15-Year-Old Pro-se Achieves Court Dismissal

15-Year-Old Pro-se Achieves Court Dismissal
Posted by FoM on January 29, 2002 at 17:52:17 PT
Criminal Justice
Source: Idaho Observer
At his trial January 3, 2002, 15-year-old high school student Joshua Krawiek represented himself against the state of Washington and charges of possession of paraphernalia were dismissed by Superior Court Judge Rebecca Baker. Joshua was able to prove to the court that he was charged with a crime that does not exist in Washington state. On October 11, 2001, Joshua J. went to his locker between classes to retrieve books from his backpack only to find that his backpack had been taken to the main office. 
Joshua asked why his backpack had been taken from his locker. Three law enforcement officers insisted that the K-9 drug dog had signaled the presence of marijuana on two of the three 35mm film canisters found in his backpack. When asked about the film canisters, Joshua's explained that he used them to store fishing tackle, such as flies and hooks, as he would sometimes fish on the way home from school. He procured film canisters free from various photo processing establishments around town and stated that there was no marijuana in the canisters to his knowledge. The officers found a trace of a green leafy substance in one of the canisters, one canister was empty, and one contained a fishing fly. A field test showed positive for THC in one of the containers. However, because there was not enough marijuana present to be charged with possession, Joshua was charged with possession of paraphernalia. To help prove his innocence, Joshua had a drug test performed at the local hospital. He submitted these negative test results to the prosecution, but to no avail. Joshua then contacted Citizens Against Corruption (CAC) of Newport. The CAC directed him to the local library and assisted him in pulling up Internet sites for legal research, such as LOIS Law which is offered free by the county as provided by law. Joshua found in his Internet travels that “possession of paraphernalia” in Washington State is not a crime as quoted in State v. McKenna and State v. Welker. Joshua also pulled up the entire section of the statute under which he was charged, RCW 69.50.412. This statute clearly states that it is unlawful for any person to use drug paraphernalia for illegal purposes. POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA IS NOT A CRIME. According to Washington state law, the USE of drug paraphernalia is classified as a misdemeanor and all misdemeanors must be witnessed. No one saw Joshua using containers for drugs. Several people have, however, witnessed Joshua using film containers to store fishing tackle. Joshua was assigned court appointed attorney Tim Trageser who had no contact with Joshua until his first hearing and did nothing to defend him. At the first hearing, the Trageser lied to the court about his communication with Joshua and his father. Joshua chose to fire Trageser because he not only lied to the court on the record, but did nothing toward defending him. The court also refused to allow Joshua's father, his guardian and first friend, any right to defend Joshua, a minor, who has no legal standing in the court and must be represented by counsel of choice, in this case his father. Representation by a parent on behalf of a minor has repeatedly been allowed in the federal courts because it is a constitutional right to counsel. After several pre-trial motions for dismissal had been rejected by Superior Court Judge Rebecca Baker, she reluctantly dismissed the charges at the trial on January 3, 2002. Judge Baker stated on the Order of Dismissal, “the court heard the State's offer of proof and concludes (1) the charging document is deficient and (2) the proof is inadequate under Knapstad to establish the presence of drugs.” Judge Baker, apparently irritated at the prosecution's inability to outsmart a minor in her court, reportedly stated to Joshua, “Don't laugh when you leave this courtroom, thinking you have beat the system because you have looked these things up yourself. We are going to get you down the road.” The CAC concluded that this 15-year-old boy had his reputation tarnished, and was suspended from school for using 35mm film canisters to store his fishing lures. “This tells us that the drug dog needs a new nose, and Newport City Police officers need to get a life and a new job they can handle,” commented CAC founder Leonard Browning. The Pend Oreille County Prosecutor's office charged Joshua with a crime that is not a crime and prosecuted him maliciously without probable cause. The county's actions caused strife and dissention in Joshua's family and his father was forced to transport him to a special school while this matter worked its way through the legal system. “I think everyone should thank Joshua Krawiek for exhibiting the character and patriotism it takes to stand up for his God-given and constitutional rights. We need more young people like this in our society to insure lawfulness and justness in our legal system and to preserve our way of life here in America. If enough people, young people and adults alike, will stand up to this type of malicious persecution, government officials will be returned to their rightful place as public servants,” Browning said. Citizens Against Corruption, a non-profit Idaho association dedicated to achieving justice through legal means, can be contacted at P.O. Box 9, Priest River, Idaho 83856. Note: POC prosecutors foiled in attempt to prosecute minor for a crime that does not exist.Complete Title: 15-Year-Old Pro-se Achieves Superior Court Dismissal Newshawk: icthruyaSource: Idaho Observer (ID)Published: January 2002 Copyright: 2002 The Idaho ObserverContact: observer coldreams.comWebsite: Justice Archives
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Comment #12 posted by krutch on January 30, 2002 at 14:32:32 PT
What aWaste
I find it unbelievable that a prosecutor would waste the tax payers time and money in this manner. For god sake, go bust some criminals. Leave the kid alone. No weed = no bust. A field test for MJ and the nod of a dope dog do constitute proof beyond a reasonable doubt. In a couple of years everyone will be wondering why all the young adults detest authority. This is why.
