The Vanguard Court Watch Council of Yolo County invites community members to share concerns about the judicial system, provide testimony and give personal accounts of contemporary cases in the Yolo Superior Court system.
The meeting will run from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.
This meeting will feature attorney Alin Cintean and his client Roxanne Perez, who was acquitted recently of perjury as a prospective juror in the Marco Topete trial in 2011-12. Cintean will share his perspective on the unusual circumstances that led to this prosecution.
Representatives from the Davis Police Department also have been invited to address any concerns from the public that may arise.
The Court Watch Council is made up of 12 members — eight residents of Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento, and four advisers. They are retired California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, Sacramento State University professor James Hernandez, a gang expert who testified at the West Sacramento gang injunction trial and attorney Anthony Palik.
The Vanguard Court Watch, founded in 2010, is a nonprofit organization that researches and reports on legal issues in Yolo County. It sends college interns to monitor court cases and “shine the light of scrutiny” on a system often hidden from the public.
The Vanguard Court Watch Council is hosting a series of public meetings at various sites in Yolo County. Goals include identifying court cases to track, police incidents to be investigated and cases involving alleged discrimination or prejudice.
Questions may be directed to [email protected].