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Mike D vs. Judge Dread

Mike D was not released at his release hearing today at 3pm. His bail was reduced. Still waiting to see if Mike D wants to be bailed out.
Mike D. had his release hearing this afternoon at 3:00pm in the courtroom of Judge Ronald Thom aka Judge Dread. I witnessed one defendant after another chopped down by axe of Judge Thom. He barely allowed any defendants to speak. When they asked to speak, he simply said, in his authoritarian manner, "NO!"

Defendants were not brought into the court room. Instead, they were viewed on monitors. Whether they were in custody or not the monitor made everyone look like a criminal. The personal aspect of the courtroom was nil.

When Mike D's case came up Judge Dread's justice was also swift. To his credit he did reduce Mike D's bail from $50,000.00 to $5,000.00. But, he would not release him on his own recognizance though his lawyer argued that he had a place to stay and based on his two weeks in jail he would definitely take his court date seriously. When Mike D asked to speak to his lawyer, Dread said "NO!" Mike D's physical reaction was to basically throw his hands up in the air. He also raised the fist to show that he was continuing the fight.

Besides the fact the Judge Dread still insisted upon placing bail on a case where it was obviously unnecesary, the lack of the Mike D's ability to sit beside his lawyer and discuss things with his lawyer was the most shocking. I have never seen this closed circuit tv systems in courtrooms where the defendant wasn't violent or had some other circumstance. The defendant has to be able to talk to their during the hearing and that is only discretionarily possible with the tv. Their must be some legal challenge to the use of these monitors.

We are all waiting to hear if Mike D would like to be bailed out. We still have no contact through the jail or through the lawyer.
Do NOT Bail Mike out 24.Jun.2004 18:12

mm

I know Mike very well and I know he does not want to be bailed out. He does not want those fuckers to have any money at all. I have not spoken to him for awhile, but I do know he would not want to be bailed out.

Mike D. Released 24.Jun.2004 20:40

salaud

Mike D. was released at about 6pm today. He was bailed out at his own request.

a little more detail 25.Jun.2004 10:52

doctor

mm is correct. but Mike-d. did not refuse to be bailed out.
When asked by a deputy weither he wanted to be bailed out he replied something along the lines of "No", then asked the deputy if the judge had removed the "No Matrix", and " No Recog." status on his case. The deputy went and checked, then returned and said that the judge had only reduced the bail from $50,000 to $5,000. Then Mike-d. communicated that he was fine, and that it did not matter to him, that it was up to them weither they wanted to bail him out or not. Mike-d. was surprised to be called to "Roll-Up" later that night and then told he was going to be released. He tought the jail might of decided to matrix him because his bail was so minor compared to other bails in the jail. Mike-d. was happy to be out none-the-less. And wanted to thank all who supported.

We Missed You Mike 25.Jun.2004 11:17

Welcome Home

Mike Dee,Welcome back to the community.You were missed.Please fill us in on your experiences and what you plan to do next regarding this case.

welcome back 25.Jun.2004 12:26

tessa bird tessabird@comcast.net

Glad your back! We need to have an all good food party for you soon. Sorry you had to go through all this legal bullshit. Infamous Mike D.
take care.

You rock, MikeD! 26.Jun.2004 10:12

hugs

I'd give u a big hug if I wasn't so far away.
Make those muthafuckas pay for a roof over your head and 3 meals every time if they've gonna keep up their asinine political repression.

SOLIDARITY!