FRANK CARSON ET AL CASE

FOR ALL THE MARBLES

ENTIRE DAY OF TESTIMONY 02/19/2019

WEEK 40, DAY 137

BY WILLIAM THOMAS JENSEN

 

THE GIANT RAT OF SUMATRA

Today was a very weird day in the courtroom. We start out at 9:42AM with Judge Zuniga stating that she errored in one of her rulings. We had one of the DA Investigators seen by two of the defense attorneys having a conversation with Praveen Singh by the statue of Chief Estanislau. This resulted in a 402 hearing in the afternoon. In between all the arguments, we had some testimony in front of the jury, but not very much. Praveen Singh continues to deny things in front of the jury that are simply bazar. This trial seems to go sideways most of the time, and all bets are off when Marlisa Ferreira will finally end her case in chief. As long as she keeps going, she can’t lose her case that is already lost. Suborning perjury from low life witnesses is what her case has been based on, and I must say she has stuck to her strategy. Ultimately, she will have to call an end to her case, and the defense will finally get their turn. It will not take more than a few weeks for the defense attorneys to put on their case, and it will go to closing arguments. The jury seems ready to stick a fork into this travesty of justice. If they went out for deliberations tomorrow, I think they would be back in less than an hour with a verdict that would finally set the defendants free from this nightmare. “Rats must chew, or their teeth will grow through their heads.” ( The Firesign Theatre)


We start out at 9:42AM, out of the presence of the jury and Praveen Singh stating: “I was wrong.” She has been “Wrong” many times during the last three years, but she rarely admits that she is wrong. This concerns her ruling that the defense can’t get into Praveen Singh’s testimony in a Federal Case in Fresno. Praveen Singh is steadfastly insisting that he never testified in that case. During that case, Praveen Singh, among other things, testified that he had been a reserve police officer for the Fresno Police Department. (A Lie) Judge Zuniga read a court of appeals ruling that showed her that her ruling was in error. Judge Zuniga states that the defense can use this as impeachment, but it can’t be used as a prior statement. Jai Gohel states that he thinks that the defense can lay the setting of this case and show that the testimony occurred in Federal Court. Marlisa Ferreira gives a feeble argument that Praveen Singh has stated that he never testified in that case. Judge Zuniga takes some time and reads the beginning part of his testimony in the Fresno case. Marlisa Ferreira makes an absurd argument that there is a lack of foundation that Praveen Singh testified in that case. It is like she is trying to convince the judge that someone else was on the stand. The crazy thing is that Frank Carson had called Praveen to the stand as his witness. Frank Carson has known Praveen Singh since he was a two-year-old “Rug Rat.” He has certainly matured into that role. Judge Zuniga seemed very scattered at this point, and is reading from the transcripts of a completely different case. The defense attorneys finally get her on the right track, and she reads from the correct transcripts. Marlisa Ferreira makes the argument that the statute of limitations has run, and he has been granted full use immunity. She states that because of this, Praveen Singh has no reason to lie. Once again, this is simply absurd. Jai Gohel states that: “It is pretty astounding she is making these claims.” He states that Kirk Bunch’s own reports state that Praveen Singh was making claims of being a reserve police officer for the Fresno Police Department. Jai states that Praveen Singh raised his hand and was sworn to tell the truth. Jai Gohel states that Praveen Singh testified in the Fresno case that he has known Frank Carson since he was a little child. (Rug Rat) Jai states that Praveen Singh also testified in Fresno that he worked as a Private Investigator for Frank Carson. Jai Gohel now states that the defense was provided the transcripts of the Fresno case in discovery. Judge Zuniga: “He does self- identify.” Judge Zuniga tells Marlisa Ferreira that she can try to show that Praveen Singh has an alibi and welcomes her to do so if she can. (She Can’t) Judge Zuniga: “Ms. Ferreira, you have not convinced me, you are behind on this issue.”

Jai Gohel states that Praveen Singh testified in Fresno that he applied for the LSAT test and had applied for the Drivon School of Law. (A Lie) Judge Zuniga, after reading the correct transcripts, states that Praveen Singh has indeed denied in his Carson case testimony that he testified in the Fresno case. Percy Martinez states that if Praveen Singh continues to deny on this issue, he has additional questions that he will ask him in front of the jury. Marlisa Ferreira asks Judge Zuniga if her ruling this morning will affect her ability to use some of Beverly Woody’s testimony. Judge Zuniga gives her a very stern look, and tells her: “No, there is no foundation if Beverly Woody heard what she supposedly heard was from Robert Woody, or someone else.” It is now 10:42AM, and all the lawyers go into the judge’s chambers to have a private chat. We now take a break until 11:00AM.

