Thursday, May 28, 2015

Another retrial, cleaning up the mess UPDATED from 5/11

Deal? Trial? What will the next court date for twice tried alleged child molestor Timothy Littlefield be? - John Chiv/Words Worth May 28, 2015
Timothy Littlefield has come close to prison twice. The decision in the last trial is under appeal and so Round 3 is in limbo. There is a court hearing on June 11 for disposition and reset. I bet it will be continued.
Next court hearing for Timothy Littlefield set for June 11, guess round 3 is on, alleged charges include sodomy with child under 10 - John Chiv/Words Worth May 12, 2015

"Looks like we will be going round 3 in the Littlefied case", will the third time be justice for Timothy Littlefield - John Chiv/Words Worth May 8, 2015
If you are not familiar with the Timothy Littlefield case, you may want to click on the links below. For those following the saga, the above quote is from Littlefield's attorney Russ Clanton....
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Background:

Molestation trial in jury's hands; McKinleyville man faces eight life sentences if convicted - Thadeus Greenson/Times-Standard UPDATED: ON 10/27/2011
Timothy Floyd Littlefield, former manager of the Arcata iCenter medical marijuana dispensary, was arrested by Humboldt County sheriff's deputies in February 2009 and faces a total of more than eight life sentences if convicted of the 11 molestation charges confronting him. The victim in the case, identified in court documents only as Jane Doe, is now 11, and was an 8-year-old family member of Littlefield's at the time of the alleged acts of molestation.
McKinleyville man convicted of 11 molestation charges ... - Thadeus Greenson/Times-Standard UPDATED: ON 09/13/2013
The trial was Littlefield's second on charges that he molested a little girl repeatedly over the course of a year, coming after a jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of convicting him last year, causing a judge to declare a mistrial in the case.
Unconfirmed as of now but Timothy Littlefield case to be retried? - John Chiv/Words Worth May 9, 2014
Several community members have called recently to ask me to check and see the status of Timothy Littlefield, the Mckinleyville man convicted of 11 molestation charges last year and eight life sentences without parole.
McKinleyville Man Facing 8 Life Sentences Granted Mistrial ... - North Coast Journal - May 12/2014
Timothy Floyd Littlefield was facing eight life sentences in state prison without the possibility of parole stemming from convictions on 11 child molestation charges when he stood before Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John Feeney last week at a sentencing hearing. Instead of sentencing Littlefield to serve 188 years to life, as he said was his intent, Feeney declared a mistrial in the case, finding juror misconduct in the months-long trial that wrapped in September....

Police arrested Littlefield in February 2009 on allegations of repeatedly molesting Jane Doe, who was an 8-year-old family member of his at the time of the offenses. Prosecutors argued during both trials that Littlefield kept the girl in isolation and threatened her to keep quiet as he molested her in secret for more than a year. Clanton argued at the trials that Jane Doe, her mother and another witness concocted the allegations to get back at Littlefield for abusing his wife.

Littlefield appeared crushed at the jury verdict in September, when he collapsed onto counsel table, sobbing, as the court clerk rattled off the guilty verdicts to all counts. In the wake of the conviction, Clanton has worked extensively to try to get the verdicts vacated, filing a number of motions, including one alleging that advocacy groups were texting witnesses in the case from the courtroom as the trial was proceeding. Feeney denied the motions until the topic of juror misconduct came up last week.
Timothy Littlefield posted bail and is out of custody - John Chiv/Words Worth May 15, 2014
The Timothy Littlefield story the mainstream media did not cover; another juror gives perspective - John Chiv/Words Worth May 16, 2014
On May 9, I posted on this blog that the Timothy Littlefield case would be retried, possibly due to juror misconduct. Since I was not in court, I wanted to verify and get some information.

The next week, the NCJ and Times-Standard followed up. Those publications said that the case has a retrial and that a mistrial was declared due to juror misconduct. The first time this case was tried, the jurors deadlocked 11-1; the second time, all jurors found him guilty of 11 charges and he was sentenced to eight life sentences without parole. The District Attorney's Office is appealing Judge John Feeney's decision to the State Attorney General. That's it.
Trial date for child molestation case vacated - Daily News 6/11/14
The date for what would be McKinleyville resident Timothy Floyd Littlefield's third trial for 11 child molestation charges was vacated Tuesday to allow more time for the state Attorney General's Office to review an appeal request by the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office, according to District Attorney Paul Gallegos.

...Littlefield was arrested in February 2009 on accusations that he regularly molested an 8-year-old family member for over a year. The case has been tried twice - in 2011 and 2013 - with both ending in a judge granting a mistrial.

The most recent mistrial was declared in May for jury misconduct after a juror indicated in a declaration that the defense did not prove that Littlefield was not guilty. As the burden of proof is the responsibility of the prosecution and not the defense, Superior Court Judge John Feeney saw this as misconduct.
Timothy Littlefield deal in the works? - John Chiv/Words Worth Jun 30, 2014
The Timothy Littlefield story the mainstream media did not cover; another juror gives perspective - John Chiv/Words Worth May 16, 2014
On May 9, I posted on this blog that the Timothy Littlefield case would be retried, possibly due to juror misconduct. Since I was not in court, I wanted to verify and get some information.

The next week, the NCJ and Times-Standard followed up. Those publications said that the case has a retrial and that a mistrial was declared due to juror misconduct. The first time this case was tried, the jurors deadlocked 11-1; the second time, all jurors found him guilty of 11 charges and he was sentenced to eight life sentences without parole. The District Attorney's Office is appealing Judge John Feeney's decision to the State Attorney General. That's it.

Yet another delay in Timothy Littlefield retrial - John Chiv/Words Worth Jul 15, 2014
Littlefield retrial set for Oct 20, defense hopes to resolve before then - John Chiv/Words Worth Jul 29, 2014

This (was) the third time this case is being tried. The jury verdict of the second trial resulted in a mistrial being declared by Judge John Feeney. That decision under appeal. DDA Jackie Pizzo appeared instead of Paul Gallegos.

Will he won't he go to trial for the third time? - John Chiv/Words Worth Sep 23, 2014
Timothy Floyd Littlefield's victim will have to keep waiting to see if there will be yet another trial or if appeals court will uphold the second trial jury verdict.
Timothy Littlefield case keep getting continued, now next hearing on January 18 - John Chiv/Words Worth Oct 15, 2014

Attorney General to default on Littlefield molestation case? Will Paul do his job? - John Chiv/Words Worth Nov 25, 2014

Attorney General files opening brief in Timothy Littlefield child molestation case - John Chiv/Words Worth Dec 18, 2014

◼ OTHER: [DOC]Filed 6/28/13 Littlefield v. County of Humboldt CA1/3 NOT ... - COMES AS A DOWNLOAD, not a link

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