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Palo Alto gets new top district attorney

Original post made on Feb 24, 2012

The doorknob tag on Supervising Deputy District Attorney Cindy Hendrickson's office displays an image of the Three Stooges -- Moe, Larry and Curly -- in prison garb. "Warning: Occupants are lifers with nothing to lose," it reads. That perspective could sum up Hendrickson's dedication to her job.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 24, 2012, 8:50 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

So what is her won/loss ratio, while at the DA's Office?
How many of her cases have been overturned on Appeal?
Have any complaints been filed against her for any reason?
What do the Public Defenders have to say about her?

This article is really long, and doesn't really give us a full picture of this attorney.


Posted by Ronna Devincenzi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

Ronna Devincenzi is a registered user.

What a wonderful article! So many facets to glean about the person behind the profile, tidbits of information giving a reader a more balanced perspective of the person and the job.

"Top Prosecuting District Attorney in PA". Sounds intimidating. And to people up to no good: this savvy person is one to be FEARED.

But to law-abiding, upstanding citizens, and the vulnerable 96 year-old senior citizens among us -- would there be more people like Cindy Hendrickson! Thank you, Sue, for writing this - great work!


Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

> "Top Prosecuting District Attorney in PA". Sounds intimidating.
> And to people up to no good: this savvy person is one to be FEARED.

Is this poster for real? Prosecutors are intended to provide justice, not fear, in the minds of the public.

And given that the current DA ran on a platform claiming that the former DA was not ethical (although he stopped short of calling her corrupt), one can only wonder where the tone of "ethics" is in the current Santa Clara County DA's office, or how this Attorney is bring a higher sense of ethics to the office than anyone who preceded her?


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hmmm is a registered user.

Puff piece. She doesn't work for PALO ALTO; she works for the county. Her record reflects little about Palo Alto, but much about county-wide issues.


Posted by A law abiding citizen, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

@Joe- the last sentence in the post to which you object reads:

"But to law-abiding, upstanding citizens, and the vulnerable 96 year-old senior citizens among us -- would there be more people like Cindy Hendrickson!"

So law abiding citizens have nothing to fear. You are correct, sir.

@Hmmm - the courthouse is located IN Palo Alto. People that go there on business, or for jury duty, would perhaps know this person, or workers from numerous attorney offices in Palo Alto would know her.
This is a great human interest story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Is it possible for more people in Palo Alto to say something kind about each other, even every once in a while, or just be grateful to someone, for something?


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Yeah, I know where the north county courthouse is. That doesn't mean she works for PALO ALTO; it means she works for the county. Palo Alto-centric stories like these serve to bloat the already overblown sense of self-importance in Palo Alto. I've watched this over the years & it's ridiculous. I have plenty of gratitude & kindness, but I don't waste these qualities on comments that serve to further bloat the town's smugness. I know the courthouse from victim's advocate work I've done throughout the years, which is a better use of my kindness & gratitude.


Posted by AndyB, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Boo! Fair? Ms Hendrickson was under Dolores Carr, the "Power In The Pen Prosecutor!" An article that came out in the S.J. Mercury News about 5 to 6 years ago... What seemed like boasting from Ms. Carr, I truly believe during Ms. Carr's "reign" Ms Hendrickson felt she had the same "power" too! So very quick to use the 3 Strike Law... siting everyone one and anybody who tried to speak up! I have NO respect for her, NONE! And NO I have NEVER been on trial, I have seen her in action and she loved and emulated Ms Carr's "power hungry" attitude just as much as Dolores herself loved it! All that Mumbo Jumbo about holding back her tears... blah blah blah... I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't have a mirror in her office, highly esteeming herself on how great she think she is! Boo!! Ms. Hendrickson will tell you a story about her background with her brother and how bad the law was because he was not Caucasian and was adopted and he got the raw in of the deal when it came to his sentencing.. blah blah blah.. bunch of Bologna... ;) Just saying...


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