Ted Nugent, rock star and avid bow hunter from Michigan, was being interviewed by a liberal journalist who also happens to be an animal rights activist. The discussion came around to deer hunting. The journalist asked, “What do you think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you shoot him? Is it, ‘Are you my friend?’ or is it ‘Are you the one who killed my brother?'”
Nugent replied, “Deer aren’t capable of that kind of thinking. All they care about is what am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away. They are very much like the Democrats in Congress.”
This person has tried in a very mean spirited way to discredit me and tell outright lies about me, saying things like I am part of a drug coalition out of Denver, Co. and have an interest in legalizing marijuana. There is nothing farther from the truth and in fact I am a very outspoken opponent of legalizing this drug.
She and one of her alter egos Lewis Davis were on an extreme verbal barrage around December of last year and were taking turns blocking and unblocking me to make ignorant attacks. Yes Linda and Lewis have the same address. Funny thing huh?
Recently I did an update on the person I have named the copsucker and her self-interview CLICK HERE.
Also notice the post I put up on May 19, 2015 where she is identified in a FBI report as the informant on all kinds of strange accusations made some bail bond companies and other strange goofball accusations click here.
In the first report dated 6-11-2007, 2 pages worth, she was in contact with a “friend” at the DA’s office in regards to bail bond companies who are bailing out illegal immigrants and was advised by the DA’s office to check out AJ Bail bonds for these issues. The report goes on to say she discovered that AJ’s Bail Bonds is closely connected to the DA’s office with relatives of employees. And also said there were some “whistleblowers” that were former employees.
She also said there were drug parties and one statement said that there were sexual favors and there was a room upstairs that was used as a “drug party room” and a safe that contained illegal weapons.
NOTE: No names or corroborating information was provided by her in the report.
Now remember this person claimed to not be involved in the case but it is obvious she had done an active investigation in talking to people and was receiving assistance from the DA’s office in this investigation.
Looking at page 3 of the FBI reports, it is a second interview dated 1-29-2008, it states she has spent about 3 ½ months on this and had some information about several bail bond companies, But again at the bottom of the page she again starts to go into more detail concerning AJ bail Bonds. I do not mean to gloss over the information she reported about the other Bail bonds companies but none were ever charged, to my knowledge, in regards to her statements.
According to the report she stated that she was advised by other bail agents that AJ was kidnapping and handcuffing delinquent clients to the gym equipment and forcing family members to provide cash to secure their release. If the family did not come through he would “throw the clients in jail.”
I am not an expert in the bail industry but I think that is the norm for all is to get people to pay as per their agreements they signed or they could be booked in jail if they do not.
She then named several former employees who had made some other claim of illegal activities,
David Nelson claimed they made home invasions and either sex or drugs were given as compensation for not going to jail
Miles, no last name, said there was a party room upstairs and he had illegal guns and explosives in a safe and that Modesto police would constantly party there and there was a long string of connections to the courthouse and police dept through relatives.
Sylvia Perez, another former employee stated there was information he accepted drugs as payment and would not pay employees properly and lied to the IRS.
There is an ongoing list of people who she talked to, or somehow got information from and you can read them for yourself at the above link.
On 5-7-2008 she was again interviewed by the FBI, according to the report page 6 on the above link, and had in her possession a search warrant affidavit for a drug lab that was discovered at a storage unit at a house in Riverbank.
Where would a lay person get an affidavit for a search warrant? Well the rest of the report may explain that.
Some more outrageous claims were make about leaks in law enforcement but refused to provide information on the source of the information.
The report goes on to say, on page 7, that she was working with a DA investigator by the name of Jacobson, which later became to be known as Steve Jacobson. She also said she had contact with several other FBI agents, in addition the report writer stated he felt she other Law Enforcement contacts but was not willing to reveal who they were.
The report goes on to say she wanted to “be active” in searching witness’s or victims and she was advised not to.
As a reminder these reports that she filed started an investigation which ended in charges being filed against AJ Pontillo and started a long ordeal in which almost destroyed him financially but the strain of the situation aggravated a severe condition his wife had and she had passed away one month before AJ’s prelim.
It must be also noted Steve Jacobson, the DA investigator, and Deputy DA Harris, were charged with jury tampering in the AJ trial when they were in deliberations.
My questions about this case:
Why was she given so much credibility with all the outrageous claims made?
Who was aiding her investigation in law enforcement? She admitted she was getting information from the DA’s office.
How much information was she fed and by who?
Where did she get the search warrant that she showed the agents?
Was she using tactics and means that Law Enforcement could not use to supply them with information?
Why wouldn’t she reveal her sources if there was nothing to hide?
Despite all the wild claims that were made by her, re: guns, drugs, illegal weapons, etc no charges of that type were ever filed. So obviously there was no evidence to substantiate those claims.
Just for information AJ’s attorney in the case was Frank Carson who ran a nasty campaign for DA in 2014 but lost.