At 11:02AM, the jury is brought into the courtroom, and Praveen Singh is put on the stand. Percy Martinez: “Have you ever represented that you were a police officer?” Praveen Singh: “Yes.” Percy Martinez: “Have you ever been a police officer?” Praveen Singh: “No.” Percy Martinez: “Have you ever represented in a court of law that you were a police officer?” Praveen Singh: “No.” (A Lie) Percy Martinez: “Have you represented in a court of law that you were a reserve police officer?” Praveen Singh: “No.” (A lie) Percy Martinez: “Have you ever represented in a court of law that you were a reserve police officer for the Fresno Police Department?” Praveen Singh: “No.” (A lie) Percy Martinez: “Have you ever represented in a court of law that you worked as a reserve officer in Fresno for seven years?” Praveen Singh: “No.” (A lie) Percy Martinez: “Did you testify in Fresno that you have known Frank Carson since you were two years old?” Praveen Singh: “No.” (A lie) Percy Martinez: “Did you testify in Fresno that you did investigations for Frank Carson?” Praveen Singh: “No” (A lie) Percy Martinez: “Did you testify in Fresno that you worked as an intern for Frank Carson?” Praveen Singh: “No.” (A lie) Percy Martinez: “Did you testify in Fresno that you were attending law school?” Praveen Singh: “No.” (A lie) Percy Martinez: “Did you testify in Fresno that you took all the available law enforcement classes at Modesto Junior College?” Praveen Singh: “No.” (A lie) Percy Martinez: “Do you have law enforcement uniforms?” Praveen Singh: “No.” (A lie) Percy Martinez: “Do you have a flack- jacket?” Praveen Singh: “Yes” That is true. Percy Martinez: “Did you ever wear a police uniform while conducting an eviction?” Praveen Singh: “No.” I believe that this is a lie, and it seems as though the defense provides Judge Zuniga a photograph supporting this assertion. Percy Martinez tries to ask Praveen Singh if he and his wife own a home in Natomas. This gets objected to by Praveen Singh’s attorney Jared Jordan. We have a side bar. After the side bar, Praveen Singh and Jared Jordan briefly leave the courtroom to confer. After the side bar, Percy Martinez asks Praveen Singh if he was involved with the Divesh Singh eviction in Sacramento. Praveen Singh has to be refreshed with a police report, and after being refreshed says: “No.” I think this is a lie. Praveen Singh does not recall an interview that he had with Kirk Bunch and Jon Evers on 9/13/13. After being refreshed, he admits to having the interview. He does not remember talking to Marlisa Ferreira after being in court on 04/26/18. After being refreshed, he admits to talking to Marlisa Ferreira. Percy starts asking Praveen Singh if he was provided an immunity agreement. Kirk Bunch was involved with this as well. This gets objected to, and Percy Martinez shows Judge Zuniga some paperwork. Judge Zuniga tells Percy to re-phrase his question. It is brought out that he wanted more than they were willing to negotiate based on the information that he had to provide. Percy gets Praveen Singh to admit that he told the investigators on 04/26/18 that he had direct evidence contained in a black bag that would convict Frank Carson without him having to testify. Percy Martinez gets Praveen Singh to state that the black bag had been stored at 946 McHenry Ave. He states that the black bag was stored there for around 9 months. He admits that he testified that Frank Carson gave him the black bag two years before Frank Carson had been taken into custody. Praveen Singh now admits that he has also testified that he got the black bag 30 days before Frank Carson had been taken into custody. (Frank Carson taken into custody in August of 2015)

Praveen Singh states that he never spoke with Frank Carson after Frank Carson had been taken into custody. He states that he had not moved his business to 946 McHenry Ave at the time that Frank Carson had been taken into custody. He states that he moved his business to 946 McHenry Ave sometime in 2016. Percy Martinez gets Praveen Singh to admit that he told the investigators that he had been in possession of the black bag for 9 months when he spoke with them in 2018. He denies that he ever told anyone about the black bag. He denies ever giving the black bag to any of the investigators. He admits that he never told the investigators that the black bag had been stored at 946 McHenry Ave. Percy Martinez asks Praveen Singh if he told the investigators there were drawings in the black bag. I did not hear an answer to this question. He admits to telling the investigators about a break in at 946 McHenry Ave in May of 2018, where the alleged black bag was stolen. He denies still having the black bag. Once again, Praveen Singh admits that he never showed the black bag to the investigators. Percy tries to ask Praveen Singh if Marlisa Ferreira had told him that she would talk to the Federal prosecutors to get him a proffer. This gets objected to, and it appears that the objection was overruled. Praveen Singh does not recall if Steve Jacobson had told him that he would talk to Marlisa Ferreira to have her talk to the Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District. After being refreshed, Praveen Singh still insists that he was not told this by Steve Jacobson.

