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On Wednesday, July 9, 1997, I stood in front of the Monroe City Court, informing the public that the Monroe City Court and others are violating my Constitutional Right. I was arrested for the violation of Statute La. R.S.14:401. Which prohibits demonstrations at courthouses or residences of judges, jurors, or witnesses. (Click Here to see the papers I was passing out on Judge Carl Sharp and others who violated my Constitutional Right. All evidence is included within the content. You can always come back later).
During my court arrangement on July 11, 1997, Judge Garland Smith’s first words were, “What is this matter about?” City Attorney Rodney Pierre stated, "PASSING OUT PAPERS ON JUDGE SHARP". However, these statements did not appear in the court transcripts. I informed the Court of Appeal about this obstruction of justice and, other obstruction of justice that took place in this case. City Attorney Rodney Pierre stated on page 7 in his brief to Court of Appeal (Click Here) my assertions that the case was about passing out papers on Judge Sharp was not reflected in the record. But court transcripts show that when Judge Garland Smith gave City Attorney Rodney Pierre, a chance to respond in Court, about passing out papers on Judge Sharp, he refuse. (Click Here see the transcripts of the case page 18).
On July 21, 1997, I sent a folder from my Monroe City Jail cell to Judge Garland Smith stating I agreed with City Attorney Rodney Pierre. I was passing out papers on Judge Carl Sharp and others and had witnesses who I wanted subpoenaed to Court.
On July 31,1997, after being held in the Monroe City Jail for twenty three (23) days on a STATE CHARGE, Judge Garland Smith and City Attorney Rodney Pierre changed the STATE CHARGE from La. R.S. 14:401 to MONROE CITY ORDINANCE 12:186. about 10 minutes before court started. By doing this, they denied me the right to a jury trial and attorney. At that time I did not know this was against our Laws or their reason for doing that which is stated above.
Trial Court began with Judge Garland Smith holding up the folder I had sent him from the Monroe City Jail Cell. Judge Garland Smith stated, “I received this folder from Mr. Paster. I have not looked at the contents in this folder; therefore, I do not know what is in it. I am returning it to him at this time.” The statements Judge Garland Smith made about the folder were not cited in the case of the court transcripts. The Court of Appeal was informed about the missing folder’s statements not being in court transcripts. City Attorney Rodney Pierre refused to respond to the folder's statements not being in the transcripts, in his brief to the Court of Appeal. Not to address it was a wise thing for him to do.
Deputy Marshall, Christopher Barkley, one of the city’s witnesses, falsely testified that the Honorable Larry Jefferson gave the order to arrest me. Judge Larry Jefferson clearly stated that he did not give such an order. Judge Jefferson stated: "It is his job to make judgment once a case comes to his Court and not before." Judge Garland Smith found me guilty of violating Monroe City Ordinance 12:186. Court Reporter Velma Whitby was the court transcribe for the hearing and trial court.
By law, one has 30 days to appeal a case, but Judge Garland Smith and his staff refused to release transcripts of my case. I went to Reverend Garland Smith’s church to inform him that his staff would not. Reverend Smith stated to me, “We have been busy, but you can file for an extension.” So I filed for an extension. After about two months, the NAACP was able to get Judge Jefferson’s staff to release my transcripts. Court transcripts are supposed to be open to the public. I appealed to the Court of Appeal. (Click Here motion for extension filed to Monroe City Clerk of Courts Office that saved my appeal).
On March 6, 1998, DOCKET NO. 30,856KA the Court of Appeal ordered the Monroe City Court to file a brief in this case, on or before seven (7) days of this date. Failure to comply with this order may cause you to be cited for contempt of Court. The Monroe City Court motioned to dismiss my appeal for want of jurisdiction. (Click Here and Here to see the Order for a brief to be filed by Court of Appeal, Second Circuit and Motion denied dismissing case by the Court of Appeal, Second Circuit).
The Court of Appeal rendered Judgment on September 23, 1998 (DOCKET NO. 30.856-KA). It stated, “In briefs submitted to this court, both appellant and appellee argue whether Mr. Paster violated Monroe City Ordinance 12:186, which prohibits demonstrations at courthouses or residences of judges, jurors, or witnesses. However, the only charging document contained in the record reflects that Mr. Paster was charged with a violation of La. R.S. 14:401.