Frank Carson has been arrested and currently in a preliminary hearing on a homicide trial.
I personally believe at this point there is a very overly aggressive DA’s office here in Stanislaus county, and personal vendettas tend to rate high in priority.
Before beginning today’s comments on the events that occurred in Judge Zuniga’s courtroom, I have to digress and mention something I forgot to put in my comments from Tuesday’s day in court. After court I had to walk around the corner to my car and then I had to make a phone call before I left. As I finished my phone call and drove westbound on L St. I turned left onto 12th St. and as I approached mid-block, everyone had exited the court area.
But lo and behold parked in in the street in front of the court was Mdm. Deputy Dist. Atty. and chief investigator Kirk Bunch loading their vehicle with their case. Huddled together with them was Mr. Microphone, Mark Davis. My first thought was that they were in a high-level conference sorting out the hard day in court. But then, my sixth sense kicked into action and I realized that Mr. Microphone may have just been obtaining new batteries for the wire the deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira admittedly provided for him. So watch out people “there are ears around”.
This session of my comments has to be rated at least MA if not R. I have to warn you in advance, do not let your children read these comments. If you work in a church or a cuss word free environment do not open this up there. I will be quoting the wording from the mouth of the next rock star witness the prosecution has produced. So once again buckle up and hang on for the ride.
I read the article the Bee reporter wrote and from the length and content of the article, is obvious that he was late in arriving and early in leaving. There was so much that occurred in the afternoon session that the public needs to be made aware of but it is sadly lacking in the Bee article. If you’re not there you can’t report what happened. So now the public will enjoy hearing about the afternoon session from two different authors. So let’s get busy.
The morning started out with defense attorney Martha Carlton Magana advising the court again that the Dist. Atty. did in fact mislead (lie to) the court on several things. On Tuesday the Dist. Atty. implied that Ms. Magana possibly had a hand in having another of their stellar witnesses, Ronald Cooper, decide not to testify. The Dist. Atty. implied that one of Cooper’s cellmate’s named Harris was being represented by Ms. Magana.
Ms. Magana brought up the fact that even though the aspersions by the Dist. Atty. that Ms. Magana had tampered with a witness are false, Ms. Magana has had her credibility tarnished within the legal and public community here in Stanislaus County by the insensitive unfounded innuendos and is seeking sanctions against the Dist. Atty. Irrespective of what this court does, Ms. Magana is going to take her complaint outside of this courtroom.
The Dist. Atty. also in the prior session stated that local attorney Steven O’Connor was in a partnership with Frank Carson and that Mr. O’Connor had gone to see Mr. Harris and encouraged him to dissuade Ronald Cooper from testifying. The Dist. Atty. stated she obtained that information from public records. That claim was disproven when the district attorney said that those records were obtained from a special app that the Dist. Atty. has. At that time defense attorney Percy Martinez asked the court to order the Dist. Atty. to provide those records as discovery. He also denied that Frank Carson and Steven O’Connor were or ever had been partners.
Mr. O’Connor had used some office space at Frank Carson’s office and they may have appeared for each other on occasion in court. However there was no partnership. The Dist. Atty. still felt that they had been in a partnership because Mr. O’Connor used office space off and on in Frank Carson’s office.
In today’s session after the Dist. Atty. provided the jail visitation records to the defense attorneys it was shown that the visits by attorney O’Connor to Ronald Cooper’s cellmate Harris, occurred months before Frank Carson had even been arrested thereby debunking the Dist. Atty.’s frivolous theory of tampering with a witness.
During this period time in the courtroom and after hearing that the deputy district attorney had not been completely truthful and had certainly not done her research, several defense attorneys had some things to say regarding the Dist. Atty. as follows: Mr. Forkner indicated that much of what the district attorney presented is materially false and casts aspersions upon several of the defense attorneys. Mr. Martinez stated that her false allegations cast aspersions upon Frank Carson’s reputation. He also stated that the long-winded assertions made by the Dist. Atty. were sanctionable and he wanted sanctions imposed.
Ms. Magana stated that because of the Dist. Atty.’s assertions, many people in the community believe that everything a district attorney says is true and accurate. She stated that what the district attorney did to her is tantamount to a person being accused of a crime without any evidence. Mr. Forkner stated not just accusations but false accusations. The District attorney has obviously not been around a farm. She doesn’t realize that once a horse is out too late to close the barn door and the horse is gone. And so is Ms. Magana’s reputation. Mr. Martinez added the Dist. Atty. is the one poisoning the jury pool by making false accusations against the defense attorneys.
Judge Zuniga then gave the floor to Dist. Atty. Ferreira. In her attempt to conduct damage control, the district attorney said there had been a sudden change in Ronald Cooper in not wanting to testify and that something was amiss. She stated that Ronald Cooper had not mentioned anything about being threatened with a knife by Michael Cooley. The district attorney said something occurred and she wants to know what and she has a right to ask.
