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Sentenced to Jail & Currently Out on Bail!

On June 7, 2010, Cherise had to turn herself into the courts stemming from her convictions on April 14, 2010: Guilty on 2 counts of Resisting Arrest with a 60 day county jail sentence plus 3 years of probation attached. Cherise filed an appeal and was allowed to stay out on bail pending the appeal process. Her bail was $10,000 & it was posted as soon as she went into custody.

To be allowed out on bail however, the judge was reluctant to allow this to happen.   For some reason he felt like this wasn’t allowed until he was provided the proof that Cherise had a right to stay of of jail pending the appeal process.  Her attorney had to bring in this proof:

CA Penal Code 1272. After conviction of an offense not punishable with death, a defendant who has made application for probation or who has appealed may be admitted to bail:

2. As a matter of right, before judgment is pronounced pending application for probation in cases of misdemeanors, or when the appeal is from a judgment imposing imprisonment in cases of misdemeanors.

If her attorney would not have provided this Penal Code, the judge was going to refuse the request & mandate Cherise to serving the 60 days in the County Jail.

This appeal is stemming from the Nightmare Experience Cherise Rogers experienced on April 6, 2007.

Finally Went To Trial In January of 2010, However The Criminal Case Still Isn’t Over

Well friends, family & followers:

It has happened. After all the delays & postponements, I finally went to trial last month on the 3 charges – 2 counts of battery on an officer & 1 count resisting arrest – (in fact in order to hedge their chances of winning,  District Attorney Patrick Carey, added an additional charge of resisting arrest on the day the trial began-Jan 15, 2010, bringing me to a total of 4 charges) that the judge had originally thrown out in 2008, and the District Attorney’s office appealed. So here I am again, fighting for my future, my livelihood and my ability to earn a living in my chosen field all because the Sheriff’s department is not willing to admit that they erred in the way they stopped me and the way they handled me (or more correctly mishandled me).

The trial was very trying (7 days) and it was very hard to listen to Deputy/Detective Christopher Maurizi sit on the stand and literally lie about me and my actions and reactions to what he did at the time of my arrest.  I tried very hard not to show my emotions to the court and jury, but it was hurtful and demeaning to hear someone describe me as an ‘out of control’ person who was yelling, screaming and very combative when all I wanted was an explanation as to why he had stopped me in the first place.  The conversation started with a simple, “Hello, Officer, what happened, what did I do?” and ended with me being thrown to the ground, jumped on by 5 full-sized police officers, being choked to almost unconsciousness, being pepper sprayed twice in the face and eyes, being arrested and hog tied and tossed into the back of a police car, and charged with felonies, all for asking the questions, ‘What happened? What did I do?’

What I did learn during the trial however is that, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department policy and procedures and also clearly reinforced by the District Attorney who tried my case is: WHEN STOPPED BY THE SHERIFFS YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS! According to what was said in court and established at my trial, you must obey; you must comply; you must cooperate; you must not speak; you must not question; you must get out of your car; you must go to where you are instructed; you must stand with you legs open (so you are off-balance); you must bend over the hood of their car and if you ask questions or show any form of what the ‘officer’ deems is resistance, then he can physically reach into your automobile, grab you by your clothing and forcibly remove you from the car!!

Now here’s the rub — just a few days after my trial ended, I happened to see a Pasadena Police Officer on the local news responding to fake police officers stopping, harassing, robbing, and whatever else they were doing to people in the City of Pasadena.  The officer on TV was actually instructing all people to question officers who pull you over if you are suspicious of them.  Telling us as citizens, not to just get out the car when approached and also to stop in a well-lit area where there are people around to be safe (Good luck finding this perfectly described scenario at 1:30 in the morning).  She said that the officer is supposed to identify himself and even show some form of I.D. if requested by you.

http://cbs2.com/video/?id=126571@kcbs.dayport.com

Hmmmmmmm….According to this officers logic we as regular citizens in this society can question on-duty officers, which I know is not at all the case in the REAL WORLD!   I felt the description & details  provided were not accurate in today’s day & time to say the least because we deal with REAL officers with authority issues & who don’t respond well with being asked anything at all!  This just confirmed for me that the way I was treated was totally out line and unjustified & also that SOME officers themselves are oblivious to the DEMANDING/AUTHORITATIVE nature of some of these rogue cops.