Praveen Singh admits that on 04/26/18 Steve Jacobson talked to him and told him that Marlisa Ferreira was offering immunity. He admits that he was told by Steve Jacobson that Marlisa Ferreira was offering him immunity. After crafting several questions, Percy Martinez gets Praveen Singh to state that he told Steve Jacobson through a message on 05/06/2018 that the black bag had been stolen. Praveen Singh states that after 04/26/18 no investigator ever came to pick up the black bag from him. Praveen Singh states that after the black bag was allegedly stolen, he told Steve Jacobson that he would have to testify. He does not recall telling Officer Hook that he was going to have to testify. After being refreshed, Praveen Singh still insists that he did not tell Officer Hook that he was going to have to testify. Praveen Singh denies that he ever solicited anyone to take something while using a gun. He denies he ever solicited anyone to shoot someone with a gun. He denies he ever offered to wear a body wire on the Athwal brothers. At this time, I see Kirk Bunch and Jared Jordan leave the courtroom to confer. It is now 11:50AM, and we take an early lunch.

At 1:33PM, Jai Gohel states that he and Hans Hjertonsson saw Praveen Singh talking to Steve Jacobson very near to the statue of Chief Estanislau for approximately 30-45 seconds. Jai Gohel states that when they were spotted by Jacobson and Singh, that Praveen Singh split off and walked away from Steve Jacobson. Hans Hjertonsson states that he saw this as well. They both request a 402 hearing on this issue. Jai Gohel states that Praveen Singh is a witness in this trial, and that Steve Jacobson has done numerous interviews with Praveen Singh. Marlisa Ferreira states that she knows that Praveen Singh parks at the DA’s parking lot, and that Steve Jacobson walks with him to provide protection. Jai Gohel makes a motion to strike all of Praveen Singh’s testimony. Judge Zuniga tells him that this is premature to ask for this. Jai Gohel reminds Judge Zuniga how Steve Jacobson had tried to influence Robert Woody while he was transporting Rorbert Woody from Tuolumne County. Both Jai Gohel and Hans Hjertonsson state that they were made aware of this situation by the statue by someone else. Marlisa Ferreira states that she needs to find out who brought this up to Jai Gohel and Hans Hjertonsson. She states that Steve Jacobson has been instructed to not talk about the case with Praveen Singh. She states that Praveen Singh feels threatened by Frank Carson. Jai Gohel states that this walking arrangement should have been disclosed to the defense. He states that it is Brady information, and why wouldn’t the DA’s Office pick someone else to walk with Praveen Singh? Percy Martinez states that Steve Jacobson has had too much communication with the witnesses in this case and was facing contempt of court charges brought against him by Frank Carson for talking to an alternate juror in another trial. Marlisa Ferreira argues that the defense’s arguments are very speculative. She states that this is a total waste of time. Judge Zuniga: “It is a mystery to me how the prosecution could argue to me that it is a waste of time.” Judge Zuniga states that there will be an immediate 402 hearing on this issue. Jai Gohel states that he wants to ask some questions from Praveen Singh. We now have a side bar.

At 2:00PM, Praveen Singh is put on the stand out of the presence of the jury. Praveen Singh states that he has been walking with Steve Jacobson since he began testifying last Thursday. He estimates that he has walked with Jacobson 4-5 times. He states that Steve Jacobson was asking him questions concerning his safety but does not recall what was specifically said. He states that Steve Jacobson told him: “Have a great day.” He admits to talking to Jacobson on the phone since he began testifying but does not recall what was said. Hans Hjertonsson gets Praveen Singh to testify that he always leaves the DA’s parking lot during the lunchtime break, so he now says he has walked with Jacobson about 6 times during his testimony. He now states that he did not leave for lunch last Thursday. Marlisa Ferreira asks Praveen Singh if he felt fearful. Singh: “Yes.” He states that his office had been shot at, and that some ties were left at his office that indicated someone was going to be tied up. He states that he was not at his office when it was robbed. He states that one of his employees, Kevin Richards was shot in the leg during the robbery, and the black bag was taken. He states that he has two little girls and is afraid for his family.


At 2:22PM, Steve Jacobson is put on the stand. Jacobson states he has walked with Praveen Singh 3-4 times. Jacobson refuses to give details of where he meets Praveen Singh because of security concerns. He states that he receives a phone call from Praveen Singh, and he somehow opens up the security gate in the parking garage to allow Singh access to the upper levels of the garage. He states that he and Praveen Singh would engage in small talk and talk about Praveen Singh’s safety concerns. Hans Hjertonsson asks Jacobson how many phone calls he has had with Praveen Singh, and he does not remember the specific number of calls. Hans has Jacobson look on his cell phone to ascertain the number of calls. I can’t decipher my notes on the specific number of calls he had with Praveen Singh. Marlisa Ferreira states that Praveen Singh has complained that someone in the courtroom was following him, and that he felt threatened by this individual. Steve Jacobson offers to reveal the identity of this person if it can be done in the judge’s chambers. Judge Zuniga is not interested in listening to this or finding out who this person is. It is now 2:43PM, and Steve Jacobson is allowed to step down. Judge Zuniga states that she sees no Brady violation, and that she sees nothing that is untruthful from the witnesses. We now take a break until 3:00PM.