She backpedaled and stated that she did not accuse Ms. Magana of anything. She also stated she made no effort to mislead the court. She stated she also never accused Mr. Forkner or Ms. Magana of tampering. The Dist. Atty. is bewildered by being accused of manufacturing evidence.
She also stated she has been called names like a liar and being untruthful. She stated there has been no sanctions on those who called her that. She wants to find out how Ronald Cooper thought he would get less time for his testimony. Where did Mr. Forkner get the information to ask that question of Ronald Cooper.
Mr. Forkner then reiterated that the Dist. Atty. was wrong when she said that the last one to go to visit Harris was attorney O’Connor. That was untrue. And then the district attorney pointed her finger at me for asking the question. Investigator Bunch in his interviews tells people what he wants them to say as evidenced by several recordings that have been listened to of Bunches interviews.
Mr. Martinez reminded the court that the district attorney said that attorney O’Connor was partners with Frank Carson and that was a false allegation. He also stated that the district attorney was lying about offers of proof. Ms. Magana stated that the DA has a special application showing visitors to inmates and that she knew Michael Cooley had more than 20 knives so it should be no surprise that Michael Cooley pulled a knife on Ronald Cooper.
Judge Zuniga decided there would be no sanctions imposed and at this time would now go over the rap sheet of their next rock star witness by the name of Patrick Hampton. I will memorialize here some of the highlights of Mr. Hamptons criminal history so the public can make their own assessment of Hamptons credibility and integrity.
On September 20, 1986 Hampton was arrested by Oakdale Police Department for 459 PC, burglary under file number 860-7715. On June 9, 1990 he was arrested by Oakdale Police Department for 487 PC, grand theft under case number 165496. On October 19, 1990 he was arrested by Oakdale Police Department were 245 PC an assault with a deadly weapon under case number 0980651.
On July 3, 1995 Hampton was arrested by Hayward Police Department for 484 PC forgery of an access card under file number 257292. On September 12, 1990 he was arrested by Oakdale Police Department 4459 PC, burglary and 148 PC resisting delaying or obstructing an officer under file number 208290. On December 26, 1990 he was arrested for 459 PC burglary by Stanislaus County under file number 212249. He was given a commitment to CYA on that charge.
I’m sure this is getting boring for those of you reading this but it is necessary for the public to know the quality of some of these witnesses so I will carry on. These records are all available on the Stanislaus County court index so none of this information I’m presenting is privileged.
On September 24, 1990 he was arrested by Oakdale Police Department or 459 PC burglary under the following case numbers 165496, 259590 and 260752. He was given a commitment to the Department of Corrections for that charge. I missed the date but he was arrested by Calaveras County for 487.3 PC grand theft under case number E79247. On August 5, 1993 he was arrested by Stanislaus County 459 PC burglary under file number are 288713.
On May 7, 1998 he was arrested by the Modesto Police Department for felony attempted grand theft under file number 187640. He was given a commitment to Department of Corrections on that charge. On March 8 2000 he was arrested by Stanislaus County 2800.2 PC evading arrest under file number 1000592. On January 6, 2005 he was arrested by Stanislaus County for 11377H & S felony possession on file number 1085884. Received the prison commitment on that charge.
And like I said before I’m even getting bored with all these crimes this witness has committed so I am going to just list out the remaining crimes without the details. On March 16, 2007 he was arrested for 148 PC resisting delaying an officer and theft by false personation. March 19, 2008 he was arrested for 148 PC resisting delaying an officer and 2800.2 the California vehicle code evading arrest. October 6, 2009 arrested for five APC assault with deadly weapon and was sentenced to prison for that. August 2, 2011 he was arrested for 11350 H&S and 11377 possession of narcotics. And on April 3, 2014 he was arrested for 10851 California vehicle code stolen vehicle and 496 PC possession of stolen property. Charges were dismissed possibly because the district attorney took too long to bring the charges and the case timed out.
Okay that’s it for this witnesses record but he does have several outstanding failures to appear on vehicle code matters including one for driving on a suspended license. He MAY have warrants out for those failures to appear. I don’t know why those haven’t been addressed since he is here in court but that’s none of my business. Just saying…
Now the Bee article says the judge will not sanction the prosecutor and she asked for Cooper to be returned to the witness stand. Then the article says testimony in the lengthy hearing will continue into the next year. Since the reporter was only in court a short period time he didn’t report that when Ronald Cooper got on the stand he was asked a couple of questions by Mr. Forkner stating that he knows Patrick Hampton from jail and has known him for 10 years. He seen him several more times in jail and once he even saw him going into the parole office. Cooper stated that he knew that Korey Kauffman was a recycler and a meth addict.
No further questions by any of the attorneys. So after five minutes on the stand Ronald Cooper was then released to go back to his home prison Happy Valley or Paradise Valley or whatever it is there in Coalinga, California.
