BREAKING NEWS: Court Rejects Richmond Appeal Bid In Criminal Contempt Of Court Case For Threatening Judges

UPDATED 10:34 A.M. EST (U.S.A.) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (Pasadena) has denied Curtis Richmond’s bid  to have criminal contempt of court charges for threatening federal judges dismissed.

Richmond argued that he was denied his right to a speedy trial.

The appeals court rejected his argument, but the effect of the ruling was not immediately clear.

In 2007, Richmond was convicted of criminal contempt of court for threatening federal judges. He was sentenced to six months’ home confinement with electronic monitoring, a $1,000 fine and five years’ probation.

He is now a central figure in the AdSurfDaily case and has threatened to bring charges against U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor, Assistant U.S. Attorney William Cowden and others.

Richmond argued in court briefs that he’d already served the home-confinement portion of his sentence even though he hadn’t been formally detained at home and was out on bail, pending trial.

His argument appears to suggest that he satisfied the requirement of six months’ home confinement before the trial on the charge even was held.

He told the court that the fact he was not permitted to leave San Diego County under the terms of his bail meant that he was in custody and had satisfied his six-month sentence at home.

“The Petitioner recently learned in talking to the Tribal Atty. General that he had already served his 6 months of Custody and where he needed to go to get the Legal Evidence,” Richmond said in November 2007 court filings.

Richmond is a member of a sham Utah Indian tribe tied to bizarre litigation and threats to imprison federal judges.

“The Petitioner was Arrested on May 17, 2006, Jailed, and was brought for arraignment on May 18, 2006 when he was allowed to be out On Bail but Could Not Leave the County Without the Court’s Permission and was Under The Control of the Probation Department” Richmond said.

“Any Restraint of one’s Liberty of Movement Is Considered Custody[,] which means the Petitioner’s 6 Months Arrest & Sentence Expired Nov. 17, 2006,” he argued.

But the actual trial on the contempt charges wasn’t held until February 2007, two years ago this month.

Owing to the nature of Richmond’s appeal filings, a federal judge ordered that a public defender be appointed to represent him. An attorney was appointed in December 2007. About 6 months later, the attorney petitioned the court to withdraw as Richmond’s counsel, but the court refused to let him withdraw.

The denial by the 9th Circuit was Richmond’s second loss in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the past month. His appeal in the 10th Circuit (Denver) was rejected because he failed to follow procedures. The case in the 10th Circuit dealt with a finding by a federal judge that Richmond and co-defendants from the sham Utah tribe had engaged in rackeetering by pestering public servants and filing vexatious litigation.

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2 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Court Rejects Richmond Appeal Bid In Criminal Contempt Of Court Case For Threatening Judges”

  1. ….early nomination for “Worst Job in the US and You Can’t Even Quit”: Curtis Richmond’s public defender…….just think of all the legal theories you’d be tortured with…..

    Quote: “Owing to the nature of Richmond’s appeal filings, a federal judge ordered that a public defender be appointed to represent him. An attorney was appointed in December 2007. About 6 months later, the attorney petitioned the court to withdraw as Richmond’s counsel, but the court refused to let him withdraw.”

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  2. Hi Entertained,

    The record suggests that two attorneys tried to quit on Richmond.

    Patrick

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