On October 21 mr. benson was to appear for a court hearing held over since 2017. With his order terminated he faced an injustice unfathomable. Here is his story
As I was called into the court room I noticed to the left of me. A short white lady. She professed herself to be the district attorney. She asked me about my paper work and if I had the documents that showed my diagnosis and prognosis. I stated that I had them. After reviewing my documents she stated these were the same documents that I brought to her in the previous hearing. She stated that she needed other documents. Where upon I stated these documents should be sufficient. She began to give me a date of 90 days to bring in all necessary documents. I objected I felt that I had a strong enough case to have the contempt lifted. So I proceeded to ask for a hearing… I didn’t understand why the petition for contempt hadn’t been resolved. It had been outstanding since 2017. How could my wages be garnished and I still be in contempt? I began to ask questions. The DA began to restate she needed various documents. Suddenly I was interupted by a older slim Caucasian lady who’s face seemed only apparent due to her make up. She said “you need to listen to her and do what she is telling you to do” that’s when I remarked who are you? She stated I am the one who’s representing you. Immediately the district attorney rose from her seat and said wait. Your not representing him yet. Just wait. She then walked over to me and stated as she shuffled through my paper work I see you have these documents signed by doctors but they do not tell me enough and I need to know more. I stated “the doctors said I have degenerative disc disease”. Where upon the district attorney said I see that’s what the doctors wrote but maybe it could get better. Which is when I replied it degenerative which means it’s degenerating so it won’t get better. The district attorney began to say over and over again if you don’t want to go to jail you need to go get the paperwork. I said I think the paperwork I have is sufficient. Suddenly chaos insued. The district attorney began talking with the lady who stated she was my representation as I said I didn’t hire her to represent me. The sherriff and some other white lady behind a computer screen asked the DA if she wanted to get the judge. She said yes if mr. Benson persists on having a hearing. A few minutes go by and out comes judge Joe Johnson. A bald black man with an uncompromising attitude. He begins with his intimidation. “What’s the problem here”? he says. The district attorney says I want to give me. Benson 3 months to gather more paper work. Judge johnson says ok well what’s the problem? DA says well mr. Benson is asking for a hearing. Where upon Johnson responds sarcastically “that’s no problem”From out of nowhere a black lady enters into the courtroom and states that she is now my representation. Funny thing is I didn’t hire her either. She asked if she could speak with me and we went into a side room.
the self appointed council decides to interject. Your honor mr.benson would like to comply with the request of the district attorney he just asks if the contempt is resolved. Johnson denied her request and stated if you have a hearing today your either going to jail or not. What do you want to do it’s up to you. I stated ok, but Johnson stood up and told the self appointed council to talk with me. So the self appointed representation asked to speak with me in private. We entered a private room outside of the court room. The self appointed council asked to see my paperwork. After looking through it she stated I had what I needed that what I had was enough, but the DA wanted a statement from the doctor and not a form. All I asked was that the contempt be resolved and I would comply with providing the extra documents. I just didn’t want the contempt being held over my head. The self appointed council said she would speak with the DA. A few moments later in walks the DA.
She kept at me about the extra documents and I remaind steady on lifting the contempt charge. Again we were at a stalemate. Her last words before she left the office were ” if you want to go to jail we’ll have a hearing then. The self appointed council began to converse with the DA in a heated exchange outside of room. Eventually the self appointed council came back in. During our conversation a lady came in with papers for me to sign from the DA saying I would re-appear in January. I refused to sign those papers as I was requesting a hearing because I knew I would win unless johnson broke the law. After I refused the paperwork the elf appointed council said he needed to give the room to the DA because she had a trial. After the DA’s trial I was called back into the room this time it was the Caucasian white lady with the makeup.
I asked where did the other lady go. The lady said “I guess back to her own courtroom so I’m going to be representing you” she begins to go into the same act she went into inside the courtroom when this all began. How I needed to listen to the DA. and do what she’s asking you to do. How she was trying to keep me out of jail. After the disgusting display of disrespect and belittling I infatically express to the Caucasian self appointed council lady with the heavy make up that she would not be representing me. After we left the private room I had to wait until I was called back into the court room as I waited the black woman returned and assumed her role as self appointed council.
Eventually we end up in front of the judge again. Where I was asked if I wanted to continue with the hearing. I was warned that if I proceeded I could be thrown in jail. My thoughts were why would the district attorney say she didn’t believe I was in contempt but still pursue contempt charges. After saying I was willing to pursue the case I was then told by judge johnson that even if the contempt was lifted today it would be reinstated immediately. So I was in a lose, lose situation. It was as if I was their food and no matter what I did and no matter what the truth was their intentions supercede judicial jurisprudence. Eventually I ended up with a court date set for January 31st 2020 leaving the contempt outstanding for three years. Utterly ridiculous!!! Even though I was working part time, disabled, on welfare and even attempted a vocational school. I was still threatened with incarceration through contempt. What can a father do when the system wants blood and remember there is no front order. The front order case has been terminated. So what am I being held in contempt for, my debt?
To be continued…