Tough times for bulldog lawyer Mary Frances Prevost

Bar suspends her for third time — personal vendetta?

Mary Frances Prevost
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Mary Frances Prevost (pronounced PRAY-vo), who describes herself on her website as "California's Top Criminal & DUI Attorney," has been suspended by the California Bar for the third time. She was suspended from law practice for six months beginning November 28 because she has not passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. The state supreme court ordered her to pass it September 23 of last year. She was also suspended for periods in 2002 and 2014 for the same reason.

Prevost is frequently interviewed on local television, possibly in part because she is strikingly attractive. She is known as a bulldog-tough criminal attorney, dealing with cases related to drugs, domestic violence, DUI, sex crimes, murder, weapons, human trafficking, internet pornography, and white-collar crimes.

However, her bulldog personality offends clients who believe she cheated them, and Bar investigators and judges are looking into what they consider misbehavior.

She has been accused of not returning unearned funds to clients, misappropriating client funds, not cooperating with Bar investigations, and other transgressions. The review department of the state Bar, acting on appeals, has charged her with "multiple acts of misconduct," sending threatening emails to clients who filed complaints, giving testimony that "lacks credibility," giving testimony that was "evasive, self-contradictory, and at times sarcastic," being "grossly negligent, even reckless," and, generally mistreating clients and state Bar officials.

Prevost says that she commented on her blog that one of the prosecutors "committed misconduct," and "she has had it in for me." That was a factor in this case, she says. She wrote a blog item asking why the Bar is corrupt. "They never once prosecuted one of their own prosecutors," she says. She cannot appeal further, she says.

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I find it reprehensible that The Reader has done this smear job on one of San Diego's most aggressive, selfless and aggressive lawyers. If Don Bauder's version of Journalism is merely recounting limited portions of records without giving the entire story, than that is what we called in journalism school "yellow journalism."

Shame on you. Why did you not highlight the thousands of hours this staunch advocate has put in on low-income and pro bono cases? Why didn't you highlight the reports of prosecutorial misconduct that go unpunished that cause citizens to be jailed falsely and sometimes even killed by the government? Why haven't you done a story on the prosecutors who got a pass from the State Bar for prosecutorial misconduct who were then rewarded with appointments to the bench? Shameful, Don.

I've known Mary Prevost for nearly 20 years. She mentored me. She spent untold hours helping me. She is generous. And I have personally seens her fight harder than any attorney in the court house when other "dumptruck" attorneys just take fees and plead people guilty. She has stood up to both prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. Yet, you ignore that. Yellow journalism, Don.

Do a story on the California Innocence Project's expose on the State Bar found that the State Bar prosecutes a lowly 1% of the complaints against prosecutors. It also found overwhelming evidence that the State Bar targets criminal defense lawyers. And there is also clear evidence that the State Bar has never in its existence prosecuted one of its own prosecutors. And there is case after case of overreaching by State Bar prosecutors. But the judges of the State Bar will never refer one of their prosecutors for investigation. And who, anyway, will investigate? It is the classic fox guarding the hen house.

What is more, is that the State Bar has never in its existence ever referred someone who has made a false complaint against an attorney for prosecution. In Ms. Prevost's case, an attorney referred three patently false asccusations against her, all of which were dismissed. The person referring the false complaints was a lawyer. But the State Bar turned a blind eye, while Mary Prevost had to fight those false complaints.

We criminal defense lawyers live in a world where most of the judges we see are former prosecutors. A 9th Circuit judge recently wrote a scathing law review article highlighting that while there are hundreds of reversals in criminal cases for prosecutorial misconduct, not only do the judges fail to report those transgressions, they don't even name the prosecutors in the opinions. And so they go out and commit misconduct again. Shhhhh. Be very, very quiet.

So, Don, if you are merely be a parrot of an organization that is wholly corrupt - one that protects prosecutors at all costs - and attack one of San Diego's most successful attorneys at uncovering that misconduct, all you are is a hack.

Shame on you.

Man of La Mancha: Speaking of a journalist who has done investigative pieces for more than 50 years, I can say I believe this blog item is balanced. It gives praise to her. The quotes against her by Bar judges are a matter of public record. Best, Don Bauder

You mean as a "house husband" who worked for the less-than-respectable UT, and who now trolls on The Reader? Of course you pat yourself on the back. But you failed. In 25 years this lawyer has sucessfully represented thousands of people against the power of the government, against prosecutors, against judges who were prosecutors. She was one of the lawyers who brought down Arevalos and Chief Lansdowne. I don't know how more clearly I can put it to you, old man. You're an old troll on a blog who congratulates himself for schlock.

Did you write a blog on Allison Worden, the former assistant chief's daughter, who destroyed evidence, and then lied in court (the jury didn't believe her and convicted her), and then was rewarded with a cushy job with John Gomez's firm? How about the prosecutor who made national news because he falsifid a confession? Kamala Harris supported him --- until she was chastized by the court. Did he get fired for such an egregious act? No. he was rewarded with a prime position being the chief of a division that ensures exculpatory evidence is distributed to defense lawyers. Do you see the irony in that? Troll.

I just searched your blog for "Allison Worden" the prosecutor who destroyed evidence and was disbelieved by a jury, and then got a cushy high paying job as a reward. Doesn't look like you wrote a blog on that one. Troll.

