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Christopher Hignite

Another Close Encounter of the Judicial Kind
November 13th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

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Oh the games the courtrooms play.

In my article, Please ponder this plea from Pleas, I
offered you the first tale from Pleas Lucian
Kavanaugh. Lucian details the continual history of his
Another Close Encounter of the Judicial encounters with false arrests stemming from a failed
Kind attempt to convict him on an original charge. This is a
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tale I personally know too well. Unfortunately, the
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Encounter of the Judicial
Kind harassment techniques that I have also personally
experienced and documented others experiences.

Lucian has given me permission to re-post his most
recent blog detailing his current situation with the
Central Kentucky legal system. Here is Lucian's
current struggle:

There must be something in the water at the
Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.

I had a court appearance last Thursday. This time
before presiding Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone
regarding the instance where I was that 6'4" light-
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Kavanaugh is armed and hair who tried to kidnap some pregnant chick in the
middle of the Downtown Lexington Transit Center in
broad daylight, but managed to avoid every single
one of the sixteen cameras comprising their
multimillion dollar, state of the art security system.

You heard me...Somebody remind me to add
shapeshifting ninja to my resume. Here's a refresher
for you amnesiacs. (Attached video)

So I'm standing in front of Scorsone with my two
public defenders, Chris Tracy and Chad Butcher.

My previous attorney, David Zorin and I parted ways
for reasons we most certainly won't agree upon. He
thinks we parted ways because I couldn't afford his
tab. And I think we parted ways because I was better
Police claim that Pleas Lucian off with the public defenders.
Kavanaugh is suspected of trying to
abduct a 5 month pregnant woman in
Incidentally, I got drunk with him a couple of weeks
broad daylight at the main bus station.
Kavanaugh is identified from a ago and he expressed some interest in pursuing
description by a police officer he had
another civil suit against the City of Lexington for
encountered in the past.
ruining my life the last five years. I indulged the
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his absences because he's only attended maybe two
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last December and it's starting to get under my skin
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The three of them begin bantering about availability
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children and mother

He then suggests to the judge that the three
counselors be allowed to coordinate the new trial
date in my absence, which seems reasonable
enough since I, frankly, couldn't care less when the
trial happens granted I'm provided ample notice

But for reasons unbeknown to the rest of us,
Scorsone disagrees and insists that that I am present
for the scheduling of the new trial and informs my
representatives to discuss the matter with Mr.
Gullette and to keep the court informed. We leave
and all seems well.

Just as I'm on my way out of town, Mr. Butcher
informs me that they've conversed with Mr. Gullette
and rescheduled for the following Monday. En route
to Key Largo, I learn that my transportation won't be
available to return on Monday and that I am
essentially stuck in Florida until Tuesday. So I call
the PD's office and leave a message. No reply. I call
again on Friday morning and the secretary assures
that she'll deliver the message, so I forget about it
and spend some time writing on the beach.

But when the weekend is nearly passed and I haven't
heard back from either of the Public Defenders, I
begin to wonder. Finally, on Sunday, I decide I'm
better safe than sorry and basically guilt a friend of
mine in Florida into driving me all the way to
Kentucky. She's a good friend, indeed. I definitely
owe her one.

By the time I've hitched the ride, we're already behind
schedule. After I'd driven a good deal of the way, she
insists on driving. We switch places and I'm napping
on the passenger side when the next thing I know,
this woman is barreling down the highway at ninety-
seven miles an hour and, naturally, the popo stops
us. She yanks the ticket, hits the gas, but there's just
not enough time in the day.

A couple of detours and a few traffic jams later, it's
becoming readily apparent that the Monday
appointment is, simply, not a possibility. I alerted the
lawyers to the news and they informed Mr. Gullette
who, with his characteristic indifference, expressed
no problem postponing Monday's appearance until
Tuesday. You can imagine the collective gasp when
Scorsone declared that a warrant would be issued for
my arrest if I was not in his courtroom at 3pm sharp
Monday afternoon.

My attorneys later described his rather bizarre
determination as uncharacteristic and were at a loss
to explain it. For my part, I've seen some members
of the Fayette County Judiciary do some very strange
things and while this definitely hovers near the top of
the list, I have my own theory as to why, but that's
another blog altogether. Anyway, they opined that all
was not yet lost.

