Friday, August 15, 2014

Gardner Rejects Plea Deal Prompting Outrageous Requests from Prosecutor Who Wants Jury Nullifcation Arguments Banned from Courtroom

This is Erin Gardner.
This is the prosecutor.
We caught up with Erin Gardner this week to get an update on an incredible case that should send chills down the spine of every liberty-loving American.  We're asking that readers circulate this story to viral status.  We'd like to bring national attention to this egregious abuse of power by Lafayette Police Department officers, Tippecanoe County prosecutors, and a sitting judge who is facing re-election.

Based on the evidence, we believe that a few public officials and one bully cop are deserving of public reprimand and other appropriate sanctions.

Earlier this year the LCJ published a story about Gardner's unwarranted brush with the law after she questioned the actions of LPD Officer Jeffrey Webb in demanding to see her driver's license even though she was merely a backseat passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a minor traffic infraction. 

Gardner was originally charged with resisting arrest, failure to properly identify herself, and failure to wear a seatbelt.

The resisting arrest charge was recently dropped after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that passive resistance does not constitute resisting arrest.

The dash cam video clearly shows that Gardner was passive when Officer Webb violently yanked the small-framed woman from the backseat of the vehicle even though she reportedly verbally provided him with both her social security and driver's license numbers.

Gardner also insists that she was wearing a seatbelt, and that there is no way the officer could have seen whether or not she was wearing it since it was dark prior to the car being stopped.  Gardner believes that Webb made up the phony allegation after realizing he had no probable cause to arrest her.

Gardner subsequently received medical treatment for what she says was a shoulder injury due to the aggressive conduct by the officer.  Gardner also suffers from Aplastic Anemia, a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, which has been a hindrance in defending herself against what she says are bogus charges.

In addition, after Gardner persisted in demanding a jury trial after being offered multiple plea deals, the prosecutor retaliated by adding a new charge of possession of paraphernalia.

Prosecutors have claimed that Gardner had a grinder in her possession at the time of her alleged unlawful arrest; however, Gardner says she can prove that it was not a grinder.  She says the empty container was merely a pollen collector and there is no grinding mechanism present.

After Gardner was offered a subsequent plea deal and refused, prosecutors asked Judge Les Meade to upgrade her Possession of Paraphernalia charge from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor.  Gardner says that every time she invokes her right to a jury trial and rejects a plea deal, the prosecutor responds maliciously by adding new charges or upgrading existing ones.

On July 18, 2014, during a pre-trial conference, Tippecanoe County Deputy Prosecutor Jackie Starbuck demanded that Gardner be prepared for a jury trial on July 30th even though she did not have access to critical evidence.

The state had deposed two witnesses a week earlier without giving Gardner ample notification so she could make arrangements to be present.   In fact, Gardner says she only received a two-day advance notice in the mail of the last minute depositions; however, since she was on vacation during that time, she did not receive the letter until the day after the depositions were taken.

"I had no opportunity to ask questions or to object to anything," stated Gardner.  "No one should be forced to trial without having access to witnesses and evidence."

Based on this and other points of contention, Gardner objected to the state's demands that the trial  proceed on July 30th.  Gardner stated that she did not even have copies of the depositions and could not be prepared for trial without it. 

Judge Les Meade reportedly asked why Gardner couldn't "just ask her friends what they said."  Gardner was dumbfounded by this incredible statement from a judge, who ordered that the trial proceed even though Gardner was clearly unprepared.

Gardner believes she has been maliciously pressured by the state and the court into agreeing to a plea deal.  

"What courtroom is run on heresay?" asked Gardner.  "I'm not a lawyer and even I know better than that!."

"My attorney would need real facts in front of him to properly defend me," Gardner continued.

In an incredible development, Gardner says her public defender showed up at her house a day prior to the trial stating that the judge had a change of heart about Gardner's request for a continuance and wanted to meet with all parties.  After discussing the matter, Meade granted Gardner the continuance so that she could access the state's evidence.

"I'm grateful that the judge granted the continuance," stated Gardner.  "Otherwise, it would have been grossly unfair."

Gardner says that one piece of evidence she received after the change-of-heart-ruling proves that Officer Webb lied about what happened.

