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Former private investigator testifies to setting up dirty DUI arrests

Original post made on Aug 27, 2013

Former private investigator Christopher Butler, wearing red jail garb, matter-of-factly told a federal jury in San Francisco Monday about how he set up drunken driving stings and carried out an array of other crimes in the trial of former Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Stephen Tanabe.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 26, 2013, 12:08 PM


Posted by PSMacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Aug 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

Butler got off way too lightly (8 years will be reduced to ?).
He was the ringleader. And he'll be back in our county shortly.
With his ego and psych, I don't think he's done.

How about a picture of him as a bald guy?

Posted by Huh?, a resident of Danville
on Aug 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

Interesting how none of the usual folks here who rush to point out the race and hometown of people reported as being arrested or tried for a crime have spoken up here.

William? Louise? spcwt? Cat got your tongues?

Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of Danville
on Aug 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm


You didn't mention me in your post, but if it will make you feel happier, here goes:

Butler is white, I believe (based on my recollection from seeing stories about this case some time ago). Going just by his last name, I will also speculate that Tanabe is probably Asian (since his last name sounds like it is of Japanese origin).

One of the interesting things (to me, anyway) in this story is that there (apparently) isn't any punishment in store for the people who hired Butler to create problems for the people who were set up. (The hirers being either the ex-spouses (or soon-to-be ex-spouses) of the set-up people, and/or their attorneys. If the attorneys of the (ex)spouses were the ones who hired Butler, I would think that would be grounds for disbarment, and possibly fines leveled by the State organization that regulates and governs the practices of attorneys in California. Pretty sleazy, all the way around.

As a side comment, it might well be true (and probably IS true), that some of the set-up people were indeed driving drunk. So this is not to say that they are necessarily blameless. But the way in which it happened stinks....

Posted by Huh?, a resident of Danville
on Aug 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

But CRM, isn't the failure to highlight the race and hometowns of the miscreants in the story an example of that evil "PC" that's destroying America?

Oh, I forgot - that only counts if they're black or Latino or wear hoodies and come from "over the hill" - right? That's the ***new*** "political correctness" of the right wing - the media is only supposed to point out the fact that bad deeds have been done by, you know - "those people."

Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of Danville
on Aug 29, 2013 at 11:09 am


Actually, I think it makes sense to provide a description of ALL crime suspects, including their apparent race (as part of the description), when they haven't been caught yet. Once a suspect has been arrested, then there is no need or use for the inclusion of a description (regardless of their race).

In the case of crimes committed "on the street", so to speak, it is relatively common to have some sort of description of the of the suspects, without necessarily knowing their identity, or whereabouts. So providing a description in a news report may have some public value. For "white-collar" crime, it still may make sense to provide a description if the suspect is still at large, even if the identify is fully known. But with white-collar crime, it is often the case that the suspect isn't really hard to find. It's more a matter of obtaining the conviction.

I will agree with you that there is no real need or reason to provide the race of already-arrested suspects, although I also see no big problem with doing so, if it is done uniformly.

Posted by Dale, a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 31, 2013 at 9:29 am

Funny discussion! Fact is minorities commit more crimes and are convicted and incarcerated at higher numbers based on their percentage in the population.

When Obomba legalizes the illegals--watch the crimes escalate even more. Lol!!

Posted by Huh?, a resident of Danville
on Aug 31, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Dale, you are a stupid, racist pig. I know we're supposed to be kinder and gentler with mentally and emotionally challenged folks, but your kind of nastiness has gone too far in the San Ramon Valley already. Seems like just looking the other way and saying nothing when moronic racists spew bile just encourages you folks.

The kind of corrosive racism displayed by folks like you is morally wrong, socially destructive, and just plain immature.

"Lol" indeed.