Crazy Courtroom Calvalcade
Wednesday April 25
701 Ocean St. Various Locations on and around the courthouse.
|Contact Name||Robert Norse|
8 AM Arraignment for Isaac "Lyrical I" Collins, Santa Cruz activist, who staffed the Information Tent in front of the Courthouse on Water St. before sheriff's deputies destroyed it.
Isaac is charged with felony possession of marijuana for sale--the only person so charged from the huge 4-20 event that happens every year up at UCSC in the Great Meadow.
Isaac is African-American, outspoken, and in jail on $5000 bail at the moment.
Check the court calendar to see where he'll be escorted in--in chains and handcuffs. Yes, folks, this really is Santa Cruz 2012
No, the drug war is far from over. Not to mention the war against African-Americans and Occupy Santa Cruz activists.
9 a.m. HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) meeting in the "American Cafe"--the overpriced D.A.-ridden cafeteria in the basement of the County Building. We'll be discussing
...May 1st protests.
..Working with Food Not Bombs or setting up a regular meal ourselves as a homeless gathering event to document harassment and property seizure
....Support against anti-homeless laws in Venice, CA and Denver, Colorado
...Securing information on police officers who are regularly harassing homeless people downtown...
...Info about and solidarity with police ticketing crackdown after the closing of the Armory...
...Nessa's "amplified sound" case coming up on Friday in Badnews Baskett's courtroom...
...Latest news on SCPD use of "tosic gases"
10 AM Dept. 6 Judge Burdick makes a ruling on a Pitchess motion by Cameron Lauredean's attorney Alexis Briggs. Cameron is one of the SC 11.
This motion concerns an attempt to examine in chambers the complaints against Officer Winston to see if the judge will release the contact info of anyone who complained about him in the past on the issue of credibility (i.e. lying or error). The point is to find defense witnesses to challenge Winston's testimony at trial.
10 AM Dept. 6 Main Event. Burdick hears final arguments in the Preliminary Examination for Cameron, Ed Rector, Grant Wilson, and Angel. Burdick indicated Monday at the afternoon hearing that he was having a hard time with conspiracy-happy D.A. Rebekah Young and her "evidence".
More about this case even made its way into the commercial media.
See http://santacruz.patch.com/articles/judge-says-the-prosecution-might-have-some-problems-with-case-against-bank-takeover-defendants & &
After the hearing: Defense Support Meeting for the SC 11. Come on down and chat with them to choose a good spot.
Earlier story: "Bob Lee's Bigtop: Preliminary Hearing for Four Falsely Charged With Felonies" at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/04/21/18711806.php
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Apr 24th, 2012 4:57 PM
A person close to Isaac said he was not in jail yesterday.
Just phoned the jail, and the previous comment is correct: Isaac, according to the jail, isn't there. This probably means he went to court this morning and was released. I relied on information given me by a jail deputy this weekend. Sorry for any confusion. Glad that Isaac is out!
I'll be down at the HUFF meeting at 9 AM in the cafeteria in the basement of the County building as mentioned above. Free coffee for those who show.
Another error. The Pitchess motion mentioned above was already decided last week--denying the defense access to individuals who might challenge Officer Winston's credibility.
A Superior Court clerk today told me that there's be a disposition of that motion tomorrow (Wednesday 4-25 at 10 AM). Judge Burdick denied the motion "without prejudice", meaning, I guess, that it can be reintroduced after the Preliminary Examination.
Incidentally for those interested in hearing interviews of those who found Winston's behavior abusive, go to http://www.huffsantacruz.org/brb-descriptions.html
and search for "Winston". Then download the show and find the segment where a witness talks about Winston.
To May 18 at 1:30 PM in Dept. 2 See "Dressed Down Attorney to be Dressed Down in May" at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/04/25/18712105.php