Ok, I am sorry this is so late, but I needed to come home and crash after being awake for nearly 24 hours. I highly do NOT recommend going to court to make long term decisions after being awake for 16 hours and working a 13 hour shift. So what do you do? The smart thing and ask for a continuance. But let me back up to the series of events that led me to 1pm.
9am: Court opens. I meet my victim’s advocate. I had been scanning the halls for William Jordan – nowhere to be seen. We go into court together. Judge Haines does roll call and I see his attorney there. I figure, he’s done it, he really did run or he has come up with some last-minute scheme that his mom had collapsed or had a heart attack or something and needed to reschedule. His name comes along and Ms. Thek says “present and represented”. Me and my advocate whip our heads to each other and she says “why did she just say that?” We both scan the room and look for him and agree that neither of us see him. She excuses herself to call the prosecutor and then to go look for Jordan. 5 minutes later she comes back and she said Jordan isn’t out there and the prosecutor is in another case and he’ll be along next.
10am: Still no William Jordan. I’m messaging my mom, Mary Thomson, my friends, the media. We come to the conclusion that his attorney flat-out lied to the judge that he was present at court and he was not. We tell this to the prosecutor when he shows up and he said that unless she produced Jordan at that very minute he wanted bail revoked and a warrant placed. So he goes off to find her, and we go down a few floors to a victim’s holding area and to talk more about what we could be talk about what some options we have are with this plea deal. What I want, what we can make possible, what I would be satisfied with and what I could live with as being called “justice”. This kind of blew me away because I am not really sure as to what that answer really was. I knew that I want the most possible punishment that was really going to be a punishment for him. was that jail time or was it the most annoying probation that I could get? I didn’t really know. So then I started to think of additional conditions I could add to probation (after his 364 in jail) and they said that these were all doable things. More things that he would have to be accountable for. More ways he would have to live a real and decent life or would have to be severely delinquent in living to achieve upon which he would so easily violate probation that he would end up back in jail so fast, it wouldn’t be funny. Basically giving him the most rope to hang himself with possible. Vs. 3 hots and a cot in state prison where he could get into one confrontation and then spend 2 years in solitary or segregated population reading books, watching TV, partaking in whatever it is and then doing laksidasical parole afterwards and no lifetime contact. He could stroll the park across from me morning, noon and night and I couldn’t do shit about it. But on probation he could barely step a toe nail in my town without it being a violation. He couldn’t look at me funny at the mall without it being a violation. It was a lot to take in and I wanted outside legal opinions from law enforcement friends, from legal friends, from just outside friends, family and from people who were parole/probation officers to see what the pros/cons of both were so that when I go back in 3 weeks I am going back at it with some knowledge behind me. Plus it makes Jordan have to come back again on another court day, inconvenience him for once so that I can make up MY mind. I also wanted to put the information out to the other victims and get their input, give them a little power in the decision-making process, let them have a voice where they might not have before. A community decision. No matter what he is coming out of this with a conviction and likely a guilty plea. I am leaning towards the plea deal with my 5,000 addendum of hoop jumping of rediculousness. But if he wants freedom, jump he will have to do. Fail to do so and back to the box he goes…….
I meet with my assemblyman Wednesday to start on my Sex By Deception Law – Yay!!!! Anything I can do to help this process along for the next victim – not just of him but of ANY woman who has to go through a situation like I just went through.
And no, I still don’t have a firm Dateline NBC air date. Stay tuned!!!!