Monthly Archives: December 2008

From Barbara Miller to Lynn Krabbe; Prosecutor Change Came At Peculiar Time

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/21/08

ORIGINAL LINK: http://blog.operation-nation.com/2008/12/21/from-barbara-miller-to-lynn-krabbe-prosecutor-change-came-at-peculiar-time.aspx

This is a tie-in to the “55 Days…” blog. If you’ve missed any entries, to view them all in descending order.

On October 1, for the first time since all this mess started, I finally had an opportunity to meet with the trial attorney (via the public defender’s office) who would be handling this case. This would also be the first time someone actually sat and listened to me, hearing the facts as to what happened the night of July 21.

Michael Ziemba, the public defender, showed me that latest plea offer … Read Entire Article

Day 15: LOCKDOWN….

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/21/08

This day corresponds with Tuesday, August 5. For the complete list of “55 Days In Maricopa County Jail” entries, click here.


I had prepared several assignments for Walter to complete today and a de-facto script as far as what I would say to that public defender if/when I got ahold of him on the phone. I had gotten to the point where I could tell what time it was in the morning by the position of these narrow beams of sunlight that made it through to the cell each morning. 6 a.m. had come … Read Entire Article

Day 14: New Students, Fried Chicken, and “shafters”

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/21/08

This day corresponds with Monday, August 4. For a complete list of all “55 Days In Maricopa County Jail” entries, click here.


When the doors opened in the morning, I realized I’d been in this place for two weeks! And I wouldn’t have a chance to get out again until court on Monday, August 11. But my confidence level in the latter was virtually nill considering the patterns of monkey-ball bull that had taken place thus far. After showering, I went to Walter’s cell and woke him up for “school.” I was a little … Read Entire Article

Day 13: “Menudo,” “Tweeker Pie,” and Rodney’s Case

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/21/08

This day corresponds with Sunday, August 3. For a list of all 55 Days In Maricopa County Jail entries in decending order, click here.


Besides waking up for morning “chow,” I slept (or at least tried to sleep) for 14 straight hours. It was 1 o’clock on the afternoon when I finally got up and took a shower. A few minutes after I got back to the cell, Freddie walked in carrying an open bag of Fritos, but was using a spoon to eat the contents in the bag. “What the hell is that?” … Read Entire Article

Day 12: School is in session, “hooch,” and Michael Jordan

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/15/08

This day corresponds with Saturday, August 2. I found out, after I was released on September 17, the supervening indictment, which dropped all the serious charges the Tempe Police tried to push through, was executed on Thursday, July 31. Though I should have never been abducted in the first place, I should have been released from captivity no later than Aug. 1 since I was no longer facing the malicious charges Wallace and Johnson (and Loewenhagen) tried to put through. Of course, this did not happen. I was still being held on $54,000 bond facing Read Entire Article

Day 11: The Court Date….That Was Not

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/11/08

This day corresponds with Friday, August 1, 2008.

It had to be well after midnight, but the D.O.’s had yet to call via the intercom and allow me to shower for court. I pressed the button on the intercom to call them and find out what was going on. “I have court in the morning. Can I take a shower,” I asked. “You don’t have court today,” he replied. “I have the paperwork right in front of me,” I said. “I have a preliminary hearing in Mesa.” The guard told me to hold on a … Read Entire Article

Day 10: More Public Defender’s Office, “Contreras,” and Commissory

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/10/08

This day corresponds with Thursday, July 31.

A guy I only remember as “Hardy,” a “kinfolk,” was another one of the new arrivals when Juan got there. During morning “chow,” he was telling everybody about why he was there and showing people his paperwork. He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for apparently threatening to shoot three people. But that’s not the surprising part. The fact his bail was only $10,000, compared to my $54,000, when I was facing only ONE aggravated assault charge, is what made no sense … Read Entire Article

Day 9: Writing in Arabic, Public Defender’s Office, and a New “Celly”

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/10/08

This day corresponds with Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

“Misquez?!” a voice on the intercom said.”Roll up!” That is the term used for when they either move you to a different cell block or when you are going home. Mario removed the sheet from his mattress and wrapped it around his towel. “Man when you get out of here on Friday, call me…we’re having that burrito,” he said. As we shook hands and embraced, the door opened to let him out. That would be the last time I ever saw or spoke to him.

I moved … Read Entire Article

Desistance, Suicide Not Synonymous

by Brian A. Wilkins
12/8/08

A tie-in to the “55 Days In Maricopa County Jail” blog.

It is after 3 a.m. In a little more than four hours, I will show up at this call center and telemarket for 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday (and sometimes Saturdays), just to ensure I will eat one meal per day, be able to pay my one-month-behind-and-counting rent and pay the 200-plus annual percentage rate on a car title loan I had to get just to move into the apartment I currently live in. I would not normally be up at 3 … Read Entire Article