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Hell hath no fury like a defendant scorned � or at least a defendant who believes he was scorned by the Alameda County district attorney. Prosecutors typically have their share of run-ins with defendants upset about their cases, but getting a restraining order against one doesn’t happen every day. Thirty-nine days in jail in 2003 on a misdemeanor charge was enough to start a long-running beef between defendant Stephen White and the DA. According to a DA inspector’s report, 49-year-old White � who pleaded no contest to threatening the judge that presided over his 1996 divorce proceedings � left multiple voicemail messages at the DA’s office, hurling obscenities and threats at the prosecutor who handled his case, Mark McCannon. He also promised to humiliate DA Tom Orloff. Orloff and McCannon got a five-year restraining order against White in August 2004. Judge Barbara Miller, the public official White was convicted of threatening, also has a restraining order against White. But that wasn’t the end of it. At a hearing on Friday, Judge Julie Conger is scheduled to hear White’s request to clarify the restraining order to allow him to enter the courthouse if he gives prior notice to the sheriff’s deputies. White and the DA’s office had agreed to that arrangement three years ago, but the current order does not put it in writing. To further complicate White’s situation, he faces a new misdemeanor charge for violating one of his restraining orders by allegedly paying a February visit to the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland, the same building that houses Orloff’s office. White isn’t pleading no contest this time. He has not yet hired an attorney, but said he expects the case to go to trial in a few weeks. So far, the DA’s office has not announced what it will argue at Friday’s hearing on the restraining order. On Wednesday, the DA’s office had not yet assigned an attorney to handle the civil matter, but Senior Deputy DA Micheal O’Connor said the office plans to negotiate with White on the criminal matter. “We would rather use the court for more serious cases if we can,” he said.According to the DA’s June 2004 petition for the restraining order filed, White made at least 50 attempts to contact Orloff and McCannon after the 2003 conviction. “I stewed and stewed and stewed, and then I got all mad at Orloff,” White said this week. The investigator’s report documents incidents from 1996 onward, including a letter White sent to Orloff’s wife and a voice message telling McCannon that he prayed for his death. According to the report, White approached Miller in front of her home and approached Orloff in the courthouse parking lot. After his misdemeanor conviction, White � a stay-at-home dad who earns a living by fixing up and selling abandoned boats � ran a Web site that criticized Orloff’s office, accusing him of rampant nepotism. But after the site was continually hacked, he said, he took it down. Despite his personal experience with the DA’s office, White considers himself a crusader on behalf of the public. He’s intent on exposing corruption and digging up dirt on Orloff. “People don’t realize that the system is really unfair. The system is so slanted to the prosecution,” he said. “I want to continue muckraking.” He won’t concede that he visited the courthouse in February, given the pending status of his current criminal case. But he explained that he has been researching court files regarding the 2005 controversy that arose when former Alameda County prosecutor John Quatman announced that he and a judge had conspired to keep Jews off the jury in a capital case. A judge later ruled Quatman’s claims were not credible. These days, White says he’s “sort of mellowed out” and regrets all those incidents in the inspector’s report. But he wants to continue his research into the office and believes the DA’s office is trying to prevent him from getting access to public information at the courthouse. “Even if I’m a total crackpot, I have a right to muckrake,” White said. O’Connor said his office is not trying to limit White’s access to public information. “Our desire is to keep our employees from being harassed,” he said. “[White] still enjoys the rights of any citizen, he just can’t do it in the way that violates the restraining order.”

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