Politically motivated, or pursuit of justice? Attorneys, officials comment on Arambula plea

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A message loud and clear from the attorneys of California Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, in court Tuesday. “This is not about politics, this is about a human being,” Arambula’s attorney Michael Aed said. 

The defense saying, their client felt “mischaracterized,” in public statements by law enforcement officials, after his December arrest.

“Making comments to the media, about matters that are not public knowledge,” co-counsel Margarita Martinez-Baly said. “When you have the number two person in the DA’s office coming into court to try the case, then you make your own judgement.”

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer defending his force. 

“The facts are the facts,” Dyer said.

In this case saying, even he didn’t know about Arambula’s arrest, until after. 

“We would’ve faced the same criticism had our officers not made an arrest,” Dyer said. “Our officers would’ve been accused of playing politics by giving favoritism to Mr. Arambula, our officers were simply doing their job.”

Fresno attorney David Mugridge says in any case, he’d prefer no comments at all, but acknowledges the chief could have a reason.

“Because likewise, he wants to make sure people understand: It doesn’t matter who you are, if you use inappropriate discipline, we’re going to get involved,” Mugridge said.

Bottom line, Mugridge says monitoring appropriate discipline should be the focus; and concern, for the child involved.

“Let’s focus on this child, on these facts, and what happened,” Mugridge said.

That trial already set for April 23. Mugridge says, that is a little on the quick side, usually it takes a few full months to set a date.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe.

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