• bgrothus commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 08:45:44View | Delete

    Oh, yes. We want to be tried together, and we want to make a stink. What was the point of getting arrested if not to try to get accountability from our ostensible leaders? But I will just have to watch and try to behave in the courtroom. IF the trial is joined and IF at that point the state does not drop the charges to avoid exactly what we intend to show.

    Yes, I did try for several days through a “motion to set aside the dismissal of charges” to get back in the game after my lawyer got my charges dismissed, against my wishes, but I was not present when it happened. The courts are the refuge of scoundrels. See Dick Cheney.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

    2014-12-19 07:43:37View | Delete

    Good morning, everyone. Thanks for the interesting post, mm.

    I have been so busy, and I was in court 3 days this week. The hearing for the motion for joining all the cases was a high point with the prosecutors trying to first claim they wanted individual trials for each defendant because it was a complicated matter (?) and each defendant should be able to present the fullness of their defense at a sole trial. One of our attorneys said, it “warmed the cockles of his heart” to hear that line, and the judge pointed out the defendants had requested a joined trial. So they then admitted that this is an effort to have a “political trial” to which the judge responded “that is not a legal reason” not to join them. No ruling until January. As to their conjecture on the reason for joining the trial, all I can say is, heh.

    However, I am no longer part of the case. After two days of hearings at which my judge was trying to be a good guy, the DA said they were no longer interested in prosecuting me, so w/o her permission, my charges could not be reinstated. Darn it. When a few of us went over to the DA’s office, the person at the desk had to ask a second time if I was saying I wanted my charges re-instated. Never happens.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Over Easy: This and That.

    2014-12-16 05:16:37View | Delete

    The judge would not consider my motion b/c my lawyer of record had not withdrawn. She was in a trial all day yesterday and may prevent me from being considered again today unless there is a withdrawal from her today when I go back. The clock runs today, so I think my motion has little chance. I have another motion hearing tomorrow on our motion to consolidate, but I will have no charges to consolidate.

  • Oh. Let me guess. You are not black/hispanic or native, amirite?

  • The DOJ and the “pattern and practice” of “unConstitutional policing” “excessive use of force” and the like is a new growth industry. The contracts to “negotiate settlements” and the more lucrative “monitoring” is all that thing that can be counted upon. The DOJ is a paper tiger.

    Good for all those workers, whether on football fields or basketball courts as well as the halls of Congress to wake USians up from the comfort of their illusions of democracy. The dream is over. To the streets!

    The courts are but another refuge of scoundrels.

  • The courts have become the refuge of scoundrels. This harassment and the cost of it is but one of the many methods these scoundrels are using to further their own dastardly ends. When I hear Cheney-talk on the”meaning of the word torture” echoed by Scalia, it is clear that they have gone to new heights on what the meaning of “is” is. These scoundrels are not to be trusted, as everyone now is reminded daily. Their utterings are a thin gruel, as Risen knows well.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Over Easy: Bringing You Science on a Monday

    2014-12-15 05:38:26View | Delete

    Thanks for the post, Ruth. I have court this AM.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Everybody Hurts

    2014-12-14 22:23:10View | Delete

    HI everyone, long day. Now got documents ready to go for tomorrow. I hope I can sleep tonight. Gonna try it now.

    Best to all!

  • Hearing Cheney, the criminal torture justifier in chief, talk about how the courts said it was not torture so it wasn’t. The courts are now the last refuge of scoundrels.

    And when do we start talking about what the meaning of torture is? GDSOB.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Unsilent Night

    2014-12-13 21:47:07View | Delete

    PM me your address on FB.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Unsilent Night

    2014-12-13 21:30:37View | Delete

    Well, you will get some fruitcake this year. It is over the top.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Unsilent Night

    2014-12-13 21:18:05View | Delete

    Yes, the DA does NOT want the joinder, so I figure we walk eventually. But who knows?

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Unsilent Night

    2014-12-13 21:16:11View | Delete

    Well, this all stems from our arrests at the Mayor’s office in June. My pro bono lawyer did not want a jury trial (she’s a good person and has cases that this sort of adventure would be taking her away from, so I get that) and really just wanted me to take the plea, which I declined. So the state made a mistake and the clock ran, and there was no motion from me (as I requested) to have an extension of the 180-day rule (speedy trial). We have a motion on Wed. to join all of our trials, and my name is on that motion (crossed in the court with the dismissal) so I want to have standing for that motion. Hence, asking for the court to set aside the dismissal. Probably never happened before.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Unsilent Night

    2014-12-13 21:10:36View | Delete

    We have had mild weather so far. We need the moisture, so I won’t be complaining but I don’t care about the snow otherwise. I guess Token and I are on the same page with the cold.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Unsilent Night

    2014-12-13 21:03:16View | Delete

    HI, CT and llners. In Los Alamos tonight, it may snow. Was raining when I got here but I expect some snow in the morning and hope I can still get work done and return to ABQ tomorrow evening. I have a court appearance on Monday bright and early on a motion I filed pro se to have my charges reinstated after my lawyer got them thrown out. I imagine the judge is having a good time telling this story at holiday parties this weekend. Crazy protesters!

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 08:50:43View | Delete

    Filed. On to the next thing.

    Keeping it in the streets.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 06:51:34View | Delete

    I have to run. Take care everyone.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 06:41:26View | Delete

    I guess if I quit, I have given up. I am not a quitter. It takes a long time sometimes, and I feel very discouraged. But I am not giving up.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 06:36:50View | Delete

    Please call 202 456 1111. Tell them your story. Maybe if they hear it from enough of us, the people who answer the phones will leave their posts and go out to the steps of wherever they answer phones with their hands up.

  • bgrothus commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 06:34:53View | Delete

    The woman who answered was very compassionate. She KNOWS the score. She begged me not to give up. Hope is dead. But we keep fighting.

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