Judge: Consider restorative justice in Efren Carrillo case

State prosecutors and a lawyer for Supervisor Efren Carrillo remain far apart in settlement negotiations to resolve his seven-month-old misdemeanor peeking case.

Judge Arnold Rosenfield met privately with both sides Wednesday and said they appeared to be nowhere near agreement on the appropriate resolution for the case.

"Each side has stated their position," Rosenfield said upon returning to the bench. "They are not compatible at this point."

Rosenfield said he suggested a disposition with "restorative aspects" to it and ordered both sides to consider it before returning to court March 19.

An attorney for the victim said she was unsure if the woman would approve of a settlement involving restorative justice, a jail alternative that requires a defendant to apologize directly to the victim, repair damage and make public presentations about a crime.

"I'm not sure she'd want to be in a room with him," said Rosanne Darling, who represents the victim. "She wants him to take responsibility for what he did."

Carrillo did not attend the hearing.

Joyce Blair, a supervising prosecutor for state Attorney General Kamala Harris, declined to comment as she left the courtroom with Carrillo's lawyer, Chris Andrian. They disappeared into the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office along with Darling.

Both sides have agreed not to talk about the negotiations, Andrian said when he emerged a short time later.

Darling said only that she had faith in state prosecutors and believed their position is "appropriate and warranted by the facts."

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