In order to be received in time to my 8:00 appointment tomorrow at the 6th precinct. I send this letter unfinished.
It's my deepest apology but I firmly state that this is an unfounded and unsupported claim to stop what, saying hello. Ask to help slaughtered children?? You are a celebrity yes. But, I do not now nor ever have wanted to know you. I've never read her tell all books which Brooke shared to the world she lost her virginity to Superman. I did buy the book (iTunes) in support, not to read because it's personal. (she gave me 2copies personally.)
Ms. Fritzo, I'm contacting you as an agent who represents Brooke Shields. It's not an intent to contact Brooke, but to work together as professionals. You are in charge of publicity, and this is my letter I'm posting to my web site that has over 1 million 200 thousand plus LIKES. It's my sole intent to resign from my philanthropic wishes to protect and to serve. To serve the public as a man dedicated to service and to protect those suffering who's voices otherwise would have been drowned out.
As I resign my post, and quit what I've dedicated the last 15 years to. This letter is to serve as the cover letter to www.TheSandyHookKidsCenter.com.
I'm accused of everything I try to prevent. Although I declare my innocence... It's with pain and anguish that I now have to live with. And if it's this much trouble to eradicate abuse/violence and I'm caught as a casualty then I fold.
I did not wish to know Brooke. I only thought she's be proud of the role she has played via her mom and that she would only then be to willing to help our nation's children.
36 years ago, I was raped by a neighbor 38 years my senior. To say the least it destroyed me... and I had become suicidal as a result. Myself like most all boys/the world for that matter became struck with a beautiful girl on a blue lagoon. A man had molested me, my fantasy saved me. I played some risky business and fell in love on a blue lagoon.
Tiger Beat, and the like talked a lot about movie stars and 'fan' stuff.. I too joined in and began to write fan letters. (they did solicit funding for a fee...) It was a nice surprise when letters were answered and autographs were sent. Like I said, not understanding rape I internalized it as a personal defect and the kindness I received in return was what had saved me. I began to share more and more and one unsuspecting night the phone rang. It was Teri Shields calling to speak to my folks to share things she knew I didn't have the courage to say out loud.
My life changed after that. The neighbor who raped me, was arrested, and I found the courage needed to heal.
Being grateful for having a person taking the time to help a stranger has heavily influenced the man I've become. I pay it forward in my career and every day in my personal life.
In 1996 I incorporated a children's non profit to eradicate abuse/violence and our long term goals are to educate kids and society alike on the gripping effects abuse has. The more someone knows, the less they internalize, the less they internalize the less victimization. In every sense of the word there is nothing selfish in anything I do.
Many, many years ago, I met Brooke, her mom Teri, and Teri's girlfriend/partner Lila at Nishi in NoHo where I was sat with the Shields' for dinner. It was a fun night to say the least. Mrs. Shields shared a lot with me that apparently she didn't with Brooke.
The parts of her recent memoir that she did share are very different than what she has written- like the relationship Teri had with whom Brooke thought was just her God-mother, and her seeking advice on how to best help me. Mrs. Shields was indeed our family's angel.
Many years after that I had met Chris Henche after a Broadway performance of Chicago. Chris then introduced me to Brooke. She was very kind and joked with me about spending too much on a baby gift for her daughter. Brooke even joked with me that she wasn't going to share the gift either, and that Rowan would have to get her own. Brooke also told me that she proudly kept it on her bedroom dresser. It was also then, that Brooke told me that she had no idea the extent to what her mother had done. It was then Brooke had told me it was all her mom and that Teri had been my pen pal all along.
As I grew up and became a man, I got rid of all my silly childhood keep sakes that included every cover and every story about Brooke. It was inappropriate to keep such stuff as my obsession had of course ended when I was still a child. Once Teri introduced me to Brooke she became a person and I've never ever disrespected her. On the contrary, everything I've done has been with great respect. The one thing I did save was a silver framed party favor Mrs. Shields had given me. That I proudly returned to Brooke thinking her kid would appreciate it. They- her effeminate assistant and Brooke did not.