She says that in the police report Webb claims that he arrested her for failure to identify herself; however, in the medical report it clearly states that Webb told hospital personnel that Gardner gave him her social security number and her driver's license number prior to being arrested.  Webb's police report states that Gardner gave him "nonsensical numbers," which contradicts what he reportedly told hospital personnel before he submitted his written report.

"I gave him both my social security number and my driver's license number," stated Gardner.

Gardner says that one of the eye-witness passengers also substantiated that Gardner offered this information prior to being violently yanked from the vehicle.

The medical report also reportedly stated that Webb told hospital personnel that Gardner "had weed under her arm;" however, this was clearly a false statement based on the evidence.  This statement also contradicts what Webb wrote in his report.

Officer Webb's statements are clearly contradictory, especially considering the fact that the medical report states that Gardner tested negative for alcohol and drug use.

Prosecutor Starbuck Wants Jury Nullifcation Banned From Courtroom

Deputy Prosecutor Jackie Starbuck
Currently pending before the Court is the State's Motion In Limine.  Incredibly, Starbuck is asking that Gardner nor her attorneys be allowed to encourage jury nullification in closing arguments even though jurors and defendants have a fundamental right to this founding principle in America's justice system.

They also asked that Gardner not be allowed to mention anything about the state's changes to any of the charges against her or the timing of their actions.

[Why not, Ms. Starbuck?  Would that show your malicious motivations against an innocent woman?]

Among a list of eleven items in the motion, prosecutors include a request that there be made no mention of Webb's alleged "excessive amount of force...in the removal of Defendant from the vehicle."

In addition, they want no mention of "any past, pending, or future civil litigation against the Lafayette Police Department or officers employed by the Lafayette Police Department."

"How could you have a fair trial with all of those conditions," questioned Gardner.

Gardner's Indianapolis attorneys have stated they believe Gardner's arrest was invalid due to the initial violation of her constitutional rights, so all subsequent charges are invalid.  They believe Gardner is being punished for exercising her right to a jury trial with malicious charges being added every time she turns down a plea offer.

The latest plea offer reportedly included a diversion with all charges dropped, unsupervised probation for six months, and a $300 fine.  

So, we must ask the obvious questions.  If there are no criminal charges why would punishment be demanded?  And why would prosecutors pursue such a lame case to the point of wasting tax dollars on expensive witness depositions for an alleged petty crime with minor consequences?

This type of abuse of power is what angers taxpayers and liberty-loving citizens, especially when there are reports of felony offenses being overlooked by prosecutors because of personal connections to alleged criminals or relatives of alleged criminals.

Wouldn't time and money be better spent on real crime, such as murders,  robberies, and rapes that are occurring in the Lafayette area in record numbers due to the influx of gang members from Chicago and Indianapolis?

And who can take a deputy prosecutor like Jackie Starbuck seriously when she posts unflattering photos of herself drinking from a beer bong on Facebook.  Shouldn't she be a better example?  The buck stops with you, Mr. Harrington! 

The taxpayers of Tippecanoe County deserve much better.  Justice demands that all charges against Erin Gardner be dropped.  Stop the witch hunt now and check your egos at the door. 

64 comments:

  1. Ms. Gardner, allow me to give you some unsolicited advice. If your lawyer hasn't filed a Motion to Supress, fire him immediately!

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  2. Gardner needs to file a few disciplinary complaints. This case will be won at the appeals level as soon as Gardner gets through the kangaroo court system in Tippy Co.

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  3. I was involved in a case in Tippecanoe county. The alleged victims cousin was a state senator, and the judges assistant was a friend of the Judge (Judge Randy Newman). They added new charges just as in Erin's case, Except the misdemeanors were raised to a felony. I repeatedly asked for a jury trial, and was held in jail for 10 months without a trial. The alleged victim contradicted themselves on more than one occasion, there was no physical evidence, just the alleged victims word. The Justice system in Tippecanoe county is a joke!

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  4. Does not the Indiana State Constitution provide for juries to judge both the case and the law. This is "jury nullification". Surly Jackie Starbuck, and Pat Harrington have a basic understanding of the Constitution they have been sworn to uphold. Are they simply unwilling to be governed by Law?