The Court of Appeal stated that the Monroe City Court had made an error because they didn’t advise Mr. Paster of his right to a jury trial or right to counsel. The Court of Appeal sent the case back to the Monroe City Court for further proceedings and stated the following: “That for these reasons explained, we set aside the defendant’s conviction sentence and remand the case to the city court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion, REVERSED and REMANDED.” (PLEASE SEE JUDGMENT FROM COURT OF APPEAL DATED SEPTEMBER 23, 1998). The Court of Appeal also stated that nothing in this section shall interfere with or prevent the exercise by any court of the State of Louisiana of its power to punish for contempt. (Click Here to see the Judgment from Court of Appeal).
I have filed an order for a speedy trial on three different occasions. On November 9, 1998, May 20, 1999, and on August 9, 2000, Deputy Clerk, Trisha Lynn stamped and signed the order for a speedy trial. All three filings have been removed from the Clerk of Court Office, along with other documents I have filed. I have informed the Court of Appeal that the Monroe City Court has not responded to the order for the speedy trial I filed. The Court of Appeal directed me to the District Attorney's Office; the District Attorney has not yet responded.
When I was arrested on July 9, 1997, I was informing the public that the Monroe City Court and others were violating my constitutional right. One violation consisted of Judge Larry Lolley and former City Attorney Carl Sharp along with Attorney Clyde Lain intentionally denying me due process of the law. By taking eight (8) charges to Court (CITY OF MONROE VERSUS LESTER PASTER DOCKET NO. 8714142 & 8714690) WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE. The city court records do not say what the charges were about. They are just called all 8 charges, “THAT CHARGE.” I have never signed any documentation giving Attorney Clyde Lain the right to represent me in this case or any other case in my life. It cost my family and I (2,500) dollars to find out about this secret trial. Monroe City Clerk Court now say they cannot find case DOCKET NO. 8714142 & 8714690. Say may have been burn in a fire (Click Here). Now (Click Here to see my copy of DOCKET NO. 8714142 & 8714690. Which also show how they unlawful took my cases to court, with out my knowledge).
I was incarcerated three times because of my beliefs against racial discrimination. Each time Monroe Police overstepped their boundaries by denying me the right to protest against a local auto parts store in the summer of 1987. On the third arrest, while laying on the floor handcuffed, in police custody. I was hit with ammonia repeatedly in my face, and forced to my feet. I found an opportunity to flee for my life, and I took it; however, my escape was in vain. I was apprehended, cuffed and again physically abused; I was also denied bond and medical attention AND NOT GIVEN A RIGHT TO A TRIAL. (Click Here to see Monroe News Star articles date Nov 12, 1987 Police nab local Picket third time).
Police OCA COMPLAINT REPORT dated 10/09/87, state that Judge Carl Sharp who was then Monroe City Attorney at that time informed the Monroe Police that he would personally contact Paster and advise him to remove the signs by noon or action would be taken. Police OCA COMPLAINT REPORT date 11/11/87, state that SGT. Gardner used an ammonia stick to arouse Mr. Paster and got him on his feet. (Click Here to see both Police OCA COMPLAINT REPORT).
I paid Attorney Chowke Lumumba from Jackson, Mississippi ($2,500) to take my case. He discovered that my cases had already been to court without my appearing or my knowledge on March 16, 1988; by a Attorney name Clyde Lain. I called Attorney Clyde Lain and asked him about this secret trail. Attorney Clyde Lain stated that he did not do this and that there was no way he could go to court, without me being present. I then asked him would he sign an affidavit stating he did not take my cases to court; he agreed. Attorney Clyde Lain had a heart attack. A few weeks later, after he returned from the hospital, I receive his affidavit.
At the bottom of Attorney Clyde Lain affidavit you see the name Judge Larry Lolley Division B Monroe City Court; this case were held in Judge Larry Lolley Court. The affidavit is signed, by the D.Y. Clerk, City Court of the City of Monroe, and the Notary Public is Attorney Harvey R. Lexing. In this affidavit, Attorney Clyde Lain state that he do not recall ever entering a plea of nolo contendere on behalf of Mr. Paster (Chick Here). The case file number is on the affidavit. Attorney Clyde Lain, Judge Larry Lolley, or Attorney Harvey R. Lexing, could have easily looked into the records and seen Attorney Clyde Lain had enrolled as counsel on my behalf (Mr. Paster). In Judge Larry Lolley's Court, he (Attorney Clyde Lain) waived my presence and entered a plea of nollo contendre on my behalf to "That Charge" (a charge that was never stated in court and made no reference to the 8 charges for which I had been charged for and should have been in court for on March 16, 1988. Click Here).
