FRANK CARSON ET AL CASE
FOR ALL THE MARBLES
ENTIRE DAY OF TESTIMONY 02/14/2019
WEEK 39, DAY 135
BY WILLIAM THOMAS JENSEN (TOM)
SINGH WILL BE DESTROYED BY HIS OWN WORDS
Today, we saw a professional liar on the stand. Marlisa Ferreira is running out of witnesses, and her latest liar was Praveen Singh. Mr. Singh is in major legal trouble for several serious issues in Federal Court, and Stanislaus County. In Federal Court, he is facing a case accusing him of real estate fraud, and he is being charged with perjury in Stanislaus County for testifying in Federal Court that he was a former reserve police officer. The defense is “Loaded for Bear” when they take over on cross examination of Praveen Singh. His testimony today will be countered quite adequately by the defense lawyers. A key ruling this morning had Judge Zuniga stating that all the prosecution witnesses have come with “A Lot of Baggage,” and Praveen Singh certainly is at the top of his class. Judge Zuniga denied Marlisa Ferreira’s attempt at limiting what the defense attorneys can get into on cross examination. She tells the defense attorneys that they can cross examine Praveen Singh as they feel appropriate. It will be brutal for sure. They have a lot to work with. This is going to get very interesting by the time he is done on the stand. I believe he will be viewed by the jury much like they probably view the Maunakeas, Robert Woody, and Jim Cook. I see the faces of panic when I look at Marlisa Ferreira and Kirk Bunch. Nothing has panned out well for them with their witnesses, and they obviously know that they have lost this jury.
We start out at 9:25AM with arguments about what the defense attorneys will be able to ask Praveen Singh. Jai Gohel states that the defense should be able to delve into Mr. Singh’s charges, and his acts of dishonesty. Jai speaks about how Praveen Singh has claimed his 5th Amendment Rights concerning his Federal charges. He speaks about how this is a selective 5th Amendment claim where he has been granted immunity for his testimony in this case. Jai Gohel states that his charges include perjury, where he falsely testified in Federal Court that he had worked as a reserve police officer for approximately seven years. Jai Gohel cites Brown vs USA as a legal support for being able to cross examine Mr. Singh on his charges and dishonesty. Jai states that Praveen Singh had police uniforms in his house. He states that Praveen Singh will likely testify that Frank Carson gave him a “Murder Bag” that contained a map of the Carson property, and other items that would be incriminating for Frank Carson. Jai states that Mr. Singh will probably testify that Frank Carson left this “Murder Bag” with Praveen Singh for safe keeping. Jai Gohel speaks about how Praveen Singh’s plumbing business on McHenry Ave was broken into at gun point, and how this “Murder Bag” was pretty much the only thing that was stolen. As far as I know, nobody knows where the bag is today. Jai Gohel states that Praveen Singh’s credibility is central in this case. Jai states that if Praveen Singh takes the 5th when asked about this, his whole testimony should be stricken by Judge Zuniga.
Hans Hjertonsson states that his client’s rights to due process would be violated if the defense were to be precluded from examining Praveen Singh’s dishonesty, and his prior bad acts. I note that it is now 9:43AM, and our former Mayor of Modesto Carmen Sabatino has just entered the courtroom. Percy Martinez states that the main issue with Praveen Singh is his credibility. He states that the prosecution is trying to cloak Praveen Singh with a false picture of honesty. Percy states that Praveen Singh fooled everyone for years concerning his false claim of being a former reserve police officer.
Marlisa Ferreira states that Praveen Singh has not been convicted of any charges (Thus far.) She claims that Frank Carson was Praveen Singh’s attorney, and that putting all this evidence on concerning Praveen Singh will prolong the trial. She is still on her case in chief after more than a year. She is the major reason why the agony of this case has gone on forever. Marlisa Ferreira states that the court should exercise its 352 power. Marlisa Ferreira states that she has a witness, who worked for Frank Carson that will testify that Frank Carson knew that Praveen Singh was not a former reserve police officer. Percy Martinez states that Frank Carson did not know that Praveen Singh was not a former reserve police officer. He states that the defense is prepared to address that issue. Jai Gohel agrees that Praveen Singh is going to take a long time on the stand. Jai states that Marlisa Ferreira is putting him on the stand as her witness when she knows that he perjured himself. Jai Gohel: “No one is going to believe Mr. Singh.”