Man of La Mancha: I've covered San Diego for 43 years, concentrating on scams. But I have mainly reported on financial scams, so I miss many bad actors. Best, Don Bauder

Mr. Bauder: Having read your "article"and the following comments, I have a few things to say:

  1. Anyone with any knowledge of high school civics knows that courts do not "charge" as another poster correctly stated. Your reporting, therefore, is inaccurate.

  2. You apparently cherry picked Ms. Prevost -presumably because you are enamored by her physical attraction - as evidenced by your clearly misogynistic comment. What is more, you admit that you do not post regarding all lawyers and, when you do, it is not an article such as this, but a short paragraph. That suggests a bias that journalists should not engage in.

  3. Where IS your article on Allison Worden, the former prosecutor who destroyed evidence and whose testimony in her criminal trial was soundly rejected by a jury? She received a slap on the wrist and rewarded with a high paying job after putting the County through an expensive trial.

  4. Why would Ms.Prevost want to write an article to correct you? Why don't you actually review the records and note your mistakes? For example, having read one document it seems the Court rejected the false testimony of a witness who claimed that she was harmed by Ms. Prevost. And therefore your article is inaccurate. But why should Ms. Prevost be required to correct you?

  5. I would like to see you do an article on the investigator from the Bar who is now employed by the San Diego City Attorney. That would be highly informative.

I have referred several clients to Ms. Prevost and her representation was exemplary. I can also personally attest to the cold hard fact that the State Bar targets criminal attorneys with fairly minor violations that should be referred to arbitration, as they are with civil lawyers. Meanwhile, I have personally forwarded two serious complaints to the Bar regarding unethical prosecutors who lied in court. One was here in San Diego. The other was in Riverside. I provided transcripts and other documentary evidence. Both complaints were rejected.

It truly is a Kangaroo court which allows bar prosecutors whoknow they willneverbe sanctioned by their own agency to select whomever they have a bias against, and protect prosecutors at all costs.

And so as I see it, you have selected Ms. Prevost to highlight while patting yourself on the back as being an experienced journalist of 50 years, but admit that you do not report on all lawyers. That is not fair and balanced journalism. Inaccuracies in your reporting have been highlighted, and yet you decline to correct your mistakes. Again, not good or ethical journalism.

Instead of reporting accurately, fairly and impartially, you accuse others of being emotional as a way to deflect from your own shortcomings - and there are many. I find it sad that you have stooped to this low level, Mr. Bauder. And I expect nothing better of you than a response which continues to double down on your poor, selecrtive reporting.

SoCalAtty: Why don't you purportedly tough attorneys have the guts to use your real names? ManOfLaMancha, SoCalAtty, ad nauseam. Best, Don Bauder

Don, did you notice that the commenters have just created their accounts within the last day or two. That they seem to write in nearly identical thought, cadence and rythmn. I'm just wondering if the IP addresses are nearly the same as well?

JustWondering: They are making the same points, which I consider basically frivolous. But whether they are the same person is something I can't find out. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: We welcome criticism of any kind. That's what blogs are about. But we can kick back when a criticism is off in the weeds. Best, Don Bauder

"Speaking OF a journalist..."? You can't even write a grammatically correct sentence.

ManofLaMancha: I guess house husbands can't write. Sorry about that. Best, Don Bauder

Oh, and one last one, Don. You wrote that the State Bar Review Department charged her. You've been a journalist for 50 years and you still don't know that courts don't charge people?

ManOfLaMancha: To a lawyer, which you purport to be, the word "charge" has a specific legal meaning. But in this instance, the verb was not used in a legal sense. Best, Don Bauder

ManOfLaMancha: As I stated above, the word was not used in a legal sense. Best, Don Bauder

ManOfLaMancha: The word "of" is not spelled "OF." Best, Don Bauder

Ms. Provost may be a fine attorney ....but

....Where there's smoke, one usually finds fire.

Since 2002 this attorney and her vocal and verbose colleagues want us to believe she had no time, whatsoever, to comply with the order to take and pass the multistate professional responsibility exam. Isn't this, in itself, professional irresponsibility?

Continuing education is a requirement for maintaining your active bar membership and it's neither a secret nor a surprise to its members.

Just Wondering: She lost her appeals and was severely criticized by Bar judges. Three suspensions do not speak well of any lawyer. Best, Don Bauder

Really, 25 years and thousands of successful cases? She shut down the illegal blood labs and was the lawyer that took out Arevalos and contributed Chief Lansdown's early "retirement." Did YOU read the California Innocence Project's scathing review of the State bar? Do you think the Innocence Project gave the poor Bar a bum rap? Did you even read it?

How does it speak of the State Bar when they deny citizens complaints against dirty prosecutors? When an investigation by the Innocence Project found facts supporting that the bar rarely protects people who complaint of horrible prosecutorial misconduct? And target criminal defense lawyers? And NEVER prosecute their own?

ManOfLaMancha: You certainly know a lot about her background, and your defense is highly emotional. Are you sure you aren't biased? Best, Don Bauder

Versus her successful representation in thousands of cases. Joe Deegan knows. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/20...

Not one single prosecutor who engaged in the cover up was sanctioned. Two got promotions.

And, hey, since you're such a great journalist, why didn't you report that the State Bar investigator in Mary's case was either fired or allowed to resign after he engaged in unethical misconduct in HER case? His name is William Graham, and he was rewarded with a position as an investigator with the San Diego City Attorney's office. Check it out. No, really. Check it out.