That rudeness is why I've been overly considerate. For example, one night of an appearance on Broadway, I was so excited that I smiled ear to ear, nodding my head up and down... Brooke locked eyes with me and with my nodding, Brooke shook her head side to side. It was fun, Brooke shaking and my nodding. I even made an exorbitant pledge after the show to support her request which she, I believe, genuinely appreciated.
My sister died in '97 due to complications of her abuse. She kept her pain inside which led to eating disorders that eventually caused her heart to stop. I have incredible survivor's guilt seeing I too was abused and somehow I survived. My belief is that I survived because someone cared for that broken little boy. I was able to share my pain to someone who in turn went above and beyond what most strangers would not have done. With my gratitude, I pay it forward and according to 1 million 200 thousand plus people, people LIKE the work I'm doing on behalf of the victims of abuse/violence as well as the victims and survivors of SandyHook.
I've lived in the West Village since 1999. Brooke has only lived there for the past few years. In that time I've run into her 3 times and that's only because I work at the local Starbucks on her block, thrift at the local thrift shop on her block, check-in with the 6th precinct as I am a responsible neighbor and have even registered as a regular volunteer when needed. I also go to the pharmacy just two doors away.
3 times in a matter of years?????
If I was in any way inappropriate, the amount of our 'running into each other' would, I imagine, have been in the dozens seeing Brooke is often featured walking in the neighborhood. I do not take photographs and have only spoken to Brooke when there was something to say, like "I hope you don't mind that I parked in front on 10th". "But, it was the best/safe place." (they never ticket for street cleaning because of the neighboring 6th precinct.) I say this again out of respect because her husband Chris has told me to not worry about Brooke, that she is overly protective and private. How is that and why then do we all have to know that Superman took her virginity? Is it for income? Why then be rude after a hello?? I even have refrained the other couple of times from uttering a word because of how rude she is.
I did leave a note one time after she did an episode of TV where she played a has been celebrity who was rude to a fan oddly enough. The note I left provided a heart felt apology for her highly visible role in the world, that I apologized for the assumed unwanted attention she must receive and provided my information including social security, address, and license number. I did so because when she is in a show (Broadway) I would always try and see her. I didn't go to everything- which proves I am not deranged. I never went looking for her in SoHo where apparently she told a magazine she moved from and then featured her newly renovated 10th St brownstone on the cover of Architectural Digest. (no I don't have a copy!) nor do I drive by her South Hampton home even though I have a home in East Hampton and go to most social engagements.
I did not attend a luncheon for her book release and I did not go to an event she hosted in the Hampton's. I didn't go because her husband told me Brooke is very private and over-protective. That said I did see her in the Adams Family on Broadway and stayed after the show, much like many many people who stay for playbills to be signed. I asked- much like my consideration for parking, if she minded if I came back to see the show in two weeks because it was my birthday. She politely and kindly said it was fine and that she would appreciate it. I did go, and brought with me the same playbill from before. This time she didn't sign again as asked without the running joke of adding two x's, but this time wrote Happy Birthday. Brooke remembered that it was my birthday without my saying a word.
Last week, after asking if she minded my car out front- even after leaving a phone number on social media should she want the good spot... she politely said it was ok. That was what was said in front of her child, Rowan. Incidentally, my sister named her child Rowan after reading Brooke's book Down Came The Rain. My sister suffered from post pardum as well and was inspired as a result.
Isn't that what all of this is? Kelly was inspired and liked the name Rowan so much that she used it. I was inspired by an act of kindness from a stranger that I too have been inspired.
I do not wish to know Brooke. She gave me, well she gave copies to everyone in her AOL BUILD segment- an on line publicity forum.. I have not read it because I don't feel a need to know. Or maybe because she is now real to me, I wish to not know her private life! I even have a copy on my phone in iBook. But, that was to BUY it to SUPPORT.
