Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Criminal Court

Day 126

Plea Bargaining

10:03am:
I am ordered to appear this afternoon, at the Municipal Court in Beaverton. The prosecution in my case, has made an offer for me to plead to a lesser charge. This is known as a plea bargain.

What a plea bargain does, is use fear and intimidation as tools for the state to carry out its the prosecution of an alleged criminal act. I have witnessed with my own eyes and ears, this plea bargain tool used in a criminal court.

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Acts of government
Our government commits many heinous acts. For example, Civil Asset Forfeiture, where property of an individual is taken without holding to the law of our land.

However, in my opinion, of all heinous acts of government, I believe
plea bargaining to be the most egregious!

All are involved. The judge, the prosecution, the entire government! At the accused's very first appearance in court, the judge dishes out all of the terrible things that may befall the defendant if found guilty. Huge fine! Years in prison!

Who of us would not be terrified at the prospect of a fine that one cannot afford to pay? Or a term of many years in prison?

Plea bargaining for me
I have been against the plea bargain from the very first time that I ever heard about it. A plea bargain short circuits the application of true justice. There is no trial by jury as provided by our Constitution.

I have not yet met with my attorney to discuss the offer from the prosecution. I do not know what that offer means to me. So, I have not yet made a final decision on that plea offer.

However, at this point where I am typing this Blog post to you, there is no pragmatic avenue for me to pursue by way of a plea bargain.

So, for now:
 I shall not do it!



12:01pm:
Spoke with attorney
I just got off the phone with my attorney. He discussed the plea offer with me. I understand all that may happen now, if I should not accept a plea.

I have stuck to my original thinking. I shall not accept the plea offer.



2:15pm:
Parked at Court
My Notice and Order to Appear is for today at 3pm. I've arrived a bit early.

On the drive here, I tussled with myself: 
➜ I did phone 911 for help with that cop.
➜ Phoning 911 under that circumstance, is against the law.
➜ The cost for me doing the plea offer, is negligible.
➜ I have only one life, to live courageously!
➜ I have only one life to live by my principles.

Here I am, only a couple of months short of 80 years. Is this event an opportunity for me to stand up? To be counted?

Or am to do what most others do? Cave in? Go with the flow? Chicken out?


6:27pm:
Court and after
Before entering the courtroom, my attorney and I talked together in the hallway. My take of him is a courageous attorney. That is exactly what I need! An attorney to match my trial and my soul as well.

After my attorney notified the court of our intention to go trial, I received a Notice and Order to Appear during October for a Call Hearing. This is the time any changes that we may make may be declared.

I received a second Notice and Order to Appear during November. This is the time for my Jury Trial







Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 157 feet
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26 comments:

  1. Do not plea out George. That's the same as pleading guilty. Fight the power.

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    1. Glenn Sandy McGaughey,

      Thank you for your advice concerning whether or not to I should accept a plea.

      George

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    2. Just as a point of information, and not a recommendation in any way, an Alford plea allows for the defendant to enter into a plea bargain without admitting guilt.

      Best wishes George.

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  2. How is the weather in December/January? Could take that long for trial to begin.

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    1. Anonymous,

      Why don't you find the answer to your weather question by using Google?

      George

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    2. I think you missed Anonymous's point. He is telling you, in an indirect way, that you might be here thru the winter waiting on a trial. Winter on the coast of Oregon is wet and cold - not fun. You might also consider a dehumidifier should you stay in the area for winter.

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    3. Jim Burnett,

      I read on Aticama's website what you thought should be done with me. "Dealt with", was it?

      What are you doing here?

      George

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  3. Curious why your above reply to Glenn is dated 9/13/17 at 1:34 PM, while it is only 12:22 PM right now in California?

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    1. Barb A,

      Maybe the time is related to the Blogger website location? Could that be somewhere in Mountain time?

      George


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    2. make a counter plea

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    3. Anonymous,

      YOU are definitely NOT anonymous to me.

      Why are you here? Not for my benefit, right?

      I could just delete you. But I am giving you this one single opportunity to simply slink off.

      George

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  4. The courts just want to clear their calendar for cases of significance (to them and society). I don't think it is a nefarious process with collusion on all sides. Keep an open mind when considering this deal. They may make you a sweet offer worth accepting. Don't be stubborn if this turns out to be the case.

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    1. Xplorer Steve DIY,

      You and I disagree about this subject.

      George

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    1. Eddie,
      ➜ AKA Fran Kohler.
      ➜ AKA Anonymous
      ➜ AKA Aticama
      .......etc, etc!

      Please just go away. I could simply delete you, as I commented to your cohort Jim Burnett.

      George

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  6. Hi Everybody,

    There are a couple commenters here today, who do not appear Kosher to me.

    George

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    1. I rarely post. In my unfortunate dealings with our law system, keep two things in mind. Everyone lies (including the police) and no one cares about justice (except you).

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    2. Well said, and wise words Janet. Sometimes $$$$$$ = justice.

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  7. George, you answered your question. You broke the law. Our system is far from perfect but a society without laws is not one I wish to live in and I don't think you do either. Cops for the most part are good folks doing their job... a very dangerous job that has tremendous consequences and although you're usually a pussy cat there are some very bad people that live among us.

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  8. Sometimes a man just needs to tighten his ass and grit his teeth!

    Ray Smith

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  9. A couple of points. 1) George was accosted by an unreasonable, pushy cop and George, like all of us has seen the videos of unreasonable, pushy cops shoot and strangle unarmed citizens. It may be rare but it happens 2) George feared for his safety and perhaps even for his life and did what we have always been encouraged to do when we have felt threatened or in danger, he called 911.

    Now the question is, what will the courts do with this? Will the Justice system admit they have dangerous, out of control cops and George acted out of reasonable fear or will they cop out and blame the victim? None of us can give George advice on this, he must decide for himself what to do.

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  10. As dear old grannie use to say "Don't cut your nose off to spite your face".

    Good luck. I'm sure it will be dismissed though.

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  11. George the legal system has been corrupted and is not about justice in my opinion. I think you have always been a person of principle and stood up for what you believe. I don't know if in this case the corrupted legal system is worth your integrity. I may consider a plea bargain just to get this corrupt monkey off your back. Best wishes!

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  12. Even though George as far as he knew did the right thing because he feared for his safety, they may want to make an example of him based on the nature of the arrest namely calling 911 on a cop, one of their own. I think if this were me I would want to do the simplest and most expedient thing to get it over with once and for all if indeed this is a given.

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