At 3:05PM, out of the presence of the jury, Marlisa Ferreira complains about the defense mis-stating the charges against Praveen Singh. She states that the “Attempted Murder” charge is actually attempted discharge of a firearm. She states that a second charge is concerning solicitation to do a drive by shooting. She states that the third charge is solicitation of committing a robbery. Hans Hjertonsson states that he wants to see the sheet that list these charges. Jai Gohel states that Praveen Singh has 19 pending felonies. Like I said, this man is going to probably experience some strange form of male companionship in the future. I hope he enjoys the experience.

At 3:12PM, the jury is finally back in the courtroom. Judge Zuniga: “I didn’t forget about you folks.” Praveen Singh is put on the stand. Percy Martinez begins reading the beginning of the transcript of the Solatto case in Fresno. Percy reads the part where Praveen Singh testifies that he had worked as a Reserve Police Officer for the Fresno Police Department. Percy reads the part where Singh testified that he had worked for them for 7 years, and had worked as a Private Investigator, and had known Frank Carson since he was two years old. We now have a side bar. Praveen Singh states that he does not remember testifying that he worked for Frank Carson, had gone to law school, had police officer training at MJC, had training in making exhibits, and other things. Praveen Singh admits that he did not elaborate about the contents of the black bag with Steve Jacobson. He does not admit that he told Jacobson that only 3 people knew about the black bag. Percy brings out that Singh said on 05/6/18 that nobody else knew about the black bag. Praveen Singh does not recall if his lawyer was present when he told Jacobson on 05/06/18 that he had incriminating evidence on Frank Carson. Percy brings out that Singh told Jacobson on 05/06/18 that Frank Carson knew where the black bag was being stored. Praveen Singh admits that he had moved into 946 McHenry Ave 9 months before this interview with Jacobson, and that Frank Carson was in jail. Praveen Singh testifies that he was aware when Frank Carson had been released from jail on 12/22/16. Percy Martinez reminds Praveen Singh that he has testified that he never spoke with Frank Carson after he was incarcerated. Percy reminds Praveen Singh that he told Steve Jacobson that Frank Carson had handed him the black bag 1 month before Frank Carson had been arrested and had told him to keep it secure. Percy Martinez reminds Praveen Singh that he told Steve Jacobson that he handed Frank Carson a black bag, and that Frank Carson had placed items in the bag, and that Frank Carson had handed the bag back to Praveen Singh. Praveen Singh says: “Yes and no” when asked if this was true. Praveen Singh denies that he told Steve Jacobson that he took the black bag to his 12th Street office. He denies that he called Frank Carson and told him that he had secured the black bag at his 12th Street office. He states that he had not yet moved his office to McHenry Ave. He admits that Steve Jacobson asked him on 05/06/18 what was contained in the black bag. He admits that he told Jacobson that he had gone through the black bag, and that the items would convict Frank Carson without him having to testify. He admits to telling Jacobson that he would have to testify after the black bag was stolen. Praveen Singh admits that Jacobson asked him if the black bag contained a firearm, and that he had told Jacobson that it did not contain a firearm.
Singh admits that he told Jacobson that the black bag contained business cards from Royal Realty, and Paul’s Landscaping, and Frank Carson’s business card, and a yellow legal pad. Singh states that the black bag did not to his knowledge contain a tape recorder. He states that he did not elaborate about the items in the black bag with Steve Jacobson. Praveen Singh states that he has around 4 businesses.

Percy Martinez now gets Praveen Singh to admit that he said that he never met Baljit Athwal. He does not recall on 03/11/14 telling Kirk Bunch and Jon Evers about having a conversation with Baljit Athwal. He still does not recall this after being refreshed. At this time, Percy Martinez and Frank Carson have a brief meeting out of the courtroom. After this brief meeting out of the courtroom, Percy Martinez gets Praveen Singh to admit that he told the investigators that the robbers had asked where the money and dope was. Marlisa Ferreira starts saying something about this being said during a radio show. We all know this was on Carmen Sabatino’s Internet show. The jury is sent home about 3:50PM. We are done for the day. Court resumes tomorrow at 9:30AM.

Sincerely; William Thomas Jensen (Tom)

 

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