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