And how about the lawyer whoi made THREE false allegations about Mary? She claimed she lost money in a case because of Mary and the State Bar judges REJECTED her false testimony. Her name is May Harris. Run for your life if you ever come across her. She's local. What about that? Did the State Bar sanction her? Hell no. They wanted to get the criminal defense lawyer. Journalist, my eye.

ManofLaMancha: May I speak of Man of La Mancha? Last year we and another couple went to see the opera La Traviata and a baroque opera by a nearly unknown composer. We enjoyed both greatly. We decided to go to Man of La Mancha as well. We thought it was pedestrian. Best, Don Bauder

Cole Casey: I certainly gave her credit for being a tenacious lawyer. I carefully said she is on TV "possibly in part because of she is strikingly attractive." That's hedging. I suggest you look at the pictures of her on her website. Then tell me that she is not using her beauty to attract clients. Best, Don Bauder

Did somebody say she's actually a guy in drag?

Flapper: I talked with her on the phone. She definitely is not male, unless she is a fantastic counter tenor. Best, Don Bauder

SoCalAtty: Take up the matter with Flapper. Best, Don Bauder

Andrew Liu: Believe it or not, I admire tough lawyers. I praise her for being one. But you should read the Bar's side of the story before you conclude this is a smear job. Best, Don Bauder

Wait, you mean the bar that has never once in it's history EVER sanctioned one of its own? THAT Bar? Do the research. They rubber stamp anything the prosecutors say. Go back to being a house husband. It suits you.

ManofLaMancha: Funny. She said the same thing to me -- that they "rubber stamp" everything prosecutors say. Best, Don Bauder

Then why didn't you do the research? Google is great. So is the Innocence Project.

ManOfLaMancha: Because on a blog, I can't be as long-winded as a self-professed, purported lawyer. Best, Don Bauder

Andrew Liu: I am called misogynistic every time I criticize a female. I have been married 54 years. My wife has a PhD which she got while we were raising two sons. I only have a Masters degree, and was a house husband while she was in residence at UC-Davis. She is smarter than I am. My mother was the brains of my family. Are you sure I am a misogynist? Best, Don Bauder

Typical old man response.What you said was gross. Suggesting her appearance was the basis for her intelligent and cogent commentary on both local and national news. Then tried to cloak yourself in old man logic : I have a wife and she's smart, therefore I'm not a misogynist. Misogynist. But you can't teach and old troll new tricks.

ManofLaMancha: I did not suggest her appearance was the basis for her intelligent commentary. That is preposterous, but I suspect you do not realize it is. I do not look at a woman or a man and draw conclusions about their intelligence based on looks. Do you? I did get a little suspicious when I read on her website that she is "California's top criminal and DUI attorney." Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: You can find the Bar judges' opinions on the Bar website. Enter her name or her Bar number,157782, and you can read the opinions. She has consistently not cooperated with the Bar in its investigations, and not taken the exam despite orders to do so. And she has mistreated clients, including misappropriating their money, according to judges and investigators. Best, Don Bauder

Some of those commenters who call this report a smear are typical of those who cannot refute an argument on facts and then resort to emotional retorts and name-calling. In the piece that Don wrote, facts were presented as facts and his opinions were clear. I do find it odd that an aggressive attorney, also described as a bulldog, could not defend herself as effectively as she defends others.

It was amusing to read the comments of Mr. Casey describing "the court system being stacked against us and our clients." Prosecutors would say just the exact opposite, with a system being so stacked in favor of the accused as to set the guilty free on minor technicalities.

But is obvious that Don triggered something in attorneys Casey and Liu, plus Man of La Mancha, that resulted in long and verbose comments. Comments like those have been rare in the Reader of late, so long live reasoned and readable comments!

Visduh: Prevost is very self-confident, as a lawyer should be. But sometimes she is overconfident, such as when she disobeys a Bar order, gives misleading testimony, does not return money from clients whom she does not serve, etc. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: Do you mean the state bar court is a kangaroo court? You should hook up with ManofLaMancha. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: Do you mean that I did not note the question mark after "Kangaroo"? You may be right on that. Best, Don Bauder

Cole Casey: My column mentions that the Bar has never prosecuted its own prosecutors. The headline mentions a possible vendetta. She is lauded as a bulldog attorney. But the column also mentions her many faults, such as "multiple acts of misconduct." Methinks you are the biased one. Best, Don Bauder

She should write an article, providing responses to all charges. Casey makes an interesting case.

Flapper: If she wants do to do, she should contact the Reader's top editors. Best, Don Bauder

Notably that distinction has evaded you.

ManOfLaMancha: Are you sure you are not tilting at windmills? Best, Don Bauder

Talk about a stain on her reputation!

Flapper: Unfortunately, her reputation has a number of stains. However, as I have stressed, it is true she is an aggressive defense attorney. Best, Don Bauder

any of her clients, get back on the road and kill someone while dui?

