Thursday, February 6, 2020

02062020 - MCL 769.4a Amended - Senate Bill 257 Of 2019/ACT NO. 115 - EFFECTIVE - Criminal Proceedings Deferred & Probation Instead Of Jail





Defer criminal proceedings in domestic violence cases and place the  individual on probation. Upon fullfillment of conditions of probation, the court will dismiss the proceedings against the person.



OTHER CHANGES TO MCL 769.4A UNDER SENATE BILL 257 OF 2019/ACT NO. 115
Sec. 4a (4) Discharge and dismissal under this section shall  MUST be without adjudication of guilt and is not a conviction for purposes of this section or for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime...

Sec. 4a (7) if the record of proceedings as to the defendant is deferred under this section, the record of proceedings during the period of deferral shall  MUST be closed to public inspection.























Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

12292019 - The Consequences Of Reporting Officer Involved Domestic Violence






THE CONSEQUENCES OF REPORTING OFFICER INVOLVED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE [OIDV]
I am tired of being judged by people for the financial/unemployment situation I am in. No one who is judging me has ever walked in my shoes - and I hope to hell no one has to walk in my shoes.

My ex-boyfriend, Deputy Orval Parker of the Monroe County MI Sheriff Department held me at gun-point/attempted to kill me. Let me put this in perspective: Parker attempted to splatter my guts all over the kitchen and leave my young daughter without a mommy. The Monroe County Sheriff refused to have Parker arrested and the Monroe County Prosecutor refused to file criminal charges against one of their deputies.

The Michigan State Police informed me that Parker refused to take a polygraph. Because I know the laws, I knew the MSP could not request that I/the victim take a polygraph. So, when I was informed of this, I told the MSP that I would take the polygraph that Parker refused. With my polygraph, the Monroe County Sheriff still refused to suspend Parker from duty, let alone arrest Parker. Let me put this in perspective: The Sheriff had allowed Deputy Parker - whom he had solid evidence had attempted to kill me [my polygraph results] - continue to be on duty with the same gun he had tried to kill me with strapped to his hip.

The MSP didn't give up and finally the case was referred to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office. Felony criminal charges were filed against Deputy Parker, he was arrested and then suspended from duty. I was the first victim of officer involved domestic violence [OIDV] to pursue criminal charges in Monroe County - and among the first OIDV cases in the State.

But I wasn't a hero. Officials in Monroe County, and later the State, hated me for not only having survived Parker's attempt on my life, but for being a voice for OIDV and fighting for justice. OIDV is unique in that when you report a crime of abuse, you are not just standing up against your abuser, but officials. The officials in Monroe County and the State stopped at nothing to destroy me. Retaliation and black-balling of an OIDV victim is a reality - because officials are fighting to not only protect the officer who is facing criminal charges, but also any liability they may have had in ignoring the abuse [Failure To Protect / Color Of Law].

In Deputy Parker's case, there was a long history of the sheriff department being aware of his abuse to me and others, and instead of taking proper action, they had covered it up. My criminal OIDV case against Parker exposed all of the previous covering up of Parker's abuse by the SD and county officials. Let me put it in perspective: Monroe County officials wanted to shut me down in order to prevent the evidence/truth coming out.

And destroy me they did. All my work on drafting domestic violence programs for the Monroe City PD and the Prosecutor's Office; My research work on police department domestic violence calls; and my work directly with victims of domestic violence victims? I was erased. I never existed, although the county and city retain all my work. I was black-balled from ever again working in law enforcement; criminal justice; and with domestic violence victims.

Additionally, my reputation was trashed by officials in the county and later State officials. In their scenario, I had retaliated against poor Deputy Parker and the sheriff department by filing false criminal charges. I was a liar. I was crazy. I could never be trusted. These same officials never let on that they knew I had passed a polygraph and that they were aware of other incidents of Parker's abuse. Unfortunately, when an official spreads a horrible lie, the source is never questioned.

This attack of an OIDV victim in retaliation by powerful officials is something that is not experienced by any other crime victim. It was my reality - and it is something that you never recover from and nothing that I can ever correct. EVER. It is what it is. No one who has walked in my shoes or beside me will ever comprehend this diabolical destruction of my very person, just because I fought for justice.

Despite all of this hatred and destruction of me, I refused to back down in pursuing criminal charges against Deputy Parker. I did this not out of spite, but because I knew Parker had victimized others. I was the voice for Parker's other victims and his OIDV needed to be stopped - and the only way for that to happen was for him to be held accountable and sitting in prison.

I never once backed down from Parker's criminal charges - even when the prosecutor's office "lost" the paperwork for Parker's case [ahem]; and when my own parents decided to testify on the behalf of Parker and not their own daughter.

Trial was hell as Parker's defense attorney and deputies trashed me. Needless to say, the jury found Parker not guilty. The Monroe Evening News ran a front page article stating that Parker was "found innocent", and I was unjustly slammed for not being honest. Parker was placed back on duty with the Monroe County SD and received a big check for the time he had been suspended from duty following his arrest - compliments of the State and County. After all, he was viewed as the victim, not me.

I got on with my life, the best as I could. After all, there is no instruction manual for surviving OIDV and the malicious destructiveness of your soul. I turned my passion of working with domestic violence victims towards working with the OIDV community, where once again I became an expert in the field.

I created the Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence [MIOIDV] website - devoted to speaking out about victims of OIDV and following their cases. And although Michigan state agencies used my website as their own personal library, they refused to allow me to obtain state funding. After all, state officials would claim, look at what I had done to poor Deputy Parker and Monroe County, with my viciousness. In their eyes, it was wrong of me to cross the blue line.

Twenty years later, I finally returned home to Michigan. For the first time since Parker's trial, I was seeking employment. Yes, at my age, I should have been retired from the county with a full pension - but I lost everything the minute I fought for justice.

AND the people - who I once thought were friends - who judge me, can't understand what it is like for me to fill out job applications - where I can't put down my work history in law enforcement, criminal justice, and victimology. I can't mention the thousands of hours I volunteered to the city and the county governments in creating crime victim programs and my research in domestic violence. I can't even mention my college degrees - because like everything else, county officials made sure I never existed.

Twenty years later, and I am starting my life completely over. And yes, I am going to falter - and yes, I have incredible wonderful loving friends who pick me up and never let me give up. They know what I have been through - they get it.

But the ones who piss the hell out of me, are those people who know what I have been through, and feel it is their right to judge me. They let me know how much of a disappointment and failure I am - and they continue to beat me up and rejoice when I fall. And, I have allowed this judgement of me, by remaining silent at their attacks on me.

Here's to 2020 and me refusing to be silent any longer. If you want to judge me, I will loudly call you out to your face. After all, If you want to judge someone, take a look in the mirror. I am proud of who I have become. I am proud of my integrity, strength, and determination. And you know what, I just so happen to love who I am - and I happen to love the way my wonderful friends have put me back together, piece by piece.



Friday, November 8, 2019

11082019 - Former Mayor Gerald "Ajax" Ackerman To Be Paroled [03052020] - Port Huron


















'Perverted Pied Piper': Ex-Port Huron mayor convicted of molesting girls gets parole
Port Huron Times Herald
January 06, 2020
https://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/2020/01/06/ex-port-huron-mayor-convicted-molesting-girls-gets-parole-gerald-ackerman/2824585001/


The former Port Huron mayor dubbed a 'perverted Pied Piper' by his sentencing judge is expected to be paroled March 5, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.  

Gerald 'Ajax' Ackerman, 63, came before the Michigan Department of Corrections' Parole Board Nov. 4, according to the MDOC. 

A MDOC spokeswoman said Monday his 24-month parole term carries several conditions.

"He has a number of parole conditions such as registering as a sex offender; Attending treatment programming; Not having verbal, written, electronic or physical contact with any individual 17 or younger or attempt to do so through another person unless he has the written permission of his agent and an adult responsible for that individual is present; Must not reside, work or loiter within 1,000 feet of school property; Must not enter the city of Port Huron without written permission; Must comply with GPS tether monitoring; Must not use or possess alcoholic beverages or other intoxicants; and must consent to a search of his personal property at any time," Holly Kramer, MDOC spokeswoman said in an email.

Kramer said they are still completing the pre-parole investigation process, but Ackerman is expected to be supervised in St. Clair County.

"He received a misconduct for Insolence in 2002, possession of contraband in 2004 and being out of place in 2009," she said. 

Ackerman declined an interview with the Times Herald in November. 

Former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Peter Deegan sentenced Ackerman in June of 2000 to 18 to 38 years in prison for molesting three young girls in 1998 and 1999. He was sentenced to a year in jail for indecent exposure in an earlier trial that resulted in a hung jury on the sex act charges. 