Brooke is a familial soul from my childhood. A childhood lost because I was raped by a man at age 12. My entire childhood was stolen as a result. Brooke broke my heart with her lack of compassion and lack of empathy. Something deeply missed and lost when Brooke's mom Teri passed away. Teri was the nice one- the one with kindness. It's a sad day to have lost such inspiration.
In '96 I incorporated a 501 c3 non profit to eradicate abuse/violence. We've hosted luncheons with The March of Dimes to prevent premature births and have built homes for Habitat For Humanity. My reaching out to people I see on a regular basis had led to my being a guest of Celine Dion's and my asking her to record our theme song. I've spent a couple occasions with the Estefan's going with them in their vehicles to a show and then to dinner to celebrate Jon Secada. I even spent time with Shania Twain and going to a Billboard Show with her in her car. She even sang to me a song because I was the only friendly face she knew in the audience for rehearsals. Meryl Steep and I talked about hockey after she declared herself a hockey mom (while Sir Paul McCarney rehearsed..) and Madonna has even slapped me across my face at dinner after her asking me about a tattoo her brother told her about. She thought it was fan inspired. I then told her it was about what she's accomplished and how she inspires rather than it being about her. She then hugged me.
Ricky Martin kissed me on the cheek after meeting again after meeting him the day after Sandy Hook. We met a few months ago because we both have foundations for children.
Did I mention I even went out with Halle Berry a few times.. 'we both did a Who's The Boss spin off called Living Dolls. I stopped dating her/didn't call because I was just a featured actor and she was a star. I do not need to absorb anyone's anything! I even left a relationship where the person was worth $200m. My fantasies about wealth included a brief vision of my paying off Brooke's town house because it's said she's only worth an estimated $20m. (I left $200m.. to work for feee..) in a brief lapse of a split second fantasy (because wealth has never been an important e.) wasn't even about Brooke, but an anonymous gesture- a way to show thanks.
This entire ordeal is all about thanks actually. The only intention I've ever had has never been to know Brooke, to invade her life... Hell, one show of hers on Broadway she was on a couch just a few feet from the stage. I of course, was center stage and she stepped up and on top of the couch being silly trying to unfold the stubborn couch. Brooke's butt was right there in front of the entire audience just a few feet away.... I turned in horror as it was as if it were my actual sister! I was traumatized by her butt! Brooke was/is Brooke. I've mentioned my Brookie and was quoted saying my Brookie because there's a level of warmth. And honestly, I'm grateful to even be alive thanks to Brooke and her mom.
I've had this clowded image of Brooke seeing a signature scribble on my car and I come back to two x's as it is a running thing when she signs autographs. I didn't expect to have my car brushed off to the point of it appearing to be vandalized. (so yes, I went to social media- it's what you do- it's how you get followers)
I dated a brilliant person who has produced such great movies as Chicago, Footloose, who has even produced the Oscars a couple times... He had inspired me to begin writing a screen play surrounding my efforts and those around Sandy Hook to empower families for generations... I also have a best bud who created the ellen show, Bonnie Hunt, Latifah and has even introduced me to the brilliant Mark Burnett via a letter of recommendation...
I envision writing a treatment for a kids 101 daytime show. We're also submitting a reBuilding Sandy Hook show for a major DIY/family station... with a bud in charge of new programming for a major network and yet another for cable.
Incidentally, I'm also booked for a major talk show to re-appear..
My warped wish was that Brooke would somehow see the humanity in what I do and realize that my hopes and planning has taken longer than expected because I've yet for stars to align. Despite Sarah Jessica, Julianne Moore, or even Jessica Chastain's recent promise to do our non profit's first PSA. (Edie Falco had been generous to volunteer as well... she being the 6th person asked and 5th commitment. The 6th person- Kelly Clarkson hadn't been officially asked because Mr. Clive Davis who's been very generous to us to date was a better candidate to ask.
