Lake County, California Board of Supervisors, & D. A., Don Anderson: Prosecute former Deputy Russell Perdock for the death of Lynn Thornton.
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Department of Justice
United States
Board of Supervisors, & District Attorney, Don Anderson
Lake County, California

Lake County, California Board of Supervisors, & D. A., Don Anderson: Prosecute former Deputy Russell Perdock for the death of Lynn Thornton.

    1. Rory Kremer
    2. Petition by

      Rory Kremer

      San Pedro, CA

On the night of April 26, 2006, Russell Perdock, then a Senior Deputy Sheriff for Lake County ran his speeding power boat up and over the slow moving sailboat, Beats Workin' II, killing Willows resident Lynn Thornton and injuring the remaining crew.
Perdock, though proven to have been drinking alcoholic beverages throughout the day prior to the wreck was never charged with a crime thanks to his connections to Lake County Governmental officials. Instead, Bismarck Dinius, one of the persons on-board the slow moving sailboat at the time Deputy Perdock collided with it  was charged by the Lake County District Attorney. Dinius was finally acquitted by a jury trial after loosing his job and spending his savings to defend himself.  Perdock was eventually fired more than a year later by the Sheriff's Office and the district attorney who prosecuted Dinius — and refused to prosecute Perdock — Jon E. Hopkins, was not re-elected.
Since this has all come to pass, Lake County has still not pressed needed legal actions against Russell Perdock, but has instead appointed him to The Lake County Fire Protection District board of Directors.
Local politics in this area needs to be brought into the 21st century and Russell Perdock needs to be brought in front of a jury to face charges in the death of Lynn Thornton.

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Nearing 1000 signatures

      Rory Kremer
      Petition Organizer

      Once we have hit this 1000 mark, we will hard copy the comments, and names and deliver them in person to Lake County. I am sailing north from Los Angeles on Monday, and would sure love to carry this with me to deliver while up north....27 more caring names is all we need. Please pass this on.

    3. Nearing 1000 signatures

      Rory Kremer
      Petition Organizer

      Please continue sharing the link to our petition asking for justice in Lake County, California.
      We are nearing 1000 signatures, and could sure use the help of fellow sailors, and friends so that we might show Lake County that we mean business.
      Thanks for signing and for your help in keeping Lake County and Russell Perdock answerable in the death of Lynn.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. First part of my response...site fighting me, sorry

      Rory Kremer
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Jeremy,
      At this time we are petitioning the Lake County District Attorney to present a case against Russell Perdock to a Lake County grand jury for their consideration of bringing criminal charges against Perdock. If your DA, Mr. Anderson feels that he cannot present such a case, I would hope that they ask another county to present the case to a grand jury for their consideration. The DOJ is our last resort for Perdocks' prosecution, and we would prefer to see that this matter be handled locally, rather than nationally. Whit that said, if this is not handled locally, the DOJ prosecution of this case and perhaps other charges against others in power who may have colluded to protect Perdock and hamper prosecution will be pursued through the office of Erik Holder, Attorney General of The United States.

    6. Site wont let me post all of my response, so I will piece it on here.

      Rory Kremer
      Petition Organizer

      this is the end of the letter.
      Fortunately, I am very connected with the worldwide sailing community because of my solo circumnavigation and my constant trans-oceanic deliveries, as well as my time spent teaching new sailors. With this said, I do not know how to answer your question about whether I am alone or with a group with our petition, the petition speaks for itself, with over 700 signatures in a weeks time. I can say that I have the support of Lynn's family, several sailing groups across the State of California, The United States, and now the world.
      Jeremy, we want nothing more than justice done in this matter.
      If you or I did what Perdock did, we would be under the jail.
      Hope this is helpful information and answers your questions.
      Rory Kremer

    7. Lake County press acknowledges our petition drive. Read below

      Rory Kremer
      Petition Organizer

      Hello,

      This is Jeremy Walsh, from the Lake County Record-Bee. I wanted to clarify whether you are petitioning the DOJ or Lake County officials to initiate a prosecution of Perdock. Are you part of a group collecting support or are you acting alone?

      Jeremy Walsh
      Staff reporter
      Lake County Record-Bee
      (707) 263-5636 x. 37
      jwalsh@record-bee.com

      This was my response, I hope it was appropriate and correct. If I misspoke or missed any points, please do inform me with any input.
      Rorykremer1@yahoo.com

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Time for all sailors to stand together for one of our own has fallen.

      Rory Kremer
      Petition Organizer

      I see that our international folks are joining this matter, sailors the world over I have met and talked to about the death of Lynn Thornton are amazed that our great country would allow such a fine person to pass at the hands of a reckless fool running an overpowered boat at night, after drinking a the local bars. Oh, sorry, he was a Chief Deputy Sheriff...he can do no wrong.
      At least 150+ of us now believe that it is past time for Russell Perdock to be charged with 2nd degree murder, at least, by the Lake County DA, and have a grand jury decide the fate of this claim, rather than the former good ole boys who ran the county.
      It is time for Lynns' family and friends to get some justice and closure from Lake County!
      Thanks so much to my fellow sailors worldwide, I knew you would come to bear your weight.
      Rory

    10. Demand a grand jury hearing in Lake County, CA against Perdock!

      Rory Kremer
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached a hundred plus on this petition, and I have spoken with the new Lake County Sheriff, Francisco Rivero who is totally in support of seeing justice done in his county. Lets help Rivero bring a new breath of justice into Lake County, and bring some peace to the family of Lynn Thornton by demanding a grand jury hearing, asking for at least 2nd degree murder charges against Russell Perdock.

    11. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Nine Green NICE, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Corruption hurts all good people.

      Lake Co. is so corrupt !

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    • LINDA MCCREADY JACKSONVILLE, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      I worked with Lynn Sullivan Thornton from 1977 to 2000, when I retired. Lynn, through her intelligence, energy, dedication, and skill, rose from a clerical position to top management in the Enforcement Branch of the Medical Board of California. She epitomized the concepts of protect and serve to the fullest. I was devastated to learn of her untimely death, and of the travesty of Lake County's justice system. I wish your organization all success in getting this case reopened and properly adjudicated.

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    • D V CONWAY, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      A monumental blight on Lake County must be removed.

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    • Norman Hirsch JUNO BEACH, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a boater who demands truth and justice period.

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    • Teo Frank SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am signing because I want to be able to continue to respect law enforcement.

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