“You’re all seasoned lawyers, and it’s not necessary;” Arambula defense, prosecution clash in court


“Dr. Arambula, is a loving father and husband.”

Heated moments in the misdemeanor child cruelty case, for California State Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula.

“Making that comment in open court, before this media, is disingenuous.”

The two sides clashing, after prosecutor and Fresno County Assistant District Attorney Steve Wright used the term “Jussie Smollett” case, in describing the two sides discussing a possible settlement.

He says defense attorney Margarita Martinez-Baley had also used the term, during an earlier meeting.

“We’re going to have a nice calm trial, it’s not going to be gamesmanship,” Judge Alvin Harrell said Wednesday in court. “You’re all seasoned lawyers, and it’s not neccessary.”

Harrell tossing out a motion to have the case dismissed. 

“Honestly, it’s a travesty,” Arambula defense attorney Michael Aed said. “It’s a travesty that we’re going to put a 7-year-old girl in front of a jury, on these facts and circumstances, and be forced to try this case in court, but we’ll do it.”

The defense also taking aim at the Fresno Police Department, which they said Tuesday, had obtained certain CPS and Department of Social Services records illegally.

Chief Jerry Dyer, then disagreeing, saying certain emails were omitted from the defense’s motion.

“I invite and encourage Chief Dyer to release the emails that he says vindicates or explains it,” Aed said outside court Wednesay. “I did not see them…” 

Chief Dyer sitting down with us, Wednesday afternoon, saying all emails were provided to the defense.

“And county counsel said yes, the police department had the lawful right to obtain those records, and the law changed about 12 years ago, that allowed for that to occur,” Dyer said. “So as I said, it’s much to do about nothing, and I’m sure as the case proceeds they’ll get to the real issue.”

The defense planning to appeal to jurors quote “well-versed in the school of life.”

“It’s hard to call a 7-year-old a liar, but from a reality standpoint, 7-year-old’s lie,” Aed said.

The defense would not comment on the injury, and why Arambula himself talked about spanking his daughter. 

The defense only said Arambula will be able to share his side of the story in trial.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe.

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