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Inmate Blog Entry: Tuesday, December 6 2016

Inmate Blog Category: Prison Life


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Age: 54
Location: Ione, CA
Total Blog Entries: 4


I promised to begin a blog about legal issues- but since no one has yet responded to my ad, I do not know if anyone out there is even interested in discussing legal questions. So, for this segment I’ll simply ask a constitutional question to see if anyone is listening. In California, you can file a 995(b) motion to dismiss the case for lack of probable cause after your preliminary hearing. If denied, you can then appeal your denial pre-trial in accordance with Penal Code 999(a). These are facts. The question is: does a timely filed motion pursuant to 999(a) to dismiss the case for lack of probable cause remove subject matter jurisdiction from the trial court pending completion of the pre-trial appeal- and can you continue the pre-trial appeal through federal levels of appellate review? Enough of that, I have my new dog, Rocky, here with me now until December 13, which is our graduation. He’s a 75 pound Pointer/Dalmatian mix, and so calm and intelligent! He’s going to make someone a great companion and I’m going to miss him a lot!!! I’ve remembered pure love through this program. I can say that it hurts more doing time alone now because I know love again, but I wouldn’t change anything…except this, the only part missing is someone to share this joy and happiness with more intimately than through a blog- so where are you? Till next time……..
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, February 6 2017

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Age: 54
Location: Ione, CA
Total Blog Entries: 4


Today I’m just going to reflect on the state of the criminal justice system. Ah, another disgruntled inmate complaining about “the system” – how unique and unheard of! I’ll, however, give you a clear example of how rigged our system is between rich defendants and the poor defendants. Our Supreme Court has ruled that indigent defendants are entitled to counsel during their direct appeal after conviction. In California that means the California Appellate Project assigns an attorney to your case even if you represented yourself in trial. You cannot refuse this counsel and you cannot represent yourself in your direct appeal. I know because I tried and was denied this right – even though 95% of the counsel appointed do not do a competent job. So, across the country, each state Must supply counsel for indigent defendants for their direct appeal. But once the state denies this direct appeal and the indigent defendant files his appeal in the Federal Court – He Is Not Given Counsel! Our Supreme Court currently says a defendant has the constitutional guarantee for counsel in the state level for his direct appeal but No Right in any Federal Court for the same appeal! Many lawyers currently provide services for Federal review but only the rich defendants can utilize them. Finally, it should be noted, only 1-3% of all writs filed in Federal Court are granted. Not very surprising, is it? How fair is it that a constitutional right only applies to the individual States and not the Federal courts? I’m curious – where are you? I’m, as always, welcoming and answering all who respond – but I do wish I could hear from the woman who seeks stimulating conversation and loyalty, the one who is open to finding something real yet outside the box. Write me – I’m waiting…
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, April 10 2017

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Joseph Taubman's Profile
Age: 54
Location: Ione, CA
Total Blog Entries: 4


I’m honorably discharged from the Navy, as I’ve said. I also suffer from PTSD, something I currently receive service compensation for. I find it strange that I’m only allowed 10% of my monthly compensation and only allowed to allocate the other 90% to a spouse, someone I currently don’t have. You would think I would be allowed to put the $1200 into an account, perhaps for my future wife, but until she is a reality I cannot receive the 90% - even though I earned it through my service. No matter, I wanted to discuss the serious issue of PTSD and if any veterans out there are reading this blog I wanted to tell you that there are people who understand how you’re feeling and the demons you are fighting with. You don’t have to fight this alone; just like we didn’t fight against our enemies alone. We had each other’s backs then and we have your back now. Reach out to your veteran community and just talk to someone. I know it feels like you are alone, like no one feels like you do and like you cannot turn to anyone – or should not – because this isn’t a physical injury; but it’s an injury nonetheless. One solution I found has been having a dog in my life. It’s amazing the therapeutic value their love can have. Try it, and talk to someone, it will change your life. I hope this helps someone; I’ll be back next month with more of……something! :)
Inmate Blog Entry: Wednesday, July 12 2017

Inmate Blog Category: Fresh View


Joseph Taubman's Profile
Age: 54
Location: Ione, CA
Total Blog Entries: 4
PRISON LIFE

United States Supreme Court finally gave me the last summary denial of my direct appeal. I’ll tell you, normally I’d be filled with anger at knowing I’m to spend another eight years in prison on an unconstitutional committee, but anger in that respect is no longer a part of my character—and that is thanks to the Ruff Start program. I had not completely understood the depth of my anger that I’ve carried for over 25 years! I walked away from a halfway house in 1994 and received 6 years at 80%, then I possessed 3 grams of pot in state prison in 2000 just before my parole date for the 1994 conviction. I was given another 6 years at 80%. I lost 13 years of my life for these “crimes” and became really angry and bitter because it cost me seeing my mother and father ever again, among other things. So my anger dug itself in deeply. Now, a court in 2009; having absolutely no subject matter jurisdiction over me, pushed and pushed and pushed until I broke and sentenced me to 21 years at 85%. After this, there was no room in my heart for anything except anger and bitterness. And that was how I lived until 2016 when my first dog came into my life. Since then, my anger is gone, replaced by love and responsibility, and yes, a bit of loneliness. I find that I’ve a new lease on my future and realizations that my anger kept me isolated and alone. Ironically I’m in the best shape of my life; and even surrounded by blood born viruses, I’m clean! My anger is gone; maybe my loneliness will be next to go? I won’t know until you write…so where are you? Till next time—bye! 😊




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