Abbasi gets new attorney for annoying calls case

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) —  David Abbasi, former candidate for Kern County 5th District Supervisor, received new legal representation Monday after the Public Defender’s Office declared it had a conflict in representing him on allegations he made annoying or harassing calls to 911 and the sheriff’s communications center.

Specifically, Deputy Public Defender Richard Jackson and his wife are friends with Supervisor Leticia Perez — whose seat Abbasi ran for and against whom Abbasi has repeatedly lobbed accusations of wrongdoing.

During Monday’s hearing, Abbasi asked if Perez told Jackson not to take his case.

“I have not talked with her for three months or more,” Jackson said.

Abbasi was assigned attorney Zaura Villagomez through the Indigent Defense Program. He’s due back in court June 10.

Abbasi was arrested twice in March, first for repeatedly calling 911. Abbasi told 17 News he called the emergency number multiple times because a neighbor with whom he shares a wall was smoking indoors and he feared the smoke would trigger an asthma attack.

Within a week, Abbasi was arrested again, this time for alleged annoying or harassing calls to the staff of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

Abbasi made 181 calls in total, according to court documents filed by sheriff’s investigators. Prosecutors in late April charged him with two misdemeanors: making annoying calls to 911 and making annoying or harassing calls to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

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