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A little more update, basically a clarification of and added details from older articles as the investigators on the defense side have been filling in the little blanks spots.

http://www.usobserver.com/archive/feb-17/justice-lost-faires.htm

The prosecution has still not come up with a plausible honest story in light of the actual facts of the matter.

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This travesty of justice is disgusting on every level. Sloan should be prosecuted then sued for damages. He should have to spend the rest of his life and every penny he owns defending himself.

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No such assistance is coming.

The Sloans and their supporters know how to play the game and were campaigning long before the run over incident.

The only organization with the power, resources and authority to really do anything about this is a few special branches of the FBI and we aren't on particularly good terms with them, not compared to Sloan and his posse.

The main evidence in our guys favor is the direct case evidence and testimony which is so blatant and overwhelmingly in his favor that there remains the credibility issue on all of the people involved regardless of political ideology or connections. That's where false reputation and smear campaigns can't get around certain blatant facts which are impossible to suppress into the false narrative. That's where even the people who read the opposition side of the story and nothing else were stopping and commenting to their own people at the SPLC that something isn't making sense.

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Strat has filed a lawsuit against Richard Finegold and his co-conspirators.

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Okanogan County, WA - James Faire, a well respected liberty and justice advocate and his wife Angela who were falsely accused of serious crimes and who have endured a factually malicious prosecution for the past two years, have sued Richard Alan Finegold, Finegold's co-conspirators and the estate of Debra Long. Strong and documented evidence has proven that Long (now deceased) both created and masterminded the hellish conspiracy against the Faires. The links to articles at the end tell the entire history of this case.

Faire's attorney, Attorney Stephen Pidgeon, filed suit on Tuesday, April 25 2017, in the Superior Court for the State of Washington in King County for $5 – plus million.

The court documents read in part:

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“Richard Alan Finegold and Debra Long were joined by Ruth Brooks, Michael St. Pierre, and George Abrantes in premeditating a physical confrontation with James (Strat) and Angela for unlawful means including the following:

To convert the property of James and Angela Faire.
To prevent James and Angela Faire from giving testimony of undue influence in the creation of the Last Will and Testament of Michele St. Pierre.
To prevent James and Angela Faire from giving testimony concerning the withholding of medical care for Michele St. Pierre.
To prevent James and Angela from giving a testimony to Richard Alan Finegold that they had terminated their option to pursue the Sourdough Property.”

"On the evening of June 15, 2015, Debra Long met Strat and Angela for dinner at the Ram Restaurant in Arlington, Washington. At this restaurant, Debra Long reported to the Faires that Michele was still living, although she had died earlier that morning. James told Long he was no longer interested in the Sourdough Property and that the proposal was to go no further.”

“Following that dinner meeting, Debra Long returned to the Stanwood Property, and began to orchestrate the plan to secure the Sourdough Property under her control in a similar trust as she had with Michele St Pierre’s Stanwood and Clearview properties. Long made disparaging remarks about the Faires; erroneously accusing them of stealing from the GoFundMe account that Angela owned. Long informed Finegold that the Faires were attempting to steal his Sourdough Property by squatting even though both Long and Finegold knew the Faires were living in Lake Stevens, Washington. “Long began reporting that Strat and Angela had made horrible statements concerning Michele St. Pierre. This report was designed to inflame the passions of Michael St. Pierre, Michele’s brother, and the volatile George Abrantes, both of whom did become inflamed with anger and a desire for vengeance based exclusively on Long’s reports.”

“On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, Debra Long determined that she, Finegold, Michael St. Pierre, Abrantes and Ruth Brooks should immediately go out to the Sourdough Property to make arrangements to secure the property from the “squatters,” which included converting the property of Plaintiffs, bearing false testimony to the County Sheriff to orchestrate a criminal prosecution for burglary based on a false report of a “break in,” and to orchestrate a violent confrontation with Strat and Angela, who were not living there at the time.”

“On the evening of June 17, 2015, an Okanogan County Sheriff was dispatched on a burglary complaint initiated by Finegold to the Sourdough Property to take a report from Finegold. Deputy Pekter of the Sheriff’s office took the report. Finegold gave the statement with the intent that the County Sheriff should rely on the statement, although Finegold knew it was false at the time he gave it.

"On the evening of June 17, 2015, the Faires learned that Michele has lost her life on the morning of June 15th; the same day Debra Long informed them Michele was still alive."

“On the morning of June 18th 2015, James and Angela traveled to Sourdough to remove their personal property off the Sourdough Property. While en route, Angela contacted Linda Pries, (an Aeneas Valley neighbor), to make an arrangement to either pick up their batteries (that Strat had loaned to them) or have the batteries delivered to the Sourdough Property. Once Debra Long learned of the Faire's impending arrival to the Sourdough property on June 18th 2015, she premeditated a series of events:

Long instructed Ruth Brooks and Richard Finegold to park the vehicles in a gully out of view to ensure the Faires would not become aware of the impending ambush when they arrived to retrieve their belongings.

Signs were prepared in red paint which read “You Both are White Trash SCUM! F—K you both.”

Abrantes prepared his attack and his weapon. He would later tell police “I had a lock on a chain. I was trying to smash the driver’s side window so I could pull him (James) off the wheel.”

Long specifically ordered the others not to call the Okanogan County Sheriff until after she, George Abrantes and Michael St. Pierre confronted Strat and Angela."

According to the police report, Okanogan County Sheriff Deputy J. Petker “advised Finegold to call 911 if the Faire's returned while they were there. Richard agreed.”

Photos obtained by the Okanogan County Sheriff, court transcripts of interviews of Ruth Brooks, Michael St. Pierre and Richard Finegold combined with Richard Finegold's false police report show clear evidence that Finegold and the others, under the direction of Debra Long, premeditated a surprise and violent ambush of James and Angela.

Currently, James and Angela are charged with 1st Degree Criminal Theft and 1st Degree Criminal Trespassing which stem from the false report Finegold filed on June 17th, 2015. Additionally, James continues to be charged with 1st Degree Assault and 1st Degree Premeditated Murder. Even though it is very clear that James Faire acted out of self-defense, Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan has continued his false prosecution to date, in an attempt to cover for Detective Kreg Sloan's and Sheriff Frank Rogers' incompetent investigation and rush to judgment.

Onward and upward,
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FINALLY!!! The defense goes on the offense.

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It's a good salvo of torpedoes but it remains to be seen how the chain reaction works once they get into the enemy fleet.

I think the idea is to rattle some cages and get them on the run, but at any point they can turn and get nasty. Keep an eye out for it because when it happens, it will probably happen fast.

I just caught it in the Facebook feed. I am 99% certain these Bilderburgers just openly announced their entry into the game. Pidgeon didn't just poke the beast, he is giving it a kick in the balls.

It's going to probably be dragon on dragon before this is over.

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USObserver just released a 12-minute video about the Faire case.

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Originally posted by airforce:
USObserver just released a 12-minute video about the Faire case.

Onward and upward,
airforce

It's embeded in this forums main page.

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Mighty quiet on the comment front. Seems like SPLC ain't got much to say.

Obviously we are holding back a lot.

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Latest news:

On Monday, May 22, 2017, James Faire had a status hearing in Okanogan County Superior Court. Faire along with his attorney, Attorney Stephen Pidgeon “appeared” telephonically for this hearing. Prosector Karl Sloan was in the courtroom; Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Henry Rawson presided over the hearing.

Attorney Pidgeon updated the court that a “petition for a writ of certiorari” had been submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. The petition asks the Court to review the judgment of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington and the underlying judgment of the Court of Appeals, Division Three, State of Washington, in this case....

