Monday a friend of mine turned himself in for a crime he did not commit. He will serve three years. I was in court as his public defender made statements like ” its obvious my client is a criminal” while supposedly defending him.
They threw nearly 50 years of charges at him for alleged identity theft. He had to take a plea for 3. Our justice system is such a joke if it didn’t destroy thousands of lives it would be on SNL. In memory of Mike, see you in 3 years brother.
Daniel Johnson For those who asked:
I’ve known Mike for a few years, and though he never wanted any credit, and never wanted to be publicly known, he has been in the backend of many of our projects with both PANDA and the Solutions Institute.
He had access to all of our systems and never took advantage of that. However, he was an anon, and that’s what got him.
As far as what he didn’t do, he did not commit identity theft. The prosecuting attorney argued that since his email was used to send out credit card number associated with ID theft that he was responsible. However, the friends hanging in his apartment had access to his email, and were later implicated in the scheme. From all indications, they just used his email.
On no logical train of thought does an email represent a person. I have at least 10 emails, some of them I don’t use anymore. If someone used one of those emails to commit a crime, I’d never know, and to be dragged into court and convicted on that would be ludicrous.
But we found out later, due to the questions that were asked of him, that the real reason they went after him was because he was associated with Anonymous. He’s another of the dozens, if not hundreds, of arrests made in connection with anyone who claims anonymous status, because the government fears them.
Thankfully, our support letter for him shaved off around 6 months on his sentence. But that’s a small comfort knowing that had the defense been any good, the prosecutor was too incompetent, and didn’t have enough evidence, to convict.
But the public defender worked in the same office as the prosecutor and looked up to him as a mentor, made obvious by the amount of handshaking, asking for advice, etc the public defender did with the prosecuting attorney.
When your defense, prosecution, and judge work for the same people it’s hard to win.