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Lawrence Meyers Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft


In the Superior Court of the State of California in and for the County of Alameda before the Honorable Alfred A. Delucchi, Judge Department No. 4

The People of the State of California, Plaintiff
vs.
Lawrence Meyers, Defendant

No. H8333 Change of Plea

Courthouse, Oakland, Alameda County, California
Reporter's Transcript, Friday, August 8, 1986--A.M. Session

Appearances
For the People: John J. Meehan, District Attorney
by: Karen Meredith, Deputy

For the Defendant: James R. Jenner, Public Defender
by: Anna Louise Simpson, Assistant


THE COURT: Lawrence Meyers. Hi, Mr. Meyers. Let the record show that the Defendant is present with counsel. And it's my understanding that Mr. Meyers is going to withdraw his plea previously entered for the purpose of entering a new and different plea of guilty to a violation of Section Attempted Grand Theft, Attempted 487, of the Penal Code as a stipulated lesser included offense. . . .

I've indicated that the Court has no intention of giving Mr. Meyers any further time in custody based upon what's been represented to the Court. I would place Mr. Meyers on 18 months' formal probation.

And at the end of the 18-month period, Mr. Meyers, if you don't have anymore problems and you satisfactorily complete that probation period--and by that I mean you don't get arrested for anything, you follow all directions of the Probation Officer--then I will reduce this to a misdemeanor and end your probatin at the end of the 18 months.

Okay?

THE DEFENDANT: I don't care.

MS. SIMPSON: Your Honor, does he come in for that?

THE COURT: I like to have them here when I do that. The Probation Officer will put it on the calendar. And that will be as part of the information to go to the Probation Officer. . . .

And if it's a satisfactory recommendation, I'll terminate his probation and reduce it to a misdemeanor.

All right. Now, Mr. Meyers, you understand that you're going to be on probation for 18 months, felony probation, on certain terms and conditions of probation. And if you violate any of the terms and conditions, I can, sitting without a jury, revoke your probation, and technically you could be sentenced to prison from eight months to one year to sixteen months. Do you understand that?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

THE COURT: If you violate the terms and conditions of probation. And have you had an opportunity to discuss that with Ms. Simpson, your attorney?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, sir.

THE COURT: Is this what you want to do?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, sir.

THE COURT: All right. I have in front of me this waiver form, People of the State of California versus Lawrence Meyers. And has Ms. Simpson explained to you all the rights set forth on this form?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

THE COURT: Do you understand these rights?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, I do.

THE COURT: Other than what I've stated on the record, has anybody made any threats or promises to you to induce you to waive these rights?

THE DEFENDANT: No.

THE COURT: And are you waiving those rights freely and voluntarily?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, I do.

THE COURT: And where it says "LM" in each one of those boxes, are those your initials?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, You Honor.

THE COURT: And "Lawrence Meyers, Defendant," is that your signature?

THE DEFENDANT: Yes, sir.

THE COURT: And, Ms. Simpson, you signed as attorney of record.

MS. SIMPSON: I did.

THE COURT: All right. Then the waiver form may be filed and made a part of these proceedings. Voir dire your client please. . . .

Posted here January 31, 1997
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