Barry Levinson

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Orange County District Attorney

Hello Ms. Schroeder:

It has been a while since we last talked.  I hope you are doing well.
I have blogged that your office did the right thing by recently bringing charges against former City Manager Joe Felz and I commended your office for it.  No one should be above the law.
Implicit in your decision is the fact that our former Police Chief Danny Hughes (hours before he was retiring from his position), made not only a poor decision but a criminal decision in not directing his officers to arrest Joe Felz in the wee hours of November 9, 2016.  The facts are clear that Danny Hughes overruled normal Fullerton police procedure and the law, sending another officer of his own choosing to go to the scene after the fact to conduct a so-called sobriety test away from all the other officers on the scene.
Are you going to charge Danny Hughes with obstruction of justice and any other statute that he may have violated on November 9th?
That Joe Felz used his position of power in the city to escape arrest is one thing but the head of our law enforcement department to make it happen is actually worse in my opinion.  Our whole society is greatly damaged when the citizens loose confidence in the equal application of our laws.
Please let me know what your office plans will be on this matter.


Barry Levinson
Fullerton Resident
In my humble opinion not to take action against Danny Hughes would be a stain against the citizenry and against the tenets of justice.
I did get a response from Ms. Schroeder stating she could not talk about an ongoing investigation.  Well now that Joe Felz has been arraigned in a North Orange County Courthouse on April, 3 2017, it is time for our OCDA to take formal action against Danny Hughes.  We as a democratic people can not have confidence in our law enforcement and our justice system if those charged to enforce our laws and administer justice are not held to the same standards as everyday people.

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  1. #1 by Concerned Citizen on April 6, 2017 - 2:51 pm

    It would seem that there has been more than enough time for the OCDA Office to wrap up any investigation against Dan Hughes and file criminal charges against him. How can they find probable cause against Joe Felz and let Dan Hughes skate?

    This is a defining moment for our OCDA Office.

    • #2 by Roger on April 7, 2017 - 5:11 pm

      I tend to agree. The egregiousness of Dan Hughes in this instance is particularly worrisome and very troubling.

      • #3 by Anonymous on April 12, 2017 - 9:28 am

        Dan Hughes is now the VP of Disney security. Call Disney and let them know they hired a man who is someone they thought they knew.

  2. #4 by streets on April 7, 2017 - 11:09 am

    This is utter hypocrisy and pure corruption being exhibited by someone who has been mistakenly held in high esteem by our community.

  3. #5 by Fullerton's Conscience on April 7, 2017 - 3:14 pm

    For our government to function the populace must voluntarily agree to follow our laws and our rules.
    When the government does not properly follow the law, it makes it very difficult to govern effectively. If we decide as a people collectively that we no longer have to abide by the laws of the land because of the continuing corruption of our government, that will be the start of the end of our government and society. Dan Hughes has to account for his actions as the former Fullerton Police Chief. OCDA TR all eyes are on you.

    • #6 by Anonymous on April 9, 2017 - 2:22 pm

      Susan Kang Schroeder is married to a very wealthy attorney. She is well known, and well funded. She has also stepped into the ring to run for Orange County District Attorney position when it is vacated. This case involving the Fullerton City manager is a high profile case for a variety of reasons. There is much polical capital to be gained and leveraged here. I think the way to go about getting results is to apply pressure to both the FPD and the DA and keep this in the public eye. Barry, you are very good at this and Joe is really effective at sensationalizing issues.

  4. #7 by Anonymous on April 7, 2017 - 9:38 pm

    Yeah only by those who are not paying attention.

  5. #8 by sour grapes on April 8, 2017 - 7:42 pm

    Barry is a bully who should have went to jail for assaulting the ATT woman,.

  6. #9 by sour grapes on April 10, 2017 - 12:28 pm

    Barry and Joe, two losers who are so irrelevant now, just like I predicted.

  7. #10 by Barry Levinson on April 12, 2017 - 9:48 am

    We need criminal charges against Dan Hughes. Also, the officers on the scene need to be punished for their failure to properly do their jobs in the wee hours of November 9, 2016.
    Police officers are NOT ABOVE THE LAW!

  8. #11 by A Fullerton Observer on May 14, 2017 - 12:29 pm

    It is now 2 months since Mr. Levinson contacted Susan Kang Schroeder about filing obstruction of justice charges against former Police Chief and all around “good guy” Dan Hughes. Since then there has been shakeups in the OCDA investigative unit at the highest levels with the top two positions no longer serving the county. We now have allegations by Hunter, who was until recently the Chief Investigator for the OCDA Office that Tony Rackauckas OCDA has interfered with investigations concerning his political friends.

    It would seem obvious that this is not the time for the OCDA to add to the muddy waters of his adminstration by failing to take criminal action against Dan Hughes.

  9. #12 by Fullerton Resident on May 15, 2017 - 9:09 am

    Does any of our government institutions work anymore? We know that Dan Hughes failed to direct the officers on the scene to immediately give Joe Felz a breathalyzer test. If he was doing his job he would have castigated his watch commander and the officers on the scene for contacting him first before doing their jobs. The officers on the scene should have given him a breathalyzer immediately after smelling alcohol. But instead of doing their jobs they allowed Joe Felz to call and speak with the Police Chief. Since when does the suspect run the show? The obvious answer is in Fullerton, where government is corrupt and too often it is the police officers who are the criminals.

    We live in very corrupt times where politicians have instituted barriers that make it extremely difficult to root out criminal behavior by police officers. It seems sometimes that the most corrupt of our politicians and government officials are too often fully in charge and the truth is something to ignore at all costs.

  10. #13 by Don Dresslar on May 16, 2017 - 1:09 am

    It is well known that the fullerton police dept. is the most corrupt in Orange county and they have the most speed traps to punish the tax payers . Google speed traps in fullerton and you will be astonished !!!

  11. #14 by Anonymous on May 18, 2017 - 3:49 pm

    If the worst thing the FPD was to set up the most speed traps in the OC, that would be a monumental improvement to what we have currently with the FPD.

  12. #15 by Barry Levinson on June 4, 2017 - 5:25 pm

    It is now almost 7 months since Joe Felz ran his car off the road. We now know why Dan Hughes has not been charged yet for obstruction of Justice. A whistle blower case filed by the OCDA investigator A. Santos who concluded there was probable cause to charge Dan Hughes for criminal obstruction of justice charges. Unfortunately it is alleged that the Asst DA said Dan is my friend and we are not going there back in the February 2017 time frame. It is now alleged that Dan Hughes is not the only dirty and corrupt public official but it is alleged the OCDA Office has the same alleged problem as well.

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