About Paul.Payne

Paul Payne has been a staff writer at The Press Democrat since 2001. He covers Sonoma County Superior Court.

Father says son’s killing by deputies not justified

Ernie Sullivan criticizes DA's finding that deputies committed no wrongdoing in shooting of Nicodemus Sullivan, 24, of Santa Rosa

By | December 2nd, 2011|26 Comments

Court employees say hands off our bottled water

Last year, court officials spent more than $5,300 on water, saying tap water no good in aging building

By | November 30th, 2011|22 Comments

Father responds to 5-day sentence in texting crash that killed toddler

Jeff Murray of Rohnert Park says he was cheated by criminal justice system.

By | November 17th, 2011|71 Comments

New lawyer for woman charged with false cop-rape claim

Women's rights activist/lawyer Tanya Brannan passes case of Danielle Charter to another lawyer, saying she never planned to go to trial

By | November 17th, 2011|11 Comments

Occupying a spot in the county jail

Protester with record of theft gets six-month sentence

By | November 9th, 2011|5 Comments

Judge trades bench for seat in jury box

In unusual move, Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite lands on jury

By | November 7th, 2011|0 Comments

Federal defamation suit against The Press Democrat thrown out

Judge rules west county tenant has no case in suit over series of stories

By | November 4th, 2011|2 Comments

Code of silence

Witness's reluctance to testify at trial is typical of gang cases

By | November 2nd, 2011|0 Comments

Drop the phone, lady

Woman ejected from Santa Rosa court after pulling out cell phone camera during murder hearing

By | November 2nd, 2011|2 Comments