Today, in the Virginia Pilot, the results of an interview of a criminal back in February were printed at last, confirming previous suspicions that the search warrant for Ryan Frederick’s home and garage were obtained unlawfully.
As it now appears, the prosecution’s case for premeditation rests entirely on the testimony of this criminal informant. Given the logical absurdity of the premise of his story, as relayed by both the Pilot and Prosecutor Richard Conway, that Frederick was smart enough to deduce from the burglary that the police would becoming and then called the informant to warn him he would ambush the police, which is hardly something one would wish to tell a known informant, this may be the first case in which the prosecutors plead insanity.
At the risk of rehashing previous postings, I want to review the logical absurdities we are now being asked to accept.
- Police investigated Frederick for two months prior to the raid, but never checked to see if his lifestyle reflected the additional income a major drug manufacturing business would bring in, nor did surveillance to determine if customers were visiting the location.
- A magistrate issued a warrant fully informed of how the informant came to know the supposed contents of Frederick’s garage. (If so, the magistrate should be removed from office and prosecuted.)
- The informant/burglar who was working with the police for two months spontaneously decided to break into Frederick’s garage three days before the raid, and stole half of the still unspecified amount of marijuana he found there but left the rest. Where is the half that was taken?
- Frederick was smart enough to deduce from this that the police would be coming but dumb enough to warn the informant before the raid that he would resist.
- He was smart enough to get rid of the plants before the raid, but dumb enough to keep the magazines and misdemeanor amount of pot in his house.
- Having gotten rid of the felony evidence of cultivation, he decided instead of letting them search and write him a ticket for misdemeanor possession, he would go to war with a large number of heavily armed policemen with a low powered handgun, with no hope of gaining anything by doing so.
Finally, the greatest absurity of all, that the prosecutor actually believes this to a just case and that he is adhering to his oath of office.