The GMW Interview: Powers, Pt. 4–Candid Answers About Arrest Record
Michael Richard Powers was a relative unknown before entering this year’s race for first selectman of Wilton as a petition candidate. Since then he has certainly made an impressionable entrance into Wilton politics.
In an interview with GOOD Morning Wilton editor Heather Borden Herve, Powers didn’t shy away from answering any question we asked–and we asked a lot of them, so that Wilton voters could hear directly from Powers about a wide variety of issues that he’d face as Wilton’s chief elected officer, why he’s running, what he’d do as first selectman, and why he feels he’s qualified for the job.
Today’s final installment of the four-part interview covers a few specific incidents in Powers’ life. Simply do an Internet search for ‘Michael Richard Powers,’ and included among the results are: his 2013 arrest that wound up in front of the NJ State Supreme Court; the disciplinary disposition following a grievance filed against him in CT in 2017; as well as a 2015 jury decision of financial negligence and breach of implied contract with $30,000 in damages awarded to the plaintiff.
As a candidate, Powers said he knew those topics would eventually come up in an interview and he was candid in telling GMW everything–and more, including volunteering information about two other arrests that weren’t online.
GMW’s total, unedited interview with Powers, a self-described talker, runs over 50,000 words. There are some statements he made that we are not publishing–opinions about several members of the RTC we feel are not in keeping with GMW policies, as well as times in the conversation he asked to go ‘off the record’. We are also not publishing comments Powers attributed to others that cannot be confirmed. What we are publishing, we’ve edited for brevity and clarity, without changing the substance and meaning of the interview.
GMW: I have to ask this because you’re going to get asked it and you talk about transparency. If you do a simple Google search for ‘Michael Richard Powers,’ a couple of things come up. The first was, you had an encounter with a state trooper in New Jersey.
MRP: Yes, I was arrested. I was arrested for a felony of making a false 9-1-1 call. I was arrested for, Oh God, I forget what these charges were. Making a false 9-1-1 call; not listening to a police officer–I don’t know what the [official] charge is in New Jersey; and parking illegally.
What happened, my wife was actually away working in Los Angeles. Before we bought our house we were thinking about building. Someone told me the Amish made great handmade cabinets, but it’s in Pennsylvania. I was like, all right, my wife was gone. I have nothing to do that day. I could have gone into the office for work, but you know what, let me go and see this.
I was going down the Jersey turnpike and pulled over to get gas. As I was sitting there thinking, I was like, oh, let me get something to eat.
[Powers describes a full parking lot with no available spaces in which to park a car.] The car in front of me pulled into one of the truck lanes. I pulled into the truck lane, I was like, hey, if I get a ticket, I get a ticket, I’ll pay.
I walked back inside. I get a Burger King, I have a large soda and a bag [in my hands].
As I’m coming out there is a state trooper whose car is now facing, not mine. I’m parked here, he’s parked there. State trooper’s parked right there, blocked so you can’t drive through and there’s tractor trailers right here.
There’s only one way you can walk out of the [rest stop food court]. I have no idea who [the driver of the other car] is. We didn’t go to the same place. It just happened that I happen to be walking behind him. State troopers in New Jersey videotape everything. That’s recorded, he has a body camera, so not only does he have a body cam but the truck is recording. It sees the car; it has an audio component to it.
He asked that [other] guy, ‘Is this your car?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘I need your license.’
I’m like, well I’m the car right behind him. All I’m wearing is sweatpants, a t-shirt and sweatshirt with a hood on and sandals. The sandals actually come into importance. The sweatpants have no pockets, so the only pockets I have are there [points to himself where sweatshirt pocket area would be]. I pull out my wallet, and I have my driver’s license ready before he asks. He’s looking at me and then he smiles at me. He’s like, ‘Is that your car? I was like, ‘Yes, I’m parked right behind him.’ He’s like, ‘Okay.’
Well the guy in front doesn’t give his driver’s license. They go at it with each other. They’re screaming. He starts yelling and cursing at him. He’s going hostile. He starts walking up and down here pointing to this car that took up all the spots.
I’m like, ‘Screw this. I ain’t saying shit. My brother’s a cop, my sister’s a cop, My family’s are cops. I’m not saying a f*cking word. So, I’m sitting there, so we’re walking from back here. They’re screaming at everything. He keeps coming back to me to ask me questions. I’m like, ‘I want nothing.’
