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PostPosted: 16 Jun 2008 13:38    Post subject: Hi-ho, Hi-ho, It's off to court I go... Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

For the next month, at least.

I spent the morning going through my papers trying to figure out which case I'm supposed to appear on Wednesday. I have several dozen arraignments and so forth, but they're all for previous cases, dividends of all the help I received from your homeless and social services.

I found one note from a collection agency who informed me their records indicate I am employed and they expect me to pay $396. Needless to say, I will not be replying to them. I figure what is going to happen is that they will succeed in garnishing my disability by lying and claiming I am employed when they know damn well my income is Social Security Disability retirement, and the outcome will be that they will take money out of my checking, I won't be able to pay the rent, and I will be out on the street again.

But I have pretty much reached the point where I don't have it to fight the police, the courts, or anyone else anymore. I've been doing it for ten years. I am emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted.

And then there's the $9000 debt I have on my credit card, another dividend of all the help I received from your homeless and social services. I have resigned myself to spending my last years destitute and despised. I figure the best thing that can happen is that I go to jail. I know for a fact it will be better than all the compassion that has been heaped on me here in Santa Cruz. And you have convinced me you intend to put me in jail and ruin the rest of my life no matter what I do.

I think I will be tried Wednesday for the nefarious crime of medicating on Pacific Avenue at 9pm on Friday, but it could be for attempting to use the restroom at Pizza Love the day after Thanksgiving, after sleeping on the sidewalk Thanksgiving because the motel where someone booked a room for me hoping I would spend Thanksgiving indoors wouldn't accept payment on their credit card...

ROT IN HELL DAMN YOU.

ROT IN HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY.
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PostPosted: 17 Jun 2008 09:15    Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

Craig;
I am sending my best thoughts from New Mexico. I only want the best for you. I feel like I have gotten to know you some over the past year on this forum.
I wish you the best in these court things. I will keep my crazy fingers crossed.
Rocky
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PostPosted: 24 Jun 2008 19:04    Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

Well, the first trial's over and I can truthfully say that if I win it will be in spite of Robert & Becky.

Between the two of them they kept me up all night the day I was supposed to testify, and then, just before I was to testify the judge called Becky on the carpet for ... "schmoozing" with the jury. So, just before I was to testify I found myself praying the judge didn't call a retrial and we had to start from square one.

I can say at this point that I have come to believe a lot of what people say about them is true.

I was so angry and tired and stressed, thanks to Robert and Becky, that I could barely make it through my testimony. I had to stop, and was choking back tears.

There is no verdict yet. I don't expect the jury to take long. And I think I'll stop here because I am truly furious at Robert & Becky.

I am very happy with the job my public defender, Sarah McCarthy, did. Her primary concern was whether I won or lost. And if I lose it will be Robert & Becky's fault and not anyone else's.
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PostPosted: 25 Jun 2008 16:14    Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

At 3pm the jury declared itself irrevocably hung.

There will be a retrial, beginning Wednesday.

They did not believe the plantiff and I was told they were all relieved to not return a guilty verdict.

The criticism I heard was that my attorney did not undercut the plaintiff's credibility enough, and they felt bound to follow the most narrow interpretation of the law.

They did not feel it was a waste of time, but they did feel it was a tremendous waste of money.

I also feel badly about saying what I did regarding Robert & Becky. They were trying to help.
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PostPosted: 26 Jun 2008 10:30    Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

I forgot to state that it is thanks to Becky, who sat waiting for the jury in front of the courthouse, and interviewed those who were willing to speak with her afterwards, that I know the above.

Becky also told me that a big consideration for the jurors was that the D.A. wouldn't be prosecuting this, especially since the plaintiff was such an uncredible witness, unless there was a 'good' reason. This was supported when the prosecution attempted to ask the police officer about other encounters with me and was admonished by the judge per a motion by my lawyer to exclude any mention of marijuana or my prior convictions, (all for marijuana), during the trial. (I didn't agree to this myself, and had considered asking for another lawyer because of this, but then there was all the drama with Robert & Becky. And besides, how am I going to get representation that is any better?)

I have a feeling a weak little pirate radio station somewhere in a musky basement in Santa Cruz will be airing a show about this either tonight or Sunday.

I was told not to mention marijuana. I asked, how am I supposed to explain how I became homeless? I told the public defender I couldn't explain anything without mentioning marijuana - like why I know most of the police force by name, for starters.

The more I think about this, the angrier I get.

One of the things I was told was that the jury took 4 votes, two of them secret ballot, and there was 1 'hold-out'. That juror was pressured into changing their vote by the others, but then another juror became the 'hold-out'. And they determined they were irrevocably deadlocked, and nothing would change things.

The implication is that if they'd taken another vote, there might have been two hold-outs, and a retrial might have been avoided.
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PostPosted: 03 Jul 2008 09:43    Post subject: No court today Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

I was fully prepared to go through two more jury trials beginning yesterday. But my public defender said the D.A. was willing to drop the battery and marijuana possession charge if I get a test for communicable disease. And that I don't get arrested for a year.

I thought about it a few minutes and couldn't find anything wrong with it, and accepted, in the spirit of cutting my losses.

The marijuana they took wasn't mentioned, and it was a considerable amount. Particularly what they took the day before Thanksgiving as I had just purchased a large quantity to get me through the holidays. At least half an ounce.

I didn't think about that until after the deal was done.

And it seems to me that the arrangement will mean that there is no opportunity for me to get my medicine back. They aren't going to dismiss the charges right away, but are going to wait a year to do that. I have an appointment for July 9, 2009 to have the charges dismissed.

So the terms are: Have a test for communicable disease, don't get arrested for a year, and forget about the $300+ worth of medicine they stole.

