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Executives in the trash hauling business are known for giving lavishly to political campaigns. Alan Walsh, husband of Susan LeFevre (aka Marie Walsh) has been a significant donor to Mayor Jerry Sanders, among several others, including board of supervisors candidates and council candidate Carl DeMaio. On April 17 of 2006, listing herself as a homemaker, his wife, then named Marie Walsh, donated $250 to Jerry Sanders for Mayor, according to state records. On June 29 of 2005, as director of public affairs for Waste Management, he gave $150 to Sanders. On Sept. 30 of that year, as chief financial officer of Edco Disposal, he gave $300 to Sanders. She escaped from a Michigan prison 32 years ago, and has been living the life of a happy mother in Carmel Valley until she was arrested this week and incarcerated at Las Colinas Detention Facility, awaiting a return to Michigan. She had been arrested there at age 19 for selling heroin. Now she has daughters 22 and 20 and a son 15.

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Fred Williams May 4, 2008 @ 6:20 a.m.

(correction: fourth to last paragraph, "countries" should be "companies")


Don Bauder May 4, 2008 @ 6:54 a.m.

Response to post #3: Your correction noted. That paragraph says a lot, too: the trash hauling business doesn't get as much scrutiny as it should. Best, Don Bauder


JohnnyVegas May 3, 2008 @ 9:27 p.m.

Must be hard on her kids....10-20 years for a one time/small drug deal with no prior record is the real crime here. Why even plead out if that is what the punishment is going to be??

Compare her crime to the one below, where a a MAXIMUM 2 year sentence MAY be given (note: 2 years in state prison means 1 year actual time);

Man pleads guilty to abducting pregnant teen girlfriend


12:46 p.m. May 2, 2008

CHULA VISTA – A Chula Vista man pleaded guilty Friday to abducting his pregnant, 16-year-old ex-girlfriend at knifepoint and fleeing to Mexico.

Carlos Omar Antonio, 20, pleaded guilty in Chula Vista Superior Court to charges of child abduction and assault with a deadly weapon, said Deputy District Attorney Hector Jimenez.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Antonio faces up to **two years in prison at a July 9 sentencing hearing, Jimenez said.



Fred Williams May 4, 2008 @ 6:18 a.m.

LeFevre illustrates how out of whack this country has become.

A 19 year old girl, going along with her friends, dabbles in drug distribution. When she's set up by a narc, she gets busted.

Then she's sentenced to 10-20 years in prison.

Now that's an outrage. (Fortunately, some of these laws have been changed and she wouldn't be sentenced so harshly today for the same kind of first offence.)

But it's not as outrageous as the fact that wealthy sports-club owners like Spanos and Moores have bribed public officials in order to steal well over half a billion dollars from this city in the last decade. The direct result of this was the loss of life due to out of control wild-fires. We spent the money on football and baseball instead of fire equipment and other infrastructure.

Their accomplices in this crime, including Susan Golding, Jack McGrory and Casey Gwinn, far from being apprehended and facing trial, are still lauded by the UT and other media outlets as great leaders and visionaries.

Yep. What a great country.

We'll throw 19 year old girls in prison for what seems to be mere stupidity.

We'll ignore vastly greater crimes right under our noses simply because the perpetrators are wealthy and well-connected.

It's a shame, however, that LeFevre is associated with an executive of Waste Management and Edco.

If you look at the city's plans, we're going to be giving fat privatization contracts to these types of countries. It appears LeFevre's "unknowing" spouse had the job of greasing palms to make sure his interests were put in front of the tax payers.

He even got his poor wife to make "campaign contributions" to ensure his interests are served when we fire the long serving city trash-haulers and replace them with poorly-paid Edco/Waste Management workers.

Of course, the debate will rage about how LeFevre should do hard time for her youthful indiscretion, and no body will notice that we're losing our city.

I'm beginning to think Rev. Wright is correct, and God has damned America.


Don Bauder May 4, 2008 @ 6:20 a.m.

Response to post #1: Your point is well taken. And consider that those committing financial crimes -- that can do as much societal damage as drug sales -- often go completely unpunished, or barely punished. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 4, 2008 @ 6:51 a.m.