Attorney Pidgeon motioned the court to allow James to travel to a jobsite in Bellevue. The prosecutor was opposed to this motion. Judge Rawson asked for documentation, which will be provided to the court in the next few days.

The next scheduled hearing is Monday, July 17th, 2017.

NOTE: James Faire continues to be a political prisoner in the State of Washington’s broken judicial system. Faire’s plight began on June 18th, 2015 when Richard Alan Finegold filed a false police report in Okanogan County. Since that time, Faire has been falsely accused of serious crimes, including Murder in the First Degree and has endured a factually malicious prosecution conducted by Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan.[/quote]

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I don't see why they keep dragging this out. Has a trial date ever been set?

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I don't think a trial date is even close to being set yet. If the Supreme Court grants certiori, it will probably be another year at least.

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Another year...of pure unmitigated bullshit.

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If he wins in the Supreme Court, I can't imagine there would ever be a trial.

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Faire v. Washington goes to the Supreme Court. The latest from USObserver.

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James Faire continues to be a political prisoner in the State of Washington's broken judicial system. Faire's plight began on June 18th, 2015 when Richard Alan Finegold filed a false police report in Okanogan County. Since that time, Faire has been falsely accused of serious crimes, including Murder in the First Degree and has endured a factually malicious prosecution conducted by Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan.

Faire's Attorney Stephen Pidgeon filed a petition for a Writ of Certiorari, in the Supreme Court of the United States on May 18th, 2017. The petition asks the Court to review the judgment of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington and the underlying judgment of the Court of Appeals, Division Three, State of Washington, in this case.

Unlawful Incarceration

James Faire spent eight months in Okanogan County Jail under pre-trial incarceration. During that time Faire was without counsel for 173 days. According to court records, Attorney Nicholas Blount filed a “notice of appearance” on June 24th, 2015. Court records further show that Attorney Blount withdrew from Faire's case on August 18th, 2015. Following the attorney’s withdrawal, the court ordered the public defender’s office to provide an attorney, and ordered such an attorney to immediately file a notice of appearance. No other attorney was appointed to represent Faire; no attorney filed any notice of appearance on his behalf; and Faire believed that he was without counsel.

Faire was paraded in front of the court at a series of monthly “status hearings,” and members of the public defender pool who happened to be in the courtroom would make representations on his behalf. Faire remained incarcerated during this 173-day period, pleading with the court in two separate letters for representation.

In February 2016, Faire sought a writ of habeas corpus, arguing that his incarceration was illegal, because as an indigent defendant, he had been presented at four critical stage proceedings without benefit of council.
This writ was denied.

State of Washington's Broken Justice System

The State of Washington believes that, since one of the members of the brothel of public defenders who were in the courtroom on the several occasions when Faire was presented, and made representations concerning his case, Faire was represented by counsel. Such a belief is contrary to explicit State law requiring such a notice; contrary to the State’s rules governing criminal procedure requiring immediate substitution of counsel; and contrary to an existing order of the superior court requiring immediate substitution.

The Washington court has erred in affirming this violation of its own criminal procedure, and Faire’s presumption of innocence was ignored in denying the writ of habeas corpus.


The courts of the State of Washington are burdened with a greater and greater number of criminal defendants, and the practice of protecting indigent defendants has grown tired and worn. In this case, unconstitutional representation reached a point of illegal custody and such slipshod standards that the courts are willing to win at practices that are completely outside statutory and procedural requirements, which, when they accumulate, eventually rise to become destructive to the fundamentals of due process.

A Case for the Highest Court

Attorney Stephen Pidgeon states, “Faire’s liberty interest was erroneously denied when the State failed to comport with any proscribed procedures under state law, allowing instead for the slipshod practices of the contract public defender to govern which left Faire in jail for 173 days without counsel.”

The questions brought forward in the recently filed petition for a Writ of Certiorari are:

1. Whether presenting an indigent defendant before successive status hearings without benefit of counsel violates the Sixth Amendment.

2. Whether the violation of the Sixth Amendment is of sufficient force to warrant the release of the defendant without conditions pursuant to a writ of habeas corpus.

3. Whether the violation of the Sixth Amendment is of sufficient force to warrant the dismissal of the charges alleged against the defendant.

4. Whether the incarceration of the defendant for 173 days without benefit of counsel while presenting the defendant at critical stage proceedings is unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment.

5. Whether the violations of a Washington statute, a rule of criminal procedure and a court order in respect of appointing subsequent counsel constitutes a violation of due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.


James Faire seeks a reversal of the decision of the Supreme Court of Washington, and a finding that the failure to provide counsel pursuant to a written notice of appearance at critical stage hearings does not amount to providing counsel for an indigent defendant, and that such a practice violates the rights protected under the Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Faire seeks a decision that his writ of habeas corpus was wrongfully denied, and that his incarceration under these circumstances illegal.

See the video at the link.

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From Angela:

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Two years ago today at approximately 1:35 PM, James and Angela were victims of a premeditated violent ambush by five individuals. One of the five made a false complaint with the sheriff the night before the ambush. In today's world of "victim centered investigations," the Faire case demonstrates how easy it is for a person to make a false complaint/accusation.

RCW 9A.76.175 Making a false or misleading statement to a public servant:

A person who knowingly makes a false or misleading material statement to a public servant is guilty of a gross misdeanor. "Material statement" means a written or oral statement reasonably likely to be relied upon by a public servant in the discharge of his or her official powers or duties.

#Justice4Faire

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Here's the latest from USObserver:

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The US~Observer has published numerous articles on James and Angela Faire who were falsely charged with serious crimes by Okanogan County, WA Prosecutor Karl Sloan on June 19, 2015.

For James, those charges include Murder in the First Degree. Past articles include extensive facts of this case and we would prompt anyone who hasn’t read them to do so (look to the related articles below).

Each and every fact in this case proves that James and Angela Faire are innocent of all criminal charges and many of the facts prove that Sloan’s manufactured victims are factually the ones guilty of committing felony crimes against the Faires and others.

Concerning the major false charge of Murder in the First Degree against James Faire, the prosecution witnesses have stated in depositions that they hid their vehicles and themselves until the Faires arrived at Richard Finegold’s property on Sourdough Road in Okanogan County to retrieve their personal belongings. The gang then surrounded Faire’s truck in an attempt to keep them from leaving (kidnapping). The prosecution witnesses admit that George Abrantes attacked the Faires with a large logging chain with a padlock attached. They also admit that the Faires were attempting to escape the attack by 300 lb. Abrantes when Debra Long was ran over.

What is mind-boggling is that Prosecutor Sloan has these facts right in front of him, but has chosen to turn a blind eye to justice.

Early on we realized that Sloan was ignoring evidence and actually obstructing justice by using delay tactics. One such example is that Faire’s Attorney Stephen Pidgeon has requested joint interviews of important witnesses on numerous occasions, only to be repeatedly stonewalled by Sloan.

When corrupted prosecutors like Sloan obstruct and when they completely ignore conclusive evidence, especially when it comes from prosecution witnesses, it becomes obvious that there are more bones buried in Sloan’s closet.

Since publishing on this case we have received 29 complaints regarding Sloan from Okanogan County residents – 42 complaints have been received on other members of the Okanogan justice system. We have started looking into some of these complaints and we are going to begin publishing on them unless Prosecutor Sloan gets a “Brain” and stops targeting people without conclusive proof of them having committed a crime.