The reason why that’s important is because when I took my wallet, because I got my little double sandwich with fries and soda. So I took my wallet, put it back into my pocket. As I’m doing this, the trooper grabs me by the arm and yanks me back, pulls it out, said ‘Keep your hands out of your pocket!’
I’m wearing flip flops. He took me off balance. The soda goes flying. I get drenched down the back. I spun around–I didn’t fall to the ground–I looked him, and go, ‘Why the hell did you assault me?’ ‘I never f*cking assaulted you!’ The guy was getting in my face.
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I was like, ‘Whoa, this is out of control.’ So I went to my car where my cell phone was and I called 9-1-1. I was like, ‘Listen, there’s a state trooper who was in a hostile argument with somebody else and he literally assaulted me and I don’t know what his problem is and I don’t know what the escalation is going to happen. I’d like to have a unit commander show up.’
The unit commander showed up, they had a conversation and he arrested me for making a false 9-1-1 call. Oh, it gets better. It gets juicy.
So, they held me. That was early in the morning. They held me until 6:05 [pm] when they released me, because they had my car towed. The tow truck company closed at six o’clock.
When they arrested me, I was like, ‘I want to speak to my lawyer.’
The license plate of [my] car by the way says ESQ-CPA. [They asked,] ‘What do you do? What is this? What do you do for a living?’ They kept asking. I was like, ‘I asked for a lawyer, you have to give me a lawyer.’
So, this went on for a while. I didn’t tell them anything–I told them my name. They had my driver’s license, they had my wallet, which has my attorney ID for New York and Connecticut. They interrogated me in every place–actually brought me into an interrogation room, while they fingerprinted me, they interrogated me.
I asked them, ‘I asked for an attorney, why am I not being provided an attorney?’ [They said,] ‘You don’t deserve an attorney! We’re not going to give you an attorney! Not everyone’s entitled to an attorney!’
At no time do they realize, I’m an attorney myself. Again, I’m just wearing a t-shirt, a hooded sweatshirt that zips up, sweatpants and flip-flops, because I just thought I was going to be looking at cabinets and I wanted to be comfortable. [Laughs] This is such a good story.
So, in New Jersey it’s not called FOIA, it’s called OPRA–Open Records. I filed an Open Record listing everything that I wanted, which I wanted were the MVRs–motor vehicle report. It’s what’s in the truck. It records not only the video camera on top of it, but it also records the body cam.
Also, I wanted to get the body cam video of everyone who showed up. I wanted the 9-1-1 call. I wanted everything; I listed everything; they gave me nothing.
They give the video to the prosecutor when I show up. The court date he picked up for me was Nov. 11. I was like, ‘Is that a correct date?’ [He replied,] ‘Yes. Why would you ever say why?’ ‘Because, Nov. 11 is Veteran’s Day. Your courts are open Veteran’s Day? 11, 11, 11 every child should know that.’ And he’s like, ‘Of course I’m not an idiot.’ Okay.
So, I show up, on Nov.11–court’s closed. Their court is run the same way as New York: they have town courts, so if a state trooper gets you within a certain district, you go to the town court and the town police department is where you have this little makeshift court.
I show up and walked into the police station was like, ‘Hi, do you have video tape here? I’m supposed to have court today.’ I showed her the summons, and she’s like, ‘Well, okay, but we don’t have court today.’ I was like, ‘I just want to make sure I was here today. There’s no other court that I should be in or there’s no other room?’ The woman was laughing, ‘No.’
One of the sergeants walks over–that’s the town police, not the state. I was like, ‘I’m supposed to be here. What should I do?’ The guy was really nice–now I’m dressed in a suit and tie this time. He’s like, ‘I will sign a letter that says you were here today.’
‘Thank you.’ I was like, ‘That’s friggin’ awesome! Thank you very much.’ Show up. Obviously they gave me another thing in the mail that changes my court date. I show up and it’s the arraignment because you get the promise to appear in front of the judge. I go to the arraignment and they call me first. The judge is sitting there.
Now, what happened at this new court date, that felony goes to a central county prosecutor and the prosecutor looks at it and he downgraded the charge to a misdemeanor. So, there’s three, four misdemeanors: not following the right of way or assigned directions, the parking ticket and two other things. Now it’s gotten changed down.
