No 3rd Strike for Patrick Courtney!
He was lost in the forest and had a warming a fire. Two days after he was home a plane crashed killing the two men on board the plane. The NTSB concluded it\'s investigation into the crash as pilot error. The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: \"the pilot\'s failure to maintain adequate terrain clearance while maneuvering over rising terrain in a box canyon. Also causal was the pilot\'s failure to adhere to procedures/directives regarding minimum altitude requirements.\" Source for this information is: http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.aspev_id=20060916X01351&key=1 On that site there is also a full narrative report into the crash! This is public record and these links were in the paper, for all to go see! However, Patrick was charged three months after the crash with aggravated Arson and Two counts of First Degree murder. Those charges have since been downgraded to unlawful fire and 2nd degree murder. They claim they can charge him with murder because of the California Felony Murder rule. Because he had a warming fire- which a judge said he clearly showed effort to put out- they said the plane wouldn\'t had been up there in he first place. Patrick had a warming fire and admitted this to them. He said, he was cold, scared of animals, and thought that this might signal someone. Because Patrick was previously convicted of something when he was 18, he is now 31, they have been completely biased. They have not pursued anyone else for this, and keep in mind it was Labor day weekend. There were so many people there that day, we had no place to park! There has been violation after violation. It started shortly after his arrest which, was three months after the crash, they recorded his conversation with his attorney. The lead investigator on their side heard the whole conversation. The judge ordered this to be turned over to his attorney however, imposed no further sanctions. Then, there was the revelation of evidence, that was so conveniently withheld from his preliminary hearing. They found a intact bottle of Vodka and a gun with dispersed bullets. this was found within days of the crash..... The next violation was, on the eve of trial the prosecution turns over 2,000 pages of evidence, forcing postponement. The next one was the other lead investigators footnotes were turned over 6 months after the judge threatened sanctions about discovery. Not to mention, they asked him to take a polygraph during an interview then, during this process has denied this. He has been incarcerated since November 17, 2006 and still has not been to trial They want to give Patrick life in Prison, when he was only lost in the forest. They blame him because of his warming fire. This could be you! Judge reduces charges http://www.recorderonline.com/news/courtney_11048___article.html/judge_fires.html Judge denies to dismiss charges against Patrick http://www.recorderonline.com/news/jackson_9588___article.html/cdf_ward.html 2,000 pages of late discovery turned over, and no discovery sanctions! http://www.recorderonline.com/news/ward_9535___article.html/courtney_jackson.html Vodka and Gun in the plane another withheld discovery: http://www.recorderonline.com/news/information_9659___article.html/courtney_crash.html Main article about the Vodka and Gun in the plane http://www.recorderonline.com/news/jackson_9887___article.html/ward_investigators.html Top ten for the city of Porterville for 2006, his story made number 7. http://www.recorderonline.com/news/porterville_10167___article.html/year_city.html