UNDER INVESTIGATION: Did Vern Pierson lie about his past experience???

As the recall starts – Stay tuned as we uncover Vern’s lies…

image of Vern Pierson SpeakingVern Pierson
District Attorney
County of El Dorado, California
vern.pierson@edcgov.us

Within weeks of graduation from high school in 1982, Vern enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the infantry’s 101st Airborne (Air Assault). He attained the rank of sergeant and was a graduate of the Army’s elite Airborne and Air Assault schools. The recipient of the Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals, Vern attended the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (P.L.D.C.) in Ansbach, Germany, and graduated with the rare distinction of simultaneously being designated the Honor Graduate and the recipient of the Leadership Award. Because his military service confirmed his already strong sense of duty and patriotism, and embedded in him the realization that freedom is not free, Vern continued his service to our nation, not only for the four years of his active duty, but also by serving in the California National Guard in the Airborne Long Range Surveillance Detachment.

Vern’s experience in the military and his strong work ethic were instrumental in his successfully earning his way through college and then law school. Initially, he worked in a grocery store at night and attended Cypress College by day. Later he worked 20-30 hours a week in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office while attending Western State University College of Law. Upon graduation, Vern was near the top of his class, with honors including the American Jurisprudence Award for scholarship and excellence in Constitutional Law.

During his initial assignment in the Amador County District Attorney’s Office, Vern prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging in seriousness from misdemeanor violations to prosecutions of violent and sophisticated career criminals. After prosecuting approximately fifty jury trials in three years, Vern was recognized for his thorough preparation and tough stand on public safety. A high sensitivity to the rights of crime victims and success in prosecuting family violence cases resulted in Vern being assigned as the vertical prosecutor for domestic violence and sexual assault. Learning a teacher charged with child molest was seeking to retain his teaching credentials, Vern wrote the statute (S.B. 2005) carried by then Senator Tim Leslie, which forever barred convicted sex offenders from working in our classrooms. Vern was also instrumental in establishing the Amador County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

Vern’s success as a prosecutor and his interest in the legislative process led him to take a leave of absence to work as a criminal justice advocate with the California District Attorneys Association. Despite the leanings of the California Legislature, Vern was part of a team that was extraordinarily successful in bringing about improvements in public safety. For instance, Vern helped change the laws to make it easier to convict and permanently lock up sexual predators. He also authored or edited numerous books, manuals and publications. He helped create the Field Guide used by thousands of police officers throughout the state.

In 1996, he joined the California Department of Justice as Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals, Writs and Trial Division. Assigned to the trial team, Vern investigated and prosecuted grand jury inquiries and numerous criminal jury trials throughout the state. He also fought the appeals of convicted felons.

In September of 2000, Vern returned to Amador County as the Chief Assistant District Attorney. Under the direction of the District Attorney, Vern served as the department administrator. In that capacity, he was responsible for the control of the department budget, management of personnel issues, supervision and training for criminal division staff, and the coordination of criminal and administrative investigations. Vern also prosecuted major felony cases such as murder.

As he has for the last several years, he continues to teach trial advocacy and the laws of evidence to California prosecutors. He annually updates his book, the California Evidence Pocketbook that is published by the California District Attorneys Association and used daily by prosecutors throughout the state. Vern also serves on CDAA’s Legislative Committee and is often asked for opinions on proposed and newly introduced legislation effecting public safety and victims rights. Recently, he drafted A.B. 141 (Cohn), which expands the use of propensity evidence in child abuse and domestic violence cases. Since 1999, he has been part of the committee that provides the annual legal update for Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and many thousands of California’s front line law enforcement officers.

image of Star Button Elected as County of El Dorado District Attorney in 2007.

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Pressure mounts to remove So. Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler

Brian Uhler

SLTPD Chief Brain Uhler may be forced out

SLTPD Chief Brain Uhler faces mounting criticism for covering up wrongdoing in the department by not allowing citizens and visitors to file complaints or “internal affairs” investigations against SLTPD officers. The complaints against officers including Sgt. Shannon Laney are used in Pitchess motions and the So. Tahoe Police are failing to include these by not filing or allowing people to file complaints. If a complaint never gets filed, it does not exist.

The Mayor and city counsel are being informed of the problem and residents are demanding a change in leadership.

A Pitchess motion is a request made by the defense in a California criminal case, such as a DUI case or a resisting arrest case, to access a law enforcement officer’s personnel information when the defendant alleges in an affidavit that the officer used excessive force or lied about the events

Stay tuned as this story develops.

So. Lake Tahoe New Year’s Arrest Nearly Half of Prior Year

by admin / Jan 04, 2016 / 0 comments

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Distracted Driver SLT

2016-01-04, 06:20:25 PLACERVILLE CA
As usual, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department bolstered our patrol staffing to meet the emergency response needs of our crowded City during the New Year celebration period. There were squads of officers patrolling the state line area, the Snow Globe festival and extra officers were also assigned to work patrol throughout the City. South Lake Tahoe was quite full with holiday revelers, and the number of calls for emergency police responses was consistent with recent past years. We are pleased to report there was a decrease in arrests as compared to last year. In fact, SLTPD squads made no arrests at all in the state line area last night related to the new year’s eve celebration.
So far this year, from the period of time between 12:01am on December 31st and noon of January 1st, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department has made 9 arrests throughout the City. SLTPD made 17 arrests over this same time period last year. Consistent with prior years, the majority of these were for either drunk and disorderly conduct in public or DUI. Some arrests also involved incidents of domestic violence and drug possession. These arrest numbers do not account for those made by allied law enforcement agencies, such as the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, but only those made by the South Lake Tahoe PD.
The totals for all three nights of Snow Globe:
Arrests:
5 for Intoxication
1 for Illegal Weapon (stun gun)
1 for Minor in Possession
1 for Trespass
8 Total Arrests
Citations:
104—Minor in Possession of Alcohol
21—Open Container
15—False IDs
4—Furnishing Alcohol to a minor
3—Possession of Narcotics
2—Minor purchasing alcoholic beverage
1—Possession of Marijuana
1—Parking violation
169 Total Citations
Medical Transports from Snow Globe:
19 Total Medical Transports
Although the traffic was heavy throughout the City, the inconvenience posed to motorists was handled by most with patience and caution. The police did not investigate any traffic collisions resulting in serious injuries. SLTPD responded to many disturbance complaints throughout the City, and continue to be very busy on New Year’s Day, which is typical of this holiday period.
The SLTPD would like to thank our allied law enforcement agencies for the mutual aid they provided to us during the state line celebration and Snow Globe operations. These include the California Highway Patrol, The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the El Dorado County Sheriff Department, Cal-Trans, and our City Public Works Department and all of our Nevada allied agencies as wellfor their help in the California operational effort this year.
Please refer to the following page for a statistical reference about arrest trends in the City of South Lake Tahoe over the past several years.
City of South Lake Tahoe Police New Years Arrest Trends
The following arrest statistics represent every arrest the South Lake Tahoe Police Department has made, for any type of criminal offense, during New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day over the past decade. The measured time frame encompasses 36 hours; from 12:01am on December 31st through noon on January 1st. Since the beginning of 2008, a clear trend indicates that the size and associated arrests generated by the celebration at the state line has gradually diminished. While the Snow Globe festival has generated multiple thousands of attendees over the past 5 years, it has not caused an overall uptick in arrest stats.