If we are forced to continue dealing with Prosecutor Sloan we will prove to the citizenry of Okanogan County exactly how corrupt he is and how he is factually and irresponsibly wasting valuable taxpayer dollars.

One such case we have been alerted to is that of Russ Arndt and his son. Mr. Arndt is a Chiropractor from Okanogan County who was falsely charged with 11 felony crimes related to “Intimidating a Public Official” and certain misdemeanors by Sloan on August 25, 2015. According to Arndt, his son was charged with the same.

On August 19th of 2015, as the Okanogan Complex Fire was rapidly approaching Arndt’s property, he was forced to act quickly. He contacted fire command, asking for water trucks – he was told they weren’t available so Arndt, his son and friends went to work. By August 20th they had extinguished the fire where it was threatening his property and some neighbor’s properties who had already evacuated.

Shortly after that, firefighters entered Arndt’s property to supposedly “look for hotspots.” Arndt, who was understandably disgusted that they hadn’t been there to help save his home and property, informed them they were trespassing and ordered them to leave – that he had taken care of all “hot spots.”

Arndt’s son eventually accepted a coerced plea bargain. He was required to complete 80 hours of community service, and if he was law abiding for one year his charges would be dismissed. He completed his year and we are informed his charges were dismissed.

Russ Arndt stood his ground and went to trial in October of 2016. He was acquitted of all felonies, however, the jury found him guilty of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He attributes the one guilty finding to Sloan lying and exaggerating in court, coupled with the fact that a couple jurors were offended with him using foul language when he confronted the firefighters in 2015. Arndt was sentenced to one year of probation, required to pay court fees and complete an “Anger Management” course – he completed everything.

Arndt says that this ordeal has cost him over $30,000 in Attorney fees and costs. He is left with a complete lack of confidence in the justice system and a strong desire to hold Prosecutor Karl Sloan accountable for his corrupted actions – a position that most people who have complained to us about Sloan have taken.

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It's looking like the Supreme Court will not hear Strat's case. From Angela:

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We have oral arguments in the civil case on 9/22.

Next hearing in criminal case is 10/23. Stephen is working on a motion to dismiss, which we expect to be heard this time.

I hope to have more later in the week on the civil case, which will be huge in the criminal case. Just waiting for some things to be confirmed from the other side.

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WA Prosecutor Branden Platter – More Injustice?

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Okanogan County, WA – By a 2 to 1 vote of the Okanogan County Commissioners, interim Prosecutor Branden Platter was given the reins of the prosecutor’s office. Commissioners Chris Branch and Andy Hover voted to appoint Platter, while Commissioner Jim DeTro intelligently voted against him.

Platter took over from a disgraced Karl Sloan, who resigned July 28, 2017. Numerous calls received by our office reveal that many Okanogan residents question whether he will continue Karl Sloan’s corrupted practices of ignoring evidence and prosecuting innocent defendants. So, the jury is still out on whether or not Prosecutor Platter will serve justice, or just follow the same corrupt road that has been laid out before him. Initial assessments, however, suggest he is nothing more than a Sloan carbon copy.

Branden Platter’s First Strike – Fails to Acknowledge Factual Evidence – His Own Evidence

Over the past two years, the US~Observer has reported on the James and Angela Faire false prosecution case in Okanogan County. James has been facing a 1st Degree Murder charge, while sharing lesser criminal charges with his wife Angela since June of 2015.

This travesty of justice began when then Prosecutor Karl Sloan’s brother, Detective Kreg Sloan, made a very careless and negligent rush to judgment, without conducting any investigation whatsoever. Sloan obviously and erroneously backed the prosecution of the Faires. Since taking over, Platter has continued the false prosecution.

We have conclusively proven through our investigation that Karl Sloan ignored iron clad evidence of the Faires’ innocence. Sloan even disregarded sworn depositions from his own witnesses (people that conspired against the Faires) that contradicted their earlier statements, showing they committed serious felony crimes themselves! Their sworn statements prove that they attempted to kidnap the Faires, while one of the conspirators, George Abrantes, committed, or at the very least attempted, Assault in the 1st Degree. Fact is, there hasn’t been one single shred of evidence produced by law enforcement or the Prosecutor’s office that shows the Faires committed any crime.

Three uninvolved criminal defense attorneys from Washington State have carefully looked at the criminal case against the Faires. Each one has agreed that it is quite clear that the Faire’s did not commit any of the crimes they are charged with.

Why would Sloan do this? Simple. Sloan was put in the position where he had to cover for his brother’s incompetence, and Sheriff Frank Rogers’ rush to comment that resulted in a publicly broadcasted interview that literally tied the county to the assertion that the Faires were squatters and escalated the situation to the point of someone losing their life. If the case didn’t go on, and they didn’t get a conviction, it would certainly open the county to potential millions in liability. That is great motivation to continue a false prosecution – especially when you think you have law enforcement and media in your back pocket.

Little did they know that the US~Observer would share the truth with the people of Okanogan County and the rest of the country.

Shortly after he took over for Sloan, Platter received a letter from James Faire’s attorney Stephen Pidgeon. The letter requested that Platter look at the mountain of evidence disproving the validity of the charges against Faire, and to drop the baseless charges, for the sake of justice. According to Pidgeon, Platter never responded to his letter, saying, “He didn’t even acknowledge receiving it.”

Platter’s lack of response is a mirror image of Karl Sloan’s complete lack of ethics that this writer witnessed for over two years.

Strike Two – Branden Platter Offers Angela Nobilis Faire a Plea Bargain

Angela Nobilis Faire is facing a malicious prosecution for 2nd Degree Criminal Theft and 1st Degree Criminal Trespassing, which both carry substantial sentences. We are informed that Platter has offered to drop the 2nd Degree Criminal Theft charge down one notch. Having no evidence to show guilt on Angela’s part and with the state’s own witness claiming he deceived police in his initial interviews, Platter is relying on nothing except the charges themselves as justification for sending a plea offer to Angela’s attorney for review. Trying to get Angela to bite on a “no jail time” offer might be straight out of the prosecutor playbook, but when justice is not being served it is nothing but a blight on the office and people Platter supposedly represents.

Platter might do well to actually represent the interests of the public and the law, instead of trying to “protect” the reputation of an already tarnished prosecutor’s office. It is true that Platter’s predecessor refused to dismiss the false charges against the Faires, but that doesn’t make the charges worthy of ruining his reputation as well. Again, if he has any small connection to justice, Branden Platter must drop all false criminal charges and apologize to everyone involved for this corrupted mess – a mess that his office in conjunction with Okanogan law enforcement have created.

It has been reported to the US~Observer that there will be no plea-offer accepted in either case.

Should the prosecution take these fine people to trial on their false charges, you can rest assured the evidence will prove their innocence.

Branden Platter – A Practice of Depriving the Innocent of Their Constitutional Rights?

Branden Platter may well know how to totally ignore self-defense evidence.

Platter was Karl Sloan’s top assistant when Sloan prosecuted a murder case, unrelated to the Faires, wherein Jesus Duarte Vela shot and killed Antonio Naranjo-Menchaca. It has been reported that prior to jury selection, Sloan moved to exclude evidence of the victim’s prior bad acts that Vela was to use in his defense, establishing that he was afraid for his life and the lives of his family when he shot Naranjo-Menchaca. Vela was convicted of second-degree murder.

While we have not entirely investigated this case, we can report that the State Court of Appeals for Division III overturned Vela’s 2nd Degree murder conviction. Motions made by the prosecution and rulings issued by trial Judge Christopher Culp (the same judge in the Faire case), to keep evidence from being heard by the jury were ruled unconstitutional.

Platter has said he will file a motion for reconsideration and even seek review with the state Supreme Court. Is this justice, or yet another attempt to protect the image of a corrupted prosecutor’s office?

Faires’ Civil Suit Ruled On – Moves Forward
Richard Finegold


James and Angela Nobilis Faire filed suit against Richard Alan Finegold (one of the state’s main witnesses), Finegold’s co-conspirators and the estate of Debra Long on April 25, 2017.

Photos obtained by the Okanogan County Sheriff, court transcripts of interviews of Ruth Brooks, Michael St. Pierre and Richard Finegold combined with Richard Finegold’s false police report show clear evidence that Finegold and the others, under the direction of Debra Long, premeditated a surprise and violent ambush of James and Angela which sadly resulted in Long’s own death.

This case was recently ruled on by King County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Parisien as being able to move forward after George Abrantes tried to place a stay on the civil proceeding.

Depositions are currently being scheduled.

We have it on good authority that Finegold wants to seek a settlement in the case and realizes that his position is indefensible.
It would be telling if this comes to be a reality; a reality that would destroy Platter’s continued malicious criminal prosecution.

Injustice – Is this the beginning of a trend in Okanogan County?

While Sloan’s prosecutorial misconduct is evident, Platter can still make good to the citizens he now serves. That, however, is going to take a complete reversal in cases like the Faires.

But for now, Branden Platter is marching right along to infamy, just as his predecessor had. What we can guarantee is once he hits strike three, he’ll be out. We’ll make sure of it, and so should the citizens of Okanogan County who are concerned with justice.

One thing is certain, it doesn’t matter if Platter takes the Faires to trial, there isn’t a jury in this world who will convict them on the evidence, and the county will still end up paying for Platter’s malicious prosecution.

Editor’s Note: Every Judge and Prosecutor in the State of Washington should keep their eyes on this case and how it plays out. Will there be more reversals by higher courts, or will the system work as it should and protect the innocent?

We urge anyone with information on Okanogan County Prosecutor Branden Platter or any other officials involved in this case to contact Edward Snook at 541-474-7885 or by email to ed@usobserver.com. Information on other wrongdoing by Okanogan County government is also welcomed as we intend to be publishing on Okanogan corruption for quite some time based on the many complaints we have received to date. The corrupt in Okanogan will literally be shocked at what we have learned!

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Man, I wish Breacher had lived to see this.

I wonder what made Sloan resign. Maybe he knows how this will eventually play out and doesn't want his name attached to a loosing case.

And, I hope they burn finegold and company a new asshole.

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I heard that when Abrantes showed up for the deposition, he was pretty belligerent and aggressive. I'm not surprised, but that probably put some more pressure on Finegold to settle the civil suit.

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Belligerent and aggressive is what got him into this mess in the first place. I'd like to have him on the stand and push his buttons till his head pops. Probably wouldn't take much to make him show his ass.

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Yep, he seems like a real piece of work. I can't imagine the prosecutor is real eager to have him testify.

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October status hearing.

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Okanogan County, WA: James Faire, along with his attorney of record, Attorney Stephen Pidgeon, appeared in Okanogan County Superior Court on Monday, October 23, 2017 for a previously scheduled status conference. This was a telephonic appearance; Judge Henry Rawson presided and the newly appointed prosecutor for Okanogan County, Branden Platter, represented the state.

Family, friends and supporters of James Faire had anticipated that the court would set a special set hearing to hear several motions that have been filed in the case. However, it was determined that the trial court does not have jurisdiction of the case.

On May 16, 2017, a box containing 40 copies of a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari along with a $300 money order to cover filing fees was sent to the Supreme Court of the United States, Washington D.C. The writ was sent to the clerk of Okanogan County Superior Court as well as Karl Sloan.

In mid August, Attorney Pidgeon learned that the writ did not make it to the high court. A lost package complaint was filed with USPS. Since the money order was purchased thru the USPS, a tracer was put on the money order to determine if the instrument had been cashed. USPS determined that the money order had not been cashed and on September 9, 2017, the Faires received a check for $300. Of course, the money spent on producing the copies of the writ is unrecoverable as extra insurance was not purchased and priority mail covers $50 loss.

All indicators point to the fact that the box of writs is lost and will never make it to the high court. Furthermore, the 90 day response window from the time the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on the appeal had now expired. On September 20, 2017, Attorney Pidgeon filed a declaration regarding the status of the appeal in Okanogan County Superior Court. At this time, it is believed that Okanogan County Superior Court has jurisdiction.

NOT SO FAST!

It turns out SCOTUS did receive the writ and has asked for additional information. The high court has also extended the deadline to file the writ to Novemeber 15, 2017. Once the revised petition is filed, it can take up to 90 days for SCOTUS to decide whether to accept the petition.

Meanwhile, as of October 16, 2017, the United States Post Office continues to search for the “lost” package.

Faire’s next status hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 18, 2017. As of this writing, it is anticipated that this hearing will be telephonic.

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Lost???

My ass. "Lost" in the mail is just too convenient.

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From Angela:

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Ladies and Gentlemen who have an interest in this case,

On Monday, December 18th, at 8:30 AM, Mr. James (Strat) Faire has a status hearing. Faire and Attorney Stephen Pidgeon will handle this hearing telephonically.

Please keep James and Angela Faire in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to endure the abuses of falsely accused and wrongfully prosecuted.

An update will be made available after the hearing. Subscribe to receive updates directly to your email: www.FaireFoundation.org

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Praying for a favorable result today so that both James and Angela can have a VERY Merry Christmas.
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Update:

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Judge Henry Rawson presided over the hearing today. Attorney Stephen Pidgeon notified the court that SCOTUS rejected the writ. The record in Okanogan County is missing mandates from the higher courts so another hearing was set for January 8, 2018 to give time for these mandates to get in the record. At that time, we are hopeful that a special set hearing will be scheduled so that key motions can be heard. We anticipate this special hearing could occur in February.

Angela's next hearing is February 12, 2018.

James and I would like to thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. Please keep Attorney Stephen Pidgeon and Attorney Richard Gilliland in your prayers. May God, the heavenly father, grant our prayer requests and free us from these egregious charges.

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Any excuse will do for the kangaroo kourt to keep dragging this on forever.

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The next hearing will be January 23 at 9:00 PST at the Okanogan County courthouse. There will be a motion to dismiss the case,with prejudice. From Angela:

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Friends and all concerned: I have personally seen how much of an impact people showing up in the courtroom has. Please make a point of attending this very important hearing on Tuesday, January 23rd at 9 AM. James and I know the sacrifice you must make to attend; we would not ask you to do so if it wasn't important. James's life still remains in the balance as Prosecutor Brandon Platter chooses to continue this malicious prosecution.

Please share this event far and wide and as often as you can. #FaireFoundation

Thank you,
James and Angela Faire

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Here is the latest article from the USObserver. The good news is, first degree murder charges have been dropped. The bad news? They're now charging him with vehicular manslaughter.


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Okanogan Prosecutor Branden Platter “recognizes – and understands –
claim of self defense,” but pushes life sentence anyway
Claims Faire did not act in a reasonable manner


By Ron Lee
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With Edward Snook Contributing


Okanogan County, WA – Ever since June of 2015 James and Angela (Nobilis) Faire have been vilified by a government that is supposed to protect innocent victims of crime. The Okanogan Sheriff’s Department, their investigators, and the Prosecutor’s office all share culpability in the continued victimization of the Faires. These agencies, along with the true perpetrators of crimes against the Faires, continue to collude in pressing charges based on fabricated accounts, false reports and prejudiced investigations. Yet, the evidence, and the one-and-only impartial eye witness account, tell the true story; James and Angela Faire are innocent. Even the current Okanogan County Prosecutor, Branden Platter, has admitted, “I do not feel there is sufficient grounds to proceed on an intentional murder basis…” Still, the Faires are up against a renewed list of serious charges, with James facing the potential punishment of a life sentence – all for crimes they did not commit. It has to make any prudent person ask, is that reasonable?