The main problem I have is that the police department on one hand goes on TV with these ‘community advice’ sessions and they don’t help!  Their suggestions are in direct conflict with what officers are charging and trying people for, for attempting to do exactly what they suggest you do and what I did.

But going back to the topic of my trial…after sitting through the testimony of 2 lying Sheriff Deputies, Deputy Chris Maurizi & Deputy Regan Fitzgerald, who both claim I battered them and 3 days of jury deliberations…the jury came back DEADLOCKED, a hung jury.   The jury kept coming back asking questions, wanting more info to help make a decision, it even got to the point the attorneys on both sides had to do a 2nd closing argument because the judge was wanting a verdict to be reached. But to no avail, the jury could not agree, leaving me once again back at SQUARE ONE because the District Attorney made sure they refiled the case again, but only after trying to offer me an outlandish deal!

PLEAD GUILTY TO RESISTING ARREST, 3 YEARS SUMMARY PROBATION, & 1 YEAR ANGER MANAGEMENT.

I laughed because there is NO WAY they could/would ever get me to take a deal.  Their supposed incentive was that I wouldn’t be receiving jail time if I took the deal, but if I didn’t take it, I need to remember I’m facing serious jail time….yea yea yea ….they can say all they want to, but I never resisted the deputy, so to take a plea is admitting guilt…..I’m NOT GUILTY so why would I plead?

So as of now, I go back to court March 5, 2010 for my trial readiness date.  I should be set to go to trial again before the end of March.  This will be my 3rd time taking the stand to plead my innocence, which is ridiculous considering how BROKE THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES is, but yet & still the DA’s office has NO PROBLEM spending thousands of tax payers dollars on a case that they know is ludicrous & false.

More to come…………………………………………

New Trial Date is Now Set For November 16, 2009

Last time I wrote, trial was to begin October 29th, but when I got there it was postponed until November 16th due to LAPD’s failure to provide my attorney with the audio recordings of the 5 officers statements regarding the incident that occurred April 6, 2007.  The 5 officers involved in this incident spoke individually to Internal Affairs with LAPD, providing them with their side of what happened that night.  They told so many lies leading to me being discharged from my employment with LAPD, that my lawyer needs these audio recordings to IMPEACH these suckers on the stand!!!

The main necessity of the tapes is to prove INGLEWOOD PD was involved that night.  During my criminal case, Inglewood PD has been trying to act like they were not a part of the arrest now that is has come this far.  Inglewood claims they didn’t write a police report or anything of the sort regarding them putting their hands on me on that night!  They are trying to weasel their way out of this case but they seem to have forgotten they gave a lengthy description of the incident to my employer leading to my DISCHARGE.  So if they could tell all those lies to my job to get me fired, I need them to go ahead and get on the stand and tell those same LIES  and explain how they didn’t go back to the station and do a write-up of their involvement with me that night!  They did no write-ups at all, but when interviewed by Internal Affairs 2-4 months after the incident they were able to detail everything that occurred!! STRANGE!!

How could that be if they had no report to reflect on???  Is it common for an officer to recall blow for blow what happened on an arrest 3 months after it happened and they had no report written to at least refresh the memory!!!  HMMMMMMM

This showed me that all 5 OFFICERS got together to make up this story & they memorized it for the very purpose of being interviewed.  All I know is tomorrow is my set trial date again & it’s time for them to start shaking in their BOOTS!!

Cherise is still here to get her JUSTICE no matter how long it takes!!!

I’ll update you all when I come from court tomorrow!!

FINALLY, Trial is set to start OCTOBER 29, 2009

Trial has finally been set to begin on October 29th at Inglewood Courthouse  (2 counts of battery on police officers & 1 count resisting arrest)…a week from today!! I can’t wait!!  It’s been such a long wait to get to this point..so much for SPEEDY TRIAL…I don’t even know how they say you have a right to have one and it take 2 1/2 yrs to get to it!! I just don’t understand.  I just can’t wait to get this phase of my life over with.  I have been waiting patiently for the closure of this criminal case.  It seems like the more patience I exhibited, the more the DA’s office prolonged this case.  They really hoped I was going to give up & give in to their lies & false allegations!!  They were sadly mistaken because here I am still standing & still fighting!!