Murphyjunk: I have no knowledge of that ever happening. I do believe in tough policing of drunk drivers. I guess that makes me an old ruddy-duddy. Best, Don Bauder

Make that ruddy-duddy. I want to get that on the record before ManOfLaMancha jumps me. Best, Don Bauder

Make that fuddy-duddy. I want to get that on the record before ManOfLaMancha jumps me. Best, Don Bauder

Cole Casey: This blog on the Reader reports on local lawyers that are disbarred, physicians losing their licenses, etc. I look on this as a public service. Best, Don Bauder

Gotta agree with Mr. Bauder on this point. San Diegans would never learn of these indents of professional misconduct if it wasn't for him and the Reader. Over the years he's reported on far too many 'professionals', who, for whatever reasons, chose to, oh how should I put it, lose their ethical way.

Sadly, I suspect, none of those people, including Ms. Prevost, entered their profession after spending years and treasure to enter the professsion, with the intention of doing so. But, for whatever reason something went terribly wrong.

Finally sir, and with all due respect, if your strongest defense is using the argument that the bad behaviors of others, also in the profession, mitigates the actions of your peer and mentor, then, in my humble opinion sir, you really need to think it out more thoroughly.

JustWondering: I have been wrestling with ambulance chasers for more than 50 years, and am accustomed to their tactics. I presented serious items that are a matter of record. They came back with little irrelevancies, pumped up with purple prose.That's what so many lawyers do.


Don: I suspect you're referring to the word for word copying incident, to put it delicately.

What is remarkable to me was the vicious attack in response to that incident years ago. It closely resembles the attack against you personally here, today, for your reporting of the BAR suspension. Then there is the creation of new commenter accounts by those who attacked you, apparently for that sole purpose. Strange to say the least. I'm just wondering if it's a coincidence?

JustWondering: No, it was not a word for word copying incident. Best, Don Bauder

If this is it? It's like something out of the twilight zone!

JustWondering: You have not told me what you found. Please just describe it without using the specifics. For now, I am sticking with my decision to leave it out. Best, Don Bauder

I believe your intuition is correct, syncopation similarity or something.

shirleyberan: Yes, one has to wonder if there are fewer authors than names attached to the comments. Best, Don Bauder

don bauder, Yeah my bad. That's what I get for working on too many things at one time.

It should have been Arlington, Va.

danfogel: See item from Ponzi below. Best, Don Bauder

don bauder Yeah, I read the WP article last nite. The article says that according to a plea agreement, Prevost received a maximum sentence of five years on each charge. So how the hell was she ever admitted to the bar????

danfogel: That is an intriguing question and I don't know the answer to it. Best, Don Bauder

You could be trumped on by lawyers? NYT R.I.P.

Flapper: Many intelligent people are being Trumped these days. Have you checked his cabinet picks? Trump seems to think he got the majority of votes, and those people are cheering him on. Best, Don Bauder

Andrew Liu: Most newspapers no longer consider themselves papers of record. Because of a number of factors, including industry financial problems, covering every so-called story in town is out of date. Best, Don Bauder

Mike Murphy: To whom are you referring? Am I being kicked out of the old boys' club? Or is Ms. Prevost? Or ManOfLaMancha?

If I don't qualify for the old boys' club, who does? I'm 80. Best, Don Bauder

she is being kicked out ( for a while)

Murphyjunk: A suspension of six months is hardly a stiff sentence, given what she was charged with doing -- fleecing clients, giving non-credible testimony, etc. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: So that's what you look like! Best, Don Bauder

Don - too much fun for me to ignore. Made some notes but gotta get back to you. Wasn't today's MOLM, Fool(u)ano de Tal yesterday? Invisible Man, balanced?

shirleyberan: I don't know who they are and wouldn't -- can't really -- try to find out. Best, Don Bauder

If I ad-ded every hominem here and could recycle it for scrap, I might end up with a pretty fair piece of change . . .

Flapper: Yes, we have had some lovely ad hominem in this colloquy. It has been fun. I think I have been restrained. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: Just because I didn't comment on "ad-ded every hominem" doesn't mean I missed it. Congratulations. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: I am oblivius to the obvius. Best, Don Bauder

I would add that many use negativity when they can't comprehend content. Don, watch your back. Seems some Reader readers want to screw you before they even get to know you. Moving on...

shirleyberan: Yes, but I have been watching my back for more than 50 years in this business. As I said above in all-caps, there is more to this story than I submitted to the Reader. Best, Don Bauder

Cole Casey had a very well written post up until the line "we can all deal with the court system being stacked against us"

The post would have been a lot more convincing if Cole had left out that line indicating how grossly biassed he is towards a defense attorney's perspective on things.

ImJustABill: I understand Cole Casey is a good lawyer, according to his colleagues. I have never done any work with him, or covered a case he was on, to the best of my memory. Best, Don Bauder

The attorney in question stole almost a whole post from my ethics blog and posted it as her own, without permission, notice or attribution. When I nicely asked for it to be removed or that I be given credit, she accused me of plagiarizing HER, though my post was up before hers was.

Ethical lawyers don't do things like that. Since I posted about this, many other lawyers have contacted me about her outrageous conduct.

I am not surprised she was suspended. I am surprised she hasn't been disbarred.

CaptainCompliance: San Diego lawyers do know about her -- in some cases, in detail. Best, Don Bauder

Defeat of deduct goes over defense before detail.

Flapper: You are not only a punster, but an alliterationster. Best, Don Bauder

Soon enough we shall all be under an oppressive (not merely obsessive) authoritarian regime, with no recourse but to sue under this contaminated "legal" system. I can almost feel the "go fund me" posts, hooves a-pounding over the ridge.

