We are currently in Punishment phase, though I knew we would be there eventually since I pled guilty to one of the charges for reasons which shall remain undisclosed until all is said and done. The good news is that the jury found me Not Guilty on 3 of the remaining 5 charges. The 2 they found me guilty of, I can see why they would have reason to do so, not that I am actually guilty of them. But, I can see how some facts seemed questionable.
But ultimately, those 2 extra charges really don't matter, because the plan has always been to accept that big hit from the get go, get our side's information out there, then show them some good stuff at Punishment, which is happening now.
I don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. I may get probation, which is what our goal has been all along. Or I may get prison time up to 99 years.
So those of you of faith, please continue to pray for me. If I can post tomorrow, then that will mean I "won". If I don't post again, you'll know why as well.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Though I fear I am extremely tired already. I've been roasted on the local news for 2 weeks already. People who had told me they would be character witnesses are backing out due to the extreme media attention.
I heard from 3 of my character witnesses that they are going to have to back out. "Commitments", or "out of town", or "my lawyer advised me to not get involved since I work in the same district as the kid".
I feel whatever positive came from today's weak testimony has drained away, partly because of the plea my lawyers convinced me to make to the court. I should have stuck with what I wanted to do.
My life is forevermore fucked.
I'm tired and mentally weary; I will try to update tomorrow. If I don't, it means I've been remanded into the county jail.
Let me say since now that I appreciate you all's kind words and positive thoughts.
Trial starts up again tomorrow. On Friday, my accuser was on the witness stand until 5:30 pm. Tomorrow, I am expecting his parents, teachers who will say he used to visit me in my office (not that I have ever denied that), and possibly "experts" on grooming. The female PhD I am expecting has been described to me as a "state whore", meaning she will testify to anything the state asks her to for a paycheck.
It's 7:30 and I just got home. We didn't finish jury selection, which means it continues tomorrow.
This means the trial itself won't start until Friday.
However, I had a serious setback today with one of my expert witnesses. Without going into details (sorry Nelson), he is changing his assessment of me from being safe to dangerous because he said I didn't disclose all of the charges against me to him. My lawyers sent me to him, so I assumed he knew what he was supposed to be assessing, for fuck's sake. So my lawyers are now very very worried. A big piece of their strategy may just have been shot dead.
Not good for me. I feel sick to my stomach, I haven't eaten in 3 days, and I'm seriously considering throwing the towel in again. I am going to wait and see what the lawyers can work out with the "expert" before I decide. If it looks like he is useless, I am going to have to weigh the benefits of a plea deal. 20 years is better than 99, after all.
I am trying to keep a strong face here at home so my mom doesn't totally fall apart. To be honest, I am scared as hell.
Here in South Texas, the general attitude is string the bastard up first and ask questions later. And for that reason, I am very concerned because I see the judge ignoring legal precedent to male it easier for the prosecution to string me up.
Anyway, I will let you guys know what transpires tomorrow.
I had another hearing today. My lawyers have contended that the search warrant was illegal as was a subsequent one.
Judge will rule in the morning. I don't expect her to rule in my favor because she is very cognizant of what her constituents expect to see.
I had my first protesters today, a group called Bikers Against Child Abuse. They were leather clad "daddies" trying to intimidate me, not knowing that I have a relative in a biker gang known as Los Bandidos. One call from me would have dozens of REAL bikers sitting in court on my behalf. I don't want to go there, but I find these pretend bikers to be hilarious.
Anyway, jury selection is Wednesday. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
I had another hearing today. My defense team requested academic/behavior records from my accusers' school. The ISD itself tried to block that, but the judge shut them down. Another good thing for me.
I have one final hearing tomorrow and it's a big one. My lawyers filled a motion that, if granted, effectively ends the case against me. My lawyers warned me not to get my hopes up because my particular judge rarely grants these motions. Other judges will, but mine likes things to go through trial. But, there is still a chance, so let's see what happens.
Still no cameras in court, which I have found odd, but I'm sure they'll be there eventually.
First off, my apologies for being so down and negative in my last post, but I had just come home from a2 hour hearing and then a 3 hour meeting with my legal "dream team" /sarcasm and I was not in a good mood.
As far as things stand currently, Monday, I may or may not have to be in court, depending on whether or not the judge is in a snit that morning. Tuesday is jury selection. I was warned that it would take all day and that I would feel like I had been beaten with a bat. Loverly. And then Wednesday begins the circus. I do have to meet with the "dream team" tomorrow afternoon. Not looking forward to that, because the last 2 meetings have had me ready to tell them both off for being asses, which I am sure everyone would agree would be a bad thing.
A good thing that happened. Due to an odd series of events that had nothing to do with the competence of my lawyers, I managed to get some of my pretrial limits lifted. So, yesterday, I was able to take care of a computer issue my mom was having and then go to Starbucks. Today, I had dinner at a very nice steak restaurant and then buy a book in a bookstore, things I have been barred from doing for the 3 years I've been waiting for trial. I turns out my lawyers could have requested these changes 3 FUCKING YEARS AGO, but didn't. It took me stumbling across an issue Thursday that got these restrictions changed. Yeah, thanks lawyers who cost me $50,000 dollars for nothing.
I really should leave their names and business addresses in a queued post to pop up in case I lose, so the world can lnow what they've done. As I've said, they are considered the best in the state. One was even named Best Criminal Defense Attorney for the city a few years back. Ha, I'd like to see some of that skill eventually.
Ok guys, I'm in a pretty bad mood at the moment, so I am going to give a bare bones report.
I had a hearing today where many things happened, and most of the time I had no clue what the hell was going on. Apparently, my two lawyers filed several motions seeking to narrow what they would be dealing with. The judge granted almost every single one the motions, so the lawyers were happy.
Next is jury selection on Tuesday the 25th, then the trial begins on Wednesday. The lawyers expect it to wrap up the following Tuesday.
Clearly, I can't go into details of what all the DA is going to throw at me, but my lawyers are concerned that it is going to be a hard fight, and to be honest, I realized today, as I sat there being glared at by the judge, by the court clerk, by the newly minted young lawyers who went to observe and pick up pointers, that I don't have it in me to do this. I just don't.
Tomorrow morning, I am instructing my lawyers to discuss the possibility of a plea deal with the DA. If they offer a number that wouldn't amount to a death sentence, I am going to take it.
You see, the crime I am charged with carries a 5-99 year sentence. If I lose, the DA will most assuredly ask for the 99 to "send a message". I am not a gambler. My lawyers are very good, but they have their concerns. And I really am just drained.
Now, the DA may not accept a plea deal anyway. As I've mentioned, the younger lawyer is chomping at the bit to try my case. She has never tried a big "splashed across the news" case like mine, so she may not even entertain the notion, or offer a ridiculous number so that I would have no choice but to refuse. In that case, we'll be off to trial.
When I hear something next, I'll let you guys know.
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