Judge Zuniga states that the Stanislaus County DA’s Office has granted 1324 immunity to Praveen Singh, and that this court has ordered him to testify. She states that her concern is that he will claim his 5th Amendment rights. She states that all the prosecution witnesses have come with a lot of baggage, and that the defense can cross examine him as they feel appropriate. Judge Zuniga: “Ms. Ferreira, did you ever run a rap sheet on Praveen Singh?” Percy Martinez states that Marlisa Ferreira had just made a comment that he had represented Praveen Singh in court. Percy states that Frank Carson was representing Praveen Singh when Frank was arrested, and that his office facilitated Praveen Singh’s case very briefly. He states that he informed Praveen Singh on 09/10/2015 that he had a conflict of interest, and could not represent him. Percy states that he informed the court of this conflict on 10/13/2015. Percy Martinez states that he wants this to be cleared up before Praveen Singh is put on the stand. Judge Zuniga tells Praveen Singh’s attorney Jared Jordan to clear this up with his client, and Mr. Jordan goes out into the hallway to speak to his client. Mr. Jordan, upon returning to the courtroom states that Praveen Singh asked him how Percy Martinez can ask him questions when he had provided Percy with statements concerning his three State of California cases, and had been involved with bailing out Patrick Hampton. Percy Martinez states that the only case that he discussed with Praveen Singh involved one that happened in September of 2015. Percy states that it was a welfare institution case.
Judge Zuniga states that she accepts Percy Martinez’ representation of what happened, and that she sees no conflict of interest. At this point, Percy Martinez reads Frank Carson his representation rights, and Frank Carson agrees that there is no conflict of interest with Percy Martinez representing him. It is now 10:18AM, and we take a 15 minute break.
At 10:43AM, the jury is back in the courtroom. I note that Carmen Sabatino has not returned to the courtroom. Marlisa Ferreira calls Praveen Singh to the stand. He states that he has known Frank Carson since he was a little kid of 2-3 years old. He states that his parents were friends with Frank Carson, who at one time worked with his father at the former Rule Dale Auto Plaza. He states that the families socialized frequently. He states that they shared Thanksgiving Eve dinners together ten to fifteen times over the years.
Praveen Singh testifies that he worked as a volunteer explorer at the Modesto Police Department, and had uniforms. He states that he never worked for the Modesto Police Department, and never told Frank Carson that he had been a member of the Modesto Police Department. He states that he has done investigative work for Frank Carson, and had mowed his yards. He states that he mowed Frank Carson’s lawns for free, because Frank Carson had helped his parents. He states that Frank Carson had helped him by representing him. Praveen Singh testifies that he worked as an investigator for Frank Carson for about seven years, and that this ended when Frank Carson was arrested in 2015. He states that he currently runs a plumbing and electrical company, and has a broker’s license to sell cars. He states that he helped Frank Carson with posting bail. He states that he was involved with bailing out Patrick Hampton. Mr. Singh states that Hampton’s bail was around $100,000.00, and that Patrick Hampton did not make his court date. He states that he had to capture Patrick Hampton with the assistance of two Stanislaus County Deputies. Mr. Singh states that he only got around $2000.00 from Patrick Hampton, and is still owed around $8000.00 for bailing him out. He states that Frank Carson told him that he did not know why Patrick Hampton skipped out on his bail, because he had gotten him a very good deal in court. He states that his current business is at 946 McHenry Ave, and that he was there in 2014. He denies that he ever told Frank Carson where this business was located at. He denied ever telling Carmen Sabatino where his business was located at. He states that Carmen Sabatino had
a very good relationship with Frank Carson. After a side bar, Praveen Singh said that Camen Sabatino and Frank Carson had been friends, and that Carmen Sabatino would go to Frank Carson’s office, and that Frank Carson would go to Carmen Sabatino’s restaurant. This was objected to, and the objection was sustained. Praveen Singh denies that Frank Carson ever came to his business on 946 McHenry Ave.
Praveen Singh testifies that he did landscaping jobs for Frank Carson 10-15 times on his Modesto and Turlock properties around fifteen years ago. He states that he saw old cars and antique stuff on the 9th Street property. He states that he trusted Frank Carson till he was arrested in 2015. Praveen Singh testifies that he went frequently to Frank Carson’s law office on 15th Street in Modesto. He states that he would see a person named Charlie there, as well as a young lady named Jessica, and Frank’s Wife Georgia, and Ryan Schmidt the handyman. He states he was at the law office 4-5 times per week. He states that he knows Frank Carson’s Stepdaughters Christina and Dayna and had seen them at the law office as well.
