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Three of S.C. Eleven: Arraignment
Date Tuesday January 22
Time 8:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location Details
Four Defendants Remain: 701 Ocean St, Department # 6, Honorable Judge Paul Burdick presiding.

California Superior Court of Santa Cruz County, x-st Water St.
Event Type Court Date
Organizer/AuthorLinda Lemaster
Three of the folks indicted for taking over a long-vacant bank owned (ultimately -- yet many hands and purses in between) by Wells Fargo* will be arraigned on January 22, 2013. Brent Adams, Franklin Alcantara, and Gabriella Ripleyphipps. Come early.

Cameron Laurendau will be arraigned on February 1.

The four remaining defendants of the Santa Cruz Eleven are Brent Adams, Franklin Alcantara, Cameron Laurendau and Gabriella Ripleyphipps, face charges of tresspassing and a dicey 'legal game' kind of vandalism. The felony conspiracy charges were eliminated for seven defendants on Jan 8th by judge Paul Burdick, who pledges to keep this trial moving faster than before.

Occupy Santa Cruz folks continue to provide solidarity and support, but these four people -- and the Constitution that seems to also be at stake -- deserve the concern of all our community asap.

*the empty building roughly across the street from City of Santa Cruz's downtown landmark Town Clock, is part of WF's booty from the '09 banking "crash" wherein big bank-fish ate many many little bank-fish, right along with the millions of peoples' homes they continue to destroy.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Jan 8th, 2013 11:40 PM

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by John E. Colby
Wednesday Jan 9th, 2013 9:05 PM
Apparently these four individuals' arraignment all hinged on the testimony of a police officer. Why didn't this police officer testify about a year ago when the preliminary hearings began? This suggests to me that his testimony was after the fact concoction.

Bear in mind that police officers lie all the time. San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi proved this using hotel video.
by bad apples
Thursday Jan 10th, 2013 12:29 PM
John, by attempting to associate SCPD officers with the events that you shared which occurred in San Francisco, you are making generalizations about a certain group of people, in this case, law enforcement. When such generalizations are made about other groups, you have shown disapproval in your postings here and elsewhere. When such generalizations are made about the homeless, some here, possibly including yourself, have gone so far as to call it hate and bigotry.

Are you saying that it is acceptable to associate all members of one group with their lowest common denominator, but not members of another?
by John E. Colby
Friday Jan 11th, 2013 2:29 AM
Police perjury is endemic. It is emboldened partially by prosecutor's laziness in performing their job functions, but the blame can be mostly placed at the feet of judges who allow this practice instead of seriously sanctioning it. If it's happening in San Francisco and New York, you can be certain it's happening in Santa Cruz.

I know police officers lie because I have caught them in lies. Often their lies were offensively bald ones. And these were Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) officers. So I have no doubt that SCPD officers would lie to forward the agenda of their police department and the prosecution.

This is what is so outrageous. Police officers have a higher bar to uphold the law. When they break it they should be sanctioned more severely (by the courts).
by Razer Raygun
Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2013 8:33 PM
[Image: Forget "Bacon Bowls" ... Donut Races]

Just for the record, and at a very basic level compared to courtroom perjury, I have 4... That's FOUR... perjured tickets in my pocket from just one month last year. May... When the homeless sweeps began. Absolutely.... utterly... perjured, and they wrote a HUGE amount of them all through the year, and almost every single one of them was written to people they KNOW can't pay.

So what ends up happening?

The collection agency pays the city a percentage (which inclines me to believe the city and SCPD KNOWS the % and at least break even for their harassment tactics.). Perhaps well enough to defray their Occupy-related expenses?

The person who received the tickets ends up with a ruined credit rating making them even more likely to stay homeless or a perpetual roomer and couch surfer even IF they could afford to rent fair market housing later as any landlord does a credit check,

They'll never drive until the fines are paid even further disenfranchising the poverty stricken person from the possibility of a job/income if they DID manage to acquire transport.

Colby is right... Perjury IS endemic in their system, and apparently, it pays. Sociologically and economically as a poor person disenfranchising tool on a break-even budget.

Perjury is so common in California there's a legal motion... A Pitchess Motion, to uncover cops so dirty that their testimony shouldn't even be heard in courts. I've used it. Successfully.

A historical note. Sheriff Pitchess, the namesake of the motion, ran the LA Sheriff's department in the 70s and he was notably the person lying the office's way through the investigation into an August 29, 1970 police killing.

Hunter S. Thompson, Strange Rumblings in Aztlan

“That was the day that Ruben Salazar, the prominent “Mexican-American” columnist for the Los Angeles Times and News Director for bilingual KMEX-TV, walked into the place (the Silver Dollar bar in East L.A.) and sat down on a stool near the doorway to order a beer he would never drink.

Because just about the time the barmaid was sliding his beer across the bar a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy named Tom Wilson fired a tear gas bomb through the front door and blew half of Ruben Salazar’s head off.”

The whole story cribbed from "The Great Shark Hunt":
by G
Friday Jan 25th, 2013 12:53 PM
I know this from personal experience. Not one bad apple, nor two, but most of the barrel, perhaps all (I haven't seen a few of the judges in action).

Same goes for officials, city and county. Sheriff and police officers too.

A disgrace, at all levels. An embarrassment to the civic, and civil, ideals underpinning the consent of the governed.

It is a dirty town (then again, what town isn't?), and for those that don't "draw a lot of water in this town", a brutal one.

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