Had the Bee reporter stayed in the courtroom he would’ve enjoyed the attempted floor show put on by prosecution witness Patrick Hampton. As you will see in the rest of this report, Mr. Hampton, and again I use the term Mr. loosely, should realize that there are already enough comedians that are out there scratching and digging for work. If he based his livelihood on standup comedy he would starve.
The following will be a narrative of Mr. Hamptons soft shoe routine with the Dist. Atty. and then the beginning of Mr. Forkner starting to do the Bristol Stomp on this arrogant for no reason multi felon star prosecution witness’s feet.
Hampton told the district attorney that he knew Frank Carson and that Mr. Carson had been his attorney at one time. Hampton stated that while he was in custody he had heard about a young man that had been killed. And out of his civic duty and quest for the truth, he wrote a letter to Mr. Jacobson or Jake as he knows him because he has known him since he was a little boy.
Hampton stated that in court one day, Frank Carson took him into a conference room by the court and allegedly asked Hampton if he could do something for him. Hampton said maybe, what? Frank Carson then allegedly said I need you to do something for me. Do you know the Cooley brothers? Hampton answered yes. Frank Carson allegedly then said I need you to deal with Cooley brothers Michael and Tony. Hampton said he knew Michael Cooley and could take care of it.
The Dist. Atty. asked what he thinks Frank Carson meant and Hampton answered to deal with them and fuck them up. The Dist. Atty. asked Hampton if Frank Carson had a file with him when he went into the conference room. Hampton answered yes and then Mr. Forkner asked what kind of file and Hampton told Mr. Forkner what you think it was, a Playboy magazine. A few in a gallery gasped and the judge told Hampton not the answer like that.
The DA then asked what else did Frank Carson say? Hampton stated he wanted to know if I could take care of some business, handle some shit for him. He wanted me to fuck up Michael Cooley over several thousand dollars’ worth of stolen property. Hampton stated Frank Carson told him to contact Paul Singh about getting bailed out.
Hampton stated that his bail was set at $100,500. The Dist. Atty. asked what the bail would be on that amount at a bail bond business and Hampton stated around $10,000. One of the defense attorneys then asked how Hampton would know how much the bail charge would be. Judge Zuniga then stated he’s probably correct he has lots of experience. That was the best one-liner of the day.
Hampton contacted Singh bail bonds and through negotiation Hampton could have somebody put up $5800 to obtain his release. He still owed Mr. Singh $4200. When Hampton got out and went to talk to Paul Singh, Singh gave him some business cards and told of the hand them out and asked people to come to him for bail.
The DA inferred that Mr. Carson was going to have Hampton do something and possibly not owe Paul Singh the money. There were several objections here and Hampton was removed from the witness stand in an area out of his hearing.
Hampton had indicated that Paul Singh and he along with a female employee of Singh’s bail bonds were conspiring to commit identity theft. Mr. Forkner pointed out the fact that there was no conspiracy and that Mr. Singh just wanted his $4200 for bailing Hampton out. He also wants the Dist. Atty.’s characterization of Paul Singh disregarded.
Attorney Jesse Garcia then brought out the fact that investigator’s report is different than what’s in the audio or video recordings. Mr. Forkner then stated that there is stuff in the police reports that are not in the audio and he doesn’t know where it came from. The Dist. Atty. picks and chooses what they want from the reports and the audiotapes prove otherwise. The police reports cannot be trusted and they have to listen to all of the videotapes.
Hampton is brought back in and returned to the witness stand. He was asked if Paul Singh had talked to Frank Carson before. Hampton said yes him and that they were like family. Hampton then said Frank Carson asked him if he had done it yet. Or have you talked to anybody. Frank Carson allegedly said he wants me to hurry up and get this shit done with. Frank Carson allegedly said he didn’t want to know about it. The Dist. Atty. asked Hampton what kind of a look Frank Carson had on his face while telling him this. Hampton said that Frank Carson had a shit eating grin on his face.
Frank Carson had gotten Hampton a deal for credit for time served but Hampton jumped bail. Hampton said didn’t know why he did it. Hampton said when he contacted Frank Carson again that Frank Carson told him “pull your head out of your ass. I had a CTS deal for you”. The Dist. Atty. finished her direct examination at this time.
Robert Forkner asked Hampton how he knew Ronald Cooper and Hampton said he knew in from jail. Mr. Forkner then asked Hampton what his drug of choice was and Hampton answered “meth”, what’s yours? Judge again told Hampton not to argue with the other attorneys. Forkner then asked Hampton why he wrote the letter to Jacobson. Hampton stated that it was just the right thing to do.
