State attorney pleads no contest in courtroom brawl case

April 13, 2016

justice 2A California deputy attorney general has pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace for her role in a courtroom wrestling match with a San Luis Obispo bailiff. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop a greater charge of resisting a peace officer. [Tribune]

Deputy Attorney General Jennie Mariah Kelly, 49, entered her plea last Thursday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. The plea deal requires her to pay a $1,000 fine and complete anger management classes.

On Oct. 20, a bailiff wrestled Kelly to the ground of a San Luis Obispo courtroom and arrested her for resisting or obstructing a peace officer. The incident occurred during a trial recess in a wrongful termination case against the California Men’s Colony and Atascadero State Hospital.

During the case, Judge Barry LaBarbera admonished Kelly several times for her courtroom demeanor. When LaBarbera called a 15 minute recess on Oct. 20, Kelly began shouting and acting in an unprofessional manner toward the opposing attorney, according to a SLO sheriff’s report. The sheriff’s office said Kelly refused the bailiff’s attempts to calm her.

Attorney Kara Stein-Conway, who represented Kelly, said the bailiff battered her client. Stein-Conway said the incident was a gross and unjustified overreaction to lawful conduct by Kelly. The bailiff battered her, forced her to the ground and pressed her head up against a metal rail, the defense attorney said.

Kelly returned to court the day following her arrest and continued defending the state. The trial ended Nov. 9 with a judgment that favored the state.


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6 Comments

  1. 805code4 says:

    I would prefer to not go into so much detail in public comments. Who would be interested and why?

    (-2) 2 Total Votes - 0 up - 2 down
  2. Mr. Holly says:

    I’m sorry but this is a pure case of the good old boys and now I guess girls club. No contest is just about the same as guilty. Could you imagine what the outcome of this would have been if the culprit had long hair and tattoos. No way would they have made a deal like this for that person. So much for equality. Shame on the DA’s office on this plea bargain as it shows very little respect for law enforcement in this case.

    (2) 20 Total Votes - 11 up - 9 down
    • r0y says:

      Didn’t you read what the “woman’s” attorney said? The BAILIFF battered her client. Everyone is an innocent victim, and this lame government DAG would have just scammed the system to drag this out, and they all know it.

      If a “lateral” promotion isn’t in the works now, I’m sure it’s only time.

      (7) 11 Total Votes - 9 up - 2 down
  3. NewsResponse says:

    The San Luis Obispo Sheriff department shares many similar characteristics as seen in this CalCoastNews article: .http://calcoastnews.com/2016/04/former-undersheriff-convicted-of-obstruction-of-justice/

    For years there has been a lot of violence, corruption, civil rights violations, excessive use of force, framing trouble by law & setting up citizens, use of fear and intimidation, within the SLO County Sheriff department, NTF, SWAT. This goes back to the days of Sheriff Hedges ( http://www.newtimesslo.com/cover/4390/sheriff-hedges-leaves-a-sordid-legacy/ ) and continues now through the time Ian Parkinson has been Sheriff.

    In fact Sheriff Ian Parkinson was part of Sheriff Hedges’ NTF and SWAT, and helped to develop and train the officers involved in these groups – groups in which “Mayor Yates said: “I have no respect for the old Narcotics Task Force for the trauma that they brought to our county residents and their children.”

    This news article reflects the characteristics that Sheriff Ian Parkinson developed into Hedges’ NTF and SWAT: http://www.newtimesslo.com/cover/5138/not-going-to-live-in-fear/ and it is understood that Ian Parkinson was present during this “operation” and was one of the “15 commandos in full gear: helmets, black knit face masks,.. SWAT boots” and vests with “the letters NTF” .

    The facts and timeline establish that QUID PRO QUO was used to fund Sheriff Ian Parkinson’s new NTF: https://plus.google.com/110149834187224289194/posts/RxsNGhDvKRb

    Further evidence of a violent culture within the sheriff’s NTF, SWAT, and sheriff department: https://plus.google.com/110149834187224289194/posts/cv43uKLMFtG

    Regarding SLO Sheriff Ian Parkinson’s NTF, SWAT and sheriff department: Please list within your posts any other incidences and evidence of violence, conspiracy (to cover up, set up, REVAMP reports), civil or constitutional rights violations, excessive use of force, knowledge of false information used in affidavits, case #’s, unlawful practices, REVAMPING reports regarding specific “operations” to hide information out of sight of the public, media, and other law enforcement agencies, etc., listing names of deputies, officers, detectives involved in those “operations”. The more facts and details the better.

    This will be placed in the hands of DOJ, FBI, etc., to further investigate.

    (13) 21 Total Votes - 17 up - 4 down
  4. horse_soldier says:

    Whoa…isn’t this the case where many on this site were accusing the bailiff of excessive force?
    It appears now that even Ms Kelly understands she is not exempt from judge’s orders.

    (10) 22 Total Votes - 16 up - 6 down
  5. NewsResponse says:

    The San Luis Obispo Sheriff department shares many similar characteristics as seen in this CalCoastNews article: .http://calcoastnews.com/2016/04/former-undersheriff-convicted-of-obstruction-of-justice/

    For years there has been a lot of violence, corruption, civil rights violations, excessive use of force, framing trouble by law & setting up citizens, use of fear and intimidation, within the SLO County Sheriff department, NTF, SWAT. This goes back to the days of Sheriff Hedges ( http://www.newtimesslo.com/cover/4390/sheriff-hedges-leaves-a-sordid-legacy/ ) and continues now through the time Ian Parkinson has been Sheriff.

    In fact Sheriff Ian Parkinson was part of Sheriff Hedges’ NTF and SWAT, and helped to develop and train the officers involved in these groups – groups in which “Mayor Yates said: “I have no respect for the old Narcotics Task Force for the trauma that they brought to our county residents and their children.”

    This news article reflects the characteristics that Sheriff Ian Parkinson developed into Hedges’ NTF and SWAT: http://www.newtimesslo.com/cover/5138/not-going-to-live-in-fear/ and it is understood that Ian Parkinson was present during this “operation” and was one of the “15 commandos in full gear: helmets, black knit face masks,.. SWAT boots” and vests with “the letters NTF” .

    The facts and timeline establish that QUID PRO QUO was used to fund Sheriff Ian Parkinson’s new NTF: https://plus.google.com/110149834187224289194/posts/RxsNGhDvKRb

    Further evidence of a violent culture within the sheriff’s NTF, SWAT, and sheriff department: https://plus.google.com/110149834187224289194/posts/cv43uKLMFtG

    Regarding SLO Sheriff Ian Parkinson’s NTF, SWAT and sheriff department: Please list within your posts any other incidences and evidence of violence, conspiracy (to cover up, set up, REVAMP reports), civil or constitutional rights violations, excessive use of force, knowledge of false information used in affidavits, case #’s, unlawful practices, REVAMPING reports regarding specific “operations” to hide information out of sight of the public, media, and other law enforcement agencies, etc., listing names of deputies, officers, detectives involved in those “operations”. The more facts and details the better.

    This will be placed in the hands of DOJ, FBI, etc., to further investigate.

    (1) 7 Total Votes - 4 up - 3 down

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