The only delusions I have is to actually believe one man can help where another man had damaged. I have no delusions of grandeur because I knew at age 12 my extreme fragility. There was a girl, Rebecca Shaefer who in all sense has shaped the stalking laws and in the article I published to publicly recant my defaming allegations, she was murdered just two days after my moving to LA just across the street. (I mention this because it had a profound effect.. it's an obvious deduction.. what's sick is how this passage was twisted by the prosecution...). I came to LA to act so I could be heard- that my story of abuse would help protect the 1 in 3, and the 1 in 5 'reported' cases.. 'that somehow I could prevent the pandemic of child suicide our nation faces. I'm not delusional and I've asked people who could actually do what I imagine. I've recently hired an operating officer because I know I do not have the experience needed to succeed.
Every day we lose at least 4 kids to abuse and violence. These age old statistics are the ones recorded. The thought of exact numbers keep me awake at night. The fact that I've had the inception since the early '90's and only incorporated since '96 evokes horror. 4 kids x 365 x 20 years represents the amount of kids who've lost their lives unnecessarily... To imagine all the lives cut short is not right.
Stalking legal definition:
'Criminal activity consisting of the repeated following and harassing of another person. Stalking is a distinctive form of criminal activity composed of a series of actions that taken individually might constitute legal behavior. For example, sending flowers, writing love notes, and waiting for someone outside her place of work are actions that, on their own, are not criminal. When these actions are """coupled with an intent""" to instill fear or injury, however, they may constitute a pattern of behavior that is illegal.
Though anti-stalking laws are gender neutral, most stalkers are men and most victims are women.
Stalking first attracted widespread public concern when a young actress named Rebecca Shaeffer, who was living in California, was shot to death by an obsessed fan who had stalked her for two years. The case drew extensive media coverage and revealed how widespread a problem stalking was to both celebrity and noncelebrity victims. Until the enactment of anti-stalking laws, police had little power to arrest someone who behaved in a threatening but legal way. Even when the suspect had followed his victim, sent her hate mail, or behaved in a threatening manner, the police were without legal recourse. Law enforcement could not take action until the suspect acted on his threats and assaulted or injured the victim.'
(why would someone quote this?? To prove that there was no intent- OBVIOUSLY..)
http://t.co/OwvnvKKAKO coupled w/""intent"" to instill fear or harm. just for clarification.
(again! No intent, no fear..)
Tomorrow, I'm being arrested on 4 charges of harassment and stalking. There's no evidence that can possibly be supported to support this charge.
(So you fabricated and distorted the facts..)
The 6th precinct in NY are acting out because they essentially had threatened me and that I refrain from any further activity involving Brooke, and that I not walk at all on 10th St.
(what kind of bs is that?? So, I again provided examples of how I'm of no threat)
(For the record) Stalking is a consistent repetition of behaviors to evoke fear or to harass- I would soon rather harm myself then to ever even disturb Brooke. The same article that declares me Brooke's 'Blue Luney' stated that Brooke ended a 15 year ordeal just two years ago involving a legitimate stalker or so they say.
This is obviously a result of the time Brooke was in fact proven to be stalked. I am not a stalker and this is defamation at its best.
As a result, I am now disinvited to my home.
My entire life has been dedicated to the betterment of others (there's no way any of these claims are true..)
John M. Rinaldi
Anjelica Gregory, New York State Bar.
Assistant District Attorney, City of New York
Associate, Kirkland & Ellis.
The information contained in this document and it's attachments is an official complaint to the State Bar of New York, and provides unequivocal proof of prosecutorial misconduct by Anjelica Gregory, member of the NY State Bar.
These violations include, but are not limited to the following:
Rule 5-110 Performing the duty of a Member in Government Service
Rule 5-200 Trial Conduct
Rule 5-220 Suppression of Evidence
The State Bar is advised that this document is also provided to the New York State Grand Jury as supplemental information to the formal Public Corruption Complaint filed independently by a collaboration of several justice reform organizations, specifically naming Anjelica Gregory.
