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can I get a witness?

Back in November I was contacted by the Secret Service about the burglary, because two of the ten people (accused of being) involved in the ring were going to trial rather than pleading guilty. At the time the trial was scheduled to begin December 5. However, the trial was delayed, and then one of the remaining people pled guilty after all, but the last one held out and trial was rescheduled to begin in March. Last week I got the call that trial would begin Monday, and today I appeared in court as scheduled, as a victim witness.

When they called last week, they told me to be at the courthouse at 8:30. I forgot to call them yesterday like I was supposed to, to confirm that I was still scheduled to appear; if I had, I might not have had to get up extra early. My instructions were simply to go to the courtroom floor, and when I got there no one was around. The subpoena I'd been given back in November specified a judge's name, so I sat outside that courtroom for a few hours reading my book, while people came and went. When the courtroom I'd been waiting by emptied and no one had yet spoken to me, I called the attorney's office to see if I could find out what was going on. They explained that the other judge on that floor was now hearing the case, and I should just go to the witness room for that court, so I did and found another couple witnesses. I learned from the other witnesses that they'd been told to come in for 1 pm, but then this morning were called back and asked to arrive for 10 am; probably if I'd remembered to call yesterday, I would've been told to come in later. Oh well.

Shortly after finding the correct witness room, the trial broke for lunch; after it reconvened, they started taking us witnesses quickly. My appearance was brief; as I'd been told, it was simply a matter of confirming the stolen checks hadn't been written by me, and that I neither knew the people they were written to nor had agreed to give them money. With that, I was done, and my involvement over, so far as I know. Eventually I'll get a letter telling me the result.

Even though I knew what to expect, I was still a little nervous to my surprise, but I was amused at myself for being so. I may have been more stressed about the trial than I realized. Monday morning I had a nightmare in which I was driving toward my parents' house (up Plymouth Ave, for those of you who know the 'hood) at night and the house was dark because no one was home. Suddenly there was a menacing figure staring out my old bedroom windows down at me, which was terrifying and I screamed myself awake. The silly part of that dream was that the figure appeared as some kind of black and white pattern, and I awoke with the impression it had been an evil panda.

This morning I had another nightmare. This time I was inside my old bedroom when suddenly there was a figure sneaking past the windows outside. I should point out the bedroom is on the second floor, but somehow the figure was sneaking just outside, I guess on some kind of nonexistent ledge. This time although I was startled and and alarmed, I was mainly angry rather than terrified, because I knew it was a thief trying to sneak in. Somehow I managed to grab him, or step outside to confront him, which is when I discovered the thief was dressed in black and white much like a mime. I think even in the dream I knew it was the same figure I'd seen on Monday, although clearly human not panda. I woke myself up yelling "hey! heyyyyy! heyyyy!" angrily at him.

Hopefully with my involvement in the trial over, I will no longer be haunted by the buglary or by nightmare panda/mime thieves.


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(Anonymous)
Mar. 26th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
stranger things have happened back at the old room. : ) remember that time you and I were just haning, and ally showed up. odd. then I remember being in your room once when you got home, looking down at you in much the same way you described... oh shit! I knew I was going to learn something bad about myself today. I'm a f'ing Mime! dammit!
philaros
Mar. 26th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
I like how you gave Andrea crap in the previous post for not having a LiveJournal account and posting anonymously, and then you go and forget (or don't bother) to log in so you post a comment anonymously.

And believe me, Ally unexpectedly showing up wasn't nearly as freaky as the panda/mime thief intruder.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 26th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
I'd log in, if I could remember my password.. its just cached in keychains at work.. : )
parkbenchzine
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
ok, Im logged in here... panda... it was a Panda. I post anon when at home... just don't care to log in, and where I usually check this at work, and respond at work, when I respond at home it means I had something to say and couldn't wait til the next day, or next monday. if I ever get to play an RPG again, I want to be a Panda Mime Thief... sort of the anti ninja isn't it... askaninja.com heh heh
(Anonymous)
Mar. 27th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Silly, if you just log in once at home you'll never have to log in there again.
philaros
Mar. 27th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Now that is funny - even though I'm supposed to be permanently logged in here at work, for some reason I wasn't logged in. Maybe the office losing power over the weekend had something to do with that.
parkbenchzine
Mar. 27th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
yeah it still requires me to go through the "you forgot your password again" thing... I have sooo many passwords and so little time... : )
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