The fun* continues Thursday, August 30th in Dept 115 of Wiley Manuel.
At our last hearing back on July 13th, myself and the rest of the J4 crew had hoped to argue Motions to Suppress.
A Motion to Suppress argues that the underlying arrests were illegal and therefore any after acquired evidence – namely the observations of officers – should be suppressed.
This means that our arresting officers are required to appear and testify that date.
Alas, most of the pigs were no shows. Only one of my arresting officers had been subpoenaed and he decided to go on vacation! (The court treated their excuses as reasonable, even for the ones who had no reason! I know I shouldn’t be surprised but grrrr!) Since the court excused their failures to appear, our cases were continued to later dates, over our objections.
So, I’m back in court next Thurs, Aug 30 to see if my arresting officer(s) will show up for us to question and argue our Motion To Suppress. If you can make it, your support would be much appreciated!
Thus far, the DA hasn’t really changed its position on the deal it’s offered. Their current position is Credit for Time served plus some community service, and a Deferred Entry of Judgement (DEJ), with a stay away from the plaza during that time. In case anyone is wondering, there is still no way I would take this deal or any like it. Given the unlawful nature of our arrests, I fully intend to take them to trial.
* Did I really call this fun?! Yeah, I know you probably want to tell me, “I do not think that word means what you think it means!” But, let’s not forget, I’m trying to make the most of this ridiculousness and a sense of humor is crucial for my survival!