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Deputy District Attorney

Tuolumne County
 
Background

Employment History

  • Deputy District Attorney
    Tuolumne County DA
  • Member, Office Last Fall
    Tuolumne County DA
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Deputy District Attorney
    Yolo County
  • Member, District Attorney's Office
    Yolo County
  • Prosecutor
    Yolo County

Education

  • University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law
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Web References
California State Bar attorneys filed ...
www.uniondemocrat.com, 4 Jan 2014 [cached]
California State Bar attorneys filed "disciplinary charges" Feb. 12 against Clint Parish, then working as a Tuolumne County deputy district attorney.
A state judge admonished Parish in September over allegations that he made false claims in 2012 about himself and an opponent while running for the Yolo County judgeship. No further disciplinary action was imposed.
Parish was hired as a Tuolumne County deputy district attorney in fall of 2012, shortly after losing in the Yolo County election. He is no longer with the Tuolumne County District Attorney's Office, however, after failing to pass his one-year probationary period.
In November, Tuolumne County District Attorney Mike Knowles declined to specify why Parish failed the process.
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Prior to the State Bar Court's decision, Knowles defended his decision to hire Parish.
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Parish has since opened a private, criminal-defense practice with offices on Washington Street.
Deputy District Attorney Clint ...
www.uniondemocrat.com, 29 July 2013 [cached]
Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish appeared in State Bar court the past two days on "disciplinary charges" against him for an event in 2012, before he worked in Tuolumne County.
State Bar attorneys allege Parish used false and deceptive campaign materials to embellish his support and tar his rival, Judge Dan Maguire, for a judge seat in Yolo County in May 2012.
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A State Bar spokeswoman said Parish could, if found guilty, face disciplinary actions up to disbarment. However, the prosecutors have offered a punishment of a public reproval, or reprimand, and ethics classes, including passage of the Multi-State Professional Examination, according to his pre-trial statement.
Parish has sought dismissal of the charges, but had previously indicated a willingness to accept a "truly private reproval" with conditions including, but not limited to, additional ethics classes.
Parish cited these defenses in his pre-trial statement:
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Parish took reasonable measures to correct any violation.
His pre-trial statement showed he would call seven witnesses that have worked with him - some on the campaign in question, including his wife.
State Bar attorneys allege Parish in May 2012 falsely accused Maguire of being involved in a "sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payments of bribes in Russia" while in private practice in Denver.
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Parish also falsely attacked Maguire's record as it related to his service as a deputy legal affairs secretary for Gov.
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In campaign materials, Parish claimed Maguire helped craft the governor's 2011 decision to reduce the manslaughter sentence of Estaban Nunez, the son of Schwarzenegger ally and former Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.
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Around the same time, Parish posted on his campaign Website a false claim that he'd been endorsed by the City of Winters Police Department, according to the State Bar filing.
Tuolumne County District Attorney Mike Knowles said his office was aware of the controversy surrounding the election, and was notified by Parish himself.
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Knowles said Parish is already doing a respectable job for the office and stood by his decision to hire him, noting the complaints are not about his direct practice of law.
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Parish joined the Tuolumne County DA's Office last fall as a deputy district attorney.
He formerly worked as a deputy prosecutor for the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.
Yolo County representatives declined to comment beyond confirming he'd worked for the county for a decade and left on Nov. 16, 2012.
State Bar records show Parish, a graduate of University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, was licensed to practice in California in 2000. He has no prior disciplinary record.
The Yolo County DA's Office and County Counsel declined to comment on Parish's service or the nature of his departure. Online records, however, show he received an "Individual Leadership Award" in 2006 for creating a liaison program with local law enforcement agencies.
Parish couldn't be reached for comment.
Former Deputy District Attorney ...
www.davisenterprise.com, 11 Feb 2015 [cached]
Former Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish. Courtesy photo
Reversing an earlier ruling, California's State Bar Court has called for a former Yolo County prosecutor to face discipline for making false allegations against his opponent during his ill-fated 2012 judicial campaign.
In an opinion filed Thursday, a three-judge review panel ordered the public reproval of Clint Parish, 43, for inaccurate campaign-mailer claims that Yolo Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire had engaged in bribery, corporate fraud and other misdeeds prior to his appointment to the bench.
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"Therefore, we order Parish publicly reproved with the condition that he successfully complete the State Bar's Ethics School."
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The public reproval - a reprimand that is a matter of public record but carries no suspension - becomes effective Feb. 26, though Parish may appeal the order before the California Supreme Court. He declined to comment when reached by email Tuesday.
Should he decline to pursue an appeal, Parish has one year to submit proof of the Ethics School completion and passage of an exam administered at the end of the session, according to the State Bar Court's 15-page order.
The decision comes 16 months after a State Bar Court hearing judge, Pat McElroy, ruled that Parish should be admonished rather than disciplined for his misconduct, saying it that, while Parish had a responsibility to vet the allegations, "the court does not believe that respondent knew or believed they were false when he made them."