Ackerman denied he molested the children during his sentencing, according to Times Herald reports from the time. 

A jury convicted him on charges of having sex and oral sex with 12- and 8-year-old girls, as well as photographing them in sexually explicit positions. Ackerman was also convicted of fondling an 11-year-old girl. 

Investigators at the time said the crimes happened at Ackerman's youth center, Clear Choices, which he founded in 1995 and was part of his platform when he served as mayor. 

"You truly acted out as a perverted Pied Piper," Deegan said during Ackerman's sentencing in June 2000. "You'll spend at least the next 18 years behind prison walls, and you're no longer a threat to young children."

Ackerman touted himself as a reformed motorcycle bad boy who worked with troubled kids and used the success of his youth center to land him in politics. 

He was elected as Port Huron's mayor in 1997 and was seen by many as a symbol of a changing community and the ability to forgive troubled pasts. He resigned from the position after being charged.  

Rise and fall of Ajax Ackerman - a timeline
* Summer 1995: Gerald 'Ajax' Ackerman, a recovering alcoholic and small-time trouble-maker in metro Detroit, works to stem youth gang violence in Port Huron. He earns a police award in 1994 for his work with children and opens Clear Choices, a center where he worked with troubled youth and offered a refuge for children, in 1995.

* November 1995: Ackerman, wearing a long beard and hair in a ponytail, runs for City Council and wins the seventh and final seat. But a recount shows a tie, and he loses a lottery to A. Herb Robbins. Ackerman is later appointed to council when James Relken resigns in 1997.

* November 1997: Ackerman is the top vote-getter for council and is elected as mayor. He is part of the city's push to comply with federal orders to eliminate sewer overflows. 

* April 1998: After learning the donated Clear Choices building must close, Ackerman searches for a new site. He attempts to secure federal funding through grants administered by the city. He withdraws the request when some residents question the activities of Clear Choices during a public hearing. An 18-year-old woman speaks on Ackerman's behalf, who testified a year later that she started a sexual relationship with him that month. The relationship ends in October, about the time she discovers she is pregnant. A year later, she testifies the child is his.

* February 1999: A mother complains to representatives of DARES, a local support center for sexual abuse victims, that she fears her teenage daughter is having an inappropriate relationship with Ackerman. The complaint is ignored.

* April 1999: Ackerman's third wife files for divorce on April 1, five days before he is arrested on charges of molesting young girls at Clear Choices. The charges are based on a one-day investigation stemming from a complaint by a woman who fears his relationship with her daughter.

* October 1999: Ackerman is found guilty on nine counts of indecent exposure and he immediately is sentenced to one year in jail. But the jury deadlocks on the major sex charges against him, forcing a new trial.

* May 2000: Times Herald photographers Tony Pitts and Mark Rummel are handcuffed and detained for about 20 minutes in Judge Peter Deegan's empty jury room before they were ordered to surrender their film and released after taking photos of jurors outside the courthouse following the second trial where Ackerman is found guilty on all charges.

* June 2000: Deegan sentences Ackerman to 18 to 38 years in prison for molesting three young girls in 1998 and 1999.

* Nov. 4, 2019: Ackerman attends a parole hearing. 

* Jan. 6, 2020: MDOC states Ackerman is expected to be paroled for 24-months starting March 5.



















Rise and fall of Gerald 'Ajax' Ackerman
Port Huron Times Herald
November 8, 2019

























'Perverted Pied Piper': Ex-Port Huron mayor convicted of molesting girls could be paroled
Port Huron Times Herald
Port Huron Times Herald
November 8, 2019
https://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/2019/11/08/former-port-huron-mayor-convicted-molesting-kids-could-paroled/2527810001/


The former Port Huron mayor dubbed a 'perverted Pied Piper' by his sentencing judge may be paroled. 

Gerald 'Ajax' Ackerman came before the Michigan Department of Corrections' Parole Board Nov. 4, according to the MDOC. A decision on whether to parole the 63-year-old is expected in four to six weeks. 

Former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Peter Deegan sentenced Ackerman in June of 2000 to 18 to 38 years in prison for molesting three young girls in 1998 and 1999. He was sentenced to a year in jail for indecent exposure in an earlier trial that resulted in a hung jury on the sex act charges. 

Ackerman denied he molested the children during his sentencing, according to Times Herald reports from the time. 