Get your pro bonoots on boys and girls, and line up for the charge!


Flapper: Watch out. I got in trouble for my use of the word "charge." I get in even more trouble every time I mention the "Chargers." Best, Don Bauder

If I was hurt by criticism, I would have been reduced to constituent mole cules by now.

ImJustABill: Trotter is a good reporter, as I recall. But I don't think this is all but over. I have always believed that Kroenke does not want Spanos and his Chargers with the Rams in LA. He will have to take orders of the other owners, of course, but I believe he will fight this. If the Chargers do go to LA, I think they will get a lousy financial deal from Kroenke. But they are so unpopular in San Diego, Spanos may take it. Best, Don Bauder

At this point I wouldn't assume anything is completely decided until they've physically moved.

I found something for ManOfLaMancha to peruse:

This title of this blog is Simple Justice: A Criminal Defense Blog.

The title of the story is: Is San Diego Lawyer Mary Frances Prevost Unhinged?


The story is telling, however the comments are even more interesting.

I'm just reposting one of the comments in the aforementioned blog. I do not know if it is true, but it deserves looking into:

"March 1, 1986. Police arrested Mary F. Prevost, 24, of 2001 N. Adams St., Arlington, VA, and charged her with one count of attempted murder. In a brief hearing yesterday in General District Court, Judge Francis E. Thomas raised Prevost’s bond from $10,000 to $100,000 and ordered a psychiatric evaluation. Prevost is being held in Arlington County Jail.

The therapist who examined Prevost after the arrest described her as “a potentially seriously disturbed young lady.“

The arrest information describes Prevost as registered as a graduate student at George Washington University’s School of Public and International Affairs and born in Montclair, N.J. It also describes her as a slender blonde.

Mary F. Prevost’s own bar profile information in California shows she attended the same undergraduate school of George Washington Univ; Washington DC as the Prevost described in the arrest. Furthermore, Mary F. Prevost the attorney also came from NJ and is the exact same age as the Mary F. Prevost arrested for attempted murder in Arlington VA."

Another story, published in the Washington Post titled "Rose Bouquet 'Deliveryman' Knifes S. Arlington Woman"

Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1986/02/28/rose-bouquet-deliveryman-knifes-s-arlington-woman/ad7ec0b8-a71f-4b63-a130-429cbd60dad3/?utm_term=.53ba85d9d1ae

Ponzi: I had possession of both items, and read them carefully, before I wrote the blog, and decided not to use the information -- particularly the facts from Washington D.C. The Washington Post story is an eye-opener. You should ask Cole Casey, ManOfLaMancha, SoCalAtty, Andrew Liu, and others to peruse it, then to come back with their lawyerly explanations. Best, Don Bauder

The "Fatal Attraction" story in People Magazine reveals more chilling information about the crime. http://people.com/archive/cover-story-the-dark-side-of-love-vol-28-no-17/

Stalking the victim for five years. Talk about a dog with a bone. Is she a Bulldog? I think Pit Bull is more fitting.

Ponzi: Wow! That adds more information than the previous two had. The magazine interviewed the ones at the home when she attacked -- the female she attacked and the male who, in the nude, ran her down and discovered it was Prevost in disguise. It also gives more information on the sentence she received.

You have to read through a movie review and another story before getting to this one on Prevost's attack in a disguise. It is well worth skimming the previous two pieces and then reading this Prevost piece. This is one I did not see before I wrote the column. Best, Don Bauder

Mystery of the missing link discovered!

Flapper: Ponzi is a whiz. Best, Don Bauder

Don: It appears you have opened a literal Pandora's Box. From a simple, hardly anyone would have noticed a post about a slap-on-the-wrist suspension, to a full blown exposé.

It reminds me about of something applicable from your hey days in the print media...

“Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel and paper by the ton".

In today's more modern parlance... "Never pick a fight with someone who knows how to use the Internet better than you."

Thank you for the public service and getting the word out on these folks who choose to exploit others for financial gain.

JustWondering: My guess is that some commenters -- not ones like ManOfLaMancha -- will criticize me for not using those items, particularly the one from Arllngton, Va. I accept such criticism. I wrestled with that decision, and decided to put those aside in the first piece. Was that bad journalism? I don't think so, but I am willing to be chastised if some people think otherwise. I may be guilty of giving her too much of a break, particularly since I gave her praise. Best, Don Bauder

James Swiderski: When I was younger, I used to be on TV a lot -- even was paid to be a regular on two stations. I have observed the rationale for choosing guests on several occasions. I stand by what I said. And I am hardly a misogynist. Best, Don Bauder

It's interesting a woman dresses as a man to assault someone. My suspicion is the "ManOfLaMancha" is also really a woman.

Man (or Woman), I'm confused. But maybe I'm not alone.

Flapper: I am sure you are not alone. Best, Don Bauder

Ponzi: You are almost always -- or maybe always -- right, so I am not going to argue with you. I suspect the same. I think we should hear from some of the lawyers who used their names. Best, Don Bauder

I'm just wondering if .... Prevost may have used a previous M.O. and attempted to disguise herself here? The vociferousness of some of the blog posts, combined with the date of the poster's account creation seems suspicious, to me.

Considering Prevost's documented history of stalking, compounded with the tenacity of a pit bull to latch on shake their prey, there could be more to come. Especially with the bizarre historical record.

