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San Diego D.A. declines to charge women arrested at political fundraiser

August 25, 2009 |  1:34 pm

No criminal charges will be filed against two women arrested at a political fundraiser at an upscale Encinitas home, San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis announced today.

Shari Lynn Barman, 60, and Pamela Ann Morgan, 62, had faced possible charges after a confrontation with sheriff's deputies June 26 at a fundraiser for possible Democratic congressional candidate Francine Busby.

Barman and Morgan had been arrested after a deputy came to the home to investigate a noise complaint. Deputies said the two were uncooperative and combative. People at the fundraiser accused sheriff's Deputy Marshall Abbott, a former Marine, of overreacting by using pepper spray.

Dumanis said that after investigating the actions of the two women and the deputy, a decision was made not to charge anyone.

Dumanis said it was "hard to imagine respectable, responsible adults or a decorated Marine” getting into such a situation.

"Cooler heads could have intervened to defuse, not escalate, the situation," Dumanis said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego