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I can probably go tomorrow. Who else is in?

What rules of the courthouse should we be aware of beforehand?

I assume pictures are allowed in courthouses?

WILEY W. MANUEL COURTHOUSE
661 Washington Street, Oakland
 

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Rules: no weapons, cameras or recording devices in the courtroom (w/o press pass). Dress professionally/respectfully: it's a courthouse. Put on a collared shirt, or suit up as for work. No outbursts, cheering or disruption. No soy products. (Okay, made that last one up)

Cameras ARE allowed outside in the public venue... look for him, stake it out, have others outside to verify where he goes. Send the press to interview him.

I'd think a DSLR with a rapid frame rate and a 200mm lens ought to be effective for many photos of the perpetrator, from a safe distance. He's apparently known to bite, after all.
 

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No way I can make it, much as I'd like to. I used up my day-off last Friday. I'd wear an MTB jersey, but not mtbr.com please. Bring a drawing pad if you can draw. I always loved those courtroom drawings. Someone take notes. It will be quick. He'll plead not-guilty and they'll set another court date of some kind.

Be cool, as in silent and respectful. Don't antagonize the defendant (other than wearing a jersey to identify why you are there). This isn't the hearing scene from Animal House.
 

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EBasil said:
Rules: no weapons, cameras or recording devices in the courtroom (w/o press pass). Dress professionally/respectfully: it's a courthouse. Put on a collared shirt, or suit up as for work. No outbursts, cheering or disruption. No soy products. (Okay, made that last one up)

Cameras ARE allowed outside in the public venue... look for him, stake it out, have others outside to verify where he goes. Send the press to interview him.

I'd think a DSLR with a rapid frame rate and a 200mm lens ought to be effective for many photos of the perpetrator, from a safe distance. He's apparently known to bite, after all.
Not sure if I want to bring my good camera - in the unlikely event Mike causes any trouble. Nevertheless - will do what I can to get some decent pics!:thumbsup:
 

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Is it going to be a general araignment or a formal one. IOW is there a scheduled time for him to appear or is it one of those things where you could be sitting in the benches for hours on end?

I might just have to attend myself.

EDIT..from the other thread.

Party Name Hearing Date/Time Department Case Type Case Number
VANDEMAN, MICHAEL JOSEPH 02-Jun-2010 14:00:00 112 Criminal 00443657

WILEY W. MANUEL COURTHOUSE
661 Washington Street, Oakland

Dept Floor Judge/Comm.
112 6A THOMPSON-STANLEY, TRINA (SJ)
 

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*X-post from the other thread..

For posterity.. I am now also in posession of the print off of that page. Gonna keep it for a while then consider whether or not to auction it off on ebay when I'm in my later years and needing cold hard cash.

The ad will read.. "The Other Day The World of Mountain Biking Changed".

I'm also trying to reach Mike Sinyard as well as Gary Fisher..if anyone has more pull please get in touch with them and ask that they please show up at this hearing as representatives of our industry it will create a strong powerful presence the press can't help but ignore.

http://police.berkeley.edu/bulletins/05282010.htm said:
Daily Activity Bulletin
University of California, Berkeley
Police Department
Date: Friday, May 28, 2010
Case Number and Assigned
Classification(s) Synopsis
Officer(s)

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Communications M. Erazo
Corporal T. Zuniga

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10-02122
Alarm Activation 12:12 AM - Alarm activation #2000054201. Unknown cause, reset. M. Wyckoff


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10-02123
12500a VC 2:10 AM - WU, Yiting (FA-20-O) cited for being an unlicensed driver, 2600 N. Hernandez

blk Durant.

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10-02124
Fire 4:10 AM - Trash can fire, IFO 2610 Channing Way. BFD responded, M. Wyckoff

extinguished by UCPD.

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Field Interview Card 3:00 AM - Suspicious person, IFO 2515 Channing: C. Manchester

(FB-32-O).

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Field Interview Card 3:20 AM - Lodging, Crossroads: M. Miceli

(FW-52-O).

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Communications A. Duffy

T. Morrison
Sergeant(s) M. Shipman

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10-02125
Alarm Activation 6:30 AM - Alarm activation #2000037803, employee error: RODRIGUEZ, M. Shipman

Carmen (FHA-E), reset.

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10-02126
148 PC 7:38 AM - CASTELBLANCO, Seamus (MW-27-O) resisting arrest and duty R. Florendo
834 PC to submit to arrest, JGP. Warrant to be sought. Under investigation. A. Jacobs


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10-02127
245 PC 9:07 AM - (MW-33-O) victim of assault via saw, East/West Trail. S. Aranas
626.6 PC

SUSPECT: VANDEMAN, Michael J (MW-67-O) arrested for two counts of

assault with a deadly weapon, and excluded from UC campus for 7 days,

3025 Bateman St, Berkeley, to BPD Jail. Case closed.

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10-02128
Alarm Activation 10:03 AM - Alarm activation R. Florendo

A. Jacobs

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Are there bike racks there?

Great reason to hit merchants and last stand. Wear what you'd wear if riding.. Also its BART close...
 

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From my limited experiences in courthouses - no hats or sunglasses.

Big thank you to every body that is going. Wish I could be there.
 

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Send my KPIX neighbor camera man and Gary Fisher messages referencing these two threads.
 

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Is he in custody or not? If he is he will be brought in through a secure area and if not, then he may enter through the front door like the rest of us (non-perps).
 

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wish I could attend, in fact everyone at the shop would love to be there.. Get some good photos Chuck!!!

Perhaps when this is all said and done, I can have this story published in BIKE.....would be a great article!!
 

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I have a meeting. I hope a ton of MTB'ers show up and cause such a rukus that it makes the news tonight. Please report back here!
 

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Dion said:
I have a meeting. I hope a ton of MTB'ers show up and cause such a rukus that it makes the news tonight. Please report back here!
I don't plan on raising any sort of "ruckus." I plan on attending, taking pictures when possible and taking notes. I don't want to be involved with any effort that makes us look like a frenzied fringe group.
 

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pimpbot said:
Most digital cameras take pretty decent quality video these days. :thumbsup:
Not allowed in court, is it?
 
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