My understanding is that as I was stampeding up I-
95, Mr. Butcher and Mr. Tracy had met with Scorsone
at 3pm hoping to dissuade him from issuing a
warrant, but that their pleas fell on deaf ears.
Incidentally, Mr. Gullette declined to grace the
courtroom, once again, but that fact went unnoticed
even as the ink on my warrant was settling in. Still,
my ever optimistic counsel surmised, we would go to
the Judges' Chambers tomorrow after he had a
chance to reconsider and surely the man will have
come to his senses by then.
The next day, we chatted in the lobby for some
twenty minutes before a petite secretary approached
and politely informed us that the judge was neither
inclined to speak with us nor to lift the warrant. She
smiled awkwardly and left the three of us alone with
the crickets.

As we trudged back to the office, Mr. Tracy remarked
that he and I hadn't had much luck with judges lately,
to which I expressed doubt that the treatment we'd
been experiencing had much to do with luck at all.

Ironically, it turns out they were able to set a new trial
date after all, for February 23rd, without me and over
the phone to boot, per Mr. Tracy's original
suggestion. At the end of the day, the only thing that
anybody seems to have accomplished for all the
extra trouble was the promise of me in a cell. Who
needs prosecutors with judges like these? While I
have no doubt that Mr. Scorsone is a generally
evenhanded and honorable man, there is something
bad wrong with this picture.

According to Mr. Butcher, there is no pending status
date or bond revocation hearing scheduled for the
$3000 my brother put up to ensure my freedom
pending trial. That will undoubtedly change in the
near future, but it's almost as if the judge got so
beside himself in his eagerness to land me in a cage
that he abandoned the official particulars in the

As last December made many well aware, a warrant
for my arrest in Lexington is tantamount to a license
to kill in the eyes of some highly antagonistic public
servants. One can only hope that it was a failure to
realize this which allowed Scorsone to jeopardize my
life as flippantly as one flushes excrement.

Maybe that's what he thinks he's doing...

So that's the story. I am a fugitive, once again, for
reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with
fairness or truth or any high ideal whatsoever. Ladies
and gentlemen, this is what passes for justice in
Fayette County, Kentucky.

That's Lucian's story and the story of many
others caught up in the maze of obstacles
standing in the way of true freedom from the
criminal justice system. Ray Larson calls them
repeat offenders. Sometimes they just missed a
step or court date while navigating the many
distractions attempted by the prosecution.

My family has personally used Ernesto Scorsone for
legal work while he was an attorney. I attended his
initiation ceremony when he became a a judge. I do
not know what he is being told by the prosecutor's
office and the police department. Therefore, I will
refrain judgement until I watch the case play out.

I do know, however, that stalling is a common
harassment technique used to bleed your pockets dry
and wear you out used by prosecutors and police
departments in these cases.

Most in the court system, especially in top level jobs,
tend to have entitlement issues as well. They will
cancel and re-schedule your hearing FROM the golf
course at the last minute without regard to your
schedule or budget. They are allowed to do this
without any repercussion in the case or from the

Meanwhile, any deviation from what can be a
confusing array of hearings and re-scheduled
hearings can mean, as it did for me recently, a
warrant being issued for your arrest.

In my case, I was handed a note with a date and time
on it by the prosecutor. This note and date did not
match the one that the judge and prosecutor had
written down on their books. Hmmm?

I didn't show and a warrant was issued. I went to the
DA the day after the warrant was issued after
showing up in court on the day I had on my note. I
also went to the County Clerk and County Attorney's
office. Both informed me that I had some choices. Go
to the jail and turn myself in, wait here for the Sheriff,
try to talk to the judge or show up in court and ask the
judge to be merciful or come back with an attorney
and see if I fair better.

I returned the next day with an attorney. They gave
us the same answers. That evening the Lexington
Police showed up at my door wanting to serve a
warrant for Nicholasville. Of course...I wasn't home.

Our criminal justice system wasn't meant to be used
in such a manner. Lucian shouldn't have to
continually look over his shoulder, watch his back and
check and re-check his court dates. Neither should
myself, yourself or anyone.

These days we talk about this country and that
country and the suffering their citizens go through at
the hands of their government. Please remember that
on the other side of your white picket fence, outside
the comfort of your home, right here in your own
backyard people suffer at the hands of their own

Please spread the word about Lucian Kavanaugh and
anyone with the means to spare in these hard times
feel free to donate to his legal fund. Contact Lucian or
read more at his blog:

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