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SANTA CLARA DEPUTY DA WRITES BOOK ON SEX OFFENDERS Santa Clara County Deputy DA Dana Overstreet has spent nearly a decade delving into the minds of the state’s most violent sexual predators. And she has a few pointers for her fellow prosecutors � 46 pages’ worth. “Sexually Violent Predator Proceedings: A Practical Approach for Prosecutors,” published earlier this month by the California District Attorneys Association, was a five-year “labor of love” for Overstreet, who is considered an expert on SVP cases. The monograph walks attorneys through such terms as “predatory,” “diagnosed mental disorder” and what is a “sexually violent offense.” Overstreet even defines the word “likely.” “This is really basic,” said Overstreet, who has spent seven years prosecuting SVP cases. Asked to write the booklet by the CDAA in 1999, Overstreet gives her fellow prosecutors a how-to guide on these relatively new court proceedings. It covers key issues like trial preparation, Evidence Code and how to handle and treat witnesses in the highly emotional proceedings. Santa Clara filed the very first SVP case in the state, and Overstreet was the one who prosecuted it. “This was something that had never been done before,” Overstreet said. “It’s a huge responsibility. These are really bad people.” Overstreet said she will probably write an addendum at some point. In the meantime, she said, she’s pretty proud of what’s been published so far. � Julie O’Shea RIDERS WANT TO RIDE AGAIN According to the Oakland Riders’ lead attorney, the city of Oakland is facing some tough choices. After the district attorney’s office failed to win convictions, the so-called Riders � Matthew Hornung, Jude Siapno and Clarence “Chuck” Mabanag � now want their jobs back, and may go to court to get them. At the same time, Keith Batt, the former Oakland cop who blew the whistle on their alleged wrongdoings � the three were accused of beating and framing suspected drug dealers in West Oakland � is suing the city for alleged civil rights violations and emotional distress. Still fresh from victory and awaiting arbitration hearings for his clients, Riders attorney Michael Rains sees Oakland attorneys in a pickle. “The city is going to have to put on a case as to why they terminated these guys, and who are they going to call as their chief witness? Keith Batt,” Rains said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the city isn’t going to try to get a quick and dirty deal.” Batt’s attorney, Bruce Towner of San Francisco, did not return calls seeking comment. The city’s attorney, Jonathan Holtzman of Renne Sloan Holtzman & Sakai, declined comment. &# 151 Warren Lutz A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS Who wants to help state Senate President Don Perata with his legal bills? A lot of folks, including lawyers, developers and normal folks from around the Oakland area. Perata, the subject of a probe by an Oakland-based federal grand jury, raised $322,500 for legal defense this calendar year, with the bulk of the money � $205,100 � raised between April 1 and June 30. So far this year, Perata has had to spend nearly $260,000 more than his fund has raised. The probe relates to an FBI inquiry into whether Perata received outside income for legislative work and has included looks into business dealings among Perata, friends, family and political contributors. Perata has denied any wrongdoing, and has paid Sacramento attorneys Lance Olson of Olson, Hagel & Fishburn and George O’Connell of Stevens & O’Connell, and Emeryville-based Mason Investigative Group for work on his defense. According to records filed by Perata with the California Secretary of State’s office, the Senate president paid $206,266 for his legal defense between April 1 and June 30, but still owes $249,000 to O’Connell, $3,837 to Olson and $4,794 to Mason Investigative. Fortunately, Perata’s friends have been generous. Top contributors to the legal defense fund include Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos and Bay Area developer Harbor Bay Isle Associates, which each donated $50,000 so far this year. Contributors to Perata’s campaign also included members of the legal community. The Los Angeles firm of Girardi and Keese gave $15,000 and New Jersey attorney and New Jersey Nets co-owner Lewis Katz gave $25,000, while California attorneys Michael Willcoxon of Dublin, H. James Wulfsberg of Oakland and Meldon Levine of Los Angeles each donated $1,000. Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy gave $2,500. Others helping Perata in his hour of need include E.O. DeSilva of Dublin-based DeSilva Construction, who gave $25,000, and Pleasanton’s Ponderosa Homes II and Signature Properties, each of which gave $10,000. � Jill Duman

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