Retard, Who Can't Read,
"Learns" About The
Sent: Saturday, June 03, 2000 6:13 PM
Subject: mental retarded jailed 15 days
On 2-7-00 a policeman
came to my door to arrest the ward I take care of. He is 21 but mental capacity is approximately 12 or 13.
He receives permanent social security disability for support and I monitor all of his needs.
He had been given a citation for
petty theft in December and I knew nothing about it. He was arrested for FTA -PETTY
to the officer of his mental condition and showed him the proof of disability . The officer said he couldn't
help me,just take the info to
the Arraignment tomorrow morning and give it to the bailiff. I prepared a
statement of information for the
judge (COMMISSIONER PATRICK SINGER at the Victorville,CA Superior Court). It was my main duty to
inform the court that the boy
was a mentally retarded individual and should not be in
early at court and tried to speak to the bailiff if he could let the judge know
about him being "Mentally
Disabled". As I stood up to speak, the bailiff pointed at me and said
"Get back there lady and set
down". He was rude and loud .
judge (COMMISSIONER PATRICK SINGER) came in and called the boys name I
also stood up with him. I softly
spoke ,"Excuse me your honor". I knew I had to let him know
the boy was "Mentally Disabled" so he would
dismiss the charge and not sentence him to jail. But, in view of our right to be heard in court as an
interested party, COMMISSIONER SINGER shouted "SET DOWN LADY". But your honor I said.
COMMISSIONER SINGER shouted "SET DOWN LADY AND SHUT UP". "ANOTHER WORD AND I'll HAVE YOU
REMOVED FROM THE COURT ROOM".
He read off
charges of FTA-Petty Theft and the boy said not guilty. PATRICK SINGER held
the boy in jail and gave him
pre-trial date 2-17-00. The boy was sent to West Valley
I immediately went to
the Public Defender's office and explained the situation plus left a copy
of the memo I prepared for the
judge. I wanted their office to have the charges dismissed and
get the boy released from jail.
She said they were over loaded with cases and did not think
they could do anything about him
until he went back to trial.
"Mentally Disabled" individual was kept in jail for 11 days. He didn't
understand they had certain
tables in jail where you sit to eat, (you know, "blacks/mexican/white") so he
at the wrong one and got beat up. He was
mostly sore and bruised. He called me collect two or three times a day from jail
wanting to know if he could come home. I called the Public
Defender's office and told them that he had
already been assaulted in jail, what could they do. She suggested I call the duty officer at the jail and
let him know the boy was mentally retarded and maybe they could monitor
pre-trial he never saw a judge. They had him sign a" Plea Bargain" (he can't
read either) for PC 490.1 and
dismissed other charges. His sentence was 15 days in
11 served and 4 for conduct.
I went to pick him up from West Valley @ 10 pm.
PATRICK SINGER would have given me my legal right to speak , this incident would
never happened to the boy. 11
Days in jail and assaulted to one who has mental capacity of
a 12 year old boy left a
traumatic effect .