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Bothun pleads not guilty on child porn charge

Original post made on Oct 6, 2008

Brian Bothun, an Atherton resident and a former editor of the Palo Alto Daily News, pleaded not guilty to possession of child pornography in San Mateo County Superior Court on Sept. 30.

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Posted by Shameful behavior
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 6, 2008 at 1:06 pm

He's a pubic figure and should behave more responsibly - in public and private.

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Posted by more info
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 6, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Why were the police searching his home in the first place? This is half-assed reporting. Give us the whole story.

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Posted by Civitas
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 6, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Ah, yes, the Palo Alto Daily News, the former tribune of the grumpy, the disenfranchised, and the unwashed in poor old Palo Alto ...

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2008 at 3:42 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

So if, among the bushels of crap that hits my in box every day there is an image that does not pass muster I go to jail? I suggest that, unless there was affirmative evidence that Bothun searched for and voluntarily downloaded the images under circumstances evident that he knew of their illegality, the charge is bunk.

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Posted by Walt Watcher
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 7, 2008 at 9:55 am

Supporting child porn, now, Walt?

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Please post a disclaimer that the photo in the Ace Hardware Store ad is NOT of Mr. Bothun!

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Posted by Cops never forget
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2008 at 6:37 pm

If my memory serves correctly, I believe this is the same fellow who as a Daily News reporter uncovered all kinds of wrongdoing by Atherton's former police chief and eventually exposed the chief for voter fraud. The chief was forced out and found guilty of some sort fraud. In a small town like Atherton I bet the remaining cops never forgot that...

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Posted by c you around
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 7, 2008 at 6:45 pm

What BB does after his work time is and should be private, whatever the choice is...just like you........ If you worked an honest job hard all day, got into your car to go home and picked your nose~in your own car~ thinking no one was watching...(beware of the likes of the Walt Watcher, above), THAT is your own business..(Like it or not if you just happened to glance over to catch the gross action).

This story looks to be like a sticky case for BB, but he was a good hard working reporter...
AND he is considered INNOCENT until otherwise proven in a court of law.....(this smacks of the Children's Theatre caper....someone's head will roll. MAY NOT be his! Seems the police have some evidence, but let's not jump to conclusions just yet folks.....

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Posted by Wagner
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 8, 2008 at 12:29 am

One wonders how many years the Atherton Police Department waited for a pretext to search Bothun's home. After Bothun took down the Atherton police chief, he should have moved to an undisclosed location. He was a sitting duck in Atherton.

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Posted by c you around
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 8, 2008 at 7:09 am

Brian Bothen was also the reporter who wrote a front page story about the elderly 87 year old Palo Alto man who was defrauded by a younger, "care taker" woman who made hundreds of thousands of dollars of loans out on the man's home without his knowledge. She was arrested and exposed ( she had 17 fake identificaitons) but, sadly, the man still lost his home to the bank...........THAT story made a lot of people think........

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Posted by Mandy
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 8, 2008 at 10:57 am

It was amusing to see how the different papers identified Bothun's previous employers. He used to be editor of the PA Daily News several, yet they made it sound like his career was spent toiling at the Daily Post, where I guess he was for two months. (How old is the Post anyway? Maybe three months?) The Weekly completely omitted the fact that he once was at the Weekly. Only the Daily Post mentioned that Brian was at all three papers.

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Posted by Anon Y Mous
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Lest we forget: He pleaded "not guilty" to drug charges and serious sex charges. Let's let the legal system run its course before we start running around with baseball bats and old newspapers like we've lost our heads. Brian Bothun is a former reporter and a former editor of a Palo Alto newspaper. He did good work in the community. Let's respect him during this trying time. ... I'm curious to know who "leaked" this information to the cops in what is one of the smallest and most affluent communities on the Peninsula. ???

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Posted by In Town
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Dec 16, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Was Bothun Set Up. We all know that Atherton Police Don't know how to do their job! APD is known for helping the cat out of the tree.

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Posted by Kevin C
a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2010 at 10:50 am

Sitting duck - Exactly. When someone is said to have been framed, it is rather unlikely when the person is a regular citizen, and rather more likely when they reported on frikin cops, crime and corruption for years and years and had accrued a lot of enemies.

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