Now I don’t know anything about New Jersey criminal [law]. And it’s very strange the way they send some of their notices out. And the law, it’s completely contrary to New York and Connecticut. So I ask, ‘What am I being charged with? Because the felony got changed to a misdemeanor–did it vacate this entire charge? Did they put a charge in its place?’
The judge says–well, in every place, you have a right to have the charges against you read out loud–He’s like, ‘Do you want them read out loud?’ I was like, ‘Yes. I don’t know what I’m being charged with.’ He’s looking through the paperwork. He can’t figure out. He’s like, ‘Ah! You’re from Connecticut, you should know what the charges are.’ I was like, ‘You are correct sir. People in Connecticut have a higher literacy rates in those people in New Jersey.’
Now you’re starting to see a pattern here, aren’t you!
He looked at me and he just sat there. Now mind you, he put on the record he wasn’t reading anything, so I just put him on the spot. The first time in my life I’ve ever done it, it won’t be the last. He’s now livid, I was like, whatever. I get a new court date.
Then I go through the books, how to file discovery requests in New Jersey. Now I file discovery requests upon the prosecutor. The prosecutors there are ordinary attorneys who just get chosen. They’re special prosecutors for misdemeanor cases only. ‘You’ll work this week, John will work next week, Barbara will work week after that, and we’ll rotate.’ So I put a request in, well the request goes to somewhere else and again I’m asking for this video.
Well what they gave me for the videos is missing six and a half minutes of audio. and then because it’s supposed to be solid, it actually pans back and forth. So I had a gentleman review the videotape that I was provided and he gave a technical analysis of it that says it was actually doctored. So he asked, ‘Let me see the original download.’ So I put in an additional request to see the original MDR [mobile digital recording], which is the one that’s automatically downloaded.
I filed six requests because they had nothing. The judge ultimately told the prosecution if they don’t supply me with the information, he’s going to dismiss the case within 30 days. They never supplied it to me. I filed a motion to dismiss the case. They dismissed it and the prosecutor said, ‘Oh, we supplied everything,’ which was just this one videotape that I already, or with this disc. So I had it. Then he comes back in and I said, ‘I don’t have anything, I just have the same thing.’
The judge says, ‘Okay,’ and sets a date. Now in New Jersey, if you are not tried or have the hearing within one year, your case charges are dismissed periods. It doesn’t matter what reason it is, if it’s not heard within one year.
We’re given a court date of Sept. 12 to come back, and if the prosecution doesn’t have anything, he says we’re just going to dismiss it or go forward with whatever you have.
So, I’m sitting there again, after the first time, the judge has changed as of whatever, Jan. 1. I was the last one called every single day when I went there–every single time I just waited all day. Had to be there at the first call. You check in with the prosecutor, then you sit in the court and they physically put my file aside until everyone else was called. Even when they went out and got stuff and came back. Everybody was called and there was a pause to make sure that nothing else needed to be done, and I was the only one in the courtroom.
Now, I also got transcripts of every court hearing. If you want to see them, I’ll give them to you. I love it! It shows the angst.
So they have a hearing, so when I think they’re going to dismiss it, he waits for the end of the day until four o’clock. One of my questions is, the video has been doctored. I asked for the MDR to actually review the MDR with a specialist I have whose certifications are out the door. They’re like, ‘No, no we don’t.’
So we go into the prosecutor’s office–we don’t go into a specific office, we’re out in the air. The judge sees the video at a terminal outside of the court. He’s like, ‘Well what are you saying is changing?
I’m like, ‘Well your honor, he says when he pulls up, it goes off. The video camera goes off. [Ed. note: ‘goes off’ means ‘turns on’] You know, that’s what’s supposed to happen.’
I actually had a copy of the book. My brother is a cop. He called up somebody like, ‘Do you have your handbook? Can I get a copy of it?’ ‘Sure. Here it is.’ That’s how it happened. (They’re public information in any case, there’s nothing proprietary.)
So, I said, ‘How do you work your MDR?’ blah, blah, blah, and went through the steps. “It should show from the date, from the time he parked the car and called up, it automatically turns on. I was like, ‘However, we’re well into it because he said in the police report he checked up to make sure the cars weren’t stolen, that they were valid, new registrations.