Response to post #2: The Union-Tribune this morning (Sunday, May 6) has an editorial advocating that LeFevre serve the rest of her time in prison -- five and a half years. Richard Silberman, a San Diego businessman known for many shady deals, was caught in a drug sting in the early 1990s. He was recorded in a wire tap asking mobster Chris Petti if he could use some laundered drug money. The feds set up a sting and caught Silberman. He hired one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the country. He got 46 months and served 37 of them at a facility near Boron replete with swimming pool and freedom to roam and take furloughs. Silberman took six of them, including two to Big Bear, during his stretch. Best, Don Bauder


JohnnyVegas May 4, 2008 @ 8:39 a.m.

Richard Silberman, a San Diego businessman known for many shady deals, was caught in a drug sting in the early 1990s.

Yes old Dick got off easy with that scam-what was it-Yuba City Mining???

And you are correct about Silberman's attorney, James Brosnahan, Morrison and Foerster's top criminal defense attorney (I worked in the same office in the early 80's) and former Assistant US Attorney. Brosnahan has handled NUMEROUS high profile cases (including American Taliban Michael Walker and was also the special prosecutor that was going to send Capser Weinberg to prison before Reagan pardoned him and obstructed justice).

The rich are able to hire the big guns, and that makes a big difference in our justice system where $$ buys resources, and resources give you the best chance at a defense (guilty or not). Gerry Spence was coaxed out of retirement to represent Geoff Fieiger in Detroit on some bogus charges-and Spence is without a doubt the very BEST trial lawyer in America and will win that case with ease.

Money talks in this country.


Don Bauder May 4, 2008 @ 9:36 a.m.

Response to post #7: It isn't just that the rich are able to hire the top lawyers. As my posts below on the SEC show, the big law firms essentially control the purported regulatory agencies by regularly hiring their personnel for $2 million-$3 million a year. The young, upwardly-mobile lawyer works at the agency a few years, makes contact with the major law firms and leaves for big money. While that lawyer is with the SEC, the law firms' rich clients get a free ride. Best, Don Bauder


skanderbeg May 4, 2008 @ 9:52 a.m.

Response to #8 et al True and unfortunate for us "little people" Law is the practice of talking points in the presence of power. Justice is only present when the needs of "big business", as corporate based government and the legal system, and the victim are met coincidentally.

The lawmakers campaign contributors reflect their allegiances and not their commitment to the people and our Constitution.

We bare this burden until our needs are no longer met. Unfortunate but a reality that is played out every day at the cost of human life and suffering both here and abroad.


Don Bauder May 4, 2008 @ 10:46 a.m.

Response to post #9: Your points are well taken. It wasn't always this way. From the 1930s through the 1970s, the courts represented the people and followed the law, for the most part. It began changing in the 1980s. The stalking horse was "strict construction." It was an avenue for the courts to represent, in the main, the big corporations. The Supreme Court, particularly as presently constituted, is a classic example of this. There was an excellent story in the NY Times Sunday magazine March 16, 2008 on this point. Best, Don Bauder


JohnnyVegas May 4, 2008 @ 1:34 p.m.

As my posts below on the SEC show, the big law firms essentially control the purported regulatory agencies by regularly hiring their personnel for $2 million-$3 million a year.

Excellent point. And 100% valid.

If you recall Ross Perot's 1992 presidential campaign, Perot had made this a HUGE platform. Said it was like the general of the army going over to fight for the otherside. Proposed putting a 5 year time frame ban on lobbying after leaving office.

Big business owns America.


Don Bauder May 4, 2008 @ 3:25 p.m.

Response to post #11: Yes, this was what the Tom Story case was all about, but in San Diego, the no-contact period is only a year. Story violated that; the emails show it clearly. But it is quite possible that San Diego law enforcement (DA, AG) worked out a secret deal with the judiciary in which Story would go free without anybody cracking down on his very obvious violations. You are right; big business owns America. The real estate industry owns San Diego. Best, Don Bauder


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