The Perception Is What Matters In Stuart Elder Trial

Nevermind the facts like he was intoxicated and speeding.

Sillman said Elder’s blood alcohol level was of .17 — more than twice the legal limit. Lukehart did not say whether Daly’s blood alcohol level was ever determined.

Data pulled from Elder’s Cadillac SUV showed that 1.5 seconds before the vehicles crashed head-on, Elder was driving three times the 25 mph speed limit. It wasn’t until a half-second before the wreck that Elder hit the breaks, slowing from 77 mph to 71 mph, Sillman said.

“We will not be contesting the physical facts of the case. What we are contesting is the perception,” he

The Perception Is What Matters In Stuart Elder Trial

People Injured By Drunk Driver Aaron Corn Ask For His Release

Well, their odds of being injured by a drunk have played out. Mine on the other hand have yet to be met. Please keep me safe and keep the man in jail..


Corn has served roughly half of his sentence, taking good behavior credits into consideration. If his full sentence is reinstated, he will likely be incarcerated 2½ years more.

“I’m just asking for one chance to prove that I can be a better person than I was three years ago,” he told Scott.

Scott then asked Corn a question, telling him he didn’t have to answer.

The judge read a three-year-old letter to the court from the father of one of Corn’s passengers that said Corn was manipulative and had lived “a lifetime of bad decisions.”

Scott asked Corn what he had to say about the statement.

Corn appeared stunned by the words and said he hardly knew the father, adding, “That’s not who I am.”

Prosecutor Todd Hornik asked for Corn’s full sentence to be reinstated.

“He will walk out” of prison, Hornik said. “Miss Hill will never walk.”

Hornik said Corn, who had been in a residential rehabilitation program before the crash, had used up his second chances.

“If he hadn’t been afforded that opportunity while he was in juvenile rehab, we wouldn’t be here today,” Hornik said.

People Injured By Drunk Driver Ask For His Release

Fatal Accident Driver's Blood Test "not inconsistent with the charges."

Plus gleening evidence from computers in both cars.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry Spitz said prosecutor Ed Hazel was expected to file charges on Friday or early next week against Pacific Grove builder Stuart Elder, who was arrested on charges of vehiclular manslaughter while under the influence.


Elder’s attorney, Paul Nathan Puri, said Elder “flatly denies he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.”

But Spitz said Thursday that Elder’s final blood toxicology reports are “not inconsistent with the charges.”

Fatal Accident Driver’s Blood Test “not inconsistent with the charges.”

Felony DUI Aaron Corn Granted Appeal

The media talks about Chelsie all the time, but it was reported that 4 others were injured, Corn took the car without permission AND was on probation. Stay in jail, boy.


A Pacific Grove man who paralyzed a friend in a drunken-driving accident will get another chance to get out of prison.

The 6th District Court of Appeals this week reversed the seven-year prison sentence of Aaron Corn and remanded him for a new sentencing hearing before Judge Russell Scott.

The three-judge panel unanimously concurred with Corn that Scott wrongly concluded the then-18-year-old was ineligible for probation after paralyzing Chelsie Hill. In a unanimous ruling written by Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, the panel voiced no opinion about what Corn’s new sentence should be, only that probation should be on the table.

Felony DUI Aaron Corn Granted Appeal

CHP Has Cause To Conclude That Stuart Elder Was Drunk

Sizing up to be a quite a case. Lawyers now accusing news of yellow journalism

On Monday, Puri issued a statement denying the allegations and making Elder out to be a concerned man who took care of his friend in the crash’s aftermath and is mourning the deaths he caused.

He said Elder “will be vindicated in a court of law.”

But California Highway Patrol public information officer Bob Lehman said the officers — who are highly trained in accident investigation and determining whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs — had cause to conclude Elder was drunk, though he wouldn’t go into details. He also noted the CHP is the top echelon when it comes to skills, training, technique and information regarding DUI investigations.

CHP Has Cause To Conclude That Stuart Elder Was Drunk

Stuart Elder Will Be Vindicated

Says lawyer. The two ladies that died in the accident were former owners of Stone’s Pet Shop, a P.G. institution.

Witnesses said Elder was speeding and weaving between lanes while he was driving southbound on Sloat Road away from the Inn at Spanish Bay.

But Elder’s San Francisco-based defense attorney, Paul Nathan Puri, said Elder was not intoxicated and was not on his way home from the posh Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival or any related after-parties.

Puri also accused KSBW, other local media and law enforcement of “colluding in sensationalist yellow journalism and debased character assassination for their mutual profit and gain.”


“Stuart Elder will be vindicated in a court of law,” Puri said.

Stuart Elder Will Be Vindicated

Elder Not DUI In Fatal Accident – Says Attorney

Lawyer tells about Stuart Elder’s heroics for his passenger.

An attorney for a Pacific Grove luxury home builder involved in an April 7 collision that left two Pebble Beach women dead and another woman seriously injured issued a statement Monday saying his client was not under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.

The statement, emailed to reporters from the office of San Francisco Bay Area defense attorney Paul Nathan Puri, said Stuart Elder, 30, expressed condolences for the deaths of Linda La Rone, 65, and Sharon Daly, 72. They formerly owned a local pet store.

Puri described his law firm as a boutique practice that specializes in “defense against serious accusations and restoring the reputations of good people in their communities.

Elder Not DUI In Fatal Accident – Says Attorney

Driver In Pebble Beach Crash Has A Record

13 tickets in 9 years.

Luls that his social networking accounts vanished after the news hit.

Elder was booked into Monterey County Jail early Monday on charges of felony drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter.

He was released from custody about noon after posting $430,000 in bail, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

A computer index of Monterey County court records show Elder received 13 traffic citations between 2003 and 2012. Records from a single criminal case dating to November 2000 were no longer available after December 2007, the index said.

Messages touting two after-parties following the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, including photos of the crowds in attendance, were posted from ECI Building’s Twitter account several days before the collision.

One dated Thursday, the event’s opening night, read, “After party crazy!!!”

Another was dated shortly after midnight early Saturday.

The festival ended early Sunday afternoon, several hours before the fatal crash, and it is not known if Elder attended that day.

His LinkedIn and Twitter pages were taken down Monday.

Driver In Pebble Beach Crash Has A Record

2 Dead In Pebble Beach Crash

P.G. man charged with DUI.

A Pacific Grove man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a traffic collision Sunday in Pebble Beach killed two people in the other car.

They were in a 2005 Ford that collided head-on with a 2009 Cadillac driven by Stuart Elder, 30, of Pacific Grove, the CHP said.

The Cadillac was headed south on Sloat Road just north of Bird Rock Road about 7:30 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, it crossed over into the opposing lane and into the path of the Ford, the CHP said.

The victims in the Ford were dead at the scene, the CHP said.

2 Dead In Pebble Beach Crash

Central Avenue Hit & Run Driver Surrenders

Hint to all winos driving home – your car will leave a trail of parts and fluids after you crash into parked cars and drive off.

Officers responded at 2:48 a.m. on Friday to a report of a hit and run on teh 400 block of Central Avenue.

At approximately 7:10 p.m. Friday, the registered owner of the vehicle, Nicholas Blanc, 24, came to the Pacific Grove PD and admitted to driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, fleeing the scene and to having been drinking before the crash.

Central Avenue Hit & Run Driver Surrenders