More from John Willburn, who’s been present at the trial the whole time.
Some very interesting stuff. First of all, it appears that the prosecutor, who I’ve contended all along was more interested in getting a conviction and avenging the death of a Police Officer than in justice, has been lying to the court.
Judge Arrington agreed with the prosecution that only those items listed on the warrant, measurements, drawings and pictures, were subject to discovery. There were none to turn over as the only record, we were told, was the video.
But in arguing against admitting the video, Prosecutors Ebert and Conway denied any still pictures had been taken. Willet said nothing to the contrary.
Surprisingly, today, the prosecution entered the video into evidence, with the consent of the defense. I was there to watch. As the video played, I noted flashes from a camera. As the video progressed, there were at least fifty of these flashes. A photographer in a yellow windbreaker was visible several times taking still pictures, once even moving Prosecutor Ebert aside so he could line up his shot.
So, twice, in open court, the Prosecutors looked Judge Arrington in the eye and denied still pictures, which were clearly subject to discovery, existed, finally delivering them to the defense only after it became obvious when they saw the video that they did in fact exist.
Today, he reports on yesterday’s proceedings where Ryan Frederick himself testified. I have to admit that some of my conclusions during the course of this case have been wrong. I never really believed that Frederick was growing pot. I thought that was nothing more than the Police misinterpreting the tools of a hobby gardener. I was wrong about that. Frederick admitted to growing small amounts of pot for his own personal use. He denies selling it and, from what I’ve heard about the cultivation of pot, I believe him. I don’t think it is reasonable to believe that he had nearly enough equipment or space for a commercial grow operation.
With that said, even though Frederick obviously is not a saint, I still believe that the Police raid was unnecessary and irresponsible, that accepting the word of a criminal for the basis for such a raid is unsupportable and that the Police are using tactics that are unethical at best and possibly even illegal, in employing criminals to “find” evidence for them. This type of “police work” is patently a violation of the principles of freedom. Unfortunately, most people either don’t care because they aren’t criminals and don’t think it could ever happen to them, or agree with the tactics because, as far as they are concerned, the Police can do no wrong and if people weren’t criminals they wouldn’t be subjected to these types of attacks. Because of the lack of public outcry about these types of tactics, they are unlikely to change.
At any rate, it is all up to the jury at this point and who they find credible. The account of Frederick’s testimony is a little long, but, for those interested in this case, worth the read so I’ll not excerpt it here except for the author’s conclusion:
He was an entirely credible witness – everything he said was obviously true.