Entry 8: US Justice

I wake to find a sheet of paper in between my bars, an itinerary.: Boot camp Registration Seminar. It’s bad news to me, but I guess it could have read: ”You’ve been charged with the Kennedy assassination,’ or, ‘Your blood work is back, welcome to HIV.”

On my way to the boot camp seminar, I weighed the advantages and disadvantages of turning down the program. Halfway through, I learned if you refused the program, they flop you, which adds another year in prison.

Declining would not “technically” be the reason for the flop, as the courts would neeevvveerr threaten someone into compliance.

What most Americans don’t realize is that our courts are not about justice nor seeking the truth. It‘s a game played by attorneys, refereed by judges.

Prosecutors don’t care about guilt. It’s not in their job description. They’re paid to win, and the best win is one where they simply suit up.

In Michigan, supplements are a fairly new tool for the prosecution. They have completely changed the thought process for a defendant to go to trial (even when innocent).

Each time a person gets in trouble, the penalty compounds until the fourth felony, where they face life in prison. Sounds reasonable. And for years it was, until team prosecution realized the defendant didn’t need to have committed a previous crime, they only had to be accused of multiple crimes at once. This allows a first time felon to qualify for this steeple of American justice.

So when I laughed at going to prison for a DUI and paraphernalia charge, and said I wanted a trial, they smirked and informed me that if I went to trial and lost, I’d get 12-30 years.

Take away the preemptive supplements and keep the charges, my guidelines become a manageable 0-17, or 5-23 months, not years!

I ended up pleading to three felonies so they would drop the supplements. The police then seized my beautiful home and everything of value, down to my cherry wood dining room set and my expensive throw rugs from around the world.

I will also have to complete weekly drug classes in here and once released, pay thousands in fines (and seven to a worthless attorney), and lose my driver’s license.

In my brief encounters with other first time “habitual” offenders, I jailed with a kid who stole a fifth of vodka from a grocery store. A police officer arrived as he exited and ordered the high-schooler to stop. He ran – felony #1 – fleeing and eluding. Having his identity, the police went to his parent’s home at six the next morning and his father foolishly allowed them to enter his home and guided then to the son’s room where they told him to get up. Here, he committed the sinister crime of covering his head with a blanket – felony #2 – hindering and opposing.

Rather than risk five years in prison–after all, he stole the fifth, ran, and covered his head with a blanket, he agreed to a year in jail, which coincided with his senior year of high school, since he was seventeen.

Two brothers got into a drunken fight with one another in their own home. A girlfriend made the frantic error of calling the police for help. They arrived and arrested both brothers and charged each of them with domestic violence. One brother voiced his disapproval and was also charged with verbal battery, and felony #1 resisting and obstructing, and after a little digging, felony #2 interfering with a police correspondence (something to that effect. He had disconnected the phone when he noticed this girlfriend calling the police. She did not object to his actions, but why would that matter?)

It’s all about twisting your arm into submission. They say plea to this and we will give you a year, or fight the absurdity, and we will convict you of at least one of these gray area crimes and give you the maximum

For my current charges, I was advised to plea, or go to trial and get 12-30 years. I still wanted to risk it, but I needed an expert to testify on my behalf, and that cost six thousand dollars a day (2 day minimum). Also, I was guilty, but I had chances to win on technicality and procedural errors, even in a slanted court room.

Most judges think we are trash and consider themselves law enforcement, not neutral arbiters of justice. The prosecutor believes being tough on crime is the path to power. The defense attorney wants the ease of money that comes with doing nothing for their clients.

My attorney, on this case, cost me seven thousand dollars. He was a really nice guy who explained in great detail, and with infectious confidence, all we needed to do and the simplicity of getting my cases dismissed, or at worst, down to six months in jail. I agreed and paid him.

He never worked another minute.

He even admitted to me, during a literal shoulder shrug, and near the end of my ordeal, that he had not found the time to read how to apply search and seizure laws to my arrest.

He never retrieved my cell-phone, or pursued the fact that the narcotics officers used it while I was in jail to text my associates. Yet, my phone was not returned, nor was forfeiture paperwork filled out?

I don’t have a law degree, but taking something that isn’t yours and using it is theft, obvious entrapment, and probable hindering and opposing, definitely resisting and obstructing. I’ve lived the life of a criminal. If this site continues, you’ll hear about it, but police are not much better. They are just people. I’m another POS they can fry and forget.

So I plead to their years. It was that, or risk trial with only me to explain the laws and situation to the jurors, knowing that if I lose I’d do decades in a place where men have built muscles for ten years to facilitate maximum violence.

Why do they care? There is no good time in Michigan, so inmates have zero incentive to behave while locked up.

Guys are hungry, but prisons won’t distribute more food. It costs too much. Creating bugs and cleaning up blood is a lot cheaper.

Okav, okay, I’m sorry. Look, life is a learning process. We just learned if I say mention rant, it’s coming.

I hope to see you tomorrow.

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