History

As previously reported by the US~Observer:

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On June 18, 2015, an incident occurred at the Sourdough Ranch in Aeneas Valley, Washington, that resulted in the loss of one person’s life. In a rush to judgment, the Sheriff, investigators and the prosecuting attorney (then Karl Sloan) bought into a narrative created by a gang of witnesses who were factually the perpetrators of the only crimes committed… The deceased was none other than their ringleader. The crimes this gang carried out together and individually were: Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping, Filing a False Police Report, Kidnapping, and Attempted Felony Assault in the First Degree. It was only because of their conspired efforts that one of their own was killed while attempting to kidnap the two people who have ultimately been paying the price for this gang’s crimes.
James and Angela were arrested for murder and a litany of other concocted crimes. In the ensuing weeks, Angela’s murder charge disappeared, and she was released on bail.

James languished in jail for over eight months while the system churned slowly through its processes, much of that time spent without any legal representation. Eventually, with the help of attorney Stephen Pidgeon, James secured an incredibly low bail amount – not typically given to one facing a 1st degree murder charge unless the judge questions the merit of the prosecution’s case.

Even now, almost 3 years after the incident, the Faires’ lives are dedicated to working to fight their false charges and repair their reputations from the state’s spurious allegations.

New Prosecutor in Town, Means New Charges

On August 29, 2017, Branden Platter replaced Karl Sloan as Okanogan County’s Lead Prosecutor. The Faires, their attorneys and the US~Observer all hoped Platter would take a fresh look at the evidence. His subsequent review and decision to simply amend the charges leave little doubt he is just trying to cover the county from liability and has little interest in serving actual justice.

As of January 11, 2018, Platter amended James Faire’s charges from First Degree Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree, and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree to Vehicular Homicide or Manslaughter in the First Degree, Vehicular Assault, and Theft in the Second Degree. He has dropped the Criminal Trespass charge completely as there is no misconstruing the evidence that shows James and Angela did in fact have permission to be on the Sourdough Ranch property – which is the key to this entire case. If they had a right to be there, why were they being set-up as “squatters”?

Buying the Lies

Emails received by the US~Observer show that Platter purports to consider Richard Finegold to be a victim, instead of the criminal who filed the initial false police report that attempted to incriminate the Faires for something they never did. Also, Finegold is somehow accredited by Platter with being the victim in the theft crimes James and Angela are being falsely charged with. In fact, Angela created a GoFundMe account in her own name, but for the benefit of her dying friend, Michelle St. Pierre. Finegold who was St. Pierre’s live-in boyfriend and owner of the Sourdough Ranch property, never had any right to any funds from the GoFundMe account, yet Angela Faire maintains Finegold received the bulk of the funds. Finegold admitted in a deposition that he received $5,750.00 in cash. Finegold further admitted that Angela Faire provided more than the cash he received. Were the cash funds Finegold received used for Michelle, or some other purpose? Who is the thief? Other indisputable evidence shows that the Faires spent well over the $9,200.00 that Angela raised from her GoFundMe efforts on behalf of St. Pierre and her household.

Even though Platter continues to use Finegold’s deceptive assertion, that a large sum of money was not handed over, to justify the Faires’ charges, Platter readily admits, “I do recognize difficulty proving amounts…” Not only that, but by all accounts, Finegold was reportedly so out-of-touch with what went on during that time, Platter’s use of Finegold’s recollection for the sake of prosecuting the Faires should almost be considered criminal in and of itself. So, if he doesn’t know the amounts, and he knows his “victim” to be an admitted liar, how can he charge James and Angela with any level of theft?

Interestingly it was Angela’s attorney, Richard Gilliland, who answered the question during a phone conversation he and Angela had regarding her theft charges and a Stipulated Order of Continuance (SOC) Platter was offering her that would eventually dismiss the theft charge against her. An SOC is essentially a plea contract. If you successfully complete the SOC terms, your case goes away. Angela’s SOC was a “deal” Platter had put together that included no jail time, an agreement to drop the charges after two years, and sought no restitution. According to Angela she asked Gilliland, “Why doesn’t he just dismiss everything? Why do we have to go the SOC route?”

“Because…” Gilliland started. “Because he has to. Because he’s got political pressure … He’d get creamed as a prosecutor if he just gave everything away completely. I mean, he wouldn’t have the job very long.”

And there it is; the million-dollar answer. Prosecutors, like Platter, will refuse to do the right thing, for the sake of their political careers. So much for justice…

Unreasonable Behavior

With a statement in one of Platter’s emails that reads, “I certainly recognize [James Faire’s] claim of self-defense and understand it; however, I believe there is evidence that Mr. Faire did not act reasonably and that a dismissal would not be appropriate in this case,” it begs the question: just what is reasonable when faced with an angry mob and an extremely large man violently attacking you with a deadly weapon?

Is it reasonable to conclude that when defending yourself, the first thing that is taught to people is to remove yourself from the situation if you can, before all else? So, was it reasonable for James to get back in his vehicle and attempt to flee the attack rather than using his gun to end the violent confrontation? Was it reasonable that the Faires called 911 as soon as it was possible to do so, to report the attack? Was it reasonable that James and Angela waited a lengthy time for police to arrive? Was it reasonable, after learning that an individual was killed during their escape, to remain silent and no longer talk with police?

Or, Mr. Platter, is it your opinion that it was simply unreasonable to have not known, in the craziness of the moment, that the woman James lost sight of ended up underneath his tires as he tried to protect his wife and escape? Tell me, would you have let the group beat you; pummel you with weapons – sticks (with foul slogans written on them), scissors, and a lock on the end of a large chain – just to make sure no one was bent down under your field of view? Or, would you have tried to get out of there, just like James?

Let’s hope you never have to find out. And, let’s hope you never have to face the injustice of being falsely prosecuted, all because an investigator and his brother prosecutor decided to accept a story rather than the evidence; a slanderous story that the number one law enforcement officer parroted to the public without checking its validity. It’s a deceitful story that still haunts the Faires to this day, vilified as murderous squatters.

Okanogan County should be ashamed of their officials.

There was never a moment when the Faires stole money or intended bodily harm to anyone. There was never any type of homicide or manslaughter. It was just an unfortunate accident brought on by the actions of the group that attacked James and Angela. James was just trying to flee the mob whose obvious intentions were to harm his wife and himself.

Where are the charges on the individuals who factually and admittedly committed crimes – like Richard Finegold and George Abrantes?

Tell me Mr. Platter, is it reasonable to continue to waste the tax payer’s money in an attempt to unjustly prosecute the Faires just to extend the short duration of your career? The US~Observer would like to bet that the public doesn’t think it is.

One thing is certain, while you “make an offer in every case,” this is one case where no offer will be accepted. The Faires are innocent. See you in court on the 23rd.

Editor’s Note: Since reporting on Branden Platter becoming the Lead Okanogan County Prosecutor, the US~Observer has been contacted multiple times by individuals who suggest Platter is quite the womanizer. If you feel you have been violated in anyway by Branden Platter, please contact the US~Observer immediately, you are not alone, and you should have a voice. #MeToo

Those of us who have investigated the Faire case find it more than reasonable to believe that Brandon Platter would “womanize”, “date a married woman” and worse. If a person would attempt to destroy an innocent, just to save face and civil liability, then that person is quite capable of doing anything.