A jury convicted him on charges of having sex and oral sex with 12- and 8-year-old girls, as well as photographing them in sexually explicit positions. Ackerman was also convicted of fondling an 11-year-old girl. 

According to the Michigan Offender Tracking Information System, Ackerman's earliest release date is March 5, 2020. 

Investigators at the time said the crimes happened at Ackerman's youth center, Clear Choices, which he founded in 1995 and was part of his platform when he served as mayor. 

"You truly acted out as a perverted Pied Piper," Deegan said during Ackerman's sentencing in June 2000. "You'll spend at least the next 18 years behind prison walls, and you're no longer a threat to young children."

Ackerman touted himself as a reformed motorcycle bad boy who worked with troubled kids and used the success of his youth center to land him in politics. 

He was elected as Port Huron's mayor in 1997 and was seen by many as a symbol of a changing community and the ability to forgive troubled pasts. He resigned from the position after being charged.  

Ackerman was not immediately available to be interviewed. 

"We were not notified regarding the parole hearing, but would strongly disagree that this child sexual predator should be paroled," Port Huron police Capt. Marcy Kuehn said in an email. 



A dark time 
"It was a dark time for our community," said St. Clair County Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mona Armstrong, who tried Ackerman's cases. 

She said Ackerman's parole hearing was not public and she has to have faith in the system on what is decided. 

"There's no amount of years that will ever make up for what happened, there’s no amount of time after which a victim and a victim's family feels, everything's fixed, everything's fine. There’s just no amount of time," she said. "Is 20 years enough? 25? Would 15 have been enough? I have to have faith in the process."

Armstrong said the crimes were horrific in many ways and impacted the entire community. 

"The violation of children is a horrific crime, in and of itself, added to that, was the fact he had quite honestly….he’s exploited an entire community. He passed himself off as something he was not, he used the trust he had fostered with community leaders and the public, the citizens of the community who had embraced him...and led everyone to believe he was trying to help children, and instead was exploiting them in the worst way possible."

Rise and fall of Ajax Ackerman - a timeline
* Summer 1995: Gerald 'Ajax' Ackerman, a recovering alcoholic and small-time trouble-maker in metro Detroit, works to stem youth gang violence in Port Huron. He earns a police award in 1994 for his work with children and opens Clear Choices, a center where he worked with troubled youth and offered a refuge for children, in 1995.

* November 1995: Ackerman, wearing a long beard and hair in a ponytail, runs for City Council and wins the seventh and final seat. But a recount shows a tie, and he loses a lottery to A. Herb Robbins. Ackerman is later appointed to council when James Relken resigns in 1997.

* November 1997: Ackerman is the top vote-getter for council and is elected as mayor. He is part of the city's push to comply with federal orders to eliminate sewer overflows. 

* April 1998: After learning the donated Clear Choices building must close, Ackerman searches for a new site. He attempts to secure federal funding through grants administered by the city. He withdraws the request when some residents question the activities of Clear Choices during a public hearing. An 18-year-old woman speaks on Ackerman's behalf, who testified a year later that she started a sexual relationship with him that month. The relationship ends in October, about the time she discovers she is pregnant. A year later, she testifies the child is his.

* February 1999: A mother complains to representatives of DARES, a local support center for sexual abuse victims, that she fears her teenage daughter is having an inappropriate relationship with Ackerman. The complaint is ignored.

* April 1999: Ackerman's third wife files for divorce on April 1, five days before he is arrested on charges of molesting young girls at Clear Choices. The charges are based on a one-day investigation stemming from a complaint by a woman who fears his relationship with her daughter.

* October 1999: Ackerman is found guilty on nine counts of indecent exposure and he immediately is sentenced to one year in jail. But the jury deadlocks on the major sex charges against him, forcing a new trial.

* May 2000: Times Herald photographers Tony Pitts and Mark Rummel are handcuffed and detained for about 20 minutes in Judge Peter Deegan's empty jury room before they were ordered to surrender their film and released after taking photos of jurors outside the courthouse following the second trial where Ackerman is found guilty on all charges.

* June 2000: Deegan sentences Ackerman to 18 to 38 years in prison for molesting three young girls in 1998 and 1999.

* Nov. 4, 2019: Ackerman attends a parole hearing. 

* Jan. 6, 2020: MDOC states Ackerman is expected to be paroled for 24-months starting March 5.

11082019 - MCL 769.4a Amended - Senate Bill 257 Enacted - ACT NO 115 - Criminal Proceedings Deferred & Probation Instead Of Jail - Effective 02062020




Defer criminal proceedings in domestic violence cases and place the  individual on probation. Upon fullfillment of conditions of probation, the court will dismiss the proceedings against the person.




OTHER CHANGES TO MCL 769.4A UNDER SENATE BILL 257 OF 2019/ACT NO. 115
Sec. 4a (4) Discharge and dismissal under this section shall  MUST be without adjudication of guilt and is not a conviction for purposes of this section or for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime...

Sec. 4a (7) if the record of proceedings as to the defendant is deferred under this section, the record of proceedings during the period of deferral shall  MUST be closed to public inspection.




















Tuesday, October 22, 2019

1022019 - MCL 769.4a Amended - Senate Bill 257 - Passed By House - Criminal Proceedings Deferred & Probation Instead Of Jail






Defer criminal proceedings in domestic violence cases and place the  individual on probation. Upon fullfillment of conditions of probation, the court will dismiss the proceedings against the person.



OTHER CHANGES TO MCL 769.4A UNDER SENATE BILL 257 OF 2019/ACT NO. 115
Sec. 4a (4) Discharge and dismissal under this section shall  MUST be without adjudication of guilt and is not a conviction for purposes of this section or for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime...

Sec. 4a (7) if the record of proceedings as to the defendant is deferred under this section, the record of proceedings during the period of deferral shall  MUST be closed to public inspection.









Monday, October 21, 2019

10212019 - Artis White's Book: Who Killed My Wife - Unsolved Murder Of Bernita White - BOOK PDF



Copies of the book that Michigan State Trooper Artis White [only person of interest in his estranged wife's murder] published shortly after Bernita Sims White's murder are no longer available. Therefore, MIOIDV is providing you with a copy of the book:



















Thursday, September 19, 2019

09192019 - MCL 769.4a Amended - Senate Bill 257 Passed By Senate - Criminal Proceedings Deferred & Probation Instead Of Jail



Defer criminal proceedings in domestic violence cases and place the  individual on probation. Upon fullfillment of conditions of probation, the court will dismiss the proceedings against the person.





OTHER CHANGES TO MCL 769.4A UNDER SENATE BILL 257 OF 2019/ACT NO. 115
Sec. 4a (4) Discharge and dismissal under this section shall  MUST be without adjudication of guilt and is not a conviction for purposes of this section or for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime...

Sec. 4a (7) if the record of proceedings as to the defendant is deferred under this section, the record of proceedings during the period of deferral shall  MUST be closed to public inspection.









Friday, May 10, 2019

05102019 - MCL 769.4a Amended - Senate Bill 257 Introduced - Criminal Proceedings Deferred & Probation Instead Of Jail



Defer criminal proceedings in domestic violence cases and place the  individual on probation. Upon fullfillment of conditions of probation, the court will dismiss the proceedings against the person.





OTHER CHANGES TO MCL 769.4A UNDER SENATE BILL 257 OF 2019/ACT NO. 115
Sec. 4a (4) Discharge and dismissal under this section shall  MUST be without adjudication of guilt and is not a conviction for purposes of this section or for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime...

Sec. 4a (7) if the record of proceedings as to the defendant is deferred under this section, the record of proceedings during the period of deferral shall  MUST be closed to public inspection.










Thursday, April 18, 2019

04182019 - Joni Holbrook - Murder of Trooper Melvin Paul Holbrook - Released from prison













JONI HOLBROOK SERVED 7+ YEARS FOR MURDERING HER HUSBAND. NOW SHE WANTS A SECOND CHANCE.
Nothern Express
JAN. 13, 2018
https://www.northernexpress.com/news/feature/what-now/
Joni Ankerson Holbrook is back home in northern Michigan after serving half of a 15-year maximum prison term for the murder her husband, Paul Holbrook, a state police sergeant.

The 56-year-old was sentenced to six to 15 years in prison for second-degree murder. She served 7 ½ years.

Holbrook received a lighter-than-normal sentence in 2009 because her attorney, Jesse Williams, persuaded a Benzie County judge that years of domestic abuse mitigated the killing. It didn’t excuse it, but she maintained that the violence she believed she couldn’t escape needed to be taken into account. (Paul Holbrook’s family maintained at her sentencing that the abuse never happened.)

Nonetheless, Holbrook was released in April to a Benzonia motel. She’s since moved to Traverse City to live with her mother.

Returning to the world has been a struggle. Holbrook, who spent a career in professional office jobs and worked in district court before she became a felon, now works manual labor in a factory. She would like to find work to help victims of domestic violence, but so far she’s found no opportunities.

Prison was horrible, she said, and she vows never to go back, but she’s found adjusting to life as a convicted murderer released from prison also poses incredible challenges. But she said the whole experience has made her a tougher person.

“I had a friend of mine not long ago tell me, ‘Oh, people don’t change,’” she said. “Well, I want that person to know, they do change. I’ve changed tremendously. I stick up for myself. I don’t apologize. You can ask me any question you want, I’ll tell you anything you want to know.”

The Northern Express sat down with Holbrook and talked about her experiences in prison and the challenges she’s faced since she got out. 

Northern Express: What do you want to say about your time in prison?

Joni Holbrook: Prison is like a subsidiary of hell. It’s awful. It’s horrid. Living with 2,300 women of all ages shapes, sizes, races, education, lack thereof, morals, manners, lack thereof. Very interesting. When I got to prison I weighed 101 pounds. I was so wrecked, so broken.

Express: I recall the mugshot of you that was in the media around the time of your trial, and I saw you MDOC mugshot from just prior to your release on parole. You looked much healthier, much better at the end of your stay in prison.

Holbrook: A lot healthier because, as my dad always said, you better bend over and pull up your bootstraps because you’re in for it. It was nothing I was ever prepared for. I mean, obviously, the point where I got to where I thought killing my husband was the only way for me to get out, that’s how damaged and broken domestic violence made me. And thinking that that was okay now shocks me, but it was the only way I knew then, how to get away. So, when you get to prison, you better decide real quick if you’re going to stick up for yourself, learn how to say no, or just be a victim all over again.

Express: And you learned how to stick up for yourself.

Holbrook: Yes. I certainly did. I’m nobody’s victim. I learned how to say no. I learned how to be a real bitch, actually. And I think at that point I was able to do that because of the decision I made to free myself by taking his life. Yeah. 

Express: Did prison do anything to help you prepare for coming out of prison?

Holbrook: Yeah. I mean one thing, there’s nothing like being in a room all alone. When I first got there I was in the Reception and Guidance Center, and I was in a room all by myself for 60 days or longer. And there’s nothing like being in a room alone with nothing but four walls and your thoughts. No noise. No officers screaming over the intercom. You have to ask to go to the bathroom. A lot of alone time. A lot of thinking time. I was able to dig really deep and just take things out and look at ’em and realize a lot about myself.

Express: After six years, you were up for parole, and the first time you went before the board you were denied. Why was that? 

Holbrook: I remember sitting in the interview with the parole man, and my sister was there with me, and we talked about the abuse, and my parole decision came back as denied, and I got flopped — that’s continued — for 18 months, based on the fact that the parole board thought that I blamed the victim and his family and showed little or no concern for them and that I would actually be at risk to reoffend, which shocked me. I mean I’ve never been in trouble in my life.

Express: What about the victim in your case? You’ve described yourself as a victim, and said you want to stand up and work on behalf of victims. Is that fair? How do you defend that to Paul Holbrook’s family today, who might say that since you took away their loved one, you don’t deserve that chance?

Holbrook: Well, he was a victim, obviously. He was victim of a horrific, terrible crime. Was I a victim of over 10 years of horrific abuse — mental, physical, sexual, emotional? Absolutely. I mean, and the caveat to that is the fact that he was a police officer. He held all the power, control, authority. And so I let him do all of that to me. I was weak enough to let him groom me and fall into the trap. Am I a victim? Absolutely. And I will never stop saying that. I’m not a victim any more. It will never happen again.

Express: So you were out in April. You found yourself in Benzie County in a motel. What was that first week like?

Holbrook: The first week, actually, I felt really free. I was in a room for the first time by myself. I had my own bathroom. I had my own space. I was able to see my family, my kids, which was awesome. Realizing that I was finally able to make my own decisions, I didn’t have to ask permission to do anything. I didn’t have to check in with anybody. … When I got home finally, that freedom and that realization that I was able to make my own choices was huge and very freeing.

Express: But then you found that once you were able to make your own choices, you didn’t have very many options.