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    1. there is no state constitutions we the people need to realize that the only constitution is the sheep skined treated document that our forefathers docketed our rights and duties as mankind on earth, all laws are apportioned through out god's green earth. If all laws have to be apportioned through out the states then how is a state constitution good, All parties involved need to be punished and any persons that violate or harm another death is the punishment. My name is susan sturdivant and ignorance is a bliss when right is right and wrong is wrong, and if fathers would of protected their children a long time ago from ignorance of evil white man ways, this would of never of happen to this young lady, I apoligize young lady for all you have been through god bless you
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  5. We need to pack that courtroom in support of this woman.

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  6. I voted for Meade but if he denies jury nullification I will make sure everyone knows it before election day.

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  7. A similar thing like this happened to my friend in NC. He would not accept a plea and had his lawyer file charges against the policeman and police dept. They finally dropped his bogus charges, but only after he had to pay through his teeth for his lawyer. This type of bullying is ridiculous! She should not accept a plea. They don't want it to go to a jury trial, because they know that their corruption will be exposed.

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  8. I used to have the biggest crush on Erin Gardner in high school lol. I'm glad she knows the law enough to fight for her rights.

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  9. I agree that this is a disgrace.

    However attacking the lawyer because she goes on vacation is silly. It makes you look pretty and like you are reaching. Stick to the legal side of your argument, it's enough.

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  10. Why shouldn't the prosecutor get a taste of her own medicine? She's been ruthless in her pursuit to get Erin on behalf of her cop buddy.

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  11. Most lawyers are corrupt and they are all part of the same system.

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  12. Nearly everyone that has had dealings with the police/justice system in Lafayette knows exactly what the trumped up charges, abuse, and seemingly corrupt system means.

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  13. It is time to organize against this corrupt system and bring in the FBI.

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  14. With a few exceptions lawyers are one step below politicians.

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  15. This isn't unique to Tippecanoe County. Overall, Indiana justice is a joke -- ESPECIALLY in smaller county seats. How many people can even AFFORD legal representation let alone stand up against itinerant, well-versed prosecutors whose main goal is a successful conviction? Here we have yet another case of excessive force by a PD yet where are the stops in place to appeal to a PD shift supervisor in the event of corroborative peer evidence against an over-assertive officer? Recently, Lt. Tom Davidson assaulted a guy in a wheelchair yet no criminal charges filed AND he kept his job? Clearly something is amiss - there's far too much abuse of power with no way an average citizen can resist -- not without megabucks.

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  16. So happy i got away from indiana. Cops in the midwest scare the hell out of me.

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  17. LPD officers are out of control ! The sad thing is officer Webb is only 1 of several that have civil right violation law suit filed against them! One very smart man bypassed the county altogether an took it to federal courts! It's a damn shame when u can't trust the one establishment that's supposed to protect you! And the entity that's supposed to protect your civil rights completely undermined them!

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  18. Indiana Constitution. Article I, Section 19. "In all criminal cases whatever, the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts." It's black letter clearly spelled out in our State's constitution.

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  19. Tippecanoe county systems are screwed up...from the police to the court house. After getting a ticket and paying it, I got a notice that I didn't pay it. I took my receipt to the courthouse just to find out...it had to been entered twice. They fixed the issue but failed to tell the state. My license was suspended and I spent hours proving I paid it and it was their screw up. The judge actually yelled at me in the office for wasting his "girls" time...they entered it wrong. Ridiculous court officals and police on power trips are detrimental to society.

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  20. LPD officers and prosecutors are friends. Police officers ask favors for friends and family members so charges get dropped or not filed at all. Some of these crimes that don't get charged are felony offenses and yet they waste precious resources on this nonsense! It's time to stand up to the entire legal system the way the people are in Missouri.

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  21. It's time for WLPD to get rid of that silly military tank. Do they think they're Rambo cops? Such overkill and a waste of tax dollars!!!

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    1. Except it was given to them from the military. You can't tell me if someone offered you one for free you would pass it up. Just sayin.

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    2. West Lafayette taxpayers paid several thousand dollars for it. What a waste of time, money, and space!

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  22. Failure to Identify has been law for some time, Shouldn't You pay more attention to what Laws are being passed rather then fighting the enforcement of the Laws?

