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Quick Update on the first day of Mike D's Court Case Today

Hopefully someone will post a more full account of the trial soon, and even a video that was taken from in the courtroom, but here's a quick update from one perspective.
Court opened late because of some behind the scenes wrangling over recently-discovered video evidence found by the defense, Mike D brought a bunch of motions before the court himself, since he hasn't had access to a writing instrument in jail, there was some "concern" on the part of the bailiff's about the "danger" that Mike D. posed to the court room. They agreed to unshackle his right hand so he could formulate his motions on paper before bringing them before the court. Many of the motions went nowhere, some were deferred until after the evidence is evaluated, and others are just establishing points for a potential appeal down the road.

One witness, Deputy William Behan, was questioned by the prosecutor for approximately an hour and a half (included in the questioning was the showing of a video of the Solo protest taken by forest service officers, which ran 30 minutes).

Approximately 20 folk showed up to support Mike, and the presence of these people packed the courtroom. Judge Miller stated this was the first time there weren't any extra seats for a case in her court. More people waited outside, unable to get any seating.

No verdict was reached, Mike's case begins again tomorrow at 9 am. Please come and show your support at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City. If you can't make it directly to the court, carpool with people from the Cascadia Rising Infoshop at 1540 SE Clinton. We'll be meeting at 8am.

thank you and good night.
thanks! 20.Oct.2004 20:38

nemo

Thanks for the great report!

Just to add... 21.Oct.2004 17:44

supporter

There were actually more than 20 people there to support Mike D. There were 19 chairs in the courtroom that were all full of people, and there were numerous people in the hallway who were not able to come in and be seated. At least three of them actually stayed for the entire time, even though they were out in the hallway. It was awesome to see so many people there, especially since word had it that the feds were profiling everyone in attendance. I don't know if that was true or not, but there were some shady looking suits there, and the attorney indicated that homeland security is "taking quite an interest" in the forest activists. Gross.

another thing to add 21.Oct.2004 20:18

melly moo

The Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer that arrested Mike D in the picture above, well his name is Lawrence and he decided to attend Mike's trial on Wednesday. He was not wearing his glasses like he is in the picture. Lawrence and his friend were sitting in the back making insults about Mike. That is when I noticed who he was. I confronted him in the hall and asked him if he worked with the Forest Service, he said, "Maybe". I then asked him if he arrested Mike at the Borg Timber Sale. He said that he couldn't or wouldn't talk about that here and quickly walked off. I could tell he was nervous, maybe he thought no one would recognize him in his plain clothes without his glasses. Tryin to be sneaky but not sneaky enough for melly moo :-)hee hee hee

Mike D trail 21.Oct.2004 20:51

freddie

Guilty as charged

love Lawrance

Mike D Verdict 21.Oct.2004 21:04

Freddy

I have been a casual observer of this situation from some time. I am greatful to the Criminal Justice system for resolving this situation in a manner that reflects the outrageous behavior of Mike D. It's about time a judge stood up to these liberal, tree hugging, nazis, who think only of themselves and not the rest of the world. Get a life people, the tree will grow back. The only injustice that I have seen, is that these poor officers had to spend two days in court, using many of the available financial resources of their various agencies, thereby necesitating the cutting of more timber to generate more funds, which has hurt the cause that these morons were fighting for in the first place. God Bless George W. Bush and the right to free speech.

Your not out of the woods yet Lawrance 27.Oct.2004 03:37

Mike-d. 0003c miked.libco@gmail.com

mike d trail 21.oct.2004 20:51
freddie link

guilty as charged

love lawrance

if this is an actual post from the u.s.f.s. l.e.o. lawrance who attended the first day of my trial thanks for attending, while i didn't care if you watched, i wanted you to give up your seat because you could get your own as a law enforcement officer. you posted guilty as charged, did you forgot you charged me with conspiricy to commit a crime, and attempting to incite a riot ? not disorderly conduct, the appears court will see right thought the problem cause arrest and so will the civil court, i would suggest you hire an attorney, and contact me about an out of court settlement, it would save you the time trouble and legality of the lawsuit i will file against you for the wrongful arrest and the lack of probable cause. good luck, you might need it.

mike d verdict 21.oct.2004 21:04
freddy link

i have been a casual observer of this situation from some time. i am greatful to the criminal justice system for resolving this situation in a manner that reflects the outrageous behavior of mike d. it's about time a judge stood up to these liberal, tree hugging, nazis, who think only of themselves and not the rest of the world. get a life people, the tree will grow back. the only injustice that i have seen, is that these poor officers had to spend two days in court, using many of the available financial resources of their various agencies, thereby necesitating the cutting of more timber to generate more funds, which has hurt the cause that these morons were fighting for in the first place. god bless george w. bush and the right to free speech.

that's nice to know you have been a casual observer of the situation from time to time, the criminal justice system found that i inconvienced a man in a pick-up for 5-8 minutes maximum by laying down in front of his truck. it was a peaceful, non-violence, direct action, done at the proper time, at the proper place, and in the proper manner to be protected under law, an appeals court will rule in my favor on this in the future. keep watching. tree hugging?
i was not seen, captured, or proved to be hugging any trees, nor was i beening called, concidered, or proved to be a nazis. you write "the tree will grow back". i'm afraid your missing the boat on this one. have you ever planted an old-growth forest? i didn't think so. remember this question from the trial, "how long does it take to grow a 1000 year old tree?" it will grow back, right, nice try on this point, but were talking about a forest of trees not just one, and hundreds of years to grow back, and how do you know it's gonna grow back? you gonna be around to see it ? i didn't think so. poor officers ? i am sure they are paid very well, and if for some reason they feel they aren't, they probably have a union and can fight for better pay, and if there union needs help, let me know i'll walk the picket line too, i care about labor issues also. they also probably got double-time for attending court, i could of helped them make some extra money.
as for cutting timber it does not directly raise money for law enforcement with the usfs forest service program, it actually costs the tax payers money and takes away from the resources citizens have, because they not only have to subsidize the lost funds from the ever money losing timber sale program, but it also takes away funds generated by recreation and usage fees, costing the community even more in lost income. i'm sure your god has quite a plan for george walker bush, and you praise free speech which is the right i was observing at the time of this situation. check your head man. you can't see the forest though the trees.
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