Thursday, February 4, 2010
This week, county officials received another missive from Stanley, this time a scorching denunciation of career prosecutor — and candidate for DA — Joyce Dudley. In it, Stanley blistered Dudley for what she described as Dudley’s “zealous ‘win at any cost’ approach.” Stanley accused Dudley of “multiple judicial misconduct problems,” adding, “Her problems with playing fair are repeated, well-known, and documented.” That note was mailed to the county via Josh Lynn, who is Dudley’s rival for the DA post
District Attorney Race: Christie Stanley Out
Tuesday, September 8, 2009In a startling development, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Christie Stanley has chosen not to seek re-election in 2010. The decision comes just days after Senior Deputy District Attorney Joyce Dudley held a press conference announcing her intention to seek the position and weeks after Stanley affirmed she planned to run.
Had Stanley remained in the race, it would’ve been the first time since 1855 - when elections were first held for District Attorney - that an incumbent faced a challenger from within the DA’s office. Dudley, meanwhile, has been with the DA’s office since 1990, and has been named Deputy District Attorney of the Year three times in her career. She kicked her campaign off Tuesday with an enthusiastic group of nearly 100 supporters in front of the County Courthouse. She pledged to bring back the department’s truancy program, create an arson unit, and focus on violent crimes when she is DA.
She most recently successfully prosecuted Peter Jeschke, a former girl’s tennis coach at Santa Barbara High, who had sex with one of his players. A jury found him guilty of seven of the 11 counts he was charged with and not guilty of two. He was convicted of all of the sex crime charges, which included sexual penetration by a foreign object with a minor, three counts of oral copulation with a minor, and two counts of sex with a minor more than three years younger than himself.