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Comment #11 posted by freddybigbee on January 30, 2002 at 12:23:31 PT:
The drug war has been used by the enemies of freedom to destroy the rights to liberty and privacy. Evil men most often hide behind positions of authority, where they can do the most harm while their victims can't fight back. When you encounter a bully in the school-yard at age 8 you can stand up to him. When he's 38 and has a gun and badge or a judge's robes, you are defenseless. Evil cowards have made a mockery of the constitution of the United States. I was proud of this country when I was a child. Not any more, thanks to the drug war and all it's lies and hypocracy. 
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Comment #10 posted by Patrick on January 30, 2002 at 10:01:41 PT
I do not know if you read this site. You may have never even tried marijuana. At 15, you should wait until your lungs are fully developed as an adult before you even think about smoking anything. Congratulations on your ingenuity and resourcefulness.You should pursue a state-sponsored scholarship to law school. Really. You didn't beat the system as the judge stated. You exposed the system for what it is. Corrupt. Hats off to you and I hope you become a lawyer and make things right in America in the war against prohibition.
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Comment #9 posted by b4daylight on January 30, 2002 at 10:01:08 PT:
joshua great job. They finally let the teen go fly fishing instead of wasting his toime in trail
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Comment #8 posted by lookinside on January 30, 2002 at 04:23:22 PT:
I wonder if Joshua can sue for damages?That would be sweet!"Judge Loses Home in Defamation Case of Minor!"LOL!
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Comment #7 posted by Dankhank on January 30, 2002 at 03:52:11 PT
oh yea???
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Comment #6 posted by SirReal on January 29, 2002 at 21:45:35 PT
You go Josh
I can see the judge, the prosecutor and the kops all "doin a Curly" face slap after Josh waked outta there....heh
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Comment #5 posted by p4me on January 29, 2002 at 19:50:29 PT
State of Union Speech
Did anyone read that interview with Judge Grey at He talks of imprisoning a mother and having the state pay $5000 a month for foster care. That is $120,000 a year. I guess people should separate and the one that got custody should get a pipe and demand a jail term of 1 year. He could then support his ex-spouse or future mate's effort to get the kids and have the state pay up the $120,000. With that they could get the house paid for and reunite. Or maybe I could get in on the big money somehow and begin an addiction to power.Did anyone hear Puppet say "Evil is real and it must be opposed." Vote against all incumbents and especially your County Sheriff. 
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Comment #4 posted by Dark Star on January 29, 2002 at 19:28:51 PT
Congratulations to an extremely clever and resourceful young man who stood up for what is right against a phalanx of fascists. Shame to a judge who does not deserve the position. Truth will be heard.
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Comment #3 posted by markjc on January 29, 2002 at 19:19:30 PT:
wha ha ha
little do they know it, but they just created a legalization warrior.
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Comment #2 posted by potpal on January 29, 2002 at 18:42:40 PT
We're gonna get you...
This judge ought to be impeached for making such a threat to a 15 year old boy. 
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Comment #1 posted by E_Johnson on January 29, 2002 at 18:04:27 PT
Judge and prosecutor not supposed to be "we"
Judge Baker, apparently irritated at the prosecution's inability to outsmart a minor in her court, reportedly stated to Joshua, “Don't laugh when you leave this courtroom, thinking you have beat the system because you have looked these things up yourself. We are going to get you down the road.”Now where in the Constitution does it say that the prosecutor and the judge and the police constitute a "we"?I thought the judge, prosecutor and police were all supposed to be independent figures who were a part of a system of checks and balances designed to keep each other honest and prevent unlawful or oppressive behavior from taking over the legal system.But hey, it's been a long time since I took Civics in high school.Yay Joshua, way to go.
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