On a more positive note Don -- I suppose we won't have to worry about you chasing down your digital detractors sans clothing. Considering Colorado and Arlington, Va. share some of the same winter weather characteristics, you could catch your death of cold, even IF a bath towel is available.

JustWondering: Yes, I am suspicious of some of those passionately pro-Prevost posts. They smack of coordination, if not something more misleading. However, it was those passionately pro-Prevost posts that worked to bring out VERY unfavorable information on Prevost. I had originally, perhaps wrongly from a journalistic perspective, not reported that information. Best, Don Bauder

Oh My Better Judgement - I googled and her picture came up as having a twitter page encouraging people Not to Vote because her daddy had been against the Nazis. Incongruent and stupid weird. Why did Democrats intentionally lose? I thought I was searching for the title of Ben Stiller comedy movie about an egocentric model who claimed himself to be exceptionally good looking.Thanks for truth telling GoodDonald or we can't look in our own character the mirror.

shirleyberan: I think we have to wait awhile to see if that Prevost comment was incongruent. Think about it. Best, Don Bauder

Letter writing campaign defending this three-time suspended lawyer seems orchestrated. Perhaps by her?

DonSmith: Yes, it's possible this was orchestrated. Possibly it will be shown that it was orchestrated by Spike Jones, not Richard Strauss or Gustav Mahler, the great orchestrators. Best, Don Bauder

Mirror? Mirror on the wall. (Methinks Don needs new glasses.)

Flapper: I have gotten three or four new pairs of glasses since that photo was taken. Best, Don Bauder

Maybe she should get a lawyer? Mebbe an all red one?

Flapper: She certainly has some lawyers in her fan club. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper - by Red are you inferring communist dictatorship? I think that's a subversive American scenario I f Democracy (democratic for reason) is without a united, undivided by private pitty-parties, LARGE and thoughtful PLAN.

Flapper: Gloria in excelsis Deo? Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: Some would say sick Gloria Allred. Best, Don Bauder

You mean the publicity hound that lives in Baskerville amongst all the other baskers (in tanning beds etc.) in the limelight and kliegs where they cry havoc and strain at their leashes? I miss ogeny!

Flapper: She sure hoodwinked the San Diego press in the Filner lynching. Best, Don Bauder

The people WANT to be hoodwinked. (Apologies to P. T. Barnum)

Flapper: Sorry to say, I think you are right. A large percentage of the public is ignorant and has no desire to change….and probably not the mental acuity to change. Best, Don Bauder

I fee a tirade coming on! WHY is the public ignorant and feels futility? (impoverishing pay, sucker advertising, poor education, et sic porro)

Flapper: I think the vast gap between the rich and the middle class is perhaps the most important complaint that people have. Many scribes (including this one) warned business that this widening gap would backfire. It is beginning to do so. But business still does not understand this. Best, Don Bauder

shirleyberan: I think that communist comment is off base. Best, Don Bauder

shirleyberan: Flapper was making a pun: in mentioning "all red" he was alluding to famed lawyer Gloria Allred. Best, Don Bauder

I think within the next few decades self-driving cars will make DUI's much less frequent.

ImJustABill: Ah, self-driving cars. For as long as I have used them, computers have given me fits. At least once a day I curse electronics. And you think I am going to ride in a self-driving car guided by electronic gizmos?

Incidentally, for a couple of weeks around Thanksgiving, we were in the Bay Area visiting our sons, daughter-in-law, and grandsons. Several times we saw self-driving cars going along the streets. If I were an owner sitting in the back seat while computers guided the car, I would be terrified. I realize one doesn't mention that around Google. Best, Don Bauder

It will be a big leap - certainly Google and a few other companies have working prototypes already. I'm sure there are still some technical challenges to work out and there will be a lot of legal and ethical issues to work out as well. But I think eventually those issues will get worked out and they will become the standard.

Believe me when I say, self-driving car cannot be worse than some human controlled ones.

JustWondering: That is a thought. Best, Don Bauder

ImJustABill: OK, but I don't want to be riding in one of those cars while the kinks are being worked out. I don't want to be a dead guinea pig. Best, Don Bauder

ImJustABill:I won't be around when self-driving cars become the standard. Best, Don Bauder

Jes' keep on writin' to at least 108. By then, all you'll have to do is to holler, "My erection's lasted for longer than four hours, and it'll take you right to the emergency room. (Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it, Ol' Midnight!) See ya there!

Flapper: It is Cialis or Viagra ads that say that if you have an erection that lasts for more than four hours, call the doctor. Doctor? Call the maid. (Wait until the lawyers shriek that this statement is misogynistic.) Best, Don Bauder

It may be misogynistic, but the maid will probably cost less than the Doctor's fee for service. (Oh, did I say that out loud?)

JustWondering: You said it. I didn't. For once, I am the innocent party.Best, Don Bauder

W' se'f drivin' cars, we kin awl git as boracho as we wanna and still "drive" to the nearest place to puke. An' buleeve me, we gonna need t' drink a lot to endure the future.

Flapper: That is a sound thought, but in some way,the person in the back seat has to give instructions to tell the car where to go. Could a sloshed person give sound instructions? Best, Don Bauder

Not much of an improvement over a good hoss--who knew where the barn was.

Flapper: The horse population plummeted when the automobile came to dominate that kind of transportation. Best, Don Bauder

With respect to Don Bauder Dec. 9, 2016 @ 12:14 p.m.