Robert Forkner asked Hampton if he had any expectation of getting a deal or less time for his testimony and he answered no. Forkner then asked when did you get out of jail this year? Hampton stated I don’t know. At this point watching Hampton testify makes it appear as if Hampton is trying to become a ventriloquist because he barely moves his mouth as he speaks and is hard to understand. That may be an occupation he could fall back on if he can stay out of jail or prison long enough.
Mr. Forkner asked Hampton if he received any benefits or consideration for his testimony. Hampton answered no. Mr. Forkner then asked if Hampton was a member of the “Northern Riders” and Hampton answered “No, are you”. Understanding that we are nearing the end of this afternoon’s court session and so Mr. Forkner maintains his decorum as an officer of the court in spite of the disrespect shown by this rock star witness of the prosecution. Deputy district attorney Ferreira has made no attempt to counsel her witness to refrain from his street gutter conduct and respect Judge Zuniga’s court.
Mr. Forkner asked Hampton if he tried to blackmail Frank Carson. Hampton stated that he did. Forkner asked Hampton if he is trying to make money by blackmailing Frank Carson. Hampton answered no. Earlier Hampton had referred to Frank Carson with a derogatory name. Mr. Forkner asked Hampton if he calls all attorneys names, me too? Hampton said “Yes because you are a smart ass”. Again deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira still makes no attempt to muzzle her star witnesses to have him respect the court and fellow attorneys. There is the old saying that says “if you are not part of the cure, you’re part of the problem”. But that’s none of my business. Just saying…
Forkner then asked Hampton if he had confessed to several felonies. Hampton said yes. Mr. Forkner asked him if he had put his scope on a gun and aimed that that Paul Singh’s wife? Hampton stated no and then tried to weasel out of the question by saying he didn’t put it on a gun and he was just looking through the scope to look at the license number of Singh’s car.
Mr. Forkner then asked Hampton if his girlfriend put up $10,000 to bail him out. Hampton stated it was not a girlfriend just a lady friend and that Singh had tricked her into signing a paper for $10,000. Mr. Forkner then asked if Hampton had told the district attorney investigator that he would record Frank Carson and then blackmail him for money. The truth remains to be seen.
After Hampton left the stand and was admonished by the judge not to talk to anybody including the prosecution about the case, the Dist. Atty. confirmed that tracking devices had/have been placed on all of the defendants vehicles and that she had provided all of the affidavits for the tracking devices to the defense attorneys in discovery. Several attorney stated they had not received any of that. After some back and forth the Dist. Atty. will make sure that the defense attorneys have those documents. There was also a pole camera installed at the Pop N Cork liquor store in Turlock. That ended the day’s court session. Court will resume again on December 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM.
Having served in law enforcement for 27 years I am a firm believer that if you’ve done the crime you need to do the time. But first let’s make sure that you’ve done the crime before you do the time. Additionally I would hope that deputy district attorney Ferreira would use this break in the court proceedings to talk to Hampton to instruct him to discontinue his disrespect for Judge Zuniga’s court and her fellow members of the California State Bar. Should she fail to do so and Hampton continues with his jailhouse attitude, it helps everyone to get a firm grasp on the reliability and credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses.
Having been in the courtroom every day it’s the inception of this “preliminary hearing”, I would suggest to Patrick Hampton if he reads this, and I know he can read be because he had to constantly refer to the written reports to remember what he said prior. Oh, the wonders of modern chemistry in spite of their minor setbacks to one’s body.
If Mr. Hampton comes back into court with the same jailhouse attitude on December 28th, and he faces the team of defense attorneys with the leadoff hitter Robert Forkner coming to bat, Hampton will be sliced, diced, skewered, fricasseed, sautéed, puréed, smoked and pounded like an old abalone. He will be barely able to make it onto a sushi plate.
Referencing the title of this commentary, in observing Mr. Hampton on the stand, he already appears to be ready to explode like an IED in the courtroom. Mr. Hampton has only been cross-examined for approximately 15 minutes. He better bring a lunch when he come back. If Mr. Hampton’s attitude does not change, this will be a long, unpleasant and painful time on the stand.
This is an abbreviated version of my observations in court on Thursday 12/17/15 in the Corey Kauffman murder trial. The entire post can be read on backstorynews.com when it is posted in the near future. I missed the morning session due to a dental appointment. It seems I missed the fireworks over the prosecutions apparent attempt to blame defense attorney Martha Carlton Magana for Ronald Cooper Jr. becoming an uncooperative witness. Martha fought these allegations, and accused Marlissa Ferreira of misconduct by making baseless allegations against her. There was talk of Martha possibly making a complaint to the State Attorney General over this matter.
