Today, I finally had my day in court regarding the criminal case that was illegally brought about against me. I have worked for years to get to this point. It is probably most people’s thinking that an event like this would have some profound impact or be charged with some higher energy because it is a climax to a life-changing ordeal.
Well, not quite. But, I absolutely feel refreshed, like a huge weight has been lifted, and there seems to be a brighter horizon that I’m seeing as I sit here late in the day looking across the lake and pondering what I want to say here. No, it wasn’t like Tom Cruise versus Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men” (“You can’t handle the truth!”). But, make no mistake, I took it to them pretty hard.
After three previous attempts to complete this hearing, including one in which final arguments were heard, but the proceeding was deemed void because there was no court reporter, I finally decided to let the record speak for itself. I didn’t need to continue to pound away at all of the errors and omissions that seemed to define either gross incompetence or outright conspiracy of corruption. Instead, I took a different angle and offered to the court that we didn’t need to peel back all of these layers to get to the correct outcome.
If I could show, through the record, that there is irrefutable and ironclad proof that there was no jurisdiction, why work this from behind? Why not just say, “Lack of Jurisdiction” and the whole thing can just go away. What happened to me is still relevant, but that is for another action in another court.
So I read a statement into the record. It took about fifteen minutes. I included an excerpt from a book called “The Motivation Manifesto” by Brendon Burchard. I seized on the fact that I had made serious individual claims against a Circuit Court Judge, a sitting District Attorney and two established Public Defenders. I had accused them of conspiring to wrongfully convict me. I laid individual claims against my ex-wife and her husband, accusing them of conspiring to cover up the chronic rape of my daughter at the hands of the husband. That this was the reason these frivolous charges were brought, to deflect the cause of action I would take when I found out the truth.
I made these accusations and am in court today to ask the judge to consider them in reversing what has happened. To right a wrong, to end the inequity of it all. Despite the seriousness of these accusations, None of these people are in court today to defend themselves. That speaks volumes, and so I let that be the most damning statement of the day.
It really could not have been better. Because this hearing was being held right after criminal court in Seminole County. So there was Craig Earnest, the District Attorney, knocking heads as he filed defendant after defendant into the court and sitting on the defense side were the Public Defenders, including Joseph Griffin, the one guy who could have prevented all of this from happening to me, but didn’t.
So they acted out their little theatrical play out, going through the motions to display the appearance of a formal process to public view, should anyone care. They exchanged legal banter and in the end received the outcome that, over time, was predetermined in area diners, courthouse conference rooms, and even in the back of the courtroom only minutes before. They proceeded to revoke suspended sentences, confine people to incarceration, put people on probation and even banishing them! One man was placed on a total of seven years probation, but the condition was that he serve that probation banished from the Pataula Judicial Circuit, which is seven counties in Southwestern Georgia. This sends the message that “We know you will screw up again, so we don’t want you to do it here anymore, you’re someone else’s problem now”. (They gave the guy two days of supervised time to get his stuff out of the district).
But the final case that came up just before my hearing was a 52 year old black man who was carrying a folder stuffed with legal materials. He was asking to represent himself, to act pro se. Judge Baxley carefully and thoroughly questioned the man to determine that he in fact knew what he was doing; that by not having a representative who was trained and familiar with the law and legal procedures was “generally not wise”. The man stood firmly on his intentions, believing that his “certification as a tractor-trailer driver” would see him through the ambush Craig Earnest was about to spring upon him.
I don’t blame the guy, because look at this scenario. Here’s Craig Earnest on the State’s side and Joseph Griffin on the Defense side…what could possibly go wrong? I referenced this ironic situation during my statement. Because I had followed similar advice and look where it got me.
So, when it was my turn, Craig Earnest and Joseph Griffin stayed in the court room, they heard my statement. Even better. The judge did not interrupt me, he allowed me to have this moment as I read confidently from my printed pages. When I finished, reading the paragraph about how I was foolishly optimistic that “they will get this right” as I waited for the ruling on my first motion challenging jurisdiction while in prison. Instead being denied in August 2012, hearing from all of my convicted felon cellmates “I told you so” and then as I languished there, my mother passing away in October 2012. I spoke of my inability to ever forgive that. The court reporter had tears in her eyes.
Once I rested, Judge Baxley looked at Mr. Tom Bishop, who was representing the State, asking him for the State’s response. Mr. Bishop rose and stated: “Without stipulating to anything Mr. Little just said, the State has nothing”.
Damn, that almost seemed anti-climatic! But then again, it spoke volumes.
You can read the complete statement on the ‘Cases’ tab here on the blog. Select “Seminole Case”, take the slider bar all the way to the bottom and scroll up until you see a separator line, that’s the most recent entry, you can read from there.
I will wait up to ten days for a ruling, which I will post promptly when I receive it.