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Theresa Dang's arraignment hearing continued until Wednesday, July 27th

by Duane J. Roberts Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2005 at 3:35 PM
duaneroberts92804@yahoo.com

What will happen next? Only history can tell. But if the rumors I've been hearing about Dang's case prove to be true, public exposure of them will be of considerable embarassment to the entire system of "criminal justice" here in Orange County. Is it no wonder why so many men in powerful positions are incredibly nervous about what the Garden Grove Police have done?



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Monday, June 27, 2005

THERESA DANG'S ARRAIGNMENT HEARING CONTINUED UNTIL

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27TH

The bailiffs at West Justice Center ask to examine a

tiny black pouch I was carrying

By DUANE J. ROBERTS

duaneroberts92804@yahoo.com

WESTMINSTER, CA -- As I entered Department W4 at the

West Justice Center, I quickly noticed there were four

bailiffs standing inside the courtroom. As a former

employee of the Orange County Superior Court, I knew

that this wasn't normal. Some kind of a security alert

had been issued for that day, perhaps in response to

an email I sent out over the internet about a week ago

urging people to "pack the courtroom".

I proceeded to find a seat in the last row, along with

a friend of mine who had been at the May 25th

demonstration. I had barely begun to make myself

comfortable when suddenly one of the bailiff's

positioned himself behind where I was sitting. Another

standing at a podium in front of the courtroom looked

me square in the eye and said, "You in the denim

jacket, come up here." I was puzzled. What had I done?

I got up from my seat and casually walked toward him.

"What's that?" the bailiff asked, pointing to a tiny

black pouch I was carrying in my left hand. I brought

it up to him closer, carefully opened it, and slowly

pulled out the object it contained so he could examine

it further: "It's my cellphone; I turned it off as you

requested."

"O.K., thanks," he responded politely.

I went back and sat down, where that bailiff still

stood behind my seat like a quiet sentry. Other people

entered the courtroom with backpacks, purses, and

pouches, but not a word was said to them. At times, it

appeared that some bailiffs were staring at me; I

couldn't help but smile back.

This is what happens when you confront the organized

might of the capitalist state. But this was not

harassment with an iron fist; but of a velvet glove.

The bailiffs assigned to protect Department W4 this

morning not only seemed to be pretty confused, but

looked like they were scared; perhaps they didn't know

what to expect.

But when they finally came to the realization that

none of the 30 people who came to support Theresa Dang

that morning arrive with the intention of committing

any devious acts, the bailiffs started slowly exiting

the courtroom one by one; even the hefty fellow

standing guard right behind me soon wandered off into

the hallway. (only to come back later and position

himself elsewhere)

And was it a coincidence that Orange County Superior

Commissioner Lon F. Hurwitz called out Dang's name

first? This case has badly stung the Orange County

District Attorney's Office and the Garden Grove Police

Department. It's clear they want to get it out of the

system as rapidly and quickly as possible to avoid any

further negative publicity; but they don't want to

drop it, at least not yet.

When Dang told Commissioner Hurwitz that her attorney,

B. Kwaku Duren, of Los Angeles, hadn't arrived yet,

and that he was probably stuck on the freeway in

traffic, he smiled sheepishly. Not a problem, he told

her. "I'll just put it on second call" he said in a

rather soft voice. He smiled again.

At around 9:20 am, Duren arrived. He and Eric

Petersen, the Deputy District Attorney assigned the

task of handling today's arraignment, spoke briefly.

Petersen released to him copies of the police report

and other documents, as is required by law. When they

were ready, Duren asked Commissioner Hurwitz for a

continuance of the arraignment to the morning of

Wednesday, July 27th. The Deputy District Attorney

Petersen agreed. And so it was granted. No pleas were

to entered today.

As both Dang and her attorney proceed to walk out of

the courtroom, everybody that had attended her hearing

began getting up from their seats, almost in unison

with one another. The noise they generated by doing

this sounded like gentle claps of thunder.

Commissioner Hurwitz, Deputy District Attorney

Petersen, the bailiffs, and other court personnel were

expressionless and silent as they watched people leave

through the double doors.

A small crowd of Dang supporters assembled outside

near the main entrance to the West Justice Center.

Reporters from the Nguoi Viet Daily News and The Los

Angeles Times just went about their work, asking

questions about today's hearing. About 100 feet away,

two bailiffs and four Westminster Police officers kept

a close eye on everything that was going on. A quiet

uneasiness pervaded the air.

What will happen next? Only history can tell. But if

the rumors I've been hearing about Dang's case prove

to be true, public exposure of them will be of

considerable embarassment to the entire system of

"criminal justice" here in Orange County. Is it no

wonder why so many men in powerful positions are

incredibly nervous about what the Garden Grove Police

have done?

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in any non-profit publication provided that credit is

given to the author of this work.

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To learn more about how you can help Theresa

Dang and the five other young men who

were arrested by Garden Grove Police on

the night of May 25th, please go to

www.may25.org or email may25legaldefense@yahoo.com.

Please consider making a financial contribution.

Also check la.indymedia.org regularly for the

latest news on this matter as they are covering

this matter very aggressively.

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SEE THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR MORE INFO

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Minuteman Flap Leads to Home Search

Daniel Yi

6/18/05

The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-flashlight18jun18,1,1495011,full.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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GG Police pursue phony criminal charge against woman

hit by Minuteman supporter

Duane Roberts

6/17/05

la.indymedia.org

http://www.la.indymedia.org/news/2005/06/129491.php

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No probe of police conduct at anti-Minuteman protest

Eleeza Agopian

6/15/05

The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/06/15/sections/local/local/article_560039.php

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Minutes of Tuesday, June 14th meeting of the Garden

Grove City Council where Theresa Dang spoke critically

of the police

6/14/05

City of Garden Grove

http://ch.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/internet/pdf/afm/cc/f06142005.pdf

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The first photo on this page is of Theresa Dang, one

of four persons struck by a minivan driven by Hal

Netkin

LA-IMC

5/25/05

la.indymedia.org

http://www.la.indymedia.org/news/2005/05/127222.php

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Garden Grove Police Lt. Mike Handfield sends me a

message about Theresa Dang

Duane Roberts

6/21/05

la.indymedia.org

http://www.la.indymedia.org/news/2005/06/130193.php

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