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Parish claimed political naivete during the proceedings, blaming his campaign consultant, Aaron Park, for the content of the mailers - one of which alleged that Maguire was involved in a "sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payment of bribes in Russia" while working for a Denver law firm.
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Although Parish fired Park and acknowledged the inaccuracies, the damage was done, costing Parish nearly all his major endorsements in the race, including that of his boss, District Attorney Jeff Reisig, and Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto.
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Although Parish fired Park and acknowledged the inaccuracies, the damage was done, costing Parish nearly all his major endorsements in the race, including that of his boss, District Attorney Jeff Reisig, and Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto.
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Parish later resigned from the Yolo County District Attorney's Office and now has a criminal defense practice in Tuolumne County. He had no prior disciplinary record.
"We are cognizant that Parish has already paid a heavy professional price for the campaign mailer, and that his misconduct was neither malicious nor intentional," Honn wrote in Thursday's ruling.
Former Yolo County Deputy District ...
www.davisenterprise.com, 12 Feb 2015 [cached]
Former Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish. Courtesy photo
Reversing an earlier ruling, California's State Bar Court has called for a former Yolo County prosecutor to face discipline for making false allegations against his opponent during his ill-fated 2012 judicial campaign.
In an opinion filed Thursday, a three-judge review panel ordered the public reproval of Clint Parish, 43, for inaccurate campaign-mailer claims that Yolo Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire had engaged in bribery, corporate fraud and other misdeeds prior to his appointment to the bench.
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"Therefore, we order Parish publicly reproved with the condition that he successfully complete the State Bar's Ethics School."
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The public reproval - a reprimand that is a matter of public record but carries no suspension - becomes effective Feb. 26, though Parish may appeal the order before the California Supreme Court. He declined to comment when reached by email Tuesday.
Should he decline to pursue an appeal, Parish has one year to submit proof of the Ethics School completion and passage of an exam administered at the end of the session, according to the State Bar Court's 15-page order.
The decision comes 16 months after a State Bar Court hearing judge, Pat McElroy, ruled that Parish should be admonished rather than disciplined for his misconduct, saying it that, while Parish had a responsibility to vet the allegations, "the court does not believe that respondent knew or believed they were false when he made them."
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Parish claimed political naivete during the proceedings, blaming his campaign consultant, Aaron Park, for the content of the mailers - one of which alleged that Maguire was involved in a "sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payment of bribes in Russia" while working for a Denver law firm.
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Although Parish fired Park and acknowledged the inaccuracies, the damage was done, costing Parish nearly all his major endorsements in the race, including that of his boss, District Attorney Jeff Reisig, and Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto.
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Although Parish fired Park and acknowledged the inaccuracies, the damage was done, costing Parish nearly all his major endorsements in the race, including that of his boss, District Attorney Jeff Reisig, and Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto.
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Parish later resigned from the Yolo County District Attorney's Office and now has a criminal defense practice in Tuolumne County. He had no prior disciplinary record.
"We are cognizant that Parish has already paid a heavy professional price for the campaign mailer, and that his misconduct was neither malicious nor intentional," Honn wrote in Thursday's ruling.
Former Yolo County prosecutor ...
www.davisenterprise.com, 6 Oct 2013 [cached]
Former Yolo County prosecutor Clint Parish should be admonished - but not disciplined - for making false allegations in campaign mailers during his 2012 judicial campaign, a State Bar Court judge concluded in a ruling announced Friday.
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Reached by phone Friday, Parish said he would not comment until that review is complete.
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Parish, 42, had been accused of willfully violating the rules of professional conduct while seeking judicial office and faced disbarment as a maximum punishment.
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According to the written ruling, the events leading to the controversy began several months before the election, when the director of communications for Parish's campaign, Kirby Wells, advised Parish to replace his then-campaign consultant with Aaron Park, "who has been described as 'true believer' and a 'flame thrower' with a right-wing blog."
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In his defense, Parish described himself as a political "neophyte" who relied upon the advice of his campaign consultants as the mailers were being prepared. Parish later fired Park and suspended his campaign activities as his key endorsers - including Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and District Attorney Jeff Reisig, Parish's boss - withdrew their support.
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Although the ads' allegations ranged from exaggerated to reckless, and though Parish had a responsibility to determine their accuracy, "the court does not believe that respondent knew or believed they were false when he made them," McElroy wrote.
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Although the ads' allegations ranged from exaggerated to reckless, and though Parish had a responsibility to determine their accuracy, "the court does not believe that respondent knew or believed they were false when he made them," McElroy wrote.
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