Lots of photos at the link.

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Given the evidence, Platter knew a jury wouldn't convict on the bogus murder charge. However, if he flings enough crap he might be able to con a gullible jury into signing off on vehicular manslaughter.

The theft charges are just icing on the cake, meant to make the Faires look bad. Don't believe he'll prevail on that one.

BTW, Did you notice Platter resembles Abrantee's inbred cousin.

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I think he's still looking for a plea bargain. If so, he's going to be waiting for a long time. Angela has said repeatedly that they will not plea to something they didn't do.

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The motion to dismiss on grounds of no speedy trial, denied. On the motion to dismiss for lack of probable cause, under review. A decision is expected on Feb. 2nd.

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I would've liked to be there and heard Pidgeon's argument before the court.

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{quote] Branden Platter (prosecutor) admits he does not have a case in respect to the original charges (Premeditated Murder 1 or in the alternative Murder 2, Felony Assault 1, Criminal Trespass 1 and Theft 1).

As James said, the amended charges are based on the same police report and the bald-faced lies of Richard Finegold. After 2-1/2 years, the state drops the trespass charge entirely.

The state amended theft 1 to theft 2. The state claims Finegold has acknowledged receving $5,750. The state still has not investigated how GoFundMe works and does not account for 8% fees automatically withheld by GoFundMe and the payment processor, WePay. The GoFundMe campaign specifically stated that the funds were to be used for medical expenses and "Funds are needed for basic necessities as well. With additional people coming to help the family, running the household has become more expensive." These words are explicitly on the campaign and are part of the police report. Platter continues to buy into Finegold's lies even though he is known for making a false complaint and lying to police.

On the charges of vehicular homicide or manslaughter in the alternative, Brandon Platter states James "action were unreasonable" another time he states the actions were reckless. These charges carry a maximum life imprisonment and/or $50,000.

Finally, vehicular assault, which carries a maximum 10 year imprisonment and/or $20,000 fine.


So, we now have to defend against these charges. We are also expecting a ruling from Judge Christopher Culp on February 2nd with respect to the probable cause "evidence." If he rules in our favor, the charges will be dismissed.

Also on February 2nd, we have a hearing in King County Superior Court (Seattle) on the civil side of this matter. We will keep you posted on this as the date approaches.

It truly is appalling what the criminal justice system in Okanogan is like. It is more appalling how going to the aide of another has caused James and I to deal with a nightmare such as this.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers and support as we fight this battle.[/quote]

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It is "unreasonable" and "reckless" for a group of people to assault a man and his wife for merely attempting to recover their own property.

When you are in fear of your life, who is to say your actions were "unreasonable" and "reckless" when all you are trying to do is leave.

It is "unreasonable", "reckless" and downright stupid to jump in front of a moving truck and try to stop it by grabbing onto the grill.

It is "unreasonable" to lie and bear false witness against friends who have done nothing but help you.

It is "unreasonable" to accuse friends of theft when they dropped everything to care for you and your invalid girlfriend...shopping, cooking, housecleaning, home repair, yardwork and even buying groceries and paying your bills...ALL because you are too stupid and lazy to do for yourself.

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Ladies and Gentlemen who have an interest in the case of STATE v. FAIRE:

On Monday, January 29, 2018, Attorney Stephen Pidgeon received #Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher Culp's response to James Faire's "motion to reconsider probable cause and dismiss with prejudice." After reviewing Crawford v WA and Pidgeon's supplemental info, Culp DENIED the motion.

Speculation is that the judge ruled this way to avoid causing an upheaval to their system of processing the large number of people through the court. As we all have come to learn,the courts are not about justice but in fact is a money making arm of the government. As of this writing, James Faire and Attorney Stephen Pidgeon are gearing up for trial. The current trial date is April 10, 2018.

The Faires are in good spirits even though they had hoped Judge Culp would finally put an end to the nightmare they have been forced to endure for over 2-1/2 years. This case continues to be one of where the perjury of the guilty is used to destroy truth, innocence and justice.

James and Angela Faire express their gratitude for your support and prayers. They ask that you keep Attorney Stephen Pidgeon and everyone else involved in this case in your prayers. May God provide them with the guidance and courage to do the right thing in this case. Let us all continue to bring the truth to light and overcome the darkness.

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The desperate prosecutor has offered Angela a plea deal. Not surprisingly, she didn't accept it.

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Okanogan County Prosecutor Branden Platter “recognizes – and understands – claim of self-defense,” but pushes life sentence anyway. Says Faire did not act in a reasonable manner.

Okanogan County, WA – Ever since June of 2015 James and Angela (Nobilis) Faire have been vilified by a government that is supposed to protect innocent victims of crime. The Okanogan Sheriff’s Department, their investigators, and the Prosecutor’s office all share culpability in the continued victimization of the Faires. These agencies, along with the true perpetrators of crimes against the Faires, continue to collude in pressing charges based on fabricated accounts, false reports and prejudiced investigations. Yet, the evidence, and the one-and-only impartial eye witness account, tells the true story; James and Angela Faire are innocent. Even the current Okanogan County Prosecutor, Branden Platter, has admitted, “I do not feel there is sufficient grounds to proceed on an intentional murder basis…” Still, the Faires are up against a renewed list of serious charges, with James facing the potential punishment of a life sentence – all for crimes they did not commit. It has to make any prudent person ask, is that reasonable?

After attending the Faire hearing on January 23, 2018, a professional associated with this case stated, “Prosecutor Branden Platter is not a human being, he’s just an academic process. He doesn’t care about the truth, he’s only concerned with protecting his office from liability and from looking bad publicly. He’s had overwhelming, factual and conclusive evidence of [the Faires’] innocence right in front of him for many months. This is the exact reason he has lowered all of their charges.”

History

As previously reported by the US~Observer:

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On June 18, 2015, an incident occurred at the Sourdough Ranch in Aeneas Valley, Washington, that resulted in the loss of one person’s life. In a rush to judgment, the Sheriff, investigators and the prosecuting attorney (then Karl Sloan) bought into a narrative created by a gang of witnesses who were factually the perpetrators of the only crimes committed… The deceased was none other than their ringleader. The crimes this gang carried out together and individually were: Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping, Filing a False Police Report, Kidnapping, and Attempted Felony Assault in the First Degree. It was only because of their conspired efforts that one of their own was killed while attempting to kidnap the two people who have ultimately been paying the price for this gang’s crimes.
James and Angela were arrested for murder and a litany of other concocted crimes. In the ensuing days, Angela’s murder charge disappeared, and she was released on bail.

James languished in jail for over eight months while the system churned slowly through its processes, much of that time spent without any legal representation. Eventually, with the help of Attorney Stephen Pidgeon, James secured an incredibly low bail amount – not typically given to one facing a 1st degree murder charge unless the judge questions the merit of the prosecution’s case.

Even now, almost 3 years after the incident, the Faires’ lives are dedicated to working to fight their false charges and repair their reputations from the state’s spurious allegations.

New Prosecutor in Town, Means New Charges

On August 29, 2017, Branden Platter replaced Karl Sloan as Okanogan County’s Lead Prosecutor. The Faires, their attorneys and the US~Observer all hoped Platter would take a fresh look at the evidence. His subsequent review and decision to simply amend the charges leave little doubt he is just trying to cover the county from liability and has little interest in serving actual justice.

