Borges v. City of Eureka et al
City of Eureka, Michael Stelzig, Bryan Franco, Drake Goodale, County of Humboldt, Michael Downey, Tim Hershberger, Terri Bittner, Nancy Corral, Tim Hammer, Leo Basler, Joshua Cardell, Kristina Lewis, Roselie Freixas, Michael Mendiburu and California Forensic Medical Group, Incorporated
|Filed:||February 25, 2015|
|Court:||California Northern District Court|
|County:||XX US, Outside State|
|Presiding Judge:||Nandor J. Vadas|
|Nature of Suit:||Civil Rights: Other|
|Cause of Action:||42:1983 Civil Rights Act|
|Jury Demanded By:||Plaintiff|
As the silence continues in the local media, the Examiner has found some new information regarding the lawsuit against Eureka for the wrongful death of Daren Borges. It is our hope that the local press might take some interest in this local story, especially given the amount of potential liability Eureka is facing ($10 Million Dollars plus).
According to the Northern District Federal Court, this case is being brought by a family member of Daren Borges. The family is being represented by both John Fattahi and…..wait for it….Dale Galipo! Mr. Galipo is the attorney who secured a $4.5 million dollar verdict against Eureka for the wrongful death of Martin Cotton. As many will remember, the circumstances in both the Borges death and the Cotton death were very similar.
Named in the lawsuit is the City of Eureka, along with Eureka Officers Michael Stelzig Jr., Bryan Franco and Drake Goodale. Humboldt County is also named, along with Sheriff Mike Downey, and HCSO employee’s Tim Hershberger, Terri Bittner, Nancy Corral, Tim Hammer, Leo Basler, Joshua Cardell, Kristina Lewis, Roselie Freixas, and Michael Mindiburu. (and Strangely left out is Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills)
In the Martin Cotton case, the County opted to settle out before trial, with Eureka digging in for a fight. Will Eureka follow the same strategy with the Borges case? Most likely, given that the entrenched powers that be in Eureka (especially City Hall) seem to constantly forget about past mistakes (or misdeeds). If anyone thinks that there’s a shift in how City Hall is running with a new City Manager, well not so much. Greg Sparks, who seems like a good guy, has an assistant that is none other than Christine Tyson. Does that name sound familiar? Yes, that is in fact former EPD Detective, former Coroner and good ol’ boy Dave Parris’s daughter. She also happens to be Dave (King Crony) Tyson’s daughter in law. Dave’s fingers still reach deep into City Hall, and we can only assume that his influence will have the usual poor outcomes for the residents of Eureka. This layered on top of the predictably terrible legal advice City Attorney Day-Wilson will give the Council; you have a complete disaster in the making.
On another front, what’s going on with mysterious leave of Officer Stelzig Jr.? We received information that very shortly after a recent post of ours about the Borges lawsuit, “Law and Order DA” Maggie Fleming noticed that the Gallegos administration left unfinished an “in-custody death investigation” of Borges. The DA’s office is now looking into the case. However, that begs the question; if Stelzig Jr. isn’t on leave because of the DA looking into the Borges case, then what the hell did he do that we don’t know about to keep him off the streets for over four months (so far)? Strange happenings all around this case.
Obviously, as notorious anonymous bloggers, our staff can’t do the deep digging through public records and in person interviews that the local media should do regularly. So, we would like to encourage any local media to look into this case. Below, we’ve provided some links that should give you a pretty good start. It’s time for the public to know what is going on with this lawsuit. It’s time for all of us to learn more about the death, and life of Daren Borges.