February 21, 2024

OAKLAND — For the second time since prices have been filed final August, an East Bay public defender has tried and didn’t get his consumer out of jail on pending prices that he sexually abused three women and trafficked one among them.

This time, the lawyer for 31-year-old Lennard Davis accused an Alameda County prosecutor of violating the state’s Racial Justice Act by repeatedly referring to Davis’ alleged “predatory habits” at an earlier court docket listening to. Davis is charged with 14 felonies for allegedly sexually abusing three women, aged 13-15, over a two-month interval, filming a number of the alleged abuse and coercing one among them to carry out intercourse work for him.

At a September bail listening to, Deputy District Lawyer Greg Boller argued efficiently that Davis’ launch from Santa Rita Jail would represent a “very grave public security menace” and accused him thrice of “predatory habits” within the filming of the ladies, and for allegedly arranging to take them to his “new dwelling” in Las Vegas.

In a subsequent movement, Deputy Public Defender Russell Mangan argued Boller’s remarks violated the Racial Justice Act as a result of it was akin to calling Davis, who’s Black, a predator.

“This language invokes stereotypes of Black males being animalistic, beast-like, and due to this fact non-human,” Mangan wrote. “That is exactly the sort of racial bias that the RJA seeks to take away from the courtroom.”

In his response, Boller outlined precisely what he meant by “predatory habits,” writing that Davis allegedly approached the 13-year-old lady on her method dwelling from college and supplied to be her “sugar daddy,” later instructed her, “you’re a younger b—-, I like them younger,” and picked up the 14-and-15-year-old women from a juvenile group dwelling in one other a part of California. Davis allegedly “slapped, grabbed, threw, and strangled” one of many women after she “didn’t make him meals and wished to depart his home,” inflicting her to lose consciousness, Boller wrote.

“Given the severity of the kid molestation, human trafficking, assault, and youngster pornography allegations, the usage of the time period ‘predatory habits’ was acceptable,” Boller wrote, including he didn’t “make any argument suggesting an analogy to animals.”