Senior District Judge Garr M. King Violated My Neighbor's Rights

Blast Zone No. 57 - 3 Comments
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Category: Judges - Federal
Current Courthouse Address:
1000 SW Third Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

Senior US District Judge Garr M. King violated Mohamed Mohamud's Sixth Amendment right to confront the witnesses against him by allowing the FBI agents that entrapped him to testify under false names while wearing disguises. This left Mohamed's defense team, which also included one of my current attorneys, with no way to investigate them. That is important because nobody except for the government knows what those agents have done in the past. Everyone should have the right to know who is testifying against them. For all anyone knows those guys could have a long history of setting people up, making statements that are not consistent, or flat out lying. That type of thing needs to be available for defendants.

I got to know Mohamed as the nice black kid next door during the summer of 2012. I was kept as isolated as possible due to a court ordered phone ban and on many days he was the only person I had to talk to. When I first met him I did not know what he was in for. He never really talked about his case except to say that he had over 10,000 pages in discover, a comment he made in response to me griping about having hundreds. I got to know him as a person and we had a lot in common. We both attended the same university, but years apart for instance. I was better off for being his neighbor and I think that if the government had tried to steer him down the right path that he would not be in prison today.

The right thing to do when someone displays signs of destructive thinking is to encourage them to do other things. Not fan the flames by putting the person on a no fly list and costing him a job opportunity. I think everyone could relate to him when they think of attacks on their livelihood. That is why I asked him, "why would you park that van at Nordstrom when there was a perfectly good federal courthouse just a few blocks away?" He did not answer that question of course.

The only thing about Mohamed that struck me as odd was how seriously he takes that Islam stuff. For instance he would go weeks at a time without eating during the day. I call that crazy, but he calls it Ramadan. Otherwise he seemed completely normal. And he can take a joke. During Ramadan I would always slip just the Food Day or the grocery store ads featuring mouth watering food from my Oregonian under his door. Then once he ate at night he could see the rest of the paper. One day I drew a cartoon of him titled "Mohamud Cartoon" and slipped it under his door. He was really mad at first because he thought that I was insulting his prophet, but then I pointed out that the cartoon was of a real guy named Mohamud and that guy was him. Then he was upset that the cartoon depicted him as a homosexual, but not for very long and we still remained friends. Eventually my phone ban was lifted after my lawyer told the judge that by comparison my neighbor was accused of using a phone to set off a fake bomb and he was not banned from the phone, so I should not be either. I was then moved to a normal unit, but I kept in touch with Mohamed via the mail for awhile. His sentence was excessive to say the least.

As far as I know my comments about Mohamud and McVeigh have not led to the government putting me on any no fly lists or deliberately costing me job opportunities for making the comments, so maybe they learned their lesson from this article when I said, "The right thing to do ... is to encourage them to do other things. Not fan the flames by putting the person on a no fly list and costing him a job opportunity."

When the FBI finally contacts me with an offer to help blow up that courthouse I'll make sure to remind them that that is not the right way to respond to such comments.

Probation was asking me today about a comment I made in a newer article similar to the one I made here when I asked Mohamed, "why would you park that van at Nordstrom when there was a perfectly good federal courthouse just a few blocks away?"

In that post I merely suggested that McVeigh should have parked at the same courthouse in 1995 just like Mohamed should have in 2010. I explained that the comment is not an intention to actually do anything. Just expressing my personal dissatisfaction with government entities by nominating their offices as alternative parking spots for past bombers.

Just to clarify one thing. I did not mention that Mohamed and I were neighbors at the Multnomah County Detention Center. I last saw him at FDC Sheridan in 2013. We were not in prison together though. Last checked Mohamed was in Victorville, like I was, but unlike me he is at a medium security facility known as FCI II. I was at a high security facility known as USP Victorville. That just shows how messed up BOP classification is. The guy doing 30 years on a terrorism charge is considered less dangerous than the guy doing 2 years for slapping someone.

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