ACLU of Southern California Acted to Protect the State Bar of California After Woman Was Beaten in Custody by Big Bear Sheriffs
August 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
On October 8-9, 2009, Journalist Erin Baldwin was beaten in custody by 5 male Big Bear Sheriff’s Deputies. See: ERIN BALDWIN PERSONAL NARRATIVE
To mitigate the liability of the County for this horrendous act, the San Bernardino District Attorney filed charges against Baldwin: Criminal Complaint PLEASE NOTE the DA changed the dates of the alleged offenses from October 8, 2009 to October 17, 2009. This is evidenced by the Court Docket which has always identified October 8, 2009 as the date of the alleged offenses: Court Docket
So, why would the DA want to change the dates? Because Erin Baldwin filed an Intake Request with the ACLU on October 14, 2009 requesting a civil rights attorney: ACLU Intake Request
The ACLU knew the State Bar of California orchestrated the beating against Baldwin as a further act of intimidation to silence her reports to consumers in foreclosure about the State Bar’s culpability in loan modification fraud.
The ACLU knew that Tom Layton (ex-LA sheriff and current investigator for the the State Bar) used his sheriff contacts to set up this beating and was actually present when it all happened.
The ACLU decided to protect the State Bar and San Bernardino Sheriffs and LIE to a woman in crisis. They never made contact with Erin Baldwin and put together a plan to conceal the facts. This is evidenced by the ACLU’s letter that was emailed to her AFTER the above Criminal complaint was filed: ACLU Letter from Lee Morgan
PLEASE NOTE the facts Erin Baldwin provided in her ACLU Intake request compared to the letter from the ACLU. When Baldwin filed an Intake Request, she had no idea criminal charges were going to be filed against HER for being beaten in custody. However, the ACLU Letter states she contacted then regarding criminal charges. The Intake Request states Baldwin was looking for a civil rights attorney, not a criminal defense attorney. And there are many other points. The fact is that the ACLU breached Erin Baldwin’s right to confidentiality with the very San Bernardino officials that harmed her.
Baldwin also requested help from Senator Barbara Boxer on October 20, 2009: Request for Help From Sen. Boxer
And Senator Robert Dutton on October 20, 2009: Request for Help From Sen. Dutton
She was ignored. Both Senators had A DUTY to act on behalf of Erin Baldwin pursuant to Government Code section 815.6 that states:
“Where a public entity is under a mandatory duty imposed by an enactment that is designed to protect against the risk of a particular kind of injury, the public entity is liable for an injury of that kind proximately caused by its failure to discharge the duty unless the public entity establishes that it exercised reasonable diligence to discharge the duty.”
But they did nothing. Eight days after Baldwin sent these letters, San Bernardino DA Laura Robles filed charges against HER to mitigate the liability of the County of San Bernardino.