So, I was like, ‘He had to be there for a while for two cars to call. I don’t care if it’s a minute, two minutes, but that video started well before this. And you can see the video moving back and forth where it’s cutting out this other guy. Second thing is, I was never given this guy’s information to subpoena him to come to court to testify as a witness.’
The judge says, ‘I’ve seen all I wanted to, whatever.’ So we start the trial.
The best part of that whole thing, I asked [the arresting officer], ‘How many years of experience do you have training? Do you understand this? Blah blah, blah. Do you make stuff up as you go? Do you just arrest people and go back and look at the books, or do you know when you arrest them?’
[The officer says,] ‘I know when I arrest them!’
‘Good. Tell me what the charge is for making 9-1-1 calls. What are the elements?’
The prosecutor says, ‘I’ll get the book.’
The judge says, ‘No, no, no, he says he knows them. I want to hear it.’
He was like, ‘Well that doesn’t matter!’
I was like, ‘So you’re telling me now you…’ So that whole thing. And the judge cut it short. So, they rested their case.
I was like, ‘Your honor, I’d like to put in the record the video and have it played.’
[The judge said], ‘Nah, I saw the video, not gonna enter it.’
I was like, ‘Your honor, I’m relying on the videos because I want to point out the fact that it’s missing and that none of the elements of any crime that what he says I’ve been charged with are shown.’
Obstructing something… But there’s two elements of it. He said, I wasn’t guilty of one element, but I was guilty of one of the other. Well, you had to be guilty of both elements.
So, I appealed it. I appealed it–and that judge not only found that I was guilty of the same element but addedan extra element on the first case.
[In New Jersey], your first appeal is to the first level of the Superior Court. That’s where I appealed it–he found me guilty of more stuff than the other judge.
I brought up this whole thing about the video, that I haven’t been given discovery, that I haven’t been given anything. The new prosecutor’s like, “Oh! Well we have some stuff now.’ They withdrew the 9-1-1 call because they didn’t produce the 9-1-1 tape. They dropped the not listening [charge]? So the only charge that are there is the parking ticket and obstructing justice. It was only two charges.
I told him, ‘I’m guilty of the parking charge–I parked illegally, I don’t dispute that.’
So [then] it goes to the appellate court. The appellate court says, ‘The judge’s ruling is ridiculous. It makes no sense and we can’t figure out what the hell you were talking about as it relates to this new element. Please explain further.’
Well, it all comes down to–again, it’s a parking ticket; all this came down over the parking ticket. The rule that he used, that I was obstructing justice–as obstructing justice, I’m required as an operator of motor vehicles, to listen to police officers.
I was like, ‘But I was never an operator of a motor vehicle–it’s a parked car.’ And I wrote my appellate argument: there’s no specific standard or definition of an operator of motor vehicle, however, when you transcribe the strictest comprehension of that is from the DUI law that says any person sitting inside of a car with the key in the ignition is considered to be a driver, not an operator. An operator actually has to have the car on or somehow able to control it. I was never even in the car, so how can I be an operator?
Their argument was, I was the owner. I was like, ‘Well what if I was the passenger? Does that still make me the operator because I owned it?’
We went in this circular statement about it. The appellate court basically used ‘Schrodinger’s Cat’: How can he be outside the car yet be required to be inside the car for an operator to have this be valid?
So, they ridiculed the underlying judge and said, ‘Wherever this came from, you’re ridiculous. It doesn’t matter. This statute does not cover certain elements.
Now the attorney general’s office gets involved and they appeal to the Supreme Court for the State of New Jersey because the appellate court now rules this statute can be no longer be used by any police officer in the entire state, if the person’s not a driver of a car. They appeal it! I have to file a brief with the Supreme Court for the state. And here’s the thing–they get an automatic appeal if there’s a split verdict. But all three appellate court judges ruled in my favor and mocked the underlying judge and mocked the police department!
It goes up [to the Supreme Court] and I’m like, whatever, blah, blah, blah, X through Z, I appeal it all again. I filed it on Tuesday afternoon at three o’clock.
Supreme Court literally came out and said, I forget what their ruling was, but they denied Certiorari–they wouldn’t even hear the case. But one of the judges actually made an opinion from the court when it was read saying that the state needs to pay attention to what the police officers are doing because this is so improper.
