May 31, 2007

Great Moments In Crime
— Ace

Defandant has sure-fire plan for his acquittal: Threatening to kill all the jurors if they find him guilty.

Jurors today begin deliberating the fate of Richard Glawson, who yesterday, while chained and padlocked, threatened to murder them if they find him guilty of a 2001 multi-community crime rampage.

Or, at least that’s the plan.

In a case of defense deja vu sorely testing the patience of Suffolk Superior Court Judge Patrick F. Brady, Glawson has filed an emergency petition with the state Supreme Judicial Court, asking it to intervene on his behalf because Brady refuses to declare a mistrial or release any of the jurors, whose families Glawson said would also be killed unless he was exonerated.

“I’m not going to delay the trial further,” Brady tersely told Glawson, who in addition to being chained to the floor in a special chair, is now tended to by more than a dozen court and correction officers.

Apparently causing mistrials through his own courtroom misbehavior is his specialty:

After a then-unrestrained Glawson, 46, punched an elderly juror in his first trial, he got a mistrial last week, but only the state’s highest court forced Brady’s hand.

The Massachusetts SJC. They'll probably force the judge to declare another mistrial.

This guy does not placate:

Jurist and defendant briefly locked horns over whether Glawson, who was put in a holding cell for part of yesterday’s trial, could be trusted to even stay in the courtroom.

Glawson said he could be trusted, but Brady shot back, “Why should I believe you?”

“I’m not going to give you a reason,” Glawson snapped.

Judges love that.

While that one is stupid-clever, this one is just stupid-stupid:

A Mission man arrested Saturday night after a routine traffic stop in Goliad told deputies that the cocaine found in his vehicle was a graduation present for his son in Houston.

"I have no idea what he was thinking," said Sgt. Danny Madrigal, investigator with the Goliad Sheriff's Department. "We've never had anybody saying, 'I'm taking this to give to my son. He's graduating.'"

However, Madrigal said, "The following day I spoke to him, and he told me it was for personal use."

Goliad County deputies Sgt. Gary Cowley and K9 Officer Martha Martinez pulled over Omar Cruz Garza, 35, for speeding within city limits.

He was also booked on one count of having the name "Omar Cruz Garza."

No, really:

The deputies suspected something was up when they saw items including a DVD player, a safe, power tools and camera inside the vehicle, Madrigal said, and searched the 2006 Dodge pickup.

"He just had a lot of things that you wouldn't normally carry if you were going to visit somebody," he said.

When deputies asked for Garza's license, he handed over a fictitious I.D., Madrigal said - likely because Garza is on parole until Friday.

"He probably thought he'd run into some troubles there with the parole board," Madrigal said. "But he had his name tattooed on his back, which was an indicator that he wasn't the guy he reported to be at first. We found another I.D. that turned out to be him."

Criminals are a cowardly, retarded lot.

Thanks to dri and Sinistar.

By the way: I'm botching html worse than usual today. I'm on like two hours sleep.

I fixed the html of the "Great Moments in Crime" post to properly bold, rather than cut off, the punchline to the second story.

Posted by: Ace at 07:34 AM | Comments (11)
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DVD player, a safe, power tools and camera inside the vehicle...

Red flag?



Good to know.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at May 31, 2007 07:46 AM (FXakj)


In a civilized country, that first dude would long ago have been hanging from a tree, his dead eye-balls being eaten by crows, while crowds of happy citizens have a picnic below his feet, pointing him out to their shocked kids, saying: "Better be good, or the law will get you."

Would that be torture?  Or just smart parenting? 

Posted by: Sharkman at May 31, 2007 07:52 AM (ZPrNN)

3 Sigh, I miss those taser belts.

Posted by: ro-ro at May 31, 2007 07:55 AM (8xCvb)

4 Can somebody explain to me how the first guy can get a mistrial by threatening the jury?

Posted by: nnptcgrad at May 31, 2007 07:58 AM (bh0xs)


If he biases the jury (against himself) then the trial would be "unfair". That he himself causes the bias (used to be called prejudice, but that word isn't PC anymore) apparently is not an issue (though it surely oughtta be!)

A common trick for traffic tickets is to repeatedly ask for trial postponements, eventually the prosecutor will just give up on the case because it makes him look bad, pressing a case that's 3-4 years old.

Judicial reform is called for. Canada is even worse btw.

And if criminals weren't jackass-stupid (or drunk, or stoned) cops wouldn't solve 1/2 the crimes them manage to now.

Posted by: 5Cats at May 31, 2007 08:06 AM (cVijR)

6 >>> Can somebody explain to me how the first guy can get a mistrial by threatening the jury?

By being in Massa-two-sh*ts (or probably any other soft-on-crime blue state, for that matter).

Posted by: salfter at May 31, 2007 08:12 AM (+Epz5)

7 though it surely oughtta be!

Thanks for the explaination, and I agree with that addendum.

Posted by: nnptcgrad at May 31, 2007 09:07 AM (bh0xs)

8 Nice Batman reference.  You left out "superstitious", though.  It obviously didn't fit.

Posted by: OregonMuse at May 31, 2007 09:33 AM (efWVJ)


For defendant #1: jury should find him guilty, then he should be sentenced to be manacled and beaten by the same 12 jurors.  Cruel, unusual, but oh so just.

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