Praveen Singh denies that he has a Private Investigator’s License but had worked with Chuck Calhoun Investigations for about two years. He states he then worked for Spy for You, which was run by Billy Dishman for over three years. He states that he then worked for Spy My Heart, which is owned by Steve Duden. He states that Frank Carson told him about problems with items being stolen on 9th Street. He states that he was told about containers being broken into, and that Frank Carson was very upset about the thefts. He states that Frank Carson was upset that the police were doing nothing about the thefts, and that Frank Carson was trying to find out who was doing the thefts. He states that Frank Carson was sleeping at night on the property to try to catch whoever was stealing. He states that he asked Frank Carson if he had ever caught anyone, and that Frank Carson had told him: “No, but we will catch the fuckers.” Praveen Singh states that Frank Carson would turn red when he spoke about the thefts. He states that Georgia DeFelippo said that Frank Carson was sleeping on the property with a shotgun. He does not recall if Christina DeFelippo was present when he was told this by Georgia DeFelippo. Praveen Singh admits that he told Steve Jacobson that Frank Carson was sleeping on the property. He states that Christina DeFelippo told him that Frank Carson had told her not to call the police if she saw someone stealing from the property, but to contact him.
Praveen Singh states that Ryan Schmidt, the handyman, had put up lights, and had worked on some locks that had been cut on the storage containers. He states that Ryan Schmidt had also worked on the back fence. Praveen Singh states that Frank Carson told him that people were coming over the back fence and stealing items. After being refreshed, Praveen Singh states he told the investigators that Frank Carson was sleeping on the lot by the red double decker bus, and under some of the old cars that were on the lot. It is now time for lunch.
After lunch, Praveen Singh states that he never told Robert Woody about Frank Carson sleeping by the double decker bus. He states that he never told anybody else about this. He states that he does not know the Athwal brothers. Praveen Singh states that he was aware that Steve Duden had placed tracking devices on vehicles for Frank Carson, but he did not know whose car were involved. He states that he saw Steve Duden tracking vehicles on his computer. He states that Frank Carson had called the people stealing from him “Dirt Bags, and Dope Fiends.” Praveen Singh states that he was aware that Jack Able worked for Frank Carson, and that Frank Carson had told him that he had Jack Able come to his house to check if his phones were being tapped. He states that he once saw a shotgun in Frank Carson’s truck. He states that Frank Carson had told him: “He would shoot them” if he caught anyone stealing from his property. He gets refreshed on this, and states that Frank Carson had told him: “I’d shoot the mother fuckers.” Praveen Singh states that later on, Frank Carson told him: “The problem is solved.” He states that Frank Carson hired Jack Able to find out why he was being investigated. He states once again that he posted bail for Frank Carson. He states that he was told by Frank Carson that they should have bail ready, because they were going to be arrested. He states that Frank Carson told him that he needed to get himself an attorney. This results in a very long side bar. After the side bar, Marlisa Ferreira asks Mr. Singh if he put the paperwork together for the bail bonds. Praveen Singh: “No.” He states that he handed the forms to Frank Carson, and that Frank Carson never gave the completed forms back to him.
Praveen Singh testifies that he knows Frank Carson had a cell phone. He admits that he called Frank Carson on a different number. He states that he and Frank Carson got “Throw away” phones because Frank Carson knew their phones were being tapped. He states that he knows that Christina DeFelippo lived on 9th Street in Turlock. Praveen Singh testifies that they got the throw away phones before Korey Kauffman was killed. This did not seem to be the answer Marlisa Ferreira wanted. Praveen Singh states that he was arrested in this case. We immediately have a side bar. After the side bar, he states that they got the throw away phones before 2013, and that they were aware that their phones were being tapped. Praveen Singh testifies that Frank Carson ran for DA so that he would not be arrested. He states that Frank Carson told him that the Attorney General would have to come in and handle the case if he ran for DA. We now take our 3:00PM break.
At 3:24PM, Praveen Singh states that he told Frank Carson that he was going to speak to the police (Kirk Bunch.) After being refreshed, he states that Frank Carson told him: “You don’t need to talk to those idiots.” Praveen Singh states that Frank Carson never spoke to him about Korey Kauffman. He states that he was told on 11/06/2013 by Frank Carson that he was going to run for DA. Once again, he states that he was told by Frank Carson that he was running for DA so that he would not be arrested. He denies ever speaking to Michael Cooley, or Charlie O’Dell. He states that Jack Able got information that Michael Cooley was involved from the jail. He says something about the investigators looking for an “Indian Guy” who did the murder. Praveen Singh states that the Athwal brothers were never brought up to him. He states that Frank Carson told him to not to talk to the police. Once again, he speaks about how Frank Carson had told him: “It’s taken care of.” We are now done for the day. I will be there for the afternoon session only tomorrow.
Sincerely; William Thomas Jensen (Tom)