So, it goes back down to the appellate court, [and] the appellate court moves it back down to that underlying judge–the first judge who’s on what would be the superior court, [Superior Court Judge Michael Toto]. He’s the one who actually found me guilty of extra charges. The appellate courts said Judge Toto makes no sense, and you’re completely… you read the opinion.
So, when I first read it, I was like, ‘Uh, did I win? Did I lose?’ And it says they don’t keep jurisdiction of it, so it wasn’t that he had to rule and go back up. It means we have to file a whole new appellate thing. So then he finds some cockamamie something to do something. He holds back his ruling because the attorney general now wants to appeal that case and if Judge Toto revises his opinion in any manner, then they can’t bring it to the Supreme Court. So, he holds back his opinion, it goes to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court says, ‘Absolutely not,’ and mocks Judge Toto.
Judge Toto now wants to release it, has the hearing and I was like, ‘Your honor, I totally object. Your complete ruling on the first place is based off the video that was never entered into evidence.’
[He says,] ‘What?’
I was like, ‘The video’s not in evidence, was never entered into evidence. And actually you took my original copy because you demanded it because I brought it up the first time.”
Does it, sets a new court date, we go back, he sits there. I don’t know what the hell day it was–we were living here in Wilton at the time–it’s like a tornado out there, it’s raining, they’re saying it’s going to rain like eight inches in two hours. And I have to drive down to New Jersey, so I’m not wearing a suit this time–I’m wearing Khakis, my hiking boots, I had a rain jacket on and an umbrella. So when I show up, I’m not in a suit. When I’m not in a suit, they don’t recognize me. I checked in, judge comes out and they’re like, ‘We don’t know where Mr. Powers is right now.’
I’m like, ‘Your honor, Sir, I’m right here.’ He’s like, ‘Oh.’
I was like, ‘Your honor, I’d like to bring it to the court’s attention, I showed up every day in a suit. Unfortunately, with the weather I had to dress accordingly because my drive was so extensive. I didn’t know if something was going to happen.’
Then he’s like, ‘Mr. Powers is being disingenuous with this court, has brought up this issue of the video at the last minute and I can find him guilty of nothing without the video being into evidence. Case dismissed.’
I got all excited. ‘Whoo-hoo!’ And wherever this his court is, it’s actually right near the border of Pennsylvania, these beautiful Deli. So, that’s what happened–they dismissed everything. I have not used what’s called the pretrial diversionary program. I didn’t get into a program where they dismiss it–the courtactually dismissed all the charges, no probably cause. Plus, to this day they have not given me any OPRAs. I had sued them. I cannot tell you what the resolution of that lawsuit was, but let’s say I’m smiling! [LAUGHS]
So that was that. And in complete transparency, and I’ll even tell you, I was arrested two more times before that.
I was arrested Sept. 21, 1990, the night before my 18th birthday. A buddy of mine had a buddy of his pick us up, because we were going to do a birthday party on my behalf. And it got pulled over, and they arrested everybody in the car.
And I shut up. I was like, ‘I’m not having anybody call my parents’ house, nope, I’m not calling anybody.’
They’re like, ‘Why?’
I was like, ‘My dad’s home and it was midweek, and if I woke my dad up in the middle of the night and I got arrested? Oh hell no!
My dad was five-foot-seven and would be 165, 170. I have never been afraid of anybody in this world as I was of him. [He was] fair, but when the hammer came down, it came down.
So everyone’s calling their family whatever. I’m like, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no, no.’ I called my mother the next day. Nowadays you’re like, your kid doesn’t come home, they don’t call–Oh my God! My mom was like, ‘You’re not home?’ I was like, ‘Uh, I’m in jail in Greenwich. Um, something happened.’
Now I had saved all summer, and even during the spring, because on my 18th birthday, my parents were gonna buy a car. Whatever money I saved up, they were going to match and they were gonna pay for my insurance. Well, that went out the window.
My mom bails me and everyone else out. (Two people[‘s parents] literally told them, ‘Stay in jail, we don’t care.’) My mom shows up with my buddy’s sister who lived down the street.
She said, ‘What happened?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know. I in a car, they pulled it over, I shut up, and they kept me in here.’ She’s like, ‘You had to do something!’ I was like, ‘I didn’t do anything.’ Two of the guys who were next to me–one of my buddies and the guy who was the driving–were like, ‘No, nothing happened. It was something that happened [another night].’ Not that they were covering for me, I wasn’t there [that other night].