After receiving Attorney Clyde Lain affidavit and copies of my case. I sent them to Louisiana State Bar Association. I also ask the LSBA to investagate my case, where as Attorney Clyde Lain involve him self in my case, with out me siging documentation giving him the right to do so. I Appeal to the Louisiana State Bar Association three time, and three time I was turn down. It was a denial on their part to do their job.
I filed a complaint with Internal Affairs in 1987 against the officer who repeatedly locked me up for putting signs on the city right of way and the officer who gagged me with the ammonia. I was told nothing could be done until these cases go to court. But they still have not given me right to a trail. I still do not know what is a city right of way. But once I do find out, I will be able to show politicians, they may put their signs on the city right of way during election time. And when it comes to one right to a trail, they understand it better than you and I. See Internal Affairs response to my complaint dated January 15, 1990, (Click Here).
Due process of the law is supposed to be the birth right of all Americans. Please look at news articles from the Monroe Free Press, dated April of 1990. Paster, angry, Says, "he can’t get a trial after nearly three years.” On page two of this news articles, Judge Sharp City Attorney at that time stated, “As far as his office is concerned, the charges against Paster are dropped.” He said, “His office DID NOT prosecute the charges, because they were minimal and he decided to let the time lapse” (Click Here). But my copy show, they had already went to court behind my back on March 16, 1988. Click Here if you need to see again).
After Attorney Chowke Lumumba from Jackson, Mississippi discovered that my case had been to Court without my knowledge, Judge Sharp responded to my protests and continued to tell lies to the Monroe Free Press, (in these articles Judge Sharp responds to Paster protest; Attorney Clyde Lain’s response to my protest, Protest Continues: Records show no charges were dropped. Click Here to see all three news articles).
It is spiritually right to do justice. I am asking for your HELP. The court system still has a paper trail that will not burn, move, or over look. There are many people in power, who know of this corruption but turn their heads on this injustice. Power, money, or news media should not dictate who is right or wrong or who receives justice. I thank Mr. John Paul Nabors and the Monroe Free Press News for every thing that they have done for my family and me. This is the right thing to do.
Police file shows that I have been arrested numerous, unnecessary times for trying to inform the public that my constitutional rights are being violated without due process of law. I have given you just some proof of my claim of this injustice.
I do believe there are some Americans who say, “Why won’t Mr. Paster just get an Attorney?” I have talked to many attorneys in the City of Monroe who have closed their doors in my face. I have tried out of state attorneys who I feel have robbed me and my family of ($2,500), without any kind of justice. It would be a good thing if I had an attorney who has my family and my best interest at heart. You have no idea what my family and I have gone through, and are presently going through in my efforts to obtain justice in Monroe, Louisiana.
Please e-mail, call, or write our elected officials, informing them you are against this type of Court Room behavior for Veterans and all other Citizens of America. Let us all inform the Mayor of Monroe Louisiana, Jamie Mayo. Tell him you would like to see a federal investigation of these cases. Court of Appeal Second Circuit, rendered judgment on September 23, 1998, and stated that I should have had the right to a jury trial and assistance of counsel. I am also asking the Department of Justice for counsels and a jury trial if needed. Why should it be easy for Fourth District Court and the Monroe City Court to hide these cases under the rug? I am trying to get you to help me force the court system to obey its own laws. I can't enforce the court system to obey our laws without your help.
I would like to take this time to thank you for taking the time to read my website. I hope you understand what this means to my family and me. PLEASE inform others of this website and respond. We the People will make the difference. Your concern in this matter is highly appreciated. THANK YOU AND MAY THE PEACE OF OUR FATHER BE UP ON US.
Please Click on Mayor Jamie Mayo's Office and inform him that you are against this type of Court Room behavior and, that you would like to see a Federal Investigation of my Cases. Today is December 30th 2012 and Jamie Mayo has refused to talk to me about this injustice. My plan is to put up signs on highways, bi-ways, Monroe City Courts, and Ouachita parish Courts; to get the attention of Mayor Jamie Mayo, Monroe City Council, and the Ouachita Police Jury. No politician wants his name on billboard signs talking about the injustice that they have done to an individual. They have put me in jail for this in the past, so I expect the same. It will take some persistence on my part to continue putting up signs, go to jail and put up more signs, in order for Justice to come. I am asking the public for help. Any donations will not be in vain. Thank You!