[Hpn] Billy McManus (Sacramento) goes to retrial on 2 camping tickets

paula farrell paula_95814@yahoo.com
Thu, 22 Aug 2002 13:29:07 -0700 (PDT)

   Billy McManus, found not guilty on first of 3
counts of illegal camping charge, went to court today
to find out that the City Attorney will be retrying
the 2 counts that had resulted in a hung jury.
   Billy McManus was cited for misdemeanor illegal
camping in Sacramento near Camp Pollock on February
25, March 6 and March 14, 2002.  In court, his pro
bono defense attorney, Kelly Tanalepy, used a
"necessity defense", citing a 1998 appellate case that
overturned a similar charge against a homeless man,
James W. Eichorn of Santa Ana.  The jury agreed
unanimously that Billy was not guilty on the February
25th charge.  The March 6 and March 14 charges were a
hung jury, one juror not agreeing with the others on a
not guilty verdict. 
   The not guilty verdict on the first count resulted
in the police and rangers not issuing camping tickets
as usual, though there has been a report that 2 people
were cited in an different area, and there has been
threats of sweeps reported by a couple people who had
talked to police.
   So, poor Billy has to go through the court thing
all over again.  He's not thrilled but willing to keep
up the fight.

Paula Lomazzi

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