The State Bar is distinctly advised that the prosecutorial misconducts and criminal acts of Ms. Anjelica Gregory detailed herein are not isolated incidents. They are part of a sustained pattern and course of misconduct, warrants criminal behavior, and necessitates disciplines to protect the people of New York.
Supplemental documentation of this will further be provided to the State Bar, the New York State Grand Jury, the Center for Prosecutorial Integrity, the New York Attorney General, and several Justice Reform advicates detaining negligence in the Manhattan District Attorneys office, specifically naming Anjelica Gregory, and Brent Ferguson of the New York State Bar.
BACKGROUND AND SYNOPSIS
In 2003, Mr. Chris Henchy and I met after a Broadway play. After introducing myself to him, he grabbed me and said that I had to meet his wife, actress/model and self proclaimed hypervigiliant Brooke Shields personally. There had been a gift sent as a baby gift- similarly to one Mrs. Shields had given to me years ago. Ms. Shields said to me that she was so in love with it and grateful that she had told me point blank, 1. It was too nice to share, and 2. It would remain on her bed-room bureau.
I was very pleased because throughout my life I had developed a sense of gratitude to the Shields’ after their stepping in and having my abuser prosecuted. Through Mrs. Shields' kindness, I was no longer the abused, but a survivor.
After many kind words were exchanged, I gave a friendly man to man pat on his shoulder, and a punch to the arm and said my good-byes.
There was no further communication since 2003 aside from my attending 3 or 4 Broadway shows. I would learn that she had been a neighbor of mine since 2010, and had not known she lived just two blocks away until 2013 when she announced it to the world in Architecture Digest.
In 2012, after my father had died things of his became more valuable to me. And in 2013 or so I stumbled upon an old gift Mrs. Teri Shields bestowed to me as a kindness after she had befriended my parents. The loss of a parent is tough, but the loss of a grandparent is especially tragic because this relationship ends when the grandchild is often quite young. Since I was given such a lavish gift of a heart shaped silver frame, I felt obliged to return it to its rightful owner, Brooke. I carried it around in my briefcase for months after running into Ms. Shields in the neighborhood and seeing the close parameters believed I’d see her again. In passing, I had offered the gift that once belonged to Mrs.,Shields, and suggested that her eldest daughter would appreciate it more that I.
At the time it seemed to be the right thing to do. How could it not?
In 2014, I received a bulk mailing from Ms. Shields’ team inviting me to several events to which she was to speak on behalf of a book she had previously published. During one event the mc was kind enough to ask if there were any questions, I put my hand up and we spoke of my 'paying it forward' and attributed my philanthropic work to her mother who was kind to a child a long time ago.' Brooke then asked if there was a question, and I had only wanted to say thank you. She moved on and before I knew it I had said, yeah I do have a question after-all.. but someone had already begun to speak, and Brooke smiled at me, and I smiled back.
The next event was several hours away and was a book signing at Barnes and Noble. While I joined the line to have my book signed, I didn't solicit a conversation, but when Brooke saw me, she quickly apologized for not getting back to me to ask my question. She took it upon herself to engage me, I might add.
In just a few months after that, I would run into Ms. Shields in my neighborhood. For the record, Ms. Shields moved within 2blocks of me.. and to run into her in a total of 3 or 4 times over the course of many years (5) seems expected- especially when Ms. Shields lives just two doors down from my pharmacy that I've been patronizing for the last 20years, and still prescribe to.
The quantity and severity of the many criminal acts committed against me has been so expansive that it has drawn the attention of a number of Human Rights organizations, who have collaborated on a comprehensive investigation and have assisted in the filing of a formal public corruption complaint with the New York City County Grand Jury, NY State Bar, the New York Attorney General, the Governor of New York, and the Ethics Committee. Ms. Anjelica Gregory, a member of the New York State Bar, and Assistant District Attorney Brent Ferguson are both public officials identified in this corruption.