Ronald Cooper Jr. was put on the stand in the afternoon. Cooper was asked by Martha Carlton Magana if he knew a man named Patrick Hampton. He said yes, that he had met Mr.Hampton in DVI (Duel Vocational) State Prison 10 years ago, and several times later while in jail. He said they were friends
Patrick Hampton was then put on the stand. What a smart mouthed low life sort of witness he appeared to be on the stand. During questioning by Marliss Fereirra, he testified that Frank Carson had been his attorney, and on 01/05/2015 he sent a letter to DA Investigator Steve Jacobson about Frank Carson. He stated that Frank Carson had asked him to deal with the Cooley Brothers with regards to thefts from the Carson property while in a conference room in the courthouse. He testified that Frank Carson had asked him to get a message to them that he was tired of being ripped off by them. He stated that Frank wanted him to deal with them and to fuck them up. He testified that Carson said that he was going to do a bail reduction hearing for him, and that he should contact a Bail Bondsman named Paul Singh. It was going to cost Mr. Hampton $10,500.00 to bail out of jail, but he was able to get out for $5800.00 without having to post a property bond. It turns out that he still owed Paul Singh the remaining balance of $4200.00 but never paid this off. Prosecuting DA Marlissa Fereirra tried to be able to show that Paul Singh tried to get Mr. Hampton to participate in an identity theft scheme, but Judge Zuniga would not allow this line of questioning. “Your argument is so circumstantial on an uncharged conspiracy and an uncharged crime and that it doesn’t track.”
Defense Attorney Robert Forkner stated that he will play an audio recording that clearly shows that a man named Rene was the one that actually was part of the identity theft scheme, and will probably take 4 days to get at the truth of the matter. Forkner asked Patrick Hampton what was his drug of choice, heroin or methamphetamime? Hampton replied that methamphetamine was his drug of choice, and asked Forkner what his drug of choice was. That got a big chuckle going in the courtroom. Throughout his testimony, Mr. Hampton was mumbling and was very hard to understand at times. It appears that the drug has taken its toll on him. Mr. Hampton denied being a member of the Northern Rider gang, and denied being a police informant. He admitted that he wanted to blackmail Frank Carson. It was brought out that Mr. Hampton had allegedly been watching Paul Singh’s wife through a rifle scope and reading her license plate number, and it was alleged that Paul Singh had threatened to kill him over the incident.
After Patrick Hampton was allowed to step down from the stand, and leave the courtroom, it was brought out that tracking devices had been placed by law enforcement on the vehicles of Frank Carson, and nearly all of the defendants in this case, and a pole camera was installed to do surveilance on Pop N Cork Liquer Store in Turlock. The defense attorneys requested everything from these surveilance activities. They were told that the prosecution is still awaiting data from the company that provides the tracking devices. Court proceedings in this case will not resume until 9:30 AM on December 28th.
Dawgs note: in regards to the tracking devices and the surveillance information this was the first time the defense had heard about this and the DA response was something to the effect “I did not feel it was important.”
I wonder what kind of discovery the DA feels is important? SMH
A Salvadoran man, who survived more than a year at sea, is being sued for $1 million after being accused of eating his traveling companion during the ordeal.
In the fall of 2012, Salvador Alvarenga paid 22-year-old Ezequiel Cordoba to accompany him on a short fishing trip off the coast of Mexico, UPI Espanol reported.
The small boat the pair were traveling in was swept into the open sea during a storm, and the pair lost all communication equipment and supplies, according to Alvarenga.
A few months after being lost at sea, Cordoba became weak and eventually died after eating a bird, according to Alvarenga, UPI reported. He said he tossed Cordoba’s body off the side of the boat, according to UPI.
Alvarenga said he survived a little over 14 months by drinking turtle blood, urine and eating any fish or birds he could catch.
Cordoba’s family disputes Alvarenga’s account and is demanding compensation for cannibalizing Cordoba.
You could be forgiven for having assumed that the Ecocapsule wouldn’t ever be built when we first covered it. However, the zany egg-shaped off-grid abode is now available for pre-order.
The Ecocapsule’s dimensions have changed slightly since we saw the prototype. It now measures 4.46 x 2.25 x 2.60 m (14 x 7.3 x 8.5 ft) and has a usable floorspace of just 6.3 sq m (67.8 sq ft). The shell is built from fiberglass, with standout off-grid tech features including two water tanks, a rainwater collection/filtration system, composting toilet, solar power, and a wind turbine.
The tiny home also sports external connections for electricity and water, plus anchor points for a trailer attachment due for release sometime in the future. Optional extras include a mini-fridge, mini-washing machine, mosquito net, and folding sunshade.
If you’d like to try and get your hands on one of the unusual tiny homes, you can place a deposit via the link below – but you’ll have to be quick, because there’s only a total of 50 available. The total price comes in at €79,000 (US$85,700), plus taxes and shipping.
A word of caution though: the €2,000 ($2,170) deposit is non-refundable, and a lot can happen between now and the estimated delivery date of late 2016/early 2017. Perhaps the second-generation retail release of the Ecocapsule planned for 2017 is a safer bet.
