I NEED HELP !!!!Submitted by Clay Carey on Mon, 12/14/2009 - 00:45
To my friends at the Daily Paul, in less than 12 hours….
I am sorry for posting this on such short notice. I myself just became aware of it this morning. My son’s best friend (two weeks away from 18) was ticketed for the following;
Mo. Code #380.020, failure to have lights on at a certain time. Thirty minutes before dusk or dawn. Also 390.205, Failure to signal a turn. One stop, two tickets. I am not sure of the actual code numbers, they were hard to make out on his tickets. I think (BIG stretch) that I read them right.
He told me that when he was stopped, it took 15 to 20 minutes before the local cops even approached his car, and another 15 minutes before they wrote the tickets. (That is the ‘time’ wrote on the tickets. It was light enough he did not need his lights at the time. He also stated that when he started the car again, the first thing he had to do was turn OFF the turn signal.
This is nothing more than a case of harassment or a attempt to meet the daily quota. I have known this boy for ten or more years. He is one of the VERY FEW people I would ride along with, and not worry about safety. I live WAY in the country and this kid uses his turn signals to turn into my yard! I care enough about him that I have told him he could come live with me and my family. (he does not get along with his current house-hold. (step mom/sisters/dad, who is retired military).
This is simply a case of harassment and revenue for the county.
I drafted the following for the kid to read to the court.
JUDGE: How do you plead?
ACCUSSED: For the record, I am here Pro Per. I am not well versed in the law. I do not understand the charges or the laws concerning them. There-fore, I cannot plead guilty or not guilty nor will I allow the court to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty for me.
I do know that the charges are being brought against me by members of the Buffalo City Police Department who are agents for the state. I am being prosecuted by the County Prosecutor who is an agent for the state. Further more your Honor, you, yourself, are an agent of the state. Which Is a clear, conflict of interest on your part.
I cannot possibly, with any reasonable hope, expect to receive a fair, unbiased and impartial out-come given these conditions. I demand, that, should the Prosecutor not dismiss these charges, that I be afforded my right to an, Article Seven, trial by jury in accordance to the rules of law.
Any determination by this court other than to move to a trail by jury will be appealed to the next higher court.
When I took him home, he asked that I come in and explain or answer any questions his dad had. What his dad said, shocked the hell out of me and left me speechless. I could not believe that I was hearing this from a veteran. “Dallas County is a small community, it’s better that he just plead guilty and pay the fines”. He went on to tell his son, “plead guilty and I will pay the fines, anything else and you are on your own”. GOD, I hope that the military doesn’t cave in like this one did!! This man fought battles for our country, but when it comes to standing up against the county for his son, he is a coward. Excuse me, the politically correct name is ‘sheeple’. How does anyone expect change if we ourselves don’t change?
I guess the purpose for this post is to obtain as many letters of encouragement as I can to show him he is not alone. He knows right from wrong. He KNOWS this is nothing but extortion. He wants to read the statement. But he also is (understandably) scared of dad.
I KNOW the county will drop the case if he reads this statement. I AM prepared to defend him if they do not. I WILL pay all the charges myself, if I lose.
The hearing is tomorrow at one o’clock. PLEASE, post some letters of encouragement for this young man.
YOUR servant for freedom, Clay Carey
Update: The kid went to the prosecutor to see if he could just pay the tickets. He was told that there were no “set” fines for these violations and that he would have to go before the judge. He caved into his dad and pled guilty. Received a $5.00 fine on each ticket and paid court costs of $45.00 on EACH ticket. It’s all about the money.