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    1. if you have not done any thing wrong you do not have to identify your self period

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  23. Shouldn't you pay attention to the facts? She clearly identified herself as referenced in the hospital report.

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  24. The police officer is the one who should be prosecuted for false reporting and false arrest. I hope Erin sues in federal court.

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  25. I know how the law works in Indiana .that is why I moved

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  27. No more shootings. No more violence.

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  28. No more shootings. No more violence.

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  29. I don't think Mr. Anonymous knows a thing about Miss Gardner. She is pretty low key and humble. She would take that as a compliment and explain things to you. She lives by the Golden Rule. And reads a lot. And no one wants to be bullied and injured. Her actions are for Tim Vanderplatts, others, and the world her son will be raised in. This attention obviously does not benefit her personal life. If she was self interested, she would have taken the Diversion.

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  30. What doesn't someone's personal life have to do with their prosecutorial job? Discuss their professional behavior, but just like the defendant, what someone does in their own time outside of the situation at hand is of no concern to others.

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  31. Personal character matters when you are in a position of public trust. The defendant is a private citizen.

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  32. If she was just a passenger in the backseat of a car stopped for a tragic violation, why was she even talked to at all? Seems like the officer overstepped his boundaries by a lot!

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  33. If you think it's bad now, just wait until Laura Zeman is sworn in as judge of Tippecanoe Superior Court IV in 2015.

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  34. I hope she keeps pushing for the jury trial to the point where the charges are completely dropped or she's acquitted at trial. There's a good chance that the prosecutors might just dismiss this case if they know they can't win and she keeps pressing for the jury trial. You should NEVER admit to anything through a plea deal or diversion agreement if you know you are not guilty. Make them prove it.

    You can believe if they ever do this to me that I will make it as expensive for the county as possible by demanding a jury trial and staying in jail as long as possible rather than bonding out (even if I know the case will be dismissed).

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  35. I you work around the Courthouse then this makes perfect sense. It's well known that Judge Meade doesn't like jury trials and punishes all involved if he has to preside over one that he thinks is a waste of his time.

    Pat Harrington demands convictions no matter if the evidence supports the a guilty verdict or not. If a prosecutor wants to move up in the hierarchy then convictions is what gets you a better Courtroom to work in. It seems all new prosecutors start in Judge Meade's Court and everyone of them want out of there as fast as they can, he's not a nice person.

    Put it all together and this is what you get, over charging and bullying to get the conviction so you don't inconvenience a Judge who will make life miserable for you and to please your boss to get out of that Courtroom. Justice be damned.

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  36. Remember your Prosecutor is an elected official too. That office is only as good as it's leader.

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  37. The correct legal term is "PROSECUTORIAL VINDICTIVENESS" !!!!

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  38. Miss Gardner if you are reading this please go after the prosecutor for prosecutorial vindictiveness. You will be doing all of Tippecanoe a great favor. This type of misconduct is commonplace and unless we stand up to these bullies it will continue. If there is a lawyer out there who could help Ms. Gardner fight this, please make yourself known. She needs more than a public pretender who is part of the system. He has not done his job either. I looked at the docket and there has not been a Motion to Suppress Evidence filed in this case. This would be critical for this type of case. And for those who think this article is to hard on the prosecutor just think about how hard it's been on Erin Gardner. This case will get laughed out of the appeals court and the story will appear on front pages of newspapers and blogs across Indiana and beyond about the incompetency of the legal system in Tippecanoe County.

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  39. Does anyone see the irony? Careers will be going down in flames because a young woman stood up to the corrupt judicial system of Tippecanoe County. Imagine how much more could be accomplished if more people started asking for jury trials rather than accepting plea deals that haunt defendants for the rest of their lives.

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  40. Will there be details forthcoming about those cases that are being overlooked by prosecutors due to personal connections?

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  41. Furthermore. Erin still recieves physical therapy for her shoulder and will eventually have to have surgery. Fifteen months later she has not recovered. She lost the ability to play sports with her son.

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  42. Ms. Gardner, you really do have a viable case of prosecutorial misconduct. It was shortly after the LCJ began writing articles about your case that the prosecutor first added a bogus drug charge against you. She continued adding charges and increasing penalties every time you turned down a plea deal. I hope you take action.