Their lives were filled with accomplishments, fame, exciting adventures and some tough times to overcome.Take a look back in memoriam of 15 celebrities, athletes and other notables who passed away in 2015:
Ernie Banks (Jan. 31, 1931-Jan. 23, 2015)
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“Mr. Cub,” the Hall of Famer and 11-time All-Star, was known by generations well beyond the playing career that ended in 1971 as the effervescent franchise ambassador who loved the game so much, playing once a day wasn’t enough. “Let’s play two,” was his catchphrase.
Banks played 2,528 games — a Cubs record — but none in the postseason. That’s a major league record for games without a playoff appearance.
His 19-year career, all with the Cubs, had just one winning season among the first 14, but he was the National League MVP in 1958 and ’59, two of those losing seasons.
He was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1977 but the impact of his contributions beyond his playing days was underscored when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. He died at age 83.
He became the world’s greatest unintentional philosopher, uttering phrases that will remain forever, with Yogi unaware of his own inventive use of the language.
He wasn’t just a great ballplayer, and a manager, but a huge personality, gaining fame as a broadcaster and featured in commercials.
“I never said half the things I said,” Yogi once said.
Who knows if Yogi actually ever uttered: “Déjà vu all over again.” But the phrase was attributed to him, and now lives forever, just like memories of the man.
Beau Biden (Feb. 3, 1969-May 30, 2015)
Attorney General candidates Joseph “Beau” Biden III and F
Biden, a two-term attorney general for the state his father, Vice President Biden, represented in the Senate for 36 years, was a Democratic candidate for governor in 2016.
The former Delaware attorney general died of brain cancer at age 46.
He worked in the U.S. Justice Department for nearly a decade before winning election as state attorney general. He served as a major in the Delaware Army National Guard, and spent a year of his first term deployed to Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
As attorney general, his focus was on prosecuting child sexual abuse cases and protecting homeowners from foreclosure.
Julian Bond (Jan. 14, 1940-Aug. 15, 2015)
Julian Bond dedicated his life to fighting for civil rights. He was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a former chairman of the NAACP, and a longtime Georgia lawmaker. VPC
After serving in the Georgia House, Bond spent six terms in the Georgia Senate, from 1975 to 1986. In 1968, he led a delegation to the Democratic National Convention and became the first black American to be nominated for vice president, but he had to withdraw because he was too young.
His opposition to the Vietnam War caused white members of the Georgia House of Representatives to refuse to seat him when he was elected in 1965. A year later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor, forcing the House to swear him in on Jan. 9, 1967.
In 1998, he took over as chairman of the then-troubled, 500,000-member NAACP and served until 2010.
He was also president of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., from its founding in 1971 until 1979 and was later on its board of directors. He died at age 75.
Bobbi Kristina Brown (March 4, 1993-July 26, 2015)
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has passed away at the age of 22. In a statement, her family says “she is finally at peace in the arms of God.” VPC
Brown, the little-girl-lost daughter of the late, legendary Whitney Houston, died at age 22 in an Atlanta-area hospice, nearly six months after she was found unconscious in her Georgia home.
She never regained consciousness to explain what happened before she was found Jan. 31, face down and unresponsive in her bathtub.
Her death, coming three years after her mother’s eerily similar demise, marks a double tragedy, one of the most heartbreaking of the celebrity world.
Jackie Collins (Oct. 4, 1937-Sept. 19, 2015)
It’s relatively rare to find a star who’s a hit in multiple arenas — publishing, movies, television, even the stage — but Collins left a legacy in all.
She was selling zillions of erotic novels — more than four times as many — long before the three Fifty Shades of Grey books, by British novelist E.L. James, which have sold about 90 million.
Collins’ books might not be included in the literary canon compiled by stuffy academics, but for millions they were huge fun to read.
Those novels, as delectable as cupcakes and just as filling, combined a distinctive form of sex-saturated female empowerment, Hollywood glamour, pots of money and fame, and a rollicking good time — or “bonkbusters,” as the British put it.
The British-born beauty passed away from breast cancer at age 77.
Yvonne Craig (May 16, 1937-Aug. 17, 2015)
Yvonne Craig portrays the crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit “Batman.” (Photo: AP)
In addition to fighting alongside the Caped Crusaders, Craig appeared in several hit television shows in a career that spanned seven decades, including Gidget, Perry Mason, McHale’s Navy, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, My Three Sons, Mod Squad, Kojak,The Six Million Dollar Man, Starsky and Hutch and Fantasy Island, according to IMDB.com.
She also famously played Marta, the green slave girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk in the third season of Star Trek. She died at age 78.
Wes Craven (Aug. 2, 1939-Aug. 30, 2015)
Writer-director Wes Craven died at his home in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer. He was best known for his razor-fingered creation of Freddy Krueger in ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and the ‘Scream’ franchise. He was 76. VPC
Craven was a master horror director whose nightmarish creation, Freddy Krueger, clawed to life on the big screen.
