Monday, June 5, 2017
Update on Ferrell
Just got a phone call from Farrel. He is still in jail, and his lawyer has abandoned his case!
His lawyer told Farrell that there was nothing on the tape. (we assume nothing incriminating)
We are not surprised because we know the store cameras are not very high resolution and are unlikely to pick up the information needed to prosecute Ferrel. But for some reason his lawyer would not let him see the video so he knows little about what was on the camera.
His public defender, Laura Padora, jumped ship without letting him have access to the video. Farrel reports that he was told that if he would stay out of Marlinton for a year that the charges would be dropped. Josh Edwards has the tape in hand but still hasn't let Farrell see the tape.
He now has public defender, Josh Edwards in Lewisburg. We do not believe that Edwards will have his client's best interest in the matter--at least any more than his previous public defenders.
This writer believes that public defenders are actually working for the courts and not the client.
Farrell's first charge goes back to Oct. 2016 in which he was given a traffic ticket for peeing in an alley and charged with "indecent exposure" which if convicted he could face prison and be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
FOUR CHARGES ARE PENDING WITH THE FIRST BEING 8 MONTHS OLD.
HE STILL HASN'T HAD A TRIAL ON THAT EITHER!!! Both the judges are aware of this mess but appear to be doing little to bring justice in the matter.
He is facing three other charges in the matter--none of which have yet gone to trial. It appears that the goal is to keep Farrell out of Marlinton. He is costing the county almost $50 per day. He has asked for a jury for his trials. The last time he had a jury trial he was acquitted after costing the county $48,000 in incarceration fees. He was kept in jail for 30 months without a trial. His peeing case has been an embarrassment to the officer who gave him the ticket.
Farrell was allowed to remain free on the first three citations, but was remanded to TVRJ on the fourth case and has been there for about a month. Magistrate Wilfong has insisted that he remain in jail during this time. She knows that Farrel has absolutely no money. She put a $2,000 bond on him which he can't even come up with 10% and get out. She also knows that he was beaten by the guards at TVRJ prior to his last release. He has recently been given a beating by some of inmates.
Judge Richardson sent a letter written by this writer to him personally and told the administrator at TVRJ via a copy to watch out for Farrell. FARREL IS IN GREAT DANGER! He is a thorn in the flesh for any community--what must it be like to be in jail with Farrell. We can't imagine!