I am determined to be their worst nightmare since they had no problem becoming mine!!  I’m looking & seeking JUSTICE in all aspects of my life…

So I say to them…..’YOU PICKED THE WRONG ONE THIS TIME’….. They know I didn’t batter them but that they battered me!!  THE TRUTH IS SOON TO BE TOLD!!  I HOPE THEY ARE AS READY AS I AM!!

A FALSE Warrant put out for my Arrest…..What will they do next?

Within the past couple months, it has become clear that the District Attorney’s office/Sheriff’s Department is intent on making this case a LIVING NIGHTMARE for me!

Brief recap: June 16th, 2009, was my completion date to have my community service hours finished in lieu of last years conviction (51 Hours to be done).  At the end of trial, I was given the return-to-court slip stating that I was to return to Torrance Courthouse on that day.

However, I decided on June 15th, to go handle this matter, because I was going to file an extension since I had not fully completed the hours yet, and I wanted to take care of this matter a day before it was due, just in case they were going to play games with me.  I arrived at Torrance Courthouse with the intent on getting my extension only to be hit with some STARTLING INFO!

The clerk told me that I wasn’t to report there but to INGLEWOOD Courthouse  June 16th  & that my file was no longer at TORRANCE Courthouse, so she couldn’t help me.

I was confused & upset!  How was my court location changed without my knowledge?  Why wasn’t I notified of the switch in locations??? Were they trying to make me miss my court date/time so they could issue out a warrant?? I just happened to go up there the day before the given courtdate, so had I waited until the actual given court date, I would have been screwed due to uncontrollable circumstances! WOW!

The clerk apologized for this inconvenience and told me that my file had been transferred to Inglewood Court June 8, 2009 and that I would need to go there to file my community service extension and to handle any further activities.  She said this was “weird,” which of course, I agreed! She then gave me a printout of court case, which showed my next scheduled event was 6/16/09 8:30 AM for Proof of Community Service at Inglewood Courthouse.

I then went over to Inglewood Court that same day (June 15) and got my extension filed until July 17, 2009.  That was the date the clerk gave me, as well as a little unnecessary attitude because she couldn’t understand why I needed more time to finish…….  Outside of that, I was done.  I got my extension and she let me know that I did not have to return to court until July 17th with my completion letter.

Fast forward to July 1st: I had taken a 2 week vacation from thinking about my case, which at times consumes me, and was now ready to get back on track.  Since I knew the three dismissed charges had been reversed May 27th, I wanted to know what the next step was going to be in this “criminal process.”

I called the Inglewood Court Criminal Clerks Office, and after giving out my information, I was told that I had a $10,000 WARRANT OUT FOR MY ARREST!!!!

I almost fell out!  A warrant?? Ive never had a warrant before?? How do I have a warrant? For what? Just so many questions running through my mind….

She explained that I had this warrant due to FAILURE TO APPEAR for my PRETRIAL on June 17, 2009….& that neither me or my lawyer showed up & the only way to get the warrant cleared up is to come to court and speak to the judge.

I was so ANGRY!!! I let her know that I had not received any type of notification letting me know of a PRETRIAL date, so how could I be issued a warrant??

What made this more strange, is the fact that this alleged  PRETRIAL date was just 2 days after I had went to TORRANCE Court & INGLEWOOD Court about my community service.  The lady had gave me a printout showing June 16th was my only upcoming court date, nothing else!

My lawyer had even went to Inglewood Courthouse on the 16th because I had forgot to tell her I got the extension that day before. She told me she spoke with the clerks office and nobody mentioned a court date for that very next day to her either!!!

They were obviously playing games with me!  How does a court date magically appear on the calendar within a day??  I had just received the printout so if I had PRETRIAL in 2 days, it would have been on the printout.  And then just to think I was driving around for those 2 full weeks of having a WARRANT out for my ARREST…..That thought just sent chills down my spine because I could have been pulled over and arrested for something I knew nothing of!!

That very next day, My lawyer & I went to court, July 2nd, to clear this matter up.  When before the judge, we were notified that INGLEWOOD Courthouse did not even have jurisdiction to issue me a warrant and that it was issued out wrongfully.  Also the judge noted that me nor my lawyer were receiving any notifications about my court case since there were no proof of service forms filed by the DA’s office…..THEY WERE TRYING TO GET ME!!