As of January 11, 2018, Platter amended James Faire’s charges from First Degree Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree, and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree to Vehicular Homicide or Manslaughter in the First Degree, Vehicular Assault, and Theft in the Second Degree. He has dropped the Criminal Trespass charge completely as there is no misconstruing the evidence that shows James and Angela did in fact have permission to be on the Sourdough Ranch property – which is the key to this entire case. If they had a right to be there, why were they being set-up as “squatters”?

Buying the Lies

Emails received by the US~Observer show that Platter purports to consider Richard Finegold to be a victim, instead of the criminal who filed the initial false police report that attempted to incriminate the Faires for something they never did.

Also, Finegold is somehow accredited by Platter with being the victim in the theft crimes James and Angela are being falsely charged with. In fact, Angela created a GoFundMe account in her own name, but for the benefit of her dying friend, Michelle St. Pierre. Finegold who was St. Pierre’s live-in boyfriend and owner of the Sourdough Ranch property, never had any right to any funds from the GoFundMe account, yet Angela Faire maintains Finegold received the bulk of the funds. Finegold admitted in a deposition that he received $5,750.00 in cash. Finegold further admitted that Angela Faire provided more than the cash he received. Were the cash funds Finegold received used for Michelle, or some other purpose? Who is the thief? Other indisputable evidence shows that the Faires spent well over the $9,200.00 that Angela raised from her GoFundMe efforts on behalf of St. Pierre and her household.

Even though Platter continues to use Finegold’s deceptive assertion, that a large sum of money was not handed over, to justify the Faires’ charges, Platter readily admits, “I do recognize difficulty proving amounts…” Not only that, but by all accounts, Finegold was reportedly so out-of-touch with what went on during that time, Platter’s use of Finegold’s recollection for the sake of prosecuting the Faires should almost be considered criminal in and of itself. So, if he doesn’t know the amounts, and he knows his “victim” to be an admitted liar, how can he charge James and Angela with any level of theft?

That must be a serious question facing the judge, too, and any potential jury. How can Angela Faire be charged with Felony Theft in the first Degree for over two years and then have it reduced by Platter to Misdemeanor Theft III, without their being serious questions to the validity of any charge? We’d also like to point out the fact that Platter should have no jurisdiction in the theft charge. The alleged crime happened in Snohomish County – her case in Okanogan should be dismissed on this fact alone!

Interestingly, it was Angela’s attorney, Richard Gilliland, who answered the question about continuing to charge the Faires at all during a phone conversation he and Angela had regarding her theft charges and a Stipulated Order of Continuance (SOC) Platter was offering her that would eventually dismiss the theft charge against her. An SOC is essentially a plea contract but without any admission of guilt. If you successfully complete the SOC terms, your case goes away. Angela’s SOC was a “deal” Platter had put together that included a fee, lawyer’s fees, restitution in the amount of $2,500.00 to be paid to Michelle St. Pierre’s estate, no jail time, and an agreement to drop the charges after two years of Angela being crime-free. According to Angela she asked Gilliland, “Why doesn’t he just dismiss everything? Why do we have to go the SOC route?”

“Because…” Gilliland started. “Because he has to. Because he’s got political pressure … He’d get creamed as a prosecutor if he just gave everything away completely. I mean, he wouldn’t have the job very long.”

And there it is; the million-dollar answer. Prosecutors, like Platter, will refuse to do the right thing, for the sake of their political careers. So much for justice…

A New, Unbelievable Deal – Platter Shows His Hand

As noted above, Platter offered Angela an SOC which Angela refused. He subsequently sent another offer, which on its surface, seems like a “sweetheart deal”, but as with all things contractual there is a give and take, and Platter shows how conniving he can be “on the take”.

According to the SOC terms, Angela Faire would have to remain free from any “criminal law violation” for a period of one year for her charge to be dismissed completely. Again, it sounds reasonable, but considering that almost any incident can escalate into a criminal law violation, it isn’t much of a jump to suggest entrapment. Take for example being pulled over by an officer and asked for your ID. In many states you can simply decline and ask if you are being detained. However, in Washington State it is a misdemeanor to decline. It’s also a criminal violation to protest the government in groups of 3 or more and not disperse when told to. Almost anything can become a criminal law violation if they are looking for a reason to get you.

Angela has a lifetime of flying straight and narrow. But it isn’t the amount of time she faces having to live as she always has – without being a crook. It’s about what she would give up if for some reason the system found a way to criminalize her once again.

According to the SOC, “Upon a determination that the Defendant has breached the terms of the Stipulated Continuance, the Court shall immediately conduct a trial. The parties stipulate that the police reports and documents attached hereto and all documents provided in discovery, physical evidence seized in this case, and any expert analysis of that physical evidence and lab reports, shall be admitted and considered by the judge without objection and, that the Court, without a jury, shall conduct the trial. Defendant waives the right to testify, call witnesses or conduct cross examination.” (Emphasis Added)

Angela would have no right to defend herself from the allegations, no way to present her own evidence; she could, however, remain silent and face the determination of a judge who is part of the same system that has railroaded the Faires this entire time.

It just doesn’t sound reasonable, and it didn’t to Angela either, who turned down Platter’s offer.

(The 1st SOC was offered to Angela Faire in a conversation with her attorney. The 2nd SOC was presented in written form, which was acquired by the US~Observer, and can be read here.)

Unreasonable Behavior?

With a statement in one of Platter’s emails that reads, “I certainly recognize [James Faire’s] claim of self-defense and understand it; however, I believe there is evidence that Mr. Faire did not act reasonably and that a dismissal would not be appropriate in this case,” it begs the question: just what is reasonable when faced with an angry mob and an extremely large man violently attacking you with a deadly weapon?

Is it reasonable to conclude that when defending yourself, the first thing that is taught to people is to remove yourself from the situation if you can, before all else? So, was it reasonable for James to get back in his vehicle and attempt to flee the attack rather than using his gun to end the violent confrontation? Was it reasonable that the Faires called 911 as soon as it was possible to do so, to report the attack? Was it reasonable that James and Angela waited a lengthy time for police to arrive? Was it reasonable, after learning that an individual was killed during their escape, to remain silent and no longer talk with police?

Or, Mr. Platter, is it your opinion that it was simply unreasonable to have not known, in the craziness of the moment, that the woman James lost sight of ended up underneath his tires as he tried to protect his wife and escape? Tell me, would you have let the group beat you; pummel you with weapons – sticks (with foul slogans written on them), scissors, and a deadly weapon consisting of a lock on the end of a large chain – just to make sure no one was bent down under your field of view? Or, would you have tried to get out of there, just like James? Can you say premeditated?

Let’s hope you never have to find out. And, let’s hope you never have to face the injustice of being falsely prosecuted, all because an investigator and his brother prosecutor decided to accept a story rather than the evidence; a slanderous story that the number one law enforcement officer parroted to the public without checking its validity. It’s a deceitful story that still haunts the Faires to this day, vilified as murderous squatters.

Okanogan County should be ashamed of their officials.

There was never a moment when the Faires stole money or intended bodily harm to anyone. There was never any type of homicide or manslaughter. It was just an unfortunate accident brought on by the actions of the group that attacked James and Angela. James was just trying to flee the mob whose obvious intentions were to harm his wife and himself.

Where are the charges on the individuals who factually and admittedly committed crimes – like Richard Finegold and George Abrantes? Mr. Platter, why do you continue to buy into Finegold’s cunning deception of using his moderate Asperger condition to cover-up the crimes he has committed? Finegold was the boyfriend of the very astute Michele St.Pierre. Finegold is a property owner, and he is a computer expert. Finegold completely understands the crimes he has committed, and he needs to be held responsible for those crimes.

