Case of the Ungrateful OC Drug Defendant: Julie Ann Shanholtzer

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Shanholtzer looked a gift horse in the mouth
Steven D. Bromberg, a former Newport Beach mayor and criminal defense lawyer, is relatively new at his judge job at the Orange County Superior Court and that fact may help explain his clumsy moves in a drug case involving Julie Ann Shanholtzer.

It's rare when a judge completely ignores the prosecution, but in Shanholtzer's case Bromberg--a 2005 judicial appointment by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger--did everything he could to keep her out of prison for her admitted unlawful possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in August 2008.

Prosecutors in the Orange County District Attorney's Office believed that Shanholtzer should serve a prison sentence of at least four years (maximum allowable was nine years) because the defendant had 12 prior convictions (including one involving criminal street gang membership) and three prior prison stints.

(I should also not that she'd accumulated that impressive rap sheet before she'd reach 28 years old.)

But Bromberg decided to ignore prosecutors and offer Shanholtzer zero prison time. If she pleaded guilty, he said he'd send her to a two-year drug rehabilitation program at Delancy Street Foundation in Los Angeles. If, however, she violated her probation at any point, she'd have to serve six years in prison. She accepted the judge's kindness.

Though thousands of defendants go through Orange County's criminal justice system annually without getting a chance for such a break, Shanholtzer--then the mother of three children she'd abandoned--incredibly didn't bother to report to Delancy Street, a violation of her probation.

Bromberg ordered her arrested.

At a hearing, Shanholtzer showed up eight-month pregnant and with her pastor in tow. She said she'd recently found God and was trying to include her first three children in her life. She wanted another break.

But Bromberg sentenced her to the six-year term after he announced that he'd technically botched his previous generous ruling by assuming prosecution powers he didn't possess.

Shanholtzer appealed, claiming that the judge had engaged in illegal plea bargaining when he bypassed the OCDA's office and she should be allowed to withdraw her guilty pleas in hopes of avoiding prison.

This week, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered Stanholtzer's cries and ruled that she is barred from winning an appeal of her plea bargain, even though it was defective, because she had a chance to reap huge benefits from it. 

Upshot: No good deed goes unpunished. Right, Judge Bromberg?

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r.folds
r.folds

I think Julie is dumb. Really, why and how could she mess up her given sentence. Mybe she didn't take her non-prison sentence seriously. In my opinion she needs a lot of mental and drug therapy.

dgrissom64
dgrissom64

Just watched lockup, and I've been where Julie is and it's hard to change.  I think she is a good person and just got caught up with the wrong people.  I wish you the best Julie and don't give up. I was in and out of jails for small crimes, but my life is good.  Keep your head up, but you have to want to change.

Pattigirl77
Pattigirl77

Julie laughs at Bromberg. She uses every man in her sights, even her Fater -in -law. She is foul and the epitomy of evil. She is so evil she prayed for her unborn niece to be autistic. She balks at driving around a dead body and refers to Judge Bromberg as a Kike! She has engaged in ilicit sex acts with multiple men. She is evil! She laughs at the legal system. While in custody she passed drugs and kites for prison gangs. She is evil. She used her in-laws for the benefit of white power gangs and claimed her son Elijah as belonging to Monty Simpson. She engaged in lesbian relations with Theresa Ramirez while in custody. She laughs at the system. That what the legal system gets for not knowing their inmates!

Justjenndo
Justjenndo

Leopards CAN change their spots and Julie is prime example of that! I don't exscuse her behavior in the past just as I don't exscuse my own or anyone else BUT there is such a thing as change and true remorse which I know for a fact Julie has. She has become a wonderfull wife, mother and God fearing woman! I don't think she has taken any of her freedom for granted and will do whatever time she's given, but like evey other human being in this world....she is going to fight for her freedom for the sake of her children! Julie knows that if she is to go to jail then that is God's plan for her and while she's there she will make the best of it by reaching out to the other inmates and sharing her love for the lord. Whomever wrote this article clearly doesn't know Julie personally and should refrain from speaking of her as if they did! Jail and prison are for Child molesters and murderers yet they get a slap on the hand or if catholic "moved around to different churches"....CRAZY!!! Let's go after the ones that matter, the ones that haven't changed, the ones that are going to rape and molest your child while at school NOT the ones who have made a true and honest change....grown up if you will. I love Julie and her family and they deserve better than what this article portrays!!Jennifer Marstella!!!

Allie
Allie

Finding a good, solid, loving family helped Julie turn her life around, get sober, and be a great Mom. Love and family helps someone turn their life around NOT JAIL!!!!  I feel sorry for those that don't have good families. But Julie is a great person and does not deserve to go to JAIL!!!

