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 Pioneer Press, Fort Jones, California January 18, 2006 Vol. 33, No. 10 Page A1, column 2

Andrus names D.A. Assistant


Bob Maloney successfully prosecuted the Pippin case.


FOLLOWED BY Prosecutor and cowboy; Maloney praises cowdog “Samie.”


By Liz Bowen

Pioneer Press Assistant Editor, Fort Jones, California


SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. – The position of assistant district attorney is second in command in the District Attorney Office. After eight months since taking office, Siskiyou County District Attorney, J. Kirk Andrus, named Robert “Bob” Maloney as assistant district attorney.

Maloney assumed his duties on Jan. 17, 2006.

But Maloney is not new to the district attorney’s office.

In 2004, he was contracted to prosecute four homicides. Two of those cases were resolved before trial and in September 2005, he successful prosecuted Gabriel Pippin, who was convicted of two counts of first degree murder. Pippen was found guilty of shooting his former girlfriend, Sasha Marino, and her friend, Jimmy Jackson. In November, Pippen was sentenced to life without parole.

“It is a real coup for Siskiyou County to have Bob agree to work for us full time,” said D.A. Andrus, “his level of expertise and ability is truly outstanding.”

Maloney was working in private practice in Redding, but has served as Glenn County District Attorney, Napa County Assistant District Attorney and prosecuted narcotics offenses and homicides in Shasta County District Attorney’s office.

D.A. Andrus explained that Maloney has received praise from his many colleagues, who admired Maloney as a man of his word. “Trust” was reiterated many times, added Andrus.

“Maloney certainly did excellent work in the Pippin case. He may be the most qualified individual in the state for the job of assistant D.A. in our frontier county.”

Maloney’s duties will include assisting with the planning, organizing, directing and managing the functions and activities in the D.A.’s office. He will perform some of the most complex legal work and is already deep in the Cooper-Leifer homicide case.

“When Kirk Andrus became district attorney, I saw an opportunity to join him in providing the leadership and management that was lacking -- until he arrived,” said Maloney. “It is a challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”

Maloney’s wife, Karen, was raised in Weed and said she is pleased to be back in Siskiyou County


Pioneer Press, Fort Jones, California

Wednesday, January 18, 2005

Vol. 33, No. 10

Page A1, column 3


Prosecutor and cowboy


Maloney praises cowdog “Samie.”


By Liz Bowen

Pioneer Press Assistant Editor, Fort Jones, California


YREKA, Calif. - Robert “Bob” Maloney’s silver buckle and worn cowboys boots are not for show.

The new Siskiyou County Assistant District Attorney is a horseman and ran cattle for years. Beefmaster were his purebreds of choice and he utilized Angus as well in his commercial herd, calling them “black gold.”

But it may be a touch of his Irish ancestry that saw this tough cowboy through an ordeal that would have killed most men, including tough cowboys.

For 16 hours, Bob lay in a March-cold stream, before he was found by Shasta County Search and Rescue. The year was 1995.

The previous afternoon, he had been checking his cattle in the rugged hills east of Redding in Shasta County. His horse reared over backwards and slid down the bank into the stream crushing the rider. At first he was paralyzed. His legs, protected by chaps, wouldn’t work. Then using his arms, the cowboy was able to pull himself to the bank, but that was all his broken body could attain.

Samie, a Border Collie cross McNabb cowdog, was his companion. She wouldn’t leave her owner, even when he heard four-wheelers above him and encouraged it. Samie curled-up next to her man and laid her head on his chest. When Bob’s hands were numb, he was able to warm them in her fur and stomach.

Yet, three times in the night she did leave her cowboy to protectively bark at an unknown … and then return. There were mountain lions in the vicinity. Bob had chased them from his herd. A calf had been recently killed by one.

By the time Bob was found the next morning his toes and fingers were suffering from frost bite. The doctors found a shattered upper leg, broken pelvis and cracked vertebrae; they were shocked that he survived the wreck and long, cold hours in the water.

When the story became widespread, Samie received accolades for protecting her man.

“She was given the Shasta County Hero Dog Award for 1995,” said Bob, because she is lauded for saving his life. And he believes it.

Healing took months and three surgeries. The cattle were sold. Currently, Bob and his wife, Karen, have five horses and several mules. He is a member of the Backcountry Horsemen of America and a life member of the American Quarter horse Association.

From his early California Highway Patrol days, Bob still has an interest in motorcycles, but spends most of his off-duty time with the four-legged animals.

He worked hard to regain his strength, although one leg is now about a half-inch shorter than the other. All the time, he continued his work as a lawyer and trial prosecutor.

So cowboyin’ isn’t the only thing that Bob knows how to do. He has been involved with the prosecution side of the court system, since 1970. And he has served as Glenn County District Attorney, Napa County Assistant District Attorney along with other stints in Shasta County and in private practice.

District Attorney J. Kirk Andrus said he was impressed with Bob’s expertise in trial prosecution. Bob Maloney has been working as a “special prosecutor” for the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s office, after being contracted to prosecute several homicide cases in 2004.

“Bob brings a mature insight and remarkable amount of practical experience,” said D.A. Andrus, “and will be a great benefit for the citizens of Siskiyou County.”








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