It was 1981. After growing up comfortably in the East Bay and then graduating from Hastings Law School, 26-year-old Stephen Taylor started working at the California Attorney General’s Office in Sacramento. He’d only been there a few months when he heard about a job opening in the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office in Stockton.
Taylor had never been to Stockton, but having already passed the bar exam, he was anxious to start practicing law. He interviewed and was given the job within weeks. Little did he know he was walking into a veritable madhouse.