Ron Mason called the Clerk of Court this morning. No charges have been filed. She told Mason he had been exonerated and his bail money would be returned.
Therefore the investigation is over. The case is over. ISN'T IT?
It appears not.
The City Attorney's Office says they have a year to investigate the case no matter what the court does. The District Attorney has recommended the charges be downgraded to a misdemeanor. Of course, he had been charged with a felony.
Of course no one can talk to Deputy City Attorney Don Cocek, prosecutor in this case, as he is always away for the holidays or whatever even though he is in his office.
What happened to a speedy trial?
Guess the City thinks it is entitled to take multiple whacks at Ron (or you for that matter). Arrest Mason, charge him, fail to show at arraignment, fail to file papers with the court for 16 days afterwards, have the case exonerated, then do it all over again whenever they want. Over and over and over. In the meantime, Boks need say nothing about the cats held as evidence including how many are left alive and where they are located.
This is fantastic news! You saved Mason! Lord knows what he might have done if the Department railroaded him. He could have lost everything.
He needs to get an attorney to sue the City. They cannot be allowed to do this to people.
Mr. Mason should retain an attorney and sue the city!
This Mason case is just more evidence of Boks' complete incompetence. He doesn't even know the law here in California. He shouldn't be overseeing the ACTF if he doesn't know basic law. The Officers, Department, City Attorney all made glaring mistakes under his direction. They don't know what they're doing.
From hanging Muffin by his neck with a control stick, to destroying evidence, not showing up for court, losing all documents, allowing the media onto his property without permission to not following due process of law to killing all of his cats for no reason, he really messed up. He needs to be fired.
If no charges were filed, they must give him back his animals, crates, documents and everything else. I bet they destroyed it all. What horrible people. There is a very hot place in hell reserved just for Boks.
Don Cocek's number is 818/374-3300
Call and ask him when Ron's property and records are going to be returned to him.
Ask where the evidence/cats are.
Maybe they are taking their time charging him so they don't have to give him a public defender? Whatever the reason, it's not right. We citizens have to follow the law, why not the city.
The only reason they won't admit the case is over is because they don't want to admit they screwed up and they lost their bet.
They were betting they could manipulate the rescue community into supporting Boks against Ron. They did everything they could to demonize Ron. They underestimated his -- and our intelligence. If you're a sociopath like Boks you see everybody burdened with conscience as a sucker ripe to be played. And who's going to be burdened with conscience more than people who feel pain and pity when they see an animal suffering?
I don't think Boks picked this racket by accident. I think he saw a vast field of suckers waiting to get plucked. And I think he saw fellow conscience-less opportunists like Villaraigosa as ready and willing accomplices. You think Antonio looks at Boks and sees anything wrong with a guy who tries to get rich and famous -- and laid -- at our vast expense? I somehow doubt it. I don't think either of them even understands why we care about cats, dogs, turtles and everyone else. They're just animals...
The question is, how much longer are any elements of the rescue community going to allow themselves to be played by Boks? What is it you think you're going to gain by letting him use you to prop up his paper-thin credibility? Is it worth the price of one more dead dog or cat? Was it worth the probable death of Muffin, Johnny and Burt? Ron cared for them and loved them, and Boks killed them -- for publicity. And Villaraigosa has made it clear that he does not care.
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