Attempted Intimidation

Discussion in 'Police Encounters' started by Florida Frustrated, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Florida Frustrated

    Florida Frustrated New Member

    About a month ago, a friend of mine had requested background information on a Detective in Florida in relation to a drug case. 2 days later, said Detective shows up to her house along with 4 other meathead detectives in an attempt to intimidate her. The detective under question did not get out of his undercover vehicle and watched as the detectives surrounded her house and one detective knocked on her door like she stole something. She didn't answer because it was too much of a coincidence that these specific law enforcement officers were banging on her door.

    What should she do?

    She is a single mother, no criminal history whatsoever, and does not live in the same county that these detectives serve. She has not seen them since, but their actions were clearly an attempt to intimidate her from requesting information.

    The drug case is legitimately wrought with corruption from the AUSA who was assigned, to the officers who perjured themselves on the stand. The CJA told the defendant, his client, that the AUSA would not let certain witnesses even near the courtroom and would have them arrested if they tried to testify. During the case, the CJA contacted her and threatened her with the AUSA issuing an indictment for her, but it never appeared.
     
  2. I'm confused by what you've written; How is your friend connected to this investigation? She needs an attorney, yesterday. She should not speak to law enforcement nor let them in her home. If she is arrested, she should say nothing until her attorney is there.
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2017
  3. Florida Frustrated

    Florida Frustrated New Member

    My friend is the fiancee of the guy who was arrested by these people. He recently told her that his CJA was at a different courthouse when someone approached him about his client asking for information. When her fiance told his CJA about the visit from the detectives, he said the CJA just smiled as said 'That is why you don't ask for things..." Under the FOIA, any citizen has the right to request public information, including prior complaints about any officer without repercussions.

    Neither she, nor him, can afford an attorney otherwise her fiance would not have been railroaded like he has. They have even gone so far as to charge him with obstruction of justice for not testifying and for going to trial. The AUSA threatened this months before trial, saying he would get an additional 35 years because he wanted to continue to trial. All of the CJAs, not the official public defender's office, are too scared to actually defend their clients because of future cases for paying clients. We need a lawyer that isn't scared of the federal prosecutor for their future cases. He was originally going to be defended by the public defender's office, but the AUSA kicked him off as a conflict of interest when, in fact, the public defender's office has more resources and no need to fear repercussions because they work in the same office.

    This entire case is corrupt and no one is helping. If there is anything that I can share after this entire ordeal, after reading the federal prosecutor's handbook, it is to encourage everyone to take your case to trial regardless of guilt or innocence. Their handbook clearly states that federal prosecutors are to plead out every single case. Statistics show that only 3% of cases ever make it to trial. Also, if you are found guilty by trial, you have more appeal options available than if you plead. In federal cases only, can a defendant poll the jury because only in federal cases does the verdict have to be unanimous in order to secure a conviction. Also, by writing or email, you can request an officer's background under your local freedom of information act. This will help if you have an officer testifying against you. If you can show that their testimony is tainted by their prior behaviors then it should be out the door. Always be ready for a conviction, but don't let it be the end all, be all. You will most likely have to appeal at all times.
     

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