Monday, August 07, 2017

Justice


Day 89


Municipal Court - Beaverton

9:00am:
I may likely be a very strange dude!

When I was arrested, seated and handcuffed in the back of a police car, it came to my mind that this was an experience NOT to be missed! Can you imagine that?


Even right now, as I type this Blog post to you, I am kinda thinking the very same thing?! Weird? Strange?

Maybe if I am found guilty at my trial, and have to cough up a $3,710 buck fine, I may not be sooooo lackadaisical about all that went down!


10:12am:
Boid and George On-The-Road
In this video, the Scampy RV Team is on their way to Beaverton, our home camp in this neck of the woods.

On the way, Little iPhone captured this video!

Baby Boid hams it up!



Note: The music accompanying this video is playing on a CD album given to me by Deirdra, wife of the composer, John Doan. The album is titled, "Into the Quiet."

Please click [Here] to go to the John Doan website.



10:35am:
Municipal Court in Beaverton
My summons to court is at 12:30pm today. I arrived early in order to find a parking spot. And, to take a look around.

I asked the clerk at the window next to the court room, if it was OK for me to look inside. She told me, "Go ahead." And I did go inside. For a second or two. A lady inside the court room who appeared be a lawyer or something, looked me scornfully and told me:
"Get out of here!" 

I got out as commanded!

Municipal Court - Beaverton, Oregon


1:40pm:
Back from my arraignment
I've just returned from the court to MsScampy. I found out about a few things at the arraignment:
★ The maximum penalty shown on the Complaint and Summons appears to be incorrect. The Complaint and Summons indicates no prison sentence and a fine of $3,710.
★ The judge informed me that the actual maximum sentence is one year in prison plus a $6,000 fine.
★ I am not eligible for a court appointed attorney. My assets are too much.
★ My trial date is set for Tuesday, August 22nd at 1pm.

My Attorney In Portland
His name is Joshua Pond of Portland, Oregon. I have an appointment to meet with him on Wednesday, August 9th at 10am.

Click [Here] to view Jeff Pond's website.


9:17pm:
Solar energy experiment
I just came inside from attaching a plywood board to TrĂ¡nsito's roof. Tomorrow, my plan is to put the Renogy solar panels on that board.

I need to learn how much of an electric charge goes into Scampy's deep cycle battery being out under the Sun all day!


9:29pm:
Winning!
There is no doubt in my mind that I shall win this assault on me by the law and police force of Beaverton.

Who ever stated that everything would go easy?

The thing for me is, that I absolutely believe that I will walk away from this thing a free man. Actually, for me, there is no alternative!

I have a really good attorney to represent me! He will win for me.





Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 190 feet

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35 comments:

  1. Good luck George! We'll all be thinking of you.
    A sincere apology goes a looooong way!

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    1. Suz,

      Thank you sooooo much for your wish for "Good luck George!.

      Suz, I don't believe that the odds of me receiving an apology from the police officer in question are very high. But, there is always a chance!

      George

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    2. I think Suz meant one given not one received. You were in the wrong and were arrogant towards the police officer.

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  2. Waiting for the result! Good luck.

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    1. Vera,

      Maybe if things go awry, you might get a file to me inside the penitentiary?

      George


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  3. We are all holding our breath.

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    1. Clayart,

      I am sorry for taking a long time in updating my Blog about what happened at my arraignment.

      My Blog is updated now.

      George

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  4. Come on George....update! Pleaaaaaase

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    1. Vera,

      My Blog is updated now.

      George

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  5. My argument against the charge would that I felt I was in danger and called 911 based on that fear.

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    1. Unknown,

      Good argument! I'm kinda interested to meet with my attorney and find out about all of that.

      George

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  6. George, We all hope for the best for you. I could be wrong, but I think that Suz saying "a sincere apology goes a looooong way" was referring to you. Suz?? At this point, it couldn't hurt.

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    1. Hi Barbara,

      I understood what Suz meant.

      Too late for me to apologize. And I would not know how to frame such an apology.

      What did I do that would call for an apology?

      George

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    2. Just my $.02, you did absolutely nothing that requires an apology. This will all turn out ok for you, George. :-)

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  7. Can't the charges be dismissed at the arraignment?
    Seems like a big waste of time for the court for such
    Insignificant charges.

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    1. Joan,

      I do not know the answer to your question. Would you research your question, and let me know the answer?

      Isn't it a moot item at this point? My arraignment is over. The city attorney was there. He did not say a word.

      Also, that attorney gets paid to prosecute and win!

      Perhaps I am only number to him? If he puts me in prison, he wins.

      George

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    2. Yes I know it is moot. I guess this is how they do things
      In Beaverton. Your lawyer will help you and soon this
      too will pass and then onward and upward to new things.

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  8. Wow. What a mess.
    At least you are helping your readers by being forthcoming about everything.
    Should I ever have to deal with a police officer, I'll keep this in mind.