Holbrook: Right. And I understand that. I am a convicted felon. I bet I’ve applied for 50 jobs, ’cause I have 28 years’ experience in the law. I worked at district court for close to 10 years, all through the ’90s. … In the other years, I worked for attorneys — clients, customer-service related, I like to work with people. But say you’re a prospective employer, and you get my resume and you think, ‘Oh, this doesn’t look bad, she might be a good fit for the office.’ So you call the first person that I’ve worked for in the past and their response to you is, ‘Oh, I didn’t even know she was out of prison yet.’ I mean, do you bring that out right away? Do you wait on that? The first thing people do, prospective employers right now, is check your record, and when they see that I’m a felon and then that I have a murder charge, most people don’t look further than that.

Express: So what are you doing right now?

Holbrook: I am working in a factory right now. I work different jobs there. I work 7 to 3:30, I’m working on the line some days. I’m working manual hard labor, clean up. I actually broke one of my ribs a couple weeks ago at work. And I can do that. I am really strong. I can do a job like that. But I’m only making $10 an hour. And I understand people’s reluctance, but I just wish people would talk to me. I wish someone would give me a chance. I believe I am a wealth of information, as far as the experience in the law, being a victim of domestic violence, being in prison … I want to work as an advocate. I want to be the voice for victims.

Express: You mentioned you’ve gone to the Women’s Resource Center, and you’ve tried to work as an advocate there.

Holbrook: Yeah, when I first got out of prison, I worked through my parole agent in Benzie County. I had an employment counselor. And he got me a job at the Women’s Resource Center thrift store, part time, 20 hours per week. I was actually working for them, but it was through the AARP foundation. I couldn’t live on that. … So I was working there, and I wanted so bad for the Women’s Resource Center to hire me, which they had the choice of doing but apparently didn’t have the capability money-wise. I felt a lot of that was political. I really felt like because of who my victim was. 

Express: But, do you have any training in social work?

Holbrook: No, I don’t. I have no training in social work, and it was made clear to me — I don’t have a degree, I don’t have a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree. Which is true.

Express: Is that something that you’d like to do?

Holbrook: Yeah, it’s something I’d like to do. But I believe I have a master’s degree in domestic violence. I believe I probably know more about it than anybody who’s been schooled in it. I respect people that have degrees and learned whatever they’ve learned, but if you’ve never experienced it, you’ve never been through it, I would rather talk to someone like me rather than someone with a degree hanging on the wall, and that’s just how I feel about it. … I’m so strong. I know exactly what I went through. I know exactly what I did, why I did it. My feelings on that now are completely different. Because I’ve had all this time to reflect on it.

Express: How are your feelings different?

Holbrook: I just am shocked that I was ever in that place. Shocked that he was able to get me to where I thought killing him and taking his life was the only way out. But I know for a fact, and I’ve said this from the beginning: I took his life to save my own, because he was going to kill me, and he told me how he was going to kill me, and I believed him. 

This interview was edited and condensed for clarity.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

03052019 - Deputy David Aldrich - Clare County Sheriff Department


Another case pled under MCL 769.4a [Michigan's Lautenburg Amendment loophole for police officers] in which the case and charges disappear?






Clare County Sheriff: Deputy on Administrative Leave for Domestic Abuse
9 and 10 News
March 05, 2019
https://www.9and10news.com/2019/03/05/clare-county-sheriff-deputy-on-administrative-leave-for-domestic-abuse/

The Clare County sheriff says a deputy is on administrative leave after he was arrested for domestic abuse.

Sheriff John Wilson says Deputy David Aldrich has been placed on administrative leave.

He says Aldrich was already arraigned on the charges.

Michigan State Police are now handling the investigation.

We are working to find out more details.

Stay with us for developments.













Clare County sheriff deputy on leave after domestic abuse charge
WNEM News
March 05, 2019
https://www.wnem.com/news/clare-county-sheriff-deputy-on-leave-after-domestic-abuse-charge/article_b6e1ee78-3fb7-11e9-92b3-9fc3025ab15f.html
Michigan State Police are investigating after a Clare County Sheriff Deputy was arrested and charged with domestic abuse.

Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski confirmed that Deputy David Aldrich has been placed on unpaid administrative leave since his arrest.

Details on the arrest and arraignment are limited because the case is being handled in another county.

Clare County Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Ambrozaitis said she has handed the case off to Missaukee County due to a conflict of interest.

David DenHouten, Missaukee County Prosecutor declined comment on the case.

Aldrich is scheduled to be in court again on March 21st at 9 a.m.