I never stepped foot in court–my mom, out of my savings account for my car, wrote the attorney a check and gave it to him. He walked in and walked out. I did this like three or four times. I never stepped foot in the court. He said, ‘The judge dismissed your case, I did all the legal work for you.’ Oh, okay.
So [at the time] I understood that I was being arrested. [Since then] I applied for federal positions (without getting specific), and they ask, ‘Have you ever been arrested?’ I say, ‘Yes, that [one] time.’ [They say,] ‘We find no records. There’s no nothing of anything.’
I was never charged! I was never charged with anything. They just let me go. But my mom and dad wanted to teach me a lesson, so they gave one of their friends’ friend’s attorney all my money! I didn’t realize that until somebody asked me and there’s no record. There’s nothing. There’s even nothing sealed–because I would have technically been at juvenile. So, I asked my mom, ‘Do we have any paperwork?’
She’s like, ‘Well, you were never arrested.’ That was my mom. She’s like, ‘Your dad told you to hang out with these idiots, and you hung out with them.’ I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?!?
But again, as my dad said, ‘You did something I told you not to do, you shall pay the consequences.’ So there went my car.
Now fast forward a year. It was Sept. 27, 1991, I get arrested again. I did this, I 100% did it. I don’t question it. I would do it again if it happened tomorrow.
One of my sisters was engaged to a guy and living with him, who beat the crap out of her. She come home with bruises, we’d see her bruises, she “sprained or arm,” black eyes, broken nose, everything. But it was always something–‘softball, I slipped, oh we were out drinking, doing stuff.’ Everybody knew it was happened. And this guy actually had the gall to hang out with my father in front of them. But again, my sister wouldn’t confirm anything.
So my sister again, takes me out for my birthday–which I should’ve realized going out for celebrating my birthday is not a good thing [LAUGHS]. We go out someplace, I was 19 years old. I was under the age, but I didn’t buy alcohol, but I was drinking alcohol–I drank a lot of alcohol. And I was sitting in the back seat of my sister’s car while she was driving me home.
Somehow, I don’t know where the party was, I don’t know where we went, I was intoxicated; U2 was playing on the radio and I know that for a fact because it was the first concert I ever went to and I remembered it. My sister’s sitting there and she liked the song, turned it up. [Her fiancé] said, ‘I said no music!’ He got very vulgar, leaned over to the corner, kicked the center console and broke the radio, ripped it off and threw it out the window. My sister’s yelling at him while they’re driving. He takes his hand while she’s driving, puts her head up against the glass, goes back to swing and hit her. And I just went over the back. I put my hand on his throat and I just beat the crap out of him. I beat the crap out of him. She stopped the car, somehow the door opened, we rolled out and I’m just beating him. We get separated. He grabbed me. He’s like, ‘I was the state champion in wrestling and I’m going to beat you up!’
He grabs me. Headbutts me. I grabbed him, I headbutted him and I threw him into the bushes. What I didn’t realize was he was holding on to me, and he was unconscious. I went into the bushes after him, so when the bushes got pushed down and they came up, I have scars on the back of my head. Any scars on your head where you bleed profusely–I’m covered in blood. My whole face is covered in blood.
Somebody calls it in. My sister’s in hysterics crying and screaming. I have my hand around his neck and I just keep hitting him. I don’t know where I’m hitting him, I don’t know what’s going on, I just keep hitting him. If the cops didn’t show up, I’d still right now be hitting them in the head.
They come up, pull me off, drag me. I don’t know the time frame of what’s happening. They drag me into an ambulance. The guy’s like, ‘He needs stitches.’ The cop’s like, ‘No, he doesn’t.’ I’m like, ‘This cop is really clumsy because he’s banging me into everything.’ I hit the door, I fell on the ground. He kicked me in the head and I’m thinking, ‘Wow. Am I not able to walk? What the hell is going on?’
[Turns] out, they called it in as a rape, that some guy’s trying to …. My sister’s fiancé is unconscious, so they’re asking my sister, ‘Who’s this guy who’s unconscious?’ [She says,] ‘That’s my fiancé.’ I therefore must be the rapist. However, if you see me and my sister together, we have a strong family [resemblance]. But I’m covered in blood. She’s screaming, ‘Where’s my brother? Where’s my brother?’ because they separated her from me because I’m ‘the rapist.’