The evidence provided herein proves unequivocally that ADA Anjelica Gregory of the Manhattan DA's office violated her oath of office, abused public trust, and made a mockery of our judicial system in her relentless pursuit of a criminal conviction. After a plea of Disorderly Conduct was rejected, Ms. Gregory engaged in the act of Suborning Perjury and is proven throughout her discoveries entered into court.
Ms. Gregory is also on record for stating she would soon thereafter leave the District Attorney's office for her participation of putting 'away' innocent people.
I'd also like to add Ms. Gregory is with no moral compass. She did in fact upgrade from her criminal activities within the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to secure a position with a high profile law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. The average take home bonus is upwards to $4,600,000, and a starting salary of $180,000 is expected. It’s also been alluded to Ms. Gregory coming off such a high profile win, her starting salary most likely was increased in upwards to $280,000.
I'd like to say, I'd sell out too, but if I may be honest- no amount of money could buy 'my' integrity.
Again, for close to two years, I was constantly asked to accept a disorderly conduct. With advice from Assemblyman O'Donnell, I was told not to accept any such plea if I was in fact innocent. He also advised me that as long I was fighting a celebrity I would not win given the highly publicized celebrity treatments suggested these past couple of years, and the significant abuses associated.
The only thing important was the lesson I’d be instilling upon my now 9 year old boy, 'Perjury is never an option- even if it will afford you your freedom. Your word is your honor.”
Specifically, the facts and evidence herein establish:
The assumption of criminal behavior was based on the discovery from an extortion/ consumer site called Ripoff Report. This site defamed me in its accusations of being a child predator and running an illegal non profit. In 2010, thanks to Detective Paul Arroyo, these reviews were proven false. Yet, they remained because reports can not be removed. The only option was to then pay a $5,000- $100,000 service fee to have the reports 'buried.'
I could make reference upon reference, but suffice to say, everything out out of Ms. Shields’ and Mr. Henchy's mouths were all fabrications. There was no wrong doing, and to suggest Sandy Hook was not a legitimate cause is irresponsible.
FACTS AND EVIDENCE.
New York County Criminal Grand Jury
One Hogan Place
New York, NY 10013
To the Foreperson of the New York Criminal Grand Jury,
I bring to you an issue to the attention of the New York County Criminal Grand Jury that is in need of an inquiry. This involves the highly publicized case involving Mr. John M. Rinaldi, who has recently been convicted of stalking/harassing Ms. Brooke Shields.
After a review of available information by a host of professionals, it appears that a number of violations of criminal law occurred in the procurement of her original restraining order, and also suggests that the restraining order system has been exploited and manipulated in a most egregious manner. Preliminary information suggests that other private and governmental entities may have some complicity, which may or may not include the NYPD 6th Precinct detective and inspector, a prominent entertainment publicity firm and various personnel from the New York County District Attorney, the New York City Attorney’s Office, and the New York County Superior Court.
This case is one example of exploitation, manipulation, and constitutional and due process violations in the procurement of restraining orders occurring daily in the family, civil, and criminal courts in New York County. Virtually none receive the same type of media attention as this case. The wake of destruction and devastation as well as the untold damage that this abuse causes to children and families is truly shocking and heartbreaking.
We respectfully ask that the New York County Criminal Grand Jury initiate a formal inquiry, keeping in mind that the District Attorney’s Office is the governmental entity who would oversee and present evidence to the Grand Jury, and one of our concerns is whether or not a fair, unbiased and impartial inquiry can be made. We also ask that cooperative efforts be initiated with the New York State Bar, the New York Commission on Judicial Performance, the NYPD Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Civil Rights and Office of Inspector General, and the New York Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, (P.O.S.T.).
