Hi all - Well in a monumental step of maturity Dude called his own Public defender to find out why it's taking so long to go to trial. We have no idea. And oddly enough neither does the PD. (at this point we're worried she's trying NOT to rock the boat with the prosecutor and will just roll over and do anything he suggests -hence allowing Dude to go to jail for 30 years if he didn't ask for a trial for a crime he did not commit) So he called her and she has no clue. He asked her if she knew that his witness was in jail. He's in jail on CDV and crack possession. (Oh that's lovely huh?) The boy that lied and signed a statement against Dude? Is ALSO in jail. Nice - the DA has his witness and he's in jail - what do you want to bet that they get him to LIE again? And put Dude away for 30 years! Ugh. Dude is freaking out, yet - is still doing his community service, paying his fines, and looking for a job. He hasn't gotten into any more trouble so when he does go to court for this bogus charge wouldn't you think a judge would look at that? The PD said - "Well apparently the DA feels he has enough evidence to convict you, we'll just have to wait and see." WTHeck is that? Doesn't he have to share with the PD the information he is prosecuting on? The man that owns the warehouse is not pressing charges. The police have NO pictures or evidence that Dude tried to get in. The cop that pulled him over - 2 miles from the warehouse said in his statement that he SAW Dude at the warehouse at 1:00 am. (wouldn't you as a cop have gone there and checked it out?) The statement that the boy (now in jail) who lied about Dude and only has a 5th grade education used words that were pretty big and can't read AND can't write - yet constructuted this full page statement in which he was an innocent bystander yelling things like - WE SHOULD NOT BE HERE - YOU SHOULD STOP now....(oh give me a break) The back pack that the boys had with them was never searched for "tools" used to break in. So what is it that this man has - the word of a cop? I was feeling a bit better about this and now I'm getting worried again. Mostly because this PD seems like she's afraid to go against this DA - even told us - "Well once he makes up his mind he's very strong." WTHeck is that? I've said before I think this woman is a "DA Yes girl" and the fact that she has NOT looked up ANY of the witnesses or gotten statements from anyone that was at the group home from hades - when she said she would? Does not fare well...... Any thoughts? I'm really not feeling so good about this - When we go to trial - it would just take ONE person to say - You did not prove beyond a reason of a doubt that that kid was there....right? Only one? How long do things like this last? This is just a nightmare - why can't they just let it drop.