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Free Robert Carpenter

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In Gloucester County Virginia, a crime has been committed ,without doubt, against Olivias in the Village, and Gary Ward. There are two individuals whom have claimed responsibility for the crime, Jesse Joe Joyce and his girlfriend Whitney Justice. They were caught with no leads and no witnesses due to the reporting of the crime by Robert Carpenter, who was sought out by Jesse Joyce for legal advice regarding the theft and what he should do. Robert reported the crime and rather than arresting the admitted thieves, the tables were turned, and Robert Carpenter was arrested and bonded on the theft of the property. Jesse and Whitney were released as long as they agreed to testify against Robert Carpenter at trial. Robert Carpenter was arrested on warrants pertaining to this theft as an accomplace on sworn statements only by the co-defendants, but with no other evidence,and nothing to tie him to the crime. After being informed that warrants were obtained against him, Robert was asked to make a statement and a $1,000.00 bond and no probation violation would follow, if the statement was deemed cooperative. The investigator stated that there was no way there would be a bond given by the magistrate as said magistrate has never in the past given a bond and that he did not want to give a bond, but would if deemed cooperative. Independant verification of conversations with Investigator Sharp are available. It can be verified as well as that Jesse Joyce contacted Robert Carpenter prior to making his statement, asking Robert to help him and take some of the blame. Due to Jesse's past he knew would face a lot of time if convicted. Having nothing to do with the crime, Robert said, "no". Jesse then gave his statement to Investigator Sharp and implicated Robert as having involvement in the crime. Robert made a statement after this coercion and is now having agreed upon bond revoked by Judge Shaw of the Gloucester Circuit Court by request of Commonwealths Attorney, Robert Hicks, not because he's done something wrong while on bond, but simply because he's retained heavy hitting defense counsel, Michael Morchower, of Richmond. Robert is due to report to jail on Friday February 29, 2008 at 6PM due to this revocation for invoking his right to adequate counsel, He is also looking at a denial to a due process bond hearing regarding a hearing with the court to reinstate bond. Mr. Morchower has stated this delay of proceedings is not Robert Carpenter's fault but his, due to previously arranged trials. Mr. Morchower would like to show said court that the hiring of new defense counsel was not a ploy to delay proceedings but was instead a scheduling problem with new counsel and was not in anyway premeditated by defendant. Therefore, he should not have to suffer due to this. Robert's bond was revoked due to his "delay of proceedings". Now that he is incarcerated pending a hearing and trial, the Commonwealth has moved his trial to July of 2008. Robert and Attorney Morchower desire to get this entire matter over with as quickly as possible, providing over fifteen dates of availability in the coming two months. We ask that a bond hearing be scheduled by Commonwealths Attorney Hicks and that bond once gain be granted. Robert has paid any and all costs, fines and restitution ordered him in the past and we believe that this Commonwealth needs to provide him with more time to show the court as he has us, a changed, rehabilitated and productive member of society.

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