We are confident that if a fair, impartial and unbiased inquiry can be made, the resultant effects will be the discovery of numerous violations of criminal law and serious professional ethical violations as well, that will result in criminal convictions and necessitate legislative change of the current restraining order system, in the State of New York and perhaps the entire country.
We would appreciate a response and thank you for your attention to this most serious matter.
John M. Rinaldi.
NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is officially looking into police/prosecutorial misconduct and have legitimized my perjury/suborn perjury claims.
Given my evidence I'm confident that vindication is evident.
the offense of willfully telling an untruth in a court after having taken an oath or affirmation.
synonyms: lying under oath, giving false evidence/testimony, making false statements, willful falsehood
"she was found guilty of perjury"
Each year there are 7.5 million cases reported for stalking/harassment- 11.6% are proven false.
To those of you who know me, thank you for your support, for those in question understand that people do lie as a means of control.
We may not fully understand why someone would lie about this, just know that they do. It's a tried and true way to void one's self of a predisposition and it's wrong. The only thing worse is to allow a supposed victim go free when they're the actual criminal.
Brooke Lied. Angelica Gregory suborned perjury. The losers here is my Kelly and her being neglected in her time of need and the 26 families in Newtown who now have come second to the town's benefit.
Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder In our approach,
fighting is not an act of violence, but an expression to underline that it takes courage to face the reality and a task in changing it.
We do not fight against an abstract enemy. We engage in the concrete struggle side by side with the people for the people- only then can we create change.
March 24, 2009 Bobby G. Frederick 14 Comments
Police Misconduct, Prosecutorial misconduct
Two police officers, a prosecutor, and a judge have been charged with conspiracy to commit perjury and with misconduct in Detroit.
Former top drug prosecutor Karen Plants and two Inkster cops were arraigned today and face up to life in prison for an alleged conspiracy to use perjured testimony to convict two drug dealers in a 2005 cocaine case, according to charging documents filed this morning.
In all, Plants is accused of five felonies and two Inkster police officers are each charged with four felonies in the court documents, filed by the Michigan Attorney General’s office after a nine-month investigation. Among the charges faced by the trio is conspiracy to commit perjury, a potential life offense.
Retired Wayne County Circuit Judge Mary Waterstone faces four felony counts of official misconduct, according to charges filed this morning in Detroit 36th District Court. The maximum penalty for those felonies is five years.
Plants is charged with conspiracy to commit perjury, one count of official misconduct for provide false information to defense lawyers, one count of misconduct for failing to correct false evidence and two misconduct charges for allegedly holding improper meetings with Judge Waterstone.
David Moffitt, one of the defense attorneys at the trial, asked Attorney General Mike Cox to investigate the case three years ago, but apparently was ignored until recently. The attorney general’s investigative report alleges that the state’s informants lied on the stand at a preliminary hearing, with the proseuctor’s knowledge. Later, the prosecutor had an ex parte meeting with Judge Waterstone where she told the judge about the perjury, and asked for and received an order signed by the judge preventing the defense attorneys from obtaining cell phone records that would have revealed the perjury. At trial, the prosecutor again met with the judge ex parte and discussed the perjury which was allowed to continue at trial without the knowledge of the defense attorneys.
They should be prosecuted. There are cops who lie under oath and there are prosecutors who will do anything to obtain a conviction. There are judges who will look the other way (although I hope it is rare that a judge will actually participate in unethical conduct such as what is alleged in this case). The only way to ensure the credibility of our justice system is for cops to know that they will be prosecuted for perjury and for prosecutors to know that they will be held accountable for their actions.
When prosecutors know that they will not be charged with anything, they know that they will not be disciplined by their state bar, they know that they are immune from lawsuit, and they know that judges will not dismiss cases for prosecutorial misconduct, there will be prosecutors who will take advantage of their free pass and do whatever it takes to win their cases. As much as we want and need to believe that prosecutors and police officers will be moral and upstanding by virtue of who they are and what they do, they are human and it simply is not always true.