Tell me Mr. Platter, is it reasonable to continue to waste the tax payer’s money in an attempt to unjustly prosecute the Faires just to extend the short duration of your career? The US~Observer would like to bet that the public doesn’t think it is.

BREAKING: Desperate to Score, Branden Platter Offers Angela a New 3rd Deal

Knowing that he has no evidence to convict Angela (or James, for the matter) on the Theft charge, Branden Platter makes a last-ditch effort to get Angela to sign a “Deal”.

Just hours before going to press, we received information that Platter has agreed to drop the time that Angela is required to be “law abiding” down to six months. He will also drop the attorney fee requirement if she will accept this third SOC offer.

Now, let’s recap Platter’s attempts to extort an SOC deal from Angela Faire. First, she would have to be on semi-probation for two years, pay an undetermined amount for fines and attorney fees, and pay $2,500.00 in restitution. Angela refused this deal.

In the second deal, Platter was willing to drop the semi-probation period down to one year. He also dropped the restitution stipulation completely, and set the fine at $250.00 with $400.00 ordered for attorney fees. Angela rejected this offer.

Platter’s third deal only requires Angela to be on semi-probation for six months and Platter will eliminate the attorney fee requirement. So, if Angela will pay a $250.00 fine and be good for six months, “benevolent” Okanogan County Prosecutor Branden Platter will dismiss the false Theft charge against her.

The US~Observer would suggest to any guilty party to take this kind of a deal, but Angela isn’t guilty, and we can see no reason why Angela would take it. It is expected that she will reject it summarily, seeking her day in court when it can be determined once and for all that the Okanogan prosecutor’s office falsely and maliciously pursued her for over two years.

At this juncture Mr. Platter needs to dig deep for a bit of intelligence. He should realize that he wasn’t the one who manufactured the false criminal charges against James and Angela. Former corrupted prosecutor Karl Sloan and his incompetent detective brother Kreg are responsible for starting this tragic ordeal. I should add that when things began to get hot in Okanogan for these two crooks, they skipped town and left a very young and inexperienced Braden Platter “holding the bag”.

If Platter is able to drum up enough smarts he will immediately drop all of the ludicrous charges against James and Angela Faire and he will file the appropriate criminal charges against Richard Finegold, George Abrantes and others. If not, he will wear this case like an albatross around his neck for the rest of his life.

One thing is certain, while Platter “make[s] an offer in every case,” this is one case where we are confident no offer will be accepted. The Faires are innocent.

See you at trial.

Onward and upward,
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A quick addendum, Angela's attorney was none too happy when she turned down that last plea deal. [Wink]

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Originally posted by airforce:
A quick addendum, Angela's attorney was none too happy when she turned down that last plea deal. [Wink]

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Anytime a Lawyer actually has to work, they are pissed. Plea Deals=no actual work to do.

Sounds like she also needs a REAL Lawyer.

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I don't know strat's lawyers or what type of lawyers they are. There are as many types of lawyers as there are types of people in general.

I don't touch criminal law with a 10 ft pole, but it's common for defense attorneys to pressure their clients into plea deals. That's basically what public defenders do - just churn and burn plea deals.

I've met a few defense attys that like court and love to try cases, but I think that is rarer than it is for civil litigators. Trials are very expensive and time intensive and statistically, most defendants "really did it" and can't pay the thousands of dollars it will cost. Being a defense attorney is a tough business.

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Angela still has a public defender, though she is getting afvice from Strat's attorney and USObserver.

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Someone needs to burn Sloan, Platter and Feingold a new asshole. Literally.

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Look at your local circuit court docket. Criminal cases will show a prosecutor and defense counsel. See how many of them are "guilty plea".

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From Angela this morning:

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Good morning,

Professor Gregory Gilbertson has been retained as an expert witness in Strat's case. Gilbertson will be instrumental in the area of accident scene investigation AND self defense. You can read more about Gilbertson here: http://gilbertson-investigations.com/

Strat has a status hearing on Monday, March 5. Initially we understood this hearing was telephonic, however, Attorney Stephen Pidgeon and Professor Gilbertson plan to go to Sourdough either that weekend or after the hearing. This assumes 1) weather permitting and Stephen can obtain whatever clearance is necessary to go to the property. Also, they want access to the truck that has been impounded since June 18, 2015. Bottomline, as of this writing Strat and I are planning to go to Okanogan for this hearing.

That's all for now.

~Strat & Angel

And this is from his website:

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Professor Gregory Gilbertson owns and operates Gilbertson Investigations – a licensed, bonded, and insured private investigations agency based in Olympia, Washington. Greg and his colleagues are focused on assisting attorneys as expert witnesses in police excessive force, false arrest, self-defense, and police misconduct cases. In just four years Greg has provided expert analysis on over 60 cases in 14 states. He has completed nearly two-dozen depositions and testified in both state and federal courts. Please click the Casework tab above to review Greg’s case history.

Greg began his career as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then served as a commissioned officer of infantry soldiers. Later he became a police officer with the cities Atlanta and LaGrange, Georgia. In Atlanta he served as a Zone 3 police patrolman. In LaGrange Greg served as a senior police officer (Corporal), SWAT Team member, juvenile court investigator, and school resource officer. Duty related injuries and two major surgeries ended his law enforcement career. Greg then became a criminal justice professor at a Washington State community college. He’s also worked as a private investigator specializing in criminal defense casework for 16 years.

The origins of Greg’s expert witness casework can be traced to his service as an International Police Trainer in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Justice vetted his curriculum vitae and qualified him as a Subject Matter Expert in Police Practices and Procedures. Greg then deployed, lived, and worked with NATO Forces for over two years in active war zones. He supported and supervised the training of Iraqi and Afghan national police officers in Baghdad and Basrah, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan. In summation, Greg’s experience as police officer, SWAT Team member, college professor, private investigator, and international police trainer affords him the moral and intellectual authority to analyze and explain complex police incidents and and law enforcement concepts to jurors in a manner they can easily understand.

An evolving demand for expert witnesses by civil rights and criminal defense attorneys prompted Greg to recently expand his agency practice. He now partners with colleagues nationwide in a number of related fields, to include:

Law Enforcement Training – Jansen S. Cheek
Legal Research & Consulting – Judge Nelson Hunt (Ret.)
Information Technology & Artificial Intelligence – Samuel Small
Employment Law & Wrongful Terminations – Jean Jorgensen, J.D.
Cold-Case Homicides, Interview & Deposition Analysis – D. Glenn Foster
Medicolegal Death Investigations – Coroner & Professor Warren McLeod
Federal Cases, Interview & Deposition Analysis – Special Agent Chris Holland (Ret.)

Please review the professional credentials of Greg’s colleagues by clicking on the Experts tab above.

If your client has been victimized by acts of police excessive force, false arrest, or police misconduct by a local, state or federal law enforcement officer, or if they’ve acted in self-defense, call Gilbertson Investigations. Their insight, knowledge, and experience has helped many attorneys achieve positive outcomes for clients, and they can help you too.

Onward and upward,
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Sounds like a good move to me. Gilbertson should be very beneficial to the case.

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I'll bet he doesn't come cheap.

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Doesn't pass gut check... but I have been wrong so many times.

I can't tell you why other than Bundy trial results. Losing is not a comfortable thing.

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I'd love to be in the courtroom when they call George Abrantes to the witness stand.

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