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Judge orders Elarms back into custody

Original post made on Feb 26, 2013

A man who had been accused of killing East Palo Alto activist David Lewis in 2010 was ordered back into custody Wednesday, Feb. 26, three weeks after a San Mateo County Superior Court judge released him on his own recognizance.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 4:26 PM

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Posted by So-Just-How-Do-I-Calculate-Time-Served?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

> Judge Craig Parsons said Wednesday morning that if he had been
> given accurate information by the defense about Elarms' time
> served on weapons charges, to which he pleaded no contest, he
> would not have released 60-year-old Gregory Elarms at
> a Feb. 5 hearing.

> Time served is a combination of actual days in
> jail plus statutory credits for good behavior or
> work time, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

> "We had been adamant all along that he had not had
> enough credit," she said. Such a miscalculation is
> "not very typical," she added.

Another screw-up by the San Mateo County DA's Office. Makes one wonder if there is any quality control in that office. For instance, are there standardized worksheets for this sort of calculation? Is there a sign-off by at least two DAs? Is the calculation done by hand, or is it done on the computer?

It's a sure bet that everyone in the SMC DA's Office that has had a hand in this mess is making more than $200K a year!