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Poor Red’s debacle

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From page A5 | February 10, 2014 | 6 Comments

EDITOR:

We know that Lady Justice is supposed to be blind to political considerations. So, how myopic is a Superior Court decision to allow convicted felons, Mike and Brenda Adams, to remain free to go about their lives after destroying so many others?

It has been published many times that these criminals owe thousands of dollars to many government agencies, such as the Board of Equalization, the Franchise Tax Board, etc. They have been given extensions, one after another, to show “good faith,” in their attempts to sell iconic Poor Red’s to help satisfy these outrageous debts. Abusing those legal favors, they have been arrested on other felonies while out on bail.

With these facts, how can the court justify attempting to appease government agencies at the expense of the criminal system itself? Poor Red’s has brought travelers and positive publicity to our county for years. Now, the township of El Dorado lives in fear, not only of retribution, but of economic loss. We looked to our district attorney and the court system for aggressive response to a repeatedly blatant disregard of the laws the rest of us live with and take seriously. We will take another look at election time.

Perhaps it is time for Lady Justice to take off her blinders and see what is really going on in the legal realm of El Dorado County.

DOTTIE (INGRAM) WILLIAMS
El Dorado Hills

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  • Oh BrotherFebruary 06, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    I respect what you are saying, however, don't hold your breath. The judicial system in this county is so unbalanced and quite often does not make any sense. And yes, we do need to pay attention at election time. I fear though, nothing will change.

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  • JimmyFebruary 07, 2014 - 6:52 am

    The judge handling the Poor Red's case isn't running for reelection. Most of the agencies involved in investigations of this type come from state departments in Sacramento not run by an elected department head. Our District Attorney seems to be running unopposed. So I don't think you will effect much change in the justice system by looking at how this particular case has been handled. It isn't clear to me whether the case has been fully adjudicated, but if not, defendants generally have the right to remain free on a bail bond in a non capital offense. The government agencies were the named "victims" of crimes such as failure to pay taxes, but at the end of the day, the general public picks up the tab when others don't pay, by having their taxes raised. Having them sell the business will help satisfy any restitution obligation, which likely won't be paid once the defendants commence a jail sentence.

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  • WendyFebruary 10, 2014 - 9:00 am

    I think the clock is ticking for the Adams. It is amazing how well they have played the system and remained free. Would you expect less from these two thieves? But soon enough even our slow moving judicial system will win out and take Mike and Brees freedom away. They will be in orange outfits March 7th - I can't imagine the court allowing another pause in justice. If so, why are we paying our taxes - to support them?

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  • part_of_the_REAL_poor_red's_familyFebruary 11, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    The Adam's are dirty, rotten , crooks. The fact they can smirk and think they are "getting one over" on us makes me sick . I hope no one steps foot in Red's until it isn't contributing to the livelihood of those foul people. Can't wait till Bre has to take off those stupid sunglasses, face the music and get a new wardrobe of orange jumpsuits. I hope their time in prison is terrible too. They have been living way too comfortably for being the people that they are, and they still think they are going to get away with it. With all my heart I beg that they don't.

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  • shellyFebruary 19, 2014 - 11:02 am

    These two need to pay for their cold blooded thievery. They fired people that were great employees just to be mean and superior (in their own minds). They continue to break the law now according to their current employees. Why the court does not intervene in this despicable display of scoff law activity is a great question......These 2 deserve PRISON, not county jail. Will be watching to see how our system works....or does not.

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  • JimmyApril 06, 2014 - 10:07 am

    Well the judge finally closed Reds until the sale is complete - no more money for the thieves to steal....but hope they don;t strip the place...they have been known to pull that kind of thing. Looking forward to going to Reds again with new owners! What a great day that will be - even these 2 won't bring down Poor Reds

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