He made his most indelible mark with A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, introducing the fedora-wearing, metal-glove-clad serial killer Krueger (played by Robert Englund) to pop culture.
Starring Johnny Depp in one of his earliest roles, the horror triumph was continued by eight sequels (the most recent, a 2010 reboot of the same name).
Craven’s other horror touchstone includes the tongue-in-cheek Scream franchise, revived this summer as a MTV series of the same name (on which he was a producer). The first movie in the series (1996) starred Drew Barrymore, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell and made off with $103.1 million.
Mario Cuomo decided at the last minute against a run for president in 1991, leaving an airplane on the tarmac in Albany that was destined to take him to New Hampshire to campaign. His decision opened the door for Bill Clinton to win the party’s nomination and the presidency a year later.
A father of five, Cuomo took great pride in his humble upbringing.
He was the son of Italian immigrants who worked in his father’s grocery store in Queens before becoming a politically active attorney and ascending to the governorship in 1983.
The Beverly Hillbillies was a classic fish-out-of-water comedy about a poor backwoods Ozark family transplanted to California after striking oil (“black gold” as the banjo-inflected theme song went) on their land.
It consistently ranked in the top most-watched programs on TV during its run, even though critics didn’t care for it.
Douglas also will be remembered as co-starring opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 film Frankie and Johnny, and for an especially creepy Twilight Zone episode, “The Eye of the Beholder.” She died at 82.
B.B. King (Sept. 16, 1925-May 14, 2015)
B.B. King performs at the 2014 Big Blues Bender at the Rivera Hotel & Casino on Sept. 26, 2014, in Las Vegas. King died Thursday, May 14, at the age of 89, according to
“I don’t play nothin’ like I’d like to play. There is a sound I’ve been searching for all these years. I don’t know what it is, but I’ll know when I hear it. I guess what I’m saying is, when I really learn how to play I’ll let you know.”
At last count, he had played in 90 countries, including the former Soviet Union. He won 15 Grammy Awards and was given the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Two of his songs — Sweet Little Angel and The Thrill Is Gone — were selected among the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 songs that shaped Rock ‘n’ Roll.
It would become his signature style, one that intrigued many of the artists who were part of the British Invasion in the early 1960s, such as the Rolling Stones and theBeatles.
He died at age 89.
Moses Malone (March 23, 1955-Sept. 13, 2015)
USA TODAY Sports discusses the passing of basketball legend Moses Malone at age 60. USA TODAY Sports
Malone played for five seasons with the Houston Rockets before joining the Philadelphia 76ers in 1982. Teamed with Julius Erving, the Sixers won the 1982-83 NBA championship. Malone averaged 31.9 points and 12.8 rebounds during the playoff run.
He was named NBA MVP in 1978-79, 1981-82 and 1982-83.
“Known to his legions of fans as the ‘Chairman of the Boards,’ Moses competed with intensity every time he stepped on the court,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. He died at age 60.
Maureen O’Hara (Aug. 17, 1920-Oct. 24, 2015)
Actor Maureen O’Hara photographed in her front yard in Los Angeles in 1960. O’Hara, known for such classics as “The Quiet Man” and “How Green Was My Valley,” has died. Her manager says O’Hara died in her sleep Oct. 24, 2015, at her home in Boise, Idaho
O’Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim How Green Was My Valley to the uplifting Miracle on 34th Street and bantered unforgettably with John Wayne in several films died at age 95.
O’Hara came to Hollywood to star in the 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame and went on to a long career.
During her movie heyday, she became known as the Queen of Technicolor because of the camera’s love affair with her vivid hair, pale complexion and fiery nature.
Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931-Feb. 27, 2015)
Leonard Nimoy played scores of roles in a showbiz career which lasted more than six decades, but none more memorable than “Spock” on the science fiction franchise “Star Trek.” Nimoy passed away at the age of 83 in his Bel Air, California home.
But Nimoy, who died at age 83, will be most remembered and loved as the character known simply as Spock.
With his stark bowl haircut, the famous Vulcan hand gesture (which Nimoy developed) and the phrase “Live long and prosper,” Nimoy’s Mr. Spock earned a place in the American psyche.
The half-human, half-Vulcan Spock would define the culture-changing science fiction franchise Star Trek as powerfully as the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, James T. Kirk (leading man William Shatner).
Nimoy portrayed the character in the original TV series, animated series, comic books and eight Star Trek feature films.
Rowdy Roddy Piper (April 17, 1954-July 31, 2015)
Former professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper died July 31, 2015, reportedly of natural causes, at his home in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Jason Kempin/WireImage)
Wrestling legend Piper never won the WWE title, but was one of the most popular wrestlers in the business for decades.
Roderick George Toombs started wrestling as a teenager, and after joining the WWE in 1984 went on to main event WrestleMania I. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
“Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in the WWE, beloved by millions of fans around the world,” said professional wrestling promoter Vince McMahon.