Sic transit Gloria mundi

But with respect to the lady (?) in question, the reference is Trumpian Miss-ogeny. The reason the "Man" of La Mancha was named such is because he, in his blind blundering, always had a stain (un la mancha) in his pants. Trump that!

Flapper: Yes, glory on earth evanesces. It's a lesson we all learn. Best, Don Bauder

Wow Don! I think this article has to be a record for responses. I know many lawyers and none of them has a good opinion of the Bar.

AlexClarke: It's not a record. There were many more responses to a column on H-1B and to my coverage of the Filner lynching. However, if people will take the time to read the three articles posted by Ponzi, there should be more enlightened responses. But I do NOT expect mea culpas from the Prevost Fan Club. After all, it consists of lawyers.

As to the Bar. Generally, self-regulation is weak. The Bar is no exception. But government regulation is also weak -- the SEC, FTC, and bank regulators stand out. I read Bar charges before I print them. Generally, I think the Bar does a good job.

Yes, the Bar has probably been too easy on Ms. Prevost. I can't complain: initially, I was far too easy on her. Best, Don Bauder

Methinks we gossip too much.

Cases like this are often more complex than they appear to be. We are poor perceivers of reality.

Flapper: Most cases are more complex than they appear to be. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: In our town, some rascal has painted "Gossiping" right under the word "STOP" at a stop sign. So signs all over town say, "STOP Gossiping."Best,Don Bauder

Don: Do you remember the pension system posts from about seven years ago? Posts in those threads ran up to the 1,200 count range, maybe higher, if memory serves. Although I must confess between BillyBobHenry/Surfpuppy619/johnnyvegas and I we may have accounted for quite a few ourselves. Compared to those pension system threads, this one is in its infancy. And speaking of the ole pup-dog, I'm surprised he's not commented on one of his peers. He was never shy regarding the shortcomings of LEOs. But maybe their paths never crossed.

JustWondering: I think SurfPuppy and Johnny Vegas were the same person, who often had provocative things to say. Best, Don Bauder

Don: Yes he finally admitted to posting from all three aliases.

JustWondering: I miss the observations of SurfPup. Best, Don Bauder

It has been years since SurfPup has commented, at least under that name. I think we would all recognize his comments if he reappeared under a different handle. I really would like to know what happened to stop him from commenting, but we probably will never learn.

Visduh: Maybe he moved out of town. Best, Don Bauder

His DISQUE account as 'Surfpuppy619' is very active. He comments frequently in other blogs around the country. Many of his comments are in the Bay Area and his style and contents are unmistakeable. While you cannot send messages directly between disque accounts, I did reply to one of his comments posted just a few days ago, saying he was missed. Especially by Don and myself since it's been more than three years since he commented on the SD Reader's blog.

JustWondering: Yes, he hasn't been in the Reader for a long time. Best, Don Bauder

I also doubt you'll be reading any more testimonials from her peers. I suspect they may have been surprised to learn of the allegations of plagiarism as well as the history of criminal acts.

JustWondering: I think you may be right, but I would still like to keep hearing from them. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: Who is suspending judgment? Are you? Best, Don Bauder

Please identify the statement that led you to believe otherwise.

No, just suspend disbelief and Have an informed intelligent thought-out opinion.

Methinks the lady doth neglect the wisdom of her own tongue . . .

Flapper: You have a lot of self-confidence thinking you can improve on Shakespeare's prose. Best, Don Bauder

I fourgot to include an apology to the Bard.

Flapper: I am increasingly leaning to the view that Shakespeare didn't write all those wonderful plays and great poetry. He owned no books when he died.

Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, is probably mentioned most often as the author (or co-author in some cases) of Shakespeare plays. The theater had a lousy reputation in Elizabethan times, so de Vere might have written the plays using Shakespeare's name.

De Vere traveled widely through Italy and France, and is more likely to have the knowledge of Italy, which shows up so often in Shakespeare plays.

However, the idea that an earl would not risk his reputation by writing for the theater is questionable, because de Vere did write plays and poetry, none of which made a mark. Shakespeare scholars have dug out a lot of titillating information, but for now, Shakespeare still sits on the golden throne, but he did apparently write some of his works jointly with other authors.

My wife and I were joking how, once again, I am being called a misogynist. We got on the subject of the famous line that hell has no fury like a woman scorned. Believe it or not, it was not written by Shakespeare, de Vere, or whoever. It was written by Congreve. Best, Don Bauder

And as history proves, acted upon by Ms. Prevost. Then.... and probably now too. Albeit in a gentler and kinder way then those heady days in Virginia.

May I be so bold to suggest to you AND the your lovely bride use caution when opening your door, especially for unexpected flower deliveries!

JustWondering: This is the kind of column that makes the author a little queasy. Best, Don Bauder

A teacher flunked me in the course when she said I must have plagiarized, because what I had written was too far above my capabilities. Later, a professor first praised my paper to the heavens in class, but never spoke to me again after I flubbed his request that I hold forth verbally while I was still in shock from the praise. I ain't no peer of Shakespeare, but I had a pal who found a paper his professor had condemned as worthless in a journal with the professor's name on it.

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. And not all evidence is evidence. At long last--at long last, how many dissertations do we have to encumber ourselves with to proven how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

The elite are snobs. And stoopid in the wurst way. And the academic elites are the worst. (But of course, they vehemently deny it. That's what's called being in denial.) We just suffered a fool into office because of Democrat snobbery.

