In preparation for the sentencing hearing, I had filed a receipt that I had received from my bank, stating that my unpaid child support had been taken out of my bank account, so it could then be sent to my son’s mother.
The reason that I had filed this, was so that Judge Cecile could not disregard that this money had been seized. Normally, a party would simply bring the receipt to court, and say that the money had been seized, and that the receipt from this is right here. But I’ve had issues with getting documents entered onto the record in the past.
I’ve had Judge Cecile refuse to allow the entry of the summary of a case that I was trying to cite, in support of my defense. I had the synopsis on paper in my hand, and I wanted the paper copy of the synopsis itself on the record, but Judge Cecile said that she wasn’t going to do that during the proceeding. She said that I knew how to file it in the clerk’s office, and that this is what I could do if I wanted it on record. By filing the receipt that I had received from my bank before the proceeding, Judge Cecile could not ignore that this same monies had been received. The clerk that I had filed this receipt from my bank with, could not bring herself to understanding why I was filing something for my case, just so it would be on record. I would imagine that such a thing has never been done before in this county (or likely anywhere).
Before we were called into the courtroom, all parties were given probation’s recommendation for the matter. Probation’s recommendation was, that if the money that supposedly had been taken out of my accounts, was in fact taken out, that they were recommending a conditional dismissal, meaning that I was off the hook. I had asked the court for a copy of this recommendation, but Judge Cecile said that she couldn’t provide me with it. (I have something in mind so that I can prove that the recommendation said this, if I manage to produce this same proof, I’ll update this post.)
Now in my experience with the Onondaga County Family Court, when they’re going to make a ruling against me that is completely illegal, they appoint onto me “standby council”. This is a lawyer that is appointed to help me if I need it, and this is what happened at this sentencing hearing. There was an attorney who was there as my “standby council”, who was there to explain to me the probation order. I decided that it was a good idea to have the order explained to me, because if I didn’t understand the order exactly, the court would obviously enforce it regardless, as they’re not concerned with how I could be construed to be innocent.
Judge Cecile said that I could choose between 30 days in jail or probation. I asked what would happen if I chose neither, and she said that I would be taken to jail right there to start serving my 30 days. From this, I was forced to agree to probation.
Interestingly, on August 23, 2018, my probation officer informed me that I was being switched to some sort of lower supervision, which amounts to myself only having to meet with my probation officer once a month, instead of once a week. I cannot discern a reason for this other than it is a result of myself having launched this site.