Deep Knight wrote:He [Edward Velazquez - WS] was indited by grand jury in 2007, made a plea deal in 2010, but has apparently changed his mind and is looking to Heather for help.
In a nutshell, that's exactly what happened.The indictment
charges that Velazquez lied about his company, his contacts, his "investments", himself and everything else down to his dog's name, all for the purpose of defrauding his clients. He dicks around for a while, changing lawyers a couple of times and getting nowhere. Finally he does in fact plead guilty and splits. When he is captured and jailed, he moves to withdraw his guilty plea
. The withdrawal motion makes it clear that he not only agreed to plead guilty, but also to cooperate against coconspirators and in fact had several conversations with the govt. Do the DooBee'ers know that?
Now he is dicking around again, pro se, desperately trying to avoid being sentenced by filing stuff like this
. It begins:
Guarding, preserving, protecting and implementing the opportunity for Absolute Truth to BE by the Absolute Knowledge from within absent limits;
WITH DUE STANDING, AUTHORITY and AUTHORIZATION, all rights reserved without recourse,
without prejudice, public policy, UCC 1-308, the undersigned bondservant, state of body,
one of "The One People" (as defined per UCC Doc. No. 2012079290), eternal essence
inbodied (as defined per UCC Doc No. 2013032035), divine spirit incarnate (as defined in
Apostolic Pontificate), public policy, UCC 1-201(31) and (33),
and on and on and on, without saying a bloody thing.His most recent masterpiece
- filed last week - is more of the same. This time, however, the type fades into unreadability. A definite improvement.
An update on Edward Velazquez: He had appealed his conviction—no, wait, that's out of order.
You will be unsurprised to hear that he was convicted on his original plea, Heather's magic paperwork notwithstanding, and sentenced to 136 months in prison and $5.5 million in restitution (and no fine, Judge Zagel thinking that money was better put toward reimbursing his victims). He appealed three times, and two went through. The opinion
by Judge Tinder was released last week.
"While we presume many criminal defendants are less than enthused about attending their own court proceedings," it begins, "Edward R. Velazquez's aversion to the inside of a courtroom was extraordinary." Seems that Mr. Velazquez appealed, in part, Judge Zagel's ultimate decision to impose sentence in his absence. Judge Zagel's decision to do so doesn't seem very surprising in light of the fact that his previous attempt to drag Mr. Velazquez to court caused several injuries to the defendant. Nevertheless, he (or his appointed counsel) asserted his right to be present for his own sentencing, and as suggested by the opening quoted above, the appeals court held that the district court was not obligated to hold off sentencing until the defendant felt like appearing voluntarily.
Now, I hadn't realized—though I should have—that we'd discussed Mr. Velazquez here, and started researching and writing up a long post about his case, and it turns out not to be so useful. Most of his filings go on and on, and it's all stuff we've seen before, mostly, but I did want to highlight some passages in the bulky Document #83, his motion to withdraw his guilty plea, the one Wes links above. So I'm going to copy-and-paste that section of my draft. Excuse me if this is repetitive.
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His grievance is common enough: that defense counsel conspired with the prosecution to compel him to sign a plea agreement against his interests. He gets there through his attached Appendices A through J, various notarized papers—and of course, since they’re notarized, they’re absolutely, positively, 110% unrebuttably true! He then goes into various ramblings about how the grand jury is a fraud, and he was coerced into a plea bargain, and demands (among other things) his attorney’s $50,000 fee refunded to him. Also, that since the plea bargain is void, the court’s out of jurisdiction. Just to make clear that this isn’t any ordinary ramblings, but genuine sovrun ramblings, Mr. Velazquez seals his document with a red ink thumbprint (under certification, among other things, that he “is not insane,” which I’ll assume is true). The appendices are enlightening, and suggest that, like powdery mildew, Mr. Velazquez’s chase down the rabbit hole festered for quite some time before erupting into flower on the records of the court. Some samples:
Mr. Marcus came for a legal visit following the email that I sent him regarding looking into the jurisdiction and no quorum issue of the Title 18 Class Action. During this visit, Mr. Marcus asked, “why are you bothering me with this Title 18, its just going to get rejected for being frivolous.”
Mr. Marcus … tried repeatedly to convince me to get off the Title 18 Class Action Lawsuit. He stated that Judge Zagel was a Nazi and would react harshly at sentencing if the prosecutor found out I was on the Class Action. He then explained further the urgency to have my PSR done and that I should get off the Title 18 Class Action.
Also on July 28, 2012, in court Mr. Marcus stated for the record “Do you want me to go back to the MCC and try again, Judge?”. This is a clear and direct violation of my rights under the 6th Amendment.
There is also some sample dialogue which is charmingly S. J. Cannell-ian, except written by a soon-to-be-convicted con man:
People present were: … Brian Hayes (Prosecutor), Brian Netols (Prosecutor), John Diwik (FBI agent) … Eduardo Velazquez (Shackled)
John Diwik: I have been investigating Edward now for over a year because frankly, Edward is a guy that appears to be the type to be investigated. (smiling) He also likes to do business in other people’s names such as his mother, M— Velazquez and a friend of his by the name, Tom G—. From my investigation, I discovered Edward purchased 5 townhouses from a guy named Norman S— and a condo in downtown Chicago from a guy, Andrew L—. All properties had been purchased with either no doc loans or stated income loans in his mother’s name. Here are the mortgage riders and various documents (passed out docs). In addition to homes, Edward likes his cars. He likes driving nice cars. We have information revealing the fact that he bought several Porsches with the cash from the cash backs he received from the real estate purchases.” Winks an eye at Edward and he says, “Porsches”.
EV: Save your breath Diwik. You got nothing on me. You know it and I know it. So call off your game show, which is nothing more than a poor excuse to waste even more, good taxpayer money. Whoever is giving you this info is taking you for a long ride Diwik. It doesn’t behoove you to go chase around a bunch of ghost stories.
John Diwik:I’m not chasing ghosts. I spoke to Guy, Tommy, Ty A— and a few others. I’d be reallyy worried if I were you. Really f— worried, pal, HEHEHE (Laughing and smiles).
EV: Remember what I said Diwik, that’s all I got to say to you.
John Diwik: Oh yeah? What’s that? Remember what?
EV: Save your breath. The world doesn’t need another failed hero like Obama.
John Diwik: (smiling now) I don’t think you appreciate the seriousness of the situation you are facing; mortgage fraud is no laughing matter. You’ll never see the light of day if you don’t cooperate. Not if I can help it.
EV: What fools you all are to come in here like this and accuse me of more of your lies. Go ahead and do what suits you best. I know the truth and its only a matter of time before everyone will too. You’re finished in this business. You’re through. You despicable piece of s—; you and all your crew can go to hell. You want a war? I’ll take you to war.
Brian Netols: Mr. Velazquez please calm down.
Brian Hayes: Eddie there’s no need to get irregular.
(my bolding and redactions)
The affidavits that document all of this bear a certificate that starts off, “If executed without the United States…,” which probably ties into the sovrun roots of the whole thing. There are further affidavits from Mr. Velazquez’s common-law wife, Aphrodite Partalis (who lived with their daughter and their dog, Apollo, at the time of the bust—Apollo and Aphrodite, and remember, this is all in verified affidavits of truth
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Aphrodite went on to take up a more active role in the case, as Edward's "attorney-in-fact," and showed up at sentencing, not just to speak on his behalf, but also to remind his actual attorney of record that they had filed a bar complaint against him. (His attorney's attempt to use this to get off the case failed; I can't find any record of the complaint on the Illinois ARDC site, so either it was a bluff or it was dismissed.)