Nearly 170 witnesses testified during [Dale Akiki]'s trial-the longest in San Diego history-which ended after only seven hours of jury deliberation. "I just want to go home, I just want to go home," Akiki said in leaving San Diego County Jail.
Several on the panel sided with Akiki's attorneys, public defenders Kathleen Coyne and Susan Clemens, who tried to show that Akiki's alleged victims-nine boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5-had been systematically brainwashed by parents and therapists.
Hopkins is one of many calling for the ouster of Dist. Atty. Ed Miller, whom critics accuse of succumbing to the wishes of one of the city's most prominent businessmen in trying Akiki.