So, they take her off. She’s just screaming, trying to find out where her brother was. They’re like, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll get him for you. Don’t worry. Calm down.’ Some female officers took her away, they go off, she goes to the hospital for like a rape kit.
They bring me to the Stamford police station, beat the ever living shit out of me, every cop. Now here’s the worst part–the arresting officer, Francis Ryan Devanney married a good friend of mine’s sister. I knew him when I was a kid. He was on the volunteer fire department in Porchester with me, but he didn’t recognize me because I’m covered in blood. He’s dragging me, they handcuffed me, they hog-tied me. They’re dragging me out. And when he threw me in the back, because I was bleeding from my head, I bled on his jacket.
He’s screaming at me; he’s whacking me in the back of the head and beating the crap out of me. All of a sudden, an officer comes by, I just remember the white shirt out of the corner of my eye. And I’m like, ‘What did I do to piss these people off?’ I have no idea what’s going on. I think I was saying ‘I’m sorry’ to these people. Again. I was intoxicated. I will not deny that.
I get thrown into the holding cell. I don’t know what the time was. The captain shows up. He looks at me. I’m covered in blood. Now, they took my pictures and everything was just covered in blood. I never washed anything off, never did anything.
He’s like, ‘I have a question for you.’
[I say,] ‘I want my lawyer.’
[He says,] ‘Don’t worry about it, I have a quick–‘
‘Nope. Not talking to anybody.’
He says, ‘This will never be used against you, I just want one simple question. Let me ask it before you answer. You were with two people, was one of them your sister? Like I said, I just need a simple yes or no. It’ll never be used against you. She won’t get in trouble. Nothing.’
I’m like, ‘Of course she’s my sister.’
He’s like, ‘Okay, come on.’ He takes the handcuffs off. They’re swollen, and purple. Everything hurt when I moved. He brings me over, I basically shower from the waist up, out of this huge utility sink. He gives me a Stamford Police Department sweatshirt or pullover.
They got me for creating a public disturbance, um, something like that, and I had to pay $75 bond. I had no money. He paid the $75–my sister’s fiancé.
So, we’re going home. My sister’s like, ‘Don’t tell mom and dad, this can’t happen. You got arrested last year, you didn’t do anything and see what they did to you? Oh my God, you did this. And if you tell mom and dad, this is going to happen.
I’m like, Oh shit. I’m still not completely sober, and sort of not feeling very well at this point. [LAUGHS]. I’m like, fuck it, the sun’s out, I just walk in the house. My mom’s downstairs, she’s like, ‘Oh! Everything’s good?’ I’m like, ‘It’s great, mom.’ She’s like, ‘Oh, good.’
I go to bed and I was out. Just out. Ow, like everything hurt. The head hurt–by the time I went to the doctor for stitches, they were like, ‘Uh, there’s nothing we can do for you.’ I have a scar, when I shave my head, I’ve got to watch going over it, so it reminds me every single time.
A friend of mine, his father is probably the world’s smartest man–I mean literally, he graduated MIT undergrad, graduate, he was GE patent attorney, went to Harvard. He found out what I got arrested for–‘Defending your sister and they charged you?’
He actually filed a 300 page brief–he ended up representing me, went to court, had the case completely dismissed, that I was defending my sister. So that’s the third arrest. Yes, that one I actually did, and was guilty of and I will tell it to this day to anybody. So those are the three times I’ve been arrested.
The next question you’re going to bring up is, I know what you’re going to ask. You’re going to ask about I had a grievance complaint filed against me.
It was filed by another attorney. It wasn’t filed by my client. The problem with it was his attorney just went on his own and started filing frivolous motions repetitively and he was doing things that weren’t ethical and I threatened him.
I’m like, ‘If you keep doing this, this is an ethical violation. I’m going to grieve you. Stop this.’
Well, threatening to grieve somebody is a grieve-able offense. That’s what I got grieved on because he knew what he did was wrong and then I got whacked with it. That was the entire grievance. I can give you the entire complaint, all that stuff. So that’s what he was doing.
His name was Tyler Raymond. He avoids me like the plague and I have a letter from my clients saying that he loves the work I did for him, he would hire me again and had nothing to do with the client–it had to do with another attorney.
Yes. I knew that was going to come up.
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