DA Scolds Everyone After Busby Fundraiser Fracas

Pair were arrested after high-end Francine Busby fundraiser in Cardiff

By Eric S. Page
|  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009  |  Updated 4:15 PM PDT
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Sheriff's Dept. Probing Busby Fundraiser Bust

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Democrat Francine Busby called the incident "regrettable."

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Sheriff's Dept. Probing Busby Fundraiser Bust

An internal affairs investigation has begun in the wake of an incident at a fundraiser in Encinitas for congressional candidate Francine Busby.
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The district attorney is very, very disappointed with a high society hostess and the sheriff's deputy who pepper-sprayed her at a swank fundraiser in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

No charges will be filed against Shari Barman, 60, who was the hostess of a fundraiser for Francine Busby, a North County Democratic congressional candidate. The gala ended with the arrest of two people, including Barman.

An Encinitas station-based deputy, Marshall Abbott, responded to a noise complaint at a residence on Rubenstein Avenue in Cardiff, where the party was held June 26. Several people, including Barman, were pepper-sprayed by  Abbott as they tried to stop Barman's arrest, according to sheriff's investigators. Barman was arrested after she allegedly punched a deputy.

A guest at the gathering, Pamela Morgan, was also arrested.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' office said Tuesday that no charges would be filed in connection with the case.

"It is hard to imagine respected, responsible adults, or a decorated Marine with five years of service and an unblemished record of service in the sheriff's department, ending up in such a situation," Dumanis said. "Cooler heads could have intervened to diffuse, not escalate the situation."

All three of them can forget about dessert, too, as far as we're concerned.

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