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  43. it's sad that 90% of the comments are made by anonymous because of a fear of being retaliated against by the judge, prosecutor and LPD

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  44. the tippecanoe county courts have said that if you have a drug charge and you can not afford a lawyer and you are appointed a public defender you are subject to drug screens because as the judge put it "if you can't afford a lawyer then the tax payers should not have to pay for your drug use" first of all in this country you are innocent until proven guilty but in this county evidently you are guilty when charged and you have no rights, I do not know Indiana law or federal law but this seems to be a violation of my basic civil rights and I can not get any feedback about this case and problem, I just want to know if this is legal and why if it is it is not violating my rights just like Ms. Gardner I am at the mercy of the courts and I have no recourse.

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  45. I would like to address the person (with the same IP address) attempting to post multiple, libelous comments about Erin and/or the writers of this blog. First of all, since the comments are untrue and defamatory they simply aren't publishable.

    Secondly, throwing verbal stones and spreading false rumors while complaining about perceived unfairness in posting a picture of a local prosecutor drinking from a beer bong and wearing a silly balloon hat is hypocritical. Whether one is a DA from Texas or a low-level prosecutor from Tippecanoe County, public actions and public photos will be scrutinized. When a public figure posts a photo to FB depicting oneself drinking from a beer bong and wearing a balloon hat and uses it as a profile picture one shouldn't be surprised when it gets public attention. Had it not been for the fact that said public official was abusing her power by maliciously prosecuting someone whose constitutional rights have been blatantly violated by a bully cop the photo would likely have never been noticed. How is it an attack to publish a photo of someone who proudly posted it on the Internet for the world to see? Readers have seen the unflattering photo of Erin Gardner since she has been forced into the public limelight to defend herself against charges that should have never been leveled against her. People are curious to see a photo of the woman who is viciously going after her by adding charges and increasing existing ones each time she refuses a plea deal. And then to ask the judge to ban the defendant from brining up the timing of those prosecutorial changes makes it blatantly obvious that Jackie Starbuck has engaged in Prosecutorial Vindictiveness. Excuse me, but in light of these facts, an embarrassing photo of Jackie Starbuck is the least of our worries. It may bother some of those in the police and legal profession, but please remember the average Joe on the street is disgusted by abuse of power and they take it very personally when civil and constitutional rights of citizens are violated.

    My compassion will continue to rest with Erin Gardner, the real victim in this scenario. Those who have taken the time to get to know Erin rather than judge her past mistakes will continue to pick up all the stones cast at her by people who should know better and use them to tear down the walls of dishonesty at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse and Lafayette City Hall.

    The fact that a police officer has been caught in a "webb" of lies and that he used those lies and the power behind his badge to abuse and injure a woman who dared stand up for her constitutional rights should alarm every citizen in this county.

    It's easy to see the motivation behind it all. The cop was a bully and he violated the rights of a citizen. The prosecutor is now charged with the duty of getting the citizen to enter into a bogus plea deal in an effort to defray any potential civil liability.

    As someone who has been contacted by numerous citizens with similar stories, it sickens me to know that Erin's treatment by the legal system is standard operating procedure unless you have the right connections to make charges magically disappear.

    It sickens me to the point that I can't remain silent even though I have a dozen other things I'd rather be doing right now than to report on this utter nonsense.

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  46. Hahahaha. The irony! Prosecutors spend hours trying to make people look bad and then can't take it when someone publishes a picture.

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  47. Posting obviously prejudicial photos of the parties involved does not lend any credibility to the story presented. I have no doubt that there are plenty of pictures of most of us being less that professional in our leisure time. It doesn't take away from Miss Gardner's case, but it's a low - and childish - blow.

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  48. Anna FriendAugust 20, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    No, the low and childish blow is Ms. Prosecutor adding and increasing charges against Ms. Gardner for exercising her constitutional right to a jury trial. It sickens me the way this young woman has been treated by the injustice system of Tippecanoe County. This single mom lost her mom at a young age, has tried to raise her son without a single dime of child support, struggled with aplastic anemia, and was desperately trying to get her life on track when she was yanked from a car she was riding in even though she had committed no crime. Now she has to face this nonsense from a prosecutor who should know better. Rather than offer a lending hand to a kind-hearted young woman who hasn't had the same advantages in life that some of us have had, there are mean-spirited people who want to kick her while she's down and make sure she stays there. They want to judge her with slanderous insults. There are those of us who are trying to help her pick up the pieces of her life so she can move on and be productive, but some prefer to cast stone after stone to make sure she stays down and out. That's about as low as it gets in my book, so excuse me if your complaints about a mere picture fall on deaf ears.

