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The town of Coalinga, CA decided to bet it’s future on building a prison. The town lost the bet and the prison sat unused. Nothing was gained but debt to the community. The city council decided to the sell the prison for over $4,000,000.00 to a company in Southern California that grows and produces medical marijuana. Now a place that would have housed offenders of the various marijuana related criminal statutes will in fact be a home to the production of the medical marijuana products. According to the article at the link below at least 100 jobs have already been created. It appears that the ability of municipalities and states to generate cash from marijuana will do more to drive the move to legalize it than anything else.
For reasons unknown to me because I was not in attendance at the hearing last week, the Court moved to push back the start of the Fowler trial by two weeks. No doubt some sort of conflict existed that caused the court to call the prosecution and defense into the Courthouse to change the date. Right now it looks like the date for the start of trial is February 23, 2015. I will post any corrections if they prove necessary.
A milestone was reached today when this blog received its 5,000th view. This certainly didn’t happen in a meteoric sort of way. In fact it was more a glacial move. Nevertheless, it is nice to say that it’s reached the 5,000 mark.
Thank you to everyone who has checked in to take a look.
After a hearing that stretched over two days, the court ruled that statements made by Isaiah Fowler during the course of at least five (5) interviews with Calaveras County Sheriffs and the FBI were not made in a custodial setting. Various members of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department took the stand to inform the court that at not one time during these interviews did they consider Isaiah a suspect in the case despite the fact that he was the only other identifiable person in the house at the time of Leila’s murder. One investigator stated that it was normal to have witness to a murder undress for photographs of his body to look for signs of struggle or damage caused to their person. When asked when the last time the investigator had done that with a witness, he admitted it was about 25 years earlier.
Sheriff’s Deputies repeated that they consistently told the then 12 year old Isaiah that he was free to leave at any time. At the same Isaiah’s father was also pressing him for answers and was in the unique position of being the guardian of both the victim and the subject of the questioning which represents a very difficult conflict of interest for a grieving parent.
Trial remains scheduled to commence on August 12, 2014.
Unbeknownst to this consumer of Two Buck Chuck (now Two and Half Bucks Chuck) there are people who create fraudulent rare wines, such as bottles that allegedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson. National Public Radio ran a very interesting piece on this phenomenon and the people who work at busting the con artists trying to pull the wool over they eyes of wealthy wine investors.
I think you will find it fascinating.