Day One of my trial



You know the prosecutor is desperate when he asks the judge to order me to stop blogging about my case.

Judge Jose Fernandez did not even want to hear it, overruling him in seconds.

The prosecutor, Ignacio Vazquez, told the judge that by me proclaiming my innocence on a public forum, I am in danger of jeopardizing the judicial procedure.

When that didn’t work, he tried to introduce the photo below as evidence, which he plucked from my blog, pointing out that I am wearing my cap backwards, as if that proves I am a reckless Photo Gangster.

The photo was taken by my good friend, Danny Hammontree – the king of the black and white personality portrait.

My lawyer,Arnold Trevilla, argued that the photo is irrelevant. The judge, who didn’t seem too interested in the photo, hasn’t made a ruling.

This is how I was dressed today. People in the cafeteria kept asking if I was a lawyer. A Courtroom Gangster.

All this happened before we even chose the jury.

At 8 p.m., when the judge realized this trial was going to run longer than anticipated, he called for a recess.

The trial continues tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2-11 of the Justice Building, 1351 NW 12 St.

Besides choosing a jury, we heard opening statements from both sides as well as testimony from one of the arresting officers – if that is what you want to call the rubbish that came out of his mouth.

One of the things he said is that officers arrested me because they feared I would use my cameras as weapons.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), we’ll hear testimony from two of the other arresting officers, so I should probably wear my boots.

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You know the prosecutor is desperate when he asks the judge to order me to stop blogging about my case.

Judge Jose Fernandez did not even want to hear it, overruling him in seconds.

The prosecutor, Ignacio Vazquez, told the judge that by me proclaiming my innocence on a public forum, I am in danger of jeopardizing the judicial procedure.

When that didn’t work, he tried to introduce the photo below as evidence, which he plucked from my blog, pointing out that I am wearing my cap backwards, as if that proves I am a reckless Photo Gangster.

The photo was taken by my good friend, Danny Hammontree – the king of the black and white personality portrait.

My lawyer,Arnold Trevilla, argued that the photo is irrelevant. The judge, who didn’t seem too interested in the photo, hasn’t made a ruling.

This is how I was dressed today. People in the cafeteria kept asking if I was a lawyer. A Courtroom Gangster.

All this happened before we even chose the jury.

At 8 p.m., when the judge realized this trial was going to run longer than anticipated, he called for a recess.

The trial continues tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2-11 of the Justice Building, 1351 NW 12 St.

Besides choosing a jury, we heard opening statements from both sides as well as testimony from one of the arresting officers – if that is what you want to call the rubbish that came out of his mouth.

One of the things he said is that officers arrested me because they feared I would use my cameras as weapons.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), we’ll hear testimony from two of the other arresting officers, so I should probably wear my boots.

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Carlos Miller
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Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

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