh, and in defending herself.  She had become a pain where it hurts in the lower anatomy of the judiciary and the prosecutors offices of Sonoma and Marin Counties.  It was obvious that the political backers of Marin County District Attorney Paula Kamena were placed in positions of control over the Carol Mardeusz case to aid Kamena because the prosecutor's office was inept in their prosecution.  Why did not these political backers of Kamena declare their bias and their contributions to Kamena's campaign?

Perhaps it is because  Marin County only complied with the California State Fair Political Practices law initiated in 1978, last year in 1999.  In other words, Marin County's good ole' boys and good ole' girls network was so confident that they could continue operating with impunity that they did not comply with state law for over  twenty years.   The clerk for the Marin County Board of Supervisors advised this reporter today that she would send me the entire resolution and accompanying documents by mail today.

One can only conclude that there are no clean hands in the courts in Marin County where Carol Mardeusz is concerned.  No one in the judiciary or the public defenders or prosecutor's office in this county will lift a hand to protect young Haleigh Mardeusz.

Virginia McCullough © 6/1/600


 THE TRIALS OF CAROL MARDEUSZ WHO FOUGHT FOR THE
CUSTODY AND WELFARE  OF HER DAUGHTER
by Virginia McCullough


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LEO MAGERS

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Click.  MARIN DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAULA KAMENA HAS A LOT OF ADMIRERS -- PUBLIC DEFENDER MARK DAVIS AND JUDGE VERNA ADAMS BOTH CONTRIBUTED TO KAMENA'S CAMPAIGN FOR DA.  DOES THIS AFFECT THE PROSECUTION OF CAROL MARDEUSZ? (6/16/00 )

Click QUESTION:  WHO HAS SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY OF HALEIGH MARDEUSZ? 
ANSWER: HALEIGH'S MOTHER, CAROL MARDEUSZ.

THEN WHY IS THE MARIN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE DESPERATELY TRYING TO JAIL CAROL MARDEUSZ?

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Click. Photos: Leo Magers and his associates and wife Ana

CLICK. COMPLAINT FOR THE ARREST OF LEO MAGERS FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT
REGARDING GIRL, 11, AND INFANT BOY. (7/10/02)

Click. LEO ALLEN MAGERS  PLEADS NO CONTEST TO FELONY CHILD ABUSE OF HALEIGH MAGERS-MARDEUSZ (10/4/05) 

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