Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Lemonade Liberators October 4th Court Appearance: Did Not Go Well
1st and foremost Meg Mclain Will Duffield and I will need a very good liberty minded lawyer. Please if at all possible one that can work pro bono or at a discount. If anyone knows of one please please please let one of us know. To sum things up: things DID NOT go well today in court, and we are facing very severe charges given our crime as well as extended jail time. So here is what went down today. At 8:30 a.m. we had our first court appearance, and it was told to us that the charge "vending without a permit" was dismissed. Due to "failure to provide proper paperwork" by the Capitol police. In response to that they said that we could have the charge "esponged" from our record. This set up the first red flag that things would not go well today. Why should someone have to put forth effort to have "esponged" from their record a charge for a crime they were not convicted of. But since the charge of "vending without a permit" was dropped we assumed the other two charges would be dropped as well. Boy were we wrong.
At 10:30 a.m. we appeared in the federal court room to find that the charge of "vending without a permit" was only dismissed at the local level, and that The federal charge of "vending without a permit" or selling goods/begging as they put, was not removed at all at the federal level. Our name was called "the united states vs Kathryn Dill, Will Duffield, Meg Mclain" for us to appear before the judge and three men walked up infront of us claiming to be our lawyers. MEN WE HAD NEVER SEEN OR SPOKEN TO BEFORE IN OUR ENTIRE LIVES. We were legitimately confused because 1. we did not ask for lawyers 2. we did not tell these men our plea 3. we were under the impression our charge had been dropped (apparently that was only at the local level but everything against us still stands federally). The judge carried on and our lawyers told the judge our plea was "not guilty". Then the judge said that our conditions of release were the following:
1. We are banned from the US Capitol and its grounds. (Yes the US Capitol literally has a restraining order against me LOL )
2. we must submit to drug testing and if anything turns out positive must submit to weekly drug testing until trial
3. we must agree to appear before court on October 24th
We re-entered the court room and our lawyers asked the judge if she could reconsider the restriction of us from the US capitol since it violates our right to our representatives and our right to redress grievances aka our free speech. They also asked that we not be required to take a drug test as a condition of release since the case has nothing to do with drugs. The judge went against our objections and overturned our requests. Our lawyers then told the judge that we understand what the consquences are and we still refuse to comply with conditions of release, and since our possible sentence is now a full year, they told the judge we demanded a trial by jury. Afterwords we were given papers to sign stating that we understand and agree to our conditions of release. Of course my flighty lawyer was nowhere to be found, and we were simply trying to READ what it was we were supposed to be signing. Apparently this was not ok to actually read something before signing it because the court aid snagged the papers out of Meg and I's hands for "taking too long" told us to "SHHHHHH" when we said we were reading it, and then scrabbled on "refused" where our signature was supposed to be. (which is fine by me because i was not signing that piece of garbage "terms of conditions" anyway. After appearing at the Pre-Trial services agency where we were given a review of our conditions, & told to appear in another room for drug testing. Instead we walked out of the courthouse.
We were reunited with Eddie Free after leaving the pretrial room and he told us the government prosecutor said "Just because they are white kids from suburbia doesnt mean they are above the law" In actuality it is HE who thinks he is "above the law" we were trying to get HIM to follow the rule of law (the consititution) and he said that our constitutional concerns were "not an issue"..HE is the one who thinks he is above the law! In addition to that, we were asked by the baliff to exit the courtroom while waiting for our case to be called. He said that we were talking too loud, and that it is putting the judge in a bad mood and that could effect our outcome....since when is "blind justice" liable to the whims of some moody woman's pms?
In short, we face a maximum of 180 days (6 months) for each charge. The selling goods on capitol grounds as well as the new contempt of court charge for failing to allow our 4th amendment rights to be violated. I have been in contempt of court since 230pm when I failed to show up to my unconsitutional drug test that was a mandatory condition of my release. Our status hearing is October 24th at 9am in courtroom 314 500 indiana NW Washington DC, please please PLEASE if you can make it be there, and for our trial date (whenever that may be) we have to inform the jury of their rights and we honestly need all the support we can get, we are facing serious charges and more than likely jail time. Please let the prosecution know this is intolerable. We are peaceful people, we have commited NO CRIME, have NOT violated the consitution and are simply asking the court to follow the CONSTITUTIONAL RULE OF LAW. They do not have the right to make laws that go against our basic human rights as peaceful people. as Eddie asked them "How do you feel about persecuting peaceful people?"