The District Attorney’s office has launched an expensive appeal regarding the matter of the 3 charges dismissed by the Pretrial judge in June 2008. As of today’s date, May 17, 2009, nearly a year later, I am still awaiting the decision of the appellate court to move further than the day it began.
The DA’s office started off by filing 3 separate continuances each asking for monthly extensions claiming they needed more time to prepare before actually going forth in filing their opening brief. We are now in the month of May 2009 and I am still awaiting the outcome of the appeal. The appeal is under consideration and will soon be decided by the California State Court. Here’s where the problem lies, the case they are appealing has ALREADY BEEN AJUDICATED — AND I WON! A jury of my peers found that there was no good ground for stopping me in the first place in June 2008. The jury said that the police did not prove that I had done anything to provoke the stop.
With reference to the alleged battery on an officer that took place after the stop, it was never heard by the jury because it had been thrown out in pre-trial. It was thrown out because the police could not produce nor could they prove any of the so-called resisting arrest and battery on a police officer charges that were originally brought against me.
Here we are over 2 years since this nightmare began for me, and it is so hard and downright painful for me to tell you what this has done to my life. Not only has it cost me my job with LAPD and several other employment opportunities, but the stress of what has happened to me has made a greater impact on my physical health. And let’s stop talking about what it has done to me and think about what it has and is continuing to do to the state, county and city budget. The amount of hours that have been wasted and the money that has been spent by the County of Los Angeles DA’s Office on a MISDEMEANOR charge that was already decided in my favor is MINDBOGGLING!