This book is about Mike, too. As a highly skilled and experienced prosecutor, he has had to deal with some terrible crimes. He is a devoted family man, a loving husband and father of three daughters and two sons. He has great empathy for crime victims and their families and loved ones. While he does not excuse criminal acts, his empathy extends as it should, to youthful offenders who have been threatened, exploited, and manipulated into criminal cooperation by callous pimps and vicious thugs.
Like most of the young lawyers hired by the highly respected veteran Ventura County District Attorney Woody Deem, Mike had expected to leave the DA’s office after only two years as a deputy and then become an FBI agent. That was, in fact, the expectation of District Attorney Deem and his senior management, too.
Yet Mike not only felt called to public service, he also discovered he loved being in court and had a gift for jury trials. So, he stayed on, and discovered he also had a gift for teaching and coaching the young deputy prosecutors and the police and deputy sheriffs with whom the DAs worked on cases.
Finally, when the respected Woody Deem left office to teach law, and his successor retired, Mike ran and was elected to six four-year terms as Ventura’s DA. As the county grew, so did its law enforcement requirements …and Mike’s reputation as consummate professional and leader. He was elected twice as president of the California District Attorneys Association and also elected vice-president of the National District Attorneys Association.
It was meant to be. After all, his father was the chief of police in Susanville, California, and his uncle the sheriff of Lassen County. Several of Mike’s senior deputy DAs became judges, and you can be sure they were much better jurists presiding over criminal trials, thanks to their training in the Ventura County DA’s office.