Flapper: Tell it to Rush Limbaugh. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: "Stoopid in the wurst way?" You mean you like German food, too? Best, Don Bauder

shirleyberan: One must be willing to suspend disbelief. Best, Don Bauder

Suspending belief is called thinking.

Wrong. I wuz confused. Suspending BELIEF is called thinking. Never mind.

"I have only been wrong once, and that was one time when I thought I was wrong." --Author unkown

Flapper: Sounds like the president-elect. Best, Don Bauder

Confidence applies to games too. And deals.

Flapper: Like the Art of the Deal? Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: That is what you said the first time. What's the mea culpa about? Best, Don Bauder

In the post I withdrew, I said "disbelief" out of a confused mind . . . The mea culpa was about that, now deleted post.

Flapper: The correct wording is "willing suspension of disbelief," or the belief in the credibility of something or someone that normally would be dismissed as unbelievable.

The author was Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Best, Don Bauder

And how many chances does she get before anybody can tell she's not a monster with long blonde hair?

shirleyberan: She has a fan club. Look at all the lawyers supporting her on this blog. Some used their own names. Best, Don Bauder

Wayne Marston: You printed completely the Washington Post story. Earlier, Ponzi linked to it. There is also a very good People Magazine story that Ponzi gave a link to. It has more detail. Everybody who has been commenting on this blog should read both stories. Best, Don Bauder

You know after the revelations about the subjects attempted murder charge and her use of provocative images on her website, a women that has been given so many second chances the old adage of "blondes have more fun" has some truth to it. Perhaps it's time for the Bar to stop this legal joyride and revoke her law license for good. I wonder if she ever disclosed her felony convictions back in Virginia to the California State Bar?

Ponzi: I understand a Bar judge made a reference to Prevost's dubious prior activities, her reputation, her stability. But I never saw the remark. Best, Don Buder

Ponzi: That is a very good question, and I don't know the answer to it. Best, Don Bauder

Have to stop making Idols out of disreputables!

Are we certain the Mary Frances Prevost referenced in Post and People stories is the same one referenced in this story? It would be a big coincidence to have 2 blondes with the same name graduating GW from about the same time but not impossible.

It could have been her evil twin. Or a conjured doppelgänger.

JustWondering: Believing in doppelgängers is a little like believing in poltergeists. Best, Don Bauder

ImJustABill: Yes, that would be statistically freaky, but so many people know about it that I very strongly doubt it. Best, Don Bauder

Flapper: Take this into your own hands. Late at night, take paint and a brush and print "gossiping" under the word "STOP" on the sign. Best, Don Bauder

JustWondering: No. You are really going to get me in trouble. Best, Don Bauder

I do believe her proximity to me, is substantially closer. Besides, and I'm sure you won't feel slighted in the least; if she targeted you it would involve several state lines, making it a Federal beef.

JustWondering: In my 30 years doing investigative reporting at the UT, I was threatened something like 5 times. Some were threats to kill me, but two of them were threats to throw sulfuric acid in my face. Best, Don Bauder

Yikes! I always say it's best to have baking soda as easily accessible as the home defense shotgun, when someone's coming after you with acid. Nah... just the shotgun will do.

Flapper: I surrender. What's a Street Defender ®? Best, Don Bauder

JustWondering: Yeah, if you could hit someone at five feet or fewer. I couldn't. Best, Don Bauder

There are some great signs out there that need no modification.

"END LANDSCAPING" is my favorite.

"END CONSTRUCTION" also has a certain appeal . . .

Flapper: I like this sign: "STOP SUBSIDIZING BILLIONAIRES." Best, Don Bauder

I'm still a bit puzzled as to how someone with an attempted murder conviction could possibly practice law for so long. Does the CA bar not even bother to do simple internet background checks? Did she somehow have her record expunged? I would have thought that a felony attempted murder conviction stays on the public record forever. Or did the bar decide for whatever reason that she deserved another chance?

It is surprising to me that one can practice law after such a serious crime.

From the People Magazine story' "Prevost pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and malicious wounding, and received a 10-year suspended sentence with six months in jail." So apparently the charge was reduced to "malicious wounding" which is still a felony in Virginia.

I think there are some difficult moral / ethical questions about 2nd chances. I don't think someone should be kept from all gainful employment after a felony and forced to live their life on welfare (hence LA's "ban the box" law to discourage employers from blanket rejection of all felon job applicants). But I'm a bit uncomfortable with the idea of a violent felon practicing law.

ImJustABill: I am uncomfortable with that, too. Best, Don Bauder

ImJustABill: In the end, I believe she did not get an attempted murder conviction. I think the charge was reduced, but don't know why. Best, Don Bauder

The two reasons with the highest probability in order: cooperation of the victim or lack thereof and, plea bargain due to no previous record disposed of the matter more efficiently. Even with the lesser offense, having a 10 year suspended sentence hanging over your head can be substantial motivation for keeping your act on the straight and narrow. But once that deterrent expired and jeopardy in the form of prison time was no longer a concern, seems some questionable behaviors and attitudes returned.

Would have loved to have read the pre-sentencing report prepared for the Court.

JustWondering: Yes, it would be interesting to reconstruct the incident. But is it worth it?Best, Don Bauder

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