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EX-DEPUTY DA: I’LL BEAT RAP, BUT CAN’T SHOW PROOF NOW It’s been a rough couple of years, but Githaiga Ramsey is adamant that he’s not down and out. “I’m still doing business with Snoop Dogg,” the San Francisco deputy DA turned agent proudly told local journalists at a press conference last week. That might be one of the few bright spots these days for Ramsey, who seems to be — as the rapper would put it — up shiznit creek sans pizaddle. Clad in a white, cable-knit, hooded cardigan and black slacks, Ramsey’s laidback appearance belied his concern with media reports of allegedly unseemly financial dealings. As Snoop said, Ramsey had his mind on his money, and his money on his mind. Or if you believe a State Bar prosecutor, it’s actually other people’s money that Ramsey, the scion of a Berkeley family that’s produced an Alameda County judge and a U.S. attorney, is contemplating. That’s because Ramsey is fighting Bar charges that he stole about $2 million from Jason Caffey, a former NBA player he represented. He also was held in contempt Feb. 3 for violating a court order from U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in an unrelated real estate case. Through it all, Ramsey has refused to speak to the media. That changed following a Feb. 9 San Francisco Bay Guardian story headlined, “The curious non-prosecution of Githaiga Ramsey.” The article questioned why charges leveled by the State Bar and in a 2003 lawsuit by Caffey did not result in criminal prosecution. In response, Ramsey called three journalists — two from the Guardian, one from The Recorder — to the China Basin office of Alessandro Isolani, a friend and former San Mateo County deputy DA. Ramsey spoke in vague terms about his business acumen — “I keep what I do to myself. I’m very good at what I do. I’m a deal maker” — and the solid defense he plans to mount in front of the Bar. In fact, part of that defense was parked on the conference table in two cardboard boxes. Ramsey wanted badly to outline his defense to the newshounds, especially since the documents, he claimed, prove his innocence so definitively that once the FBI saw them, it dropped a criminal investigation of his financial dealings. The catch: According to Isolani, the defense materials — financial records of Ramsey’s dealings with Caffey — are confidential under a 2003 settlement with the hoopster. Ramsey barely managed to keep his hands off his exculpatory trove during the meeting. “I’m going to show them!” he exclaimed, to which Isolani replied, “No! No, Githaiga!” This exchange was repeated over and over. In between exclamations, a worked-up Ramsey insisted that he didn’t do it, and that he’s still influential with people like John Burris, the renowned East Bay lawyer. Burris represented Ramsey in the Caffey suit. “Mr. Burris will do whatever is necessary to protect Githaiga Ramsey,” said Ramsey. “Mr. Burris’s son is named after my father.” In the end, Isolani said, Ramsey may be able to divulge his defense if the Bar gives permission. In the meantime, Ramsey wants future clients to be clear about his business philosophy. “I’ll always take care of your problems for you, but you will pay me,” he said. “You will pay me.” — Justin Scheck IT’S A WOMAN’S WORLD Eldon Ray Blumhorst just can’t catch a break. After being abused by his ex-wife — he hurt his knee after she threw a piece of furniture at him — the Los Angeles man sought help from domestic violence services, according to court records. Finding none, he turned to the National Coalition of Free Men, which promotes “awareness of how gender-based expectations limit men legally, socially and psychologically.” He joined the group’s campaign to get women’s shelters to extend their services to male victims. In court papers, Blumhorst’s lawyer, Marc Angelucci, pointed out that the men’s group has received support from such luminaries as former Assemblyman Rod Wright and Judge Mablean Ephriam of television’s “Divorce Court.” Working with the National Coalition of Free Men, Blumhorst agreed to become a civil rights “tester” to “ferret out discrimination” at the female-only shelters. Even though he was no longer a domestic violence victim, Blumhorst called various shelters but was repeatedly turned away because he’s a man. So he sued. A Los Angeles trial court granted the shelters’ demurrer, and Blumhorst appealed. Last week, a unanimous panel of the Second District Court of Appeal decided in favor of the shelters. The court didn’t even get to the merits of the case because Blumhorst did not have standing. Among other things, Blumhorst doesn’t qualify as a tester and was never a victim of the shelters’ “alleged unlawful discriminatory practices.” It seems Blumhorst is going to have to find someone to beat him up again before he can go after the shelters. — Jeff Chorney

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