Silva’s kooky conspiracy theory


Stockton's former mayor Anthony Silva answers question outside the San Joaquin County Jail Wednesday.

As he left jail yesterday, former mayor and alleged embezzler Anthony Silva said the charges against him are part of a nefarious plot.

“Silva said he could not speak about details of the case, aside from an oblique mention that the “whole thing is nothing more than a land grab,” the story reports.

He added, “There’s more than meets the eye. … It’s a small group of people that are attempting to seize a facility and an organization and give it to another group in Modesto.”

And this group is so powerful, so well-connected, that its members could persuade the San Joaquin County District Attorney to fabricate, through the services of a forensic accountant, extensive evidence of alleged embezzling.

And the D.A. is so corrupt that she would devote all these months, all these resources, to sending an innocent man to prison … so that a Modesto group could take over a crippled nonprofit.

Defense theories should at least be plausible.

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