Marissa Flores29
Marissa Flores29

Julie is an amazing person now...she may have had some rough times in her life but the lord has helped her and so many ways and guided her to a better life...Julie is a very changed women and in a very good way =) love you Julie

Bug750
Bug750

this is my wife and this is one side of the case there is so much not said here she is a good person   you have no idea what this judge has done  to her and my now 2 year old son 6 years for 20 dollras of drugs 5 years ago is a bit harsh dont you think she is now rehabiltated sober a good moyher and knows the lord but bromburg refuses to see her for who she is now i love her and will stand by her becase i know the person she is i love you julie

Stradavarushippopatamus
Stradavarushippopatamus

Why prosecute her for not following the rules? We have 11 million people living in this country not following the rules of immigration. 

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http://cashhuge.com

my friend's aunt made $20753 a month ago. she is working on the internet and got a $349700 home. All she did was get lucky and make use of the tips leaked on that link top of this comment

Paul
Paul

Moxley,noting on the occourts website says anything about nay priors. In fact only this one is listed.

Paul
Paul

criminalizing a disease is immoral. So puttiong soneone in prison for simple possession is totally insane. Ill look her up on the courts and see what her priors were but to place someio in prison for posession is insane now matter how may times shes done it b4. Its counter productive and does more harm than the drug itself.

SugeAveryLemonade
SugeAveryLemonade

The complexion for protection. Meanwhile, back in reality, Tanisha is getting sentenced to 15 years for possessing the same amount of crack.

big riggs
big riggs

Cut of any parental rights she has and throw her ass in prison.

Sohobanjo
Sohobanjo

She looks like Lindsey Lohan so she should get the same treatment. Hollywood liberal elitists get off all the time because they contribute huge sums to political liberal elitists.Everyone should get a chance to turn their lives around. Why not let her off? 

socalchix4
socalchix4

@Pattigirl77 What good does that make you posting stuff like that . People change , an people let go of things too , who are you to judge that doesn't make you a better person in any way whatsoever for you writing this post . Hopefully you can find peace with in yourself an let go of the anger you have built up an find some compassion and forgiveness it will only better yourself in a positive way . God Bless

Annoymous
Annoymous

I agree. I was laid off doing accounting(out of all things) and replaced by an illegal immigrant, where's the justice there??? The guy doesn't even pay taxes but I did while I worked there and I have my MBA this guy doesn't even know anything about GAAP!!

R. Scott Moxley
R. Scott Moxley

Paul: official court files in my possession show that she has 12 prior convictions and three prior prison trips.

ob1
ob1

 Oh, shut the fuck up, Jesse....

socalchix4
socalchix4

@big riggs Where's the compassion ice heart

Aprilvaughan1
Aprilvaughan1

Did you miss that fact she has 12 priors n 3 stints in prison? She's had her chance to turn her life around by ACTUALLY going to the two year rehab program which she completely ignored.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Why? Is is not true that the penalty for crack possession is much harsher than the punishment for having the same amount of cocaine? Even if the law is not purposely racist it's certainly a convenient tool for bigots. And even if you take race completely out of the equation the law is still fundamentally unfair.

A_shapero
A_shapero

Prison is for murders, child molesters, those people who are a threat to society. Not for people who have a chemical imbalance or those that do not have a good family to raise them so they turn to drugs... Julie's rehab to recovery is the family she has RIGHT NOW, which she didn't have back then. Her husband saved her life because he has a loving mother, father, & brother. But most importantly her husband's family gave her hope by bringing her to Church where she made her own decision to follow God. God gave her another chance by becoming a mother to a son. Her son is a gift from God and to take her away from being his Mommy will only do damage to a family going in the right direction. Putting her in jail will only be counterproductive to her recovery.

Sohobanjo
Sohobanjo

doesn't matter. How many priors has the elitist Lohan had and she walks the streets? Putting a drug addict in prison is like putting a pickle in spaghetti

shawnpennysimsct57
shawnpennysimsct57

keep my race out your f*cking  bullsh*t babbling you f*cking pale skin a**hole

CHS
CHS

That's good logic - if a higher % of blacks do something, then all blacks do it?

mitch young
mitch young

Could that be because crack is concentrated cocaine, so the same amount actually has more of the 'active ingredient'.

Fact is blacks commit more crime, proportionately, than any other population group -- violent crime statistics show this -- both arrest and conviction records and victimization surveys. That's just how it is.

A_shapero
A_shapero

She's actually sober and living a healthy life. rehab would have prevented her to go to jail but finding a good family helped her turn her life around. Love and family helps NOT JAIL!! Love her sister-in-law. 

Aprilvaughan1
Aprilvaughan1

They offered her a drug rehab program in lieu of prison. She had a chance to get clean. She fucked it up

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