I'm not sure about the last but it seems implied.

And the more I think about it the less good I feel about it.

For one thing, I hadn't considered that I allowed my Medi-Cal to lapse because it was absolutely useless to me after they increased my MONTHLY 'share of cost' from $0 to $147. That meant I would have to pay the first $147 of my medical expenses per month.

And now that I've had a chance to think about the deal, a blood test is probably going to cost hundreds, maybe more. I certainly can't, and DO NOT intend to pay for it. They told me to take the court order to Emeline and see what happens.

The more I think about this the more I think I will be going to trial in August, because I certainly do not intend to pay for the test.

It has already cost me $300 for the medicine they stole from me, on Thanksgiving, when I needed it most.

Yes, the more I think about this the madder I get.
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PostPosted: 03 Jul 2008 11:05    Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

Probably wouldn't hurt to ask them, Craig. You know, nicely remind them that they took your medicine from you at the time and if they were going to return it. That is, if the property officer hasn't smoked it yet.
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The first thing I intend to ask, again, is what happens if I should get arrested.

The first thing I told the public defender was that I wasn't interested in any kind of probation, and she said it wasn't probation. When I asked what would happen if I got arrested she replied, "What are they gonna do, refile the charges and have a trial again?"

Well, Robert thinks I may have forfeited my right to trial, and that what it means is that all the police have do to now is arrest me to send me to jail for battery and possession of marijuana.

So I will be worried about that all weekend. Now all I can think is that I have been screwed by the public defender. Totally, royally, screwed. And that they lied to me, and betrayed me.

I called and left a message about the marijuana this morning.

Well, it's certainly good to know the ACLU is right there on Pacific Avenue, and they don't know, don't care, and DO NOT want to know.

Santa Cruz has truly taught me to long for death.
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The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that my public defender sold me down the river.
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PostPosted: 04 Jul 2008 11:57    Post subject: Can you move to Palo Alto? Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

Why not move to Palo Alto or Menlo Park? They've got a lot more money than Santa Cruz and can better afford to deal with your problems. Lots of folks around here have tried to help you and you keep letting them down, and blaming them.

I went to Labor Ready yesterday to try to get some farming help and they didn't have anybody they could send out. Why not go there and put in a few day's work? Or would that blow your SSI? And make you hot and sweaty.
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PostPosted: 05 Jul 2008 09:19    Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

Winston wrote:
..Yes, you will get a break if you get tested for a disease
..and manage to not get arrested for a year.
..If you don't then you will have to bear the burden
..of your decisions.
..This is the world that most of us live in.
..Get used to it.
..You are now on 'double secret probation'
..this means that if you screw up one time
..you will be in big trouble.
..Even crying won't keep you out of the slammer
..if you blow it.
..The disease test is likely to see if you
..have something chewing on your brain
..like AIDS or Syphilis.
..People want to believe there is
..a medical reason for your behaviour.
..They are trying to give you a break.


I specifically stated I was NOT interested in any probation. My public defender told me it was not. If what you say (and what I fear) is true, I have been lied to, misrepresented, and sold down the river by my public defender.

You think it is a good thing for the public defender and the D.A. to play good-cop bad-cop with the poor (only the poor and/or disabled would have a public defender in the first place)?

It does seem to me now that when they saw they couldn't convict me with a jury, they double-crossed me.

The exact words of my pubic defender when I asked what happens if I get arrested were: "What are they going to do, refile the charges?", purposely leaving me with the understanding that if I were arrested it would mean we would be back at square one: arraignment/trial.

Not that I had forfeited my right to trial by the agreement. This was never said by my public defender and I asked the question every way I knew how. And now that I think about it, it appears she dodged a direct answer every way she knew how.

I was told not to mention marijuana. I protested, but came to the conclusion standing up and stating I wanted another attorney wasn't going to help, that I wouldn't get any better.

I've wondered more than once if Winston was the plaintiff in the battery case. I wish I knew what he looked like.

palmspringsbum on WeedTracker on 06-26-2008 at 12:40pm wrote:
Anyway, there will be a retrial beginning Wednesday and I'm thinking I should stand up and say my lawyer isn't representing me, but I can't afford a lawyer and probably won't get any better.


You probably can't read the post unless you're a member, but here's a link: My trials and tribulations
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..It doesn't matter what you want or don't want.
..Last year I predicted that you were making a nuisance
..of yourself and they would enmesh you in the legal system.
..that has come to pass.
..You are not the important one.
..The Law is at work here
..and you are inside
..'the criminal justice system'.
..You are now on
..'double secret probation'
..and if you screw up again
..then they will refile the charges
..and lock you up for awhile.
..Deal with it.
..The rest of us go through life
..without demanding exemption
..from the law
..or the rules of common courtesy.
..Deal with it.
..You and I HAVE met
..but you don't remember
..too bad
..too stoned?
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PostPosted: 06 Jul 2008 06:54    Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

Winston, it's obvious to me you pushed your wife till she killed herself.

And you're not going to be happy until I do the same.

Get a life.
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..You walked right past me last week and there was no glimmer of recogintion.
..what if I had feelings?
..You are on probation
..and should try to behave better.
..One more outburst
..and you will be in jail
..just as I said you would be.
..that is the true state of the situation.
..As for my Wife
..it was something else
..that I haven't shared online
..but no, it wasn't me.
..Not that I don't blame myself
..but it wasn't me.

..She was in the legal system too
..she had trouble telling the real from unreal
..she did not want to face the Judge
..just as you do not.
..You will have to decide
..how to deal with your court date
..I hope you make a better choice
..than she did.
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PostPosted: 07 Jul 2008 07:34    Post subject: Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post Delete this post View IP address of poster

My so-called public defender is 'out' today and won't be in till tomorrow.
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