MSP: Clare County Sheriff deputy arrested for domestic abuse, will face trial
Up North Live
March 06, 2019
https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/msp-clare-county-sheriff-deputy-arrested-for-domestic-abuse-will-face-trial

CLARE COUNTY, Mich. -- A Clare County Sheriff’s deputy has been placed on leave after being arrested for domestic abuse, acccording to a news release from the Michigan State Police.

The incident took place in June 2018, and the Michigan State Police began their investigation in December 2018.

Following the investigation, documentation was submitted to the Clare County Prosecutor’s Office who recused themselves from involvement.

The case was then turned over to the Missaukee County Prosecutor’s Office by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

After that, aggravated domestic assault charges were filed against the deputy.

The deputy was arrested on those charges and lodged at the Gladwin County Jail where he later posted bond.

He will be facing trial, which is set for the end of March.













Clare deputy arrested on domestic abuse charges
Morning Sun
March 06, 2019
https://www.themorningsun.com/news/clare-deputy-arrested-on-domestic-abuse-charges/article_fadba1a4-402b-11e9-9e9c-b350c79ce03a.html


A Clare County sheriff’s deputy involved in a domestic violence incident is going to trial at the end of the month.

In December, the Michigan State Police Mt. Pleasant Post investigated a domestic violence incident from June that involved a Clare County sheriff’s deputy, according to a press release sent out by MSP on Wednesday.

Clare County Sheriff John Wilson confirmed to 9&10 News that Deputy David Aldrich, 31, was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday. He also told the news outlet that Aldrich was already arraigned on assault charges.

Aldrich was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic assault and held at the Gladwin County Jail, where he later posted bond.

The Clare County Prosecutor’s Office recused themselves from the case after receiving documents from the investigation. The case was handed over to the Missaukee County Prosecutor’s Office by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

The case is to go to a jury trial on March 21, according to court documents.













Clare County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Domestic Violence
MI Headlines
March 06, 2019
https://www.miheadlines.com/2019/03/06/clare-county-sheriffs-deputy-arrested-for-domestic-violence/

CLARE COUNTY, MI – In December 2018 the Michigan State Police (MSP) Mount Pleasant Post investigated a domestic violence incident that occurred in June 2018 involving a Clare County Sheriff’s Deputy.Sheriff

Following the investigation, documentation was submitted to the Clare County Prosecutor’s Office who recused themselves from involvement. The case was then turned over to the Missaukee County Prosecutor’s Office by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

Subsequently, charges of aggravated domestic assault were filed against David Aldrich. Aldrich was arrested on those charges and lodged at the Gladwin County Jail where he later posted bond. The case is set for trial at the end of March 2019.














Clare deputy arrested on domestic abuse charges
Pontiac Oakland Press
March 06, 2019
https://infoweb.newsbank.com/
A Clare County sheriff's deputy involved in a domestic violence incident is going to trial at the end of the month.

In December, the Michigan State Police Mt. Pleasant Post investigated a domestic violence incident from June that involved a Clare County sheriff's deputy, according to a press release sent out by MSP on Wednesday.

Clare County Sheriff John Wilson confirmed to 9&10 News that Deputy David Aldrich, 31, was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday. He also told the news outlet that Aldrich was already arraigned on assault charges.

Aldrich was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic assault and held at the Gladwin County Jail, where he later posted bond.

The Clare County Prosecutor's Office recused themselves from the case after receiving documents from the investigation. The case was handed over to the Missaukee County Prosecutor's Office by the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

The case is to go to a jury trial on March 21, according to court documents.












Deputy charged with domestic assault
Clare County Review
March 7, 2019
https://www.clarecountyreview.com/news/police-courts/deputy-charged-with-domestic-assault/

A Clare County Sheriff’s Office deputy, David J. Aldrich, 31 of Clare, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after his recent arrest for a domestic assault incident last June, Sheriff John Wilson said Wednesday.

According to records at the Clare County Sheriff’s Office, Aldrich was placed on unpaid administrative leave January 10th.

Michigan State Police investigated the incident in December, according to their March 6th release.

Following the investigation, the results were submitted to Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis, who “recused” the office from involvement.

The case was turned over to the Missaukee County Prosecutor’s Office by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. They then filed charges of aggravated domestic assault against Aldrich. He was arrested January 10th on the charges and lodged at the Gladwin County Jail. He was later arraigned on the charge.

Aldrich has been released on bond.

The MSP release said that the case is set for trial at the end of March.