Finally we are up to the trial. There is plenty I want to say about the trial but I still have not been giving the green light to publish the book that would document the 7 day trial. (Update: See below) Things got a bit wacky with COVID. The avian flu I caught in 2014 was very similar to covid and that damn near took me out. There were days/nights since the Indictment that I wished it would have. But spending time with my family and reuniting with old friends in Mattawamkeag, (One in particular, You know who you are, see I told you I wouldn’t mention your name), all kept me alive and kicking.
In the Summer of 2019, I told you that it was revealed that Heidi pleaded to Mail Fraud (that’s how the Government was able to tack on the charge with Juice, that will send me to the Stripy hole for a serious amount of time). The other thing that happened was that Anthony Berry was released from probation early after serving 37% of his time. The Federal Government doesn't do anything for anybody for no reason. What’s one of the most famous lies? “I’m here from the Government and here to help you.” But I digress.
Conjucture Time! Last one, I promise: At that some point in the Summer, Johnny Pockets was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for the Walmart Theft Ring. So Bonus! With just a slap on the wrist for being involved in one of the largest theft rings in Maine, Anthony Berry also got out of probation way early! That’s some fine horse trading there, Anthony, you haven’t lost your touch.
One final thing that happened just days before the trial, needs some backstory explanation: Heidi and I were involved in a three-way relationship 2012-2014. I’m not going to tell the 3rd person’s name or even, if it was a male or female. But the relationship was 100% consensual.
The U.S. Department of Justice tried to twist that information into that I forced Heidi to be in that relationship. So in spite all the Government’s talk of not tolerating racism, sexism or prejudice of any kind, there are people who still work within our Government that do not hesitate to use something like an alternative lifestyle to blackmail or extort whatever information they need. Personally, that to me is disgusting and reeks of brazen hypocrisy.
While it is disappointing to realize that this case has never REALLY been about copyright, it doesn’t stop the fact that I will continue to fight for copyright reform. Hell, I’m a convicted pirate so I got the street cred. I do regret the people that were hurt by my actions. I tried to keep them out, I really did. I hope someday they will understand.
Some things to look forward to: Jonathan Tardiff (better known is this blog as Johnny Pockets) will be announced as indicted after I am incarcerated. He closed his jewelry shop in Rockland in 2020 and tried to scrub the internet of its existence. But everyone knows that is not possible. For the last six years, Mr. Pockets has been living the good life while Homeland Security was watching old movies. (Memo to Special Agent Loren Thresher: Johnny Pockets had the money you were looking for, you should have just asked me, I could have shown you how to ‘Deep Google’ it)
Me? I’m going to continue to write, except after June, my new pen name will be inmate 13550-036. When I’m released I will make films again and, like I said above, fight for Copyright Reform. Maybe I'll even weigh in on REAL Criminal Justice Reform. Because you know, for all their lip service, the US Government is not going to do shit.