Inyo hires new attorney for Dawndee Rossy

inyocourthouseIn September, attorney Michael Berger was granted a motion to be released as legal counsel for Dawndee Rossy in the case of embezzlement of $1.5 million in welfare funds which allegedly took place by her and her husband Ken Rossy. She now has a new attorney.

Mr. David Evans will now represent Ms. Rossy. The case is next on calendar November 19th for trial setting. Mr. Evans is in private practice in Pasadena and will be paid by Inyo County to represent Ms. Rossy. At last report, Mr. Rossy continues to be represented by Attorney Gerard Harvey. The previous trial date of October 6th was vacated.

The Rossys were originally arrested in April of 2013. At that time, they faced charges of grand theft by embezzlement of public funds, grand theft of personal property, misappropriation of public funds by a public officer, welfare fraud, conspiracy to commit grand theft, 31 counts of identity theft and other charges.

Dawndee Rossy had been terminated from her job in the Welfare Office in February of 2013. The Rossys had entered pleas of not guilty and have denied all allegations filed against them. In November of last year, District Attorney Tom Hardy had said the total charges against the couple numbered 213 felony counts.

More on the case is expected November 19th.

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Kate
Kate
7 years ago

Hi Benett
Is there a new court date?

Thanks

November 19th.

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

Like I said if you knew anything about the law you know innocent until proven guilty! And if you want to whine about how they made bail I’m sure it’s public record. Relax and let the game play out!

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

Ricky O’ Brien.. if you knew anything about the law you would know that there is no way you can bail on alleged stolen monies. That’s the first thing they check. You should take my advice from an earlier post! Looks like this case is going to trial and I… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago
Reply to  High Water

HIGH…I know enough about the law to know that there are ways to circumvent certain protocals on where bail $$$ come from…her bail was reduced to 250,000.00. His bail was reduced to 100,000.00. Now, if they went through a bail bondsman, that’e THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS out of pocket (bail… Read more »

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

Yeah ok. What about Kevin Carunchio? Why don’t you ask him how a low level employee would even have the ability to bypass several levels of so called security. What is really going on here? After all administrators are the ones with all the power and the access!

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago

A quote from John Adams, future President of the US and founder of this nation, made in an argument as a defense attorney circa 1770: “We find, in the rules laid down by the greatest English Judges, who have been the brightest of mankind; We are to look upon it… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

A fancy way of saying “I’d rather set ten guilty men free than put one innocent man in jail”. This is in NO way to be construed that I think the 2 Rossy’s are innocent. Quite frankly, I am in firm belief that anyone accused of stealing a million-plus, should… Read more »

Country Girl
Country Girl
7 years ago

Notice my comment has been removed! What? Did I hit a nerve!

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
7 years ago
Reply to  Country Girl

I did not realize it went up. It’s about innocent until proven guilty. BK

Country Girl
Country Girl
7 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Let me try again as I’m just trying to understand – the taxpayers were not only (allegedly) ripped off by the Rossy’s while Dawndee was paid by the same taxpayers, but now the taxpayers have to pay for a lawyer from Pasadena? Why Pasadena? Doesn’t Inyo County pay lawyers who… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Country Girl

I’m not familiar with the details of this case. But I know it’s not uncommon for local governments to hire outside counsel under certain situations. An explanation from Inyo County as to why this was necessary in this particular case would be appreciated though.

Hailey
Hailey
7 years ago
Reply to  Country Girl

Country girl…why does it matter. The county is the responsible entity in ensuring the Rossy’s, right to a fair trial. What could the CAO of Inyo county possibly say? That’s hilarious. Have you ever read the Constitution? GET OVER IT.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

All they are accomplishing by all these legal delays is putting off the inevitable…

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago
Reply to  Country Girl

ME TOO…comment goes up, gets 20 ups, and then it’s gone. That’s a new one.

Hailey
Hailey
7 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

Rick ……I read your comments before they went away. If you have been following this case at all and checked your factsbyou wouldn’t sound like such a fool. You go Hiwater

forner resident
forner resident
7 years ago

Wait a minute…what happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am not saying that they are innocent, I don’t know. But should they not have the same rights as anyone else?

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

To all you folks out there that think you know anything about this case or any other for that matter. ” It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt”.

Pedro
Pedro
7 years ago

Ya, let’s not give her counsel and risk not getting a sound ruling. We’ll just spend the money we save fighting endless appeals. Brilliant! You may want to return to the good ol days of the Scottsboro Boys and gut the Sixth Ammendment, but better hope you never need it… Read more »

Wondering
Wondering
7 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

OMG @Pedro, I am busting up at your reply. Apparently you have “been there”…me?? I don’t get myself in those situations, if it’s not mine, I don’t take it….. And at this point in this life, sometimes I honestly wouldn’t mind going back to the good ol days, where people… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
7 years ago
Reply to  Wondering

Yep, Wondering, been there. Family member falsely accused of theft. Judge threw it out when they were allowed to present their side. You have to allow all parties to present their side for the judge and jury to punish the guilty and free the innocent.

kate
kate
7 years ago

Thanks Benett for the update. They had to go all the way to Pasadena to find an attorney who would take her case??

chris
chris
7 years ago

Thank you, again, Benett for the update. I hope this case is resolved before you retire – lol!

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

You got that right, us citizens will never be made whole..

Look on the bright side, the crime is keeping people employed

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Protecting the innocence of the accused benefits every single one of us. The worst possible crime is to imprison the innocent, and worse yet execute someone for a crime they did not commit. Through DNA testing and the innocence project we know with certainty we have imprisoned and even executed… Read more »

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

213 felony counts