    Keep mouth shut. Do as told even if you have to grit your teeth while doing so.

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    1. Ed, Carol and Gopher the dog,

      OK!


      George


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  9. George, if you could use a few extra bucks to help pay for the attorney, I would be honored to contribute. Do you have a Paypal account?

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    1. testing 1 2 3 4,

      Thank you! I do not need money.

      I just need to get away from here!

      George

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  10. "The thing for me is, that I absolutely believe that I will walk away from this thing a free man. Actually, for me, there is no alternative!"

    Under the catagory of hoping for the best and planning for the worst, do you have a boid sitter lined up for your trial date? A place to store Transito and Scampy in case you get a few days in the hoosegow?

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  11. George I trust you will walk away a free man from this ordeal as this case should be thrown out and the attending officer reprimanded in my opinion. Your lawyer will guide you through. Individual rights of citizens have been gradually taken away under the guise and fear of terrorism. Yes, I realize homeland security is an issue; however, why do civilians have to experience the deterioration and the stripping away of their individuals rights? What has happened to you in my opinion is a perfect example of the US legal system and law enforcement loosing perspective -- individual citizens should have rights and be respected by law enforcement and visa versa. Now sadly to often when police are involved they incite fear even in the innocent.

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  12. When you see your lawyer, bring your cell phone records. It will show you dialed a number before 911 and that shows your intent not to use 911 improperly. Plus you have already written your account into your blog that you can use to keep your memory fresh.

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    1. El Gallo, you have brought up a very important point regarding George's cell phone records. Those records will show his original intent.

      George, by the way, did the officer identify himself (or did you ask for) with proper identification when he approached you? Any con artist nowadays can dress up in a police uniform with a bogus badge pinned on a uniform. But a true "serve and protect" officer first will identify himself or herself properly and then, in turn, will ask you for your identification. If such proper procedure was not carried out, it can make a person suspicious or instill fear as to who the approaching individual truly is.

      You have to be prepared to listen to your attorney and heed his advice. You have already stated that there can be only one alternative as far as you are concerned. How he gets you to that alternative may not be to your liking, but you have to join him in keeping your eye on the goal regardless of how he gets you to that goal.

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  13. Good luck George on your legal issues but getting overconfident is dangerous, I can tell you this, if I were on a jury, as much as I don't agree with the charge, i would vote to convict you. You did call 911 for a nonemergency and you asked the operator to speak to the LEO. You tied up valuable resources because you were being g uncooperative. I think your best course of action is to plead it out and move on with you life and next time cooperate with law enforcement.

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  14. Jim might convict you, but it takes 12, and I sure wouldn't. In fact, I'm angry enough to start writing letters to City of Beaverton officials asking why police are mistreating elderly tourists. When I make my trip out west, I will not be spending any money in Beaverton.

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    1. Being elderly is not an excuse. I suspect the judge will educate the jury on the finer points of the law which might make a directed verdict the outcome. You could always forgo a jury trial by abdicating your right and asking for a bench trial. I suspect s bench trial ,Ishtar have a more favorable outcome.

      Midwest, Beaverton will miss you I am sure :)

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    2. Being elderly is not an excuse with regard to elements of the offense. Pushing an elderly man against his camper and handcuffing him for an alleged non-violent offense or even a property crime is disgraceful. In my town, the officer would ask him to voluntarily put his hands behind his back, if it was necessary to handcuff him. Lots of arrests occur without handcuffing, particularly for non-violent offenses when the person isn't even going to be taken to the station for booking.

      I practiced civil law for many years before retiring. While directed verdict is something that can rarely happen in civil cases, it's not part of the criminal system when finding a defendant guilty. On the other hand, a judge does have discretion to dismiss this case against George. Most of the judges that I know personally would do so and not waste the court's time and resources on this kind of case. But that's the Midwest, not Beaverton, Oregon, so who knows?







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    4. There is likely more to the circumstances than either of us know. Prosecutors don't like to lose so if the prosecutor is willing to take it to trial, there must be some additional facts for consideration. Either way, misusing the E911 service puts others at risk and the Courts should punish those that do.

      As for a directed verdict, I was assuming George's counsel would move for a directed verdict of not guilty after the prosecution puts on its case. That's assuming George doesn't plead out.

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  15. I wish tou the best of luck!

    The thing that struck me the most strongly in your original post about the incident was when you said that memories of news stories about innocent people being killed by cops came into your mind and you were afraid. A perrson afraid for his life is correct to call 911.

    I think you should make a list of things to ask your attorney. Maybe one of them could be, 'Should I tell this part of the story, will the judge sympathise, or will it sway the judge against me?'

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  16. George, I was under the impression that your legal problems were a result of your hitch becoming uncoupled on the street but now I have just read your post on the matter.

    In Mexico, one would get an appointment with the mayor to try to solve an issue such as this. I am sure if you have a lawyer he would probably advise against it but have you considered going to the local newspaper with your story?

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