Man protests corruption outside courthouse, DA’s Office
A protest concerning possible corruption in El Dorado County was the result of what the organizer described as a kidnapping and assault by bounty hunters illegally trying to detain him.
Todd “Ty” Robben, a former IT worker for the Nevada Department of Taxation, was arrested after he supposedly harassed a member of the Nevada Department of Transportation. He said, however, that he was simply trying to serve her a subpoena.
“She was complaining she had not been personally served,” he said, so he went in person to do it. As a result, a district attorney in Carson City, Nev. charged him with assault and disturbing the peace.
The roles were seemingly reversed when bounty hunters showed up at Robben’s door, kicking it in, tasing him three times and slashing his tires, he claimed.
“They were ‘bounty hunters’ but they used a warrant and acted as agents of the court,” something they are not allowed to do, he said. He claims they did not follow Penal Code 847.5 — an out-of-state bounty hunter must file an affidavit with a judge of the county and receive permission to collect the bounty.
El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson agreed wrongdoing had occurred, he said, and one of the bounty hunters, Doug Lewis, had charges brought against him.
“However, Dennis Justin of the Justin Bros. Bail Bonds Co. from Carson City was the main ‘perp’ who conspired and acted directly with Mr. Lewis,” Robben claims. “Mr. Justin used a battering ram with Mr. Lewis and took down my front door, entered my home, tased me three times and chased me into the forest.” He also alleges that Justin admitted to him of slashing Robben’s tires.
But, because Lewis took a plea deal for only two charges, and because Justin, who Robben described as the “ringleader,” was never charged, Robben suspects corruption. In order to gain public attention, he protested outside of the Main Street courthouse and the DA’s Office. With oversized “crime scene” tape and signs, Robben and a few others protested.
“This protest was planned … in response to the DA shutting me down and not taking my phone calls or returning e-mails,” Robben said. “I felt the only thing I could do is talk with my signs and a PA system to express my issues with DA Pierson outside his office and ask the press to get him to answer. This is what we have to do to get our elected officials to do their job and talk to us. It’s sad and I know he could do better. I want to support him, but this is outrageous.” He later said, “People are sick of corruption.”
Pierson, however, said that everything about the case was handled properly.
“I strongly support and would defend Mr. Robbins’ exercise of his First Amendment rights,” Pierson said of the protest. “Having said that, I’m aware of the circumstances surrounding the Reno bounty hunters contacting South Lake Tahoe Police Department and ultimately taking him into custody on behalf of Nevada law enforcement. His case was handled properly by our office.”
After Robben’s attorney spoke with the District Attorney’s Office, Robben revealed that the reason they are not prosecuted is that they “can’t prove Dennis Justin was here.” He said that Justin never denied it, however, and again pointed out that Justin allegedly admitted to slashing Robben’s tires. If there is no prosecution, Robben said, he will call for the resignations of Pierson and deputy district attorney Bill Clark, who is handling the case.
Richard Justin, brother of Dennis Justin, said that they would be unable to comment on the matter due to pending lawsuits. But, “the truth will come out,” he said.
The protest, which began around 12:30 p.m., lasted until 6 p.m. Capt. Mike Scott of the Placerville Police Department noted that, at least through 5 p.m., there were no calls of public disturbance related to the protest.
Robben is suing Justin in Sacramento Federal Court; Justin is countersuing for defamation.
Discussion | 2 comments
- Ty RobbenMay 23, 2013 – 11:10 amThank you Mt. Democrat for doing the story. NOTE: Ty Robben was not a “fugitive” nor did he miss a court date “abscond”. The trumped up criminal charges against me were dropped/dismissed and the judge John Tatro was removed from this politically charged case. JP Tatro is very corrupt and I exposed him for his excessive $500K bail, and other crazy conduct. This was retaliation for serving court papers to his friends and State officials. There have been at least 20 news stories on my case in the Tahoe and Reno/Carson newspapers and TV. Please see the story and pictures of the protests at http://NevadaStatePersonnelWATCH.wordpress.com Clearly, the SLTPD and now the DA are covering this case up. Dennis Justin was clearly involved in the criminal matter and he was at my home when it all went down. Dennis Justin admits this on his affidavit and the police reports. The DA is covering this up because ultimately Dennis Justin was acting as an agent of the Carson City court (JP Tatro) by admitting they were serving a Nevada warrant. Bounty Hunters DO NOT SERVE WARRANTS! Cops do. Dennis Justin also used the Carson City court to track the GPS ankle bracelet when I outran them (5 bounty hunters) in the forest! I tore of the GPS device and the situation tuned into Rambo first blood. Someone could have easily been killed including my dog Tytan who almost died in the incident. Essentially, the bounty hunters and Dennis Justin were hire mercenaries to undermine my civil rights by trying to illegally cross State lines to arrest me on a non extraditable minor misdemeanor warrant issued by a corrupt and bias judge who I exposed as a drunk (he has to breathalyze before the bench and the idiot has no law degree and other judicial ethics complaints… Ty Robben was not a “fugitive” nor did he miss a court date “abscond”. If the DA has a conflict of interest (Corruption or incompetence) perhaps the Cal Dept of Justice should intervene? The protesting and new websites exposing the Vern Pierson cover up, scandals and corruption will continue. The protest was a success and a lot of people gave us information on past and current scandals involving the El Dorado DA Vern Pierson, his sidekick Bill Clark and much more. We found out DA Pierson is also the El Dorado IT Director. We feel his is double dipping and exploiting the Taxpayers to the tune of between $200K and $300K a year! The DA claims they are too busy to get things done, take calls, etc. Then we all the problems with a messed up IT system in the courts that called hundreds of people to jury duty at the same time in Tahoe on Tuesday May 21. Vern Pierson you suck and you can’t do both jobs, let alone one. Thanks to everyone for honking, talking and supporting the ANTI Corruption movement. I see El Dorado county needs help reconvening a Grand Jury and exposing the rampant, wholesale corruption that is destroying people’s lives.
- Ty RobbenMay 23, 2013 – 11:18 amI would point out the the Justin Bothers Bail Bonds bounty hunters were also illegally operating with a “Permanently revoked” business license and they are illegally buying bail bonds from California instead of Nevada to undermine Nevada law and fees. Complaints were made against them with the Nevada Secretary of State and Division of Insurance. I obtain tons of dirt on these idiots by bring attention to the issues using protesting and my websites http://NevadaStatePersonnelWATCH.wordpress.com
Justice InsiderMay 23, 2013 – 9:41 pm
Reading Mr. Robben’s article and comments it’s apparent he may be a little light in the brain cell department. First, he cites Penal Code Section 847.5, apparently his shallow education bars him from comprehending the word “May” plastered all over this section. Second, a bail bondsman can return a bailee to custody at any time he see’s fit, for any reason. California Penal Code Section 1300 (a). Continuing on to Section 1301 “For the purpose of surrendering the defendant, the bail or any person who has deposited money or bonds to secure the release of the defendant, at any time before such bail or other person is finally discharged, and at any place within the state, may himself arrest defendant, or by written authority indorsed on a certified copy of the undertaking or a certified copy of the certificate of deposit, may empower any person of suitable age to do so.” Mr. Robben, your rants to the press and protests on Main Street appear as though your upset because you aren’t able to use the justice system to deliver your revenge.