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  49. Oh, and by the way, I am looking forward to the day when this entire ridiculous ordeal is over for Ms. Gardner. This story will be deleted so that Ms. Gardner will not have to be reminded of the injustices she suffered at the hands of those running the Injustice System of Tippecanoe County. She needs to heal from the emotional and physical scars that were unjustly inflicted upon her.

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  50. I think the photo is relevant because it highlights the prosecutor's lack of judgment, both in her personal life and in her professional life. The charges against Miss Gardner are ridiculous and trumping them up every time she turns down a plea offer is unjustifiable. To the person who thinks the photo is unfair, go out in Internet land and look at all the unflattering photos of the president, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, etc.... There are hundreds of thousands out there that are used everyday by media outlets across the globe. If Jackie Starbuck can't take the heat, she needs to get out of the kitchen, or at the very least, if she doesn't want these photos to circulate then she should show better judgment and not post them in the future.

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  51. I've just read all these comments. I too feel terrible about how Gardner has been treated. I think one of the most hard hitting facts surrounding this case, outside of the prosecutorial escalation, is the idea that the LPD assumed they had any business with Gardner in the first place. She was a passenger in a car, where the driver was stopped for crossing the center line. (Strangely, his violation was severe enough to stop and 'work over' a car load of citizens, yet not severe enough to be issued a ticket, WHAT? ) Would we as citizens expect to be interrogated if our taxi driver was stopped for speeding? If a Greyhound driver crosses the center line are all the passengers ordered to ID themselves, then jerked out of the bus, "taken downtown" and strip searched? Most people are opposed to the idea of stopping and searching everyone on a highway because police 'suspect' someone 'out there' may be drinking and driving. (btw what makes these fishing expedition roadblocks even worse is the practice of charging citizens for 'violations' unrelated to the stated cause of the random stop. Like the Gardner case.) By far most of the violations found at roadblocks are unrelated 'paperwork' issues. This Gardner case is one of the many cases, even locally, that illustrate how close "law enforcement" (police, prosecutors, and judges) walk the line of total authoritative public control. Those of us who love our liberty and rights need to be constantly vigilant to push back against such 'norms'. Thank you LCJ for keeping us informed. And yes I will sign this Anonymous. Someday I may have more confidence that law enforcement won't be vindictive against those who are critical, But that's certainly not today. ;-<

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  52. Ok, I revised the article and removed the "buffoon" comment since that was probably a bit strong. That's the best I can do in light of the situation, though.

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  53. I like a level playing field. And equality. And justice.

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  54. Would the LCJ or someone be willing to start a fund for Erin to help alleviate some of the legal costs she'll be facing?
    I would be happy to donate to her cause and I'm sure many others would be willing as well

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  55. Miss Gardner has that handled. A fund to retrain cops and help others obtain representation would be helpful to the Lafayette Community. Or perhaps purchasing cameras the cops have to wear on their chest. To lower violence. Stats prove it works

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  56. This isn't technically related to Erin's situation, but video was just released of the Purdue Police encounter with the Exponent student photographer. It's clear from the video that the student was knocked to the floor and shoved up against the wall. It's a shame that this has become "standard operating procedure" for many law enforcement agencies in Tippecanoe County. See for yourself:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwb0zxNOFGc

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  57. Everybody knows it is really all about money an where it really goes.....

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  58. Whats sad is the comments everyone seems to have about the LPD and Tippecannoe judicial system. They arefundamental pilliars of our community that we want to succeed and be proud of. Instead many citizens and children are harmed not helped. The money machiene has taken over and the gluttony and abuse keep growing. The ones oppressing.Think thats how its suplosed to be. They dont think twice. A local Lafayette attourney, Paul Smith wanted to charge Miss Gardner 4000. To stand by her side. And watch her sign the first plea agreement. Without looking into evidence. Im pretty sure she can sign her name on her own.

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