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Prosecutors Caught with Hand in the Cookie Jar

Clark County, Vancouver, WA: The malicious prosecution & wrongful conviction of John Garrett Smith is riddled with unanswered questions the Prosecutor’s Office & Vancouver Police Department scramble to keep buried.Continuing discovery of hidden evidence, concealed witnesses, suppressed audio depositions, disregarded exculpatory DNA Crime Lab reports, crime scene spoliation, and proof of fabrication of evidence & perjury by State’s key witness & lead detective, Sandra Aldridge, creates mounting liability for Clark County. Like a 5 year old child with his hand caught in the cookie jar, the Prosecutor's Office clings to the lie rather than accept responsibility and begin to address a problem that has plagued Clark County and its citizens for decades.



WA Legislators Must Call for ACCOUNTABILITY in Clark County

Wrongful Imprisonment of JOHN GARRETT SMITHCountup
Intent.The legislature recognizes that persons convicted and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit have been uniquely victimized. Having suffered tremendous injustice by being stripped of their lives and liberty, they are forced to endure imprisonment and are later stigmatized as felons. A majority of those wrongly convicted in Washington state have no remedy available under the law for the destruction of their personal lives resulting from errors in our criminal justice system. The legislature intends to provide an avenue for those who have been wrongly convicted in Washington state to redress the lost years of their lives, and help to address the unique challenges faced by the wrongly convicted... 


[Excerpt of letter to John Garrett Smith's son]

...We will continue to advocate for your father's freedom. The evidence is overwhelming that Detective Aldridge tampered with his iPhone in order to obtain an unlawful arrest and wrongful conviction. It was based upon false allegations that he attempted to murder Sheryl [Cresap-Smith]. The iPhone voicemail recording was the key piece of evidence that enabled Clark County to obtain a wrongful conviction and sentence him to 12 years in prison for a crime that never occurred.  

The background has been investigated and the financial data has been gathered to prove that your father had been taken advantage of by his second wife and her handlers. Sheryl [Cresap-Smith] preyed upon Garrett in 2009 when he was most vulnerable.

In Aug of 2011, Garrett's business partners, Joshua Gotlieb and Charles Barker, swindled $660K from his Hawaii business ventures, Co-gentech Pacific and Poly-gentech. The proof has been compiled and archived.

In Se…

Clark County acts of fraud before WA Supreme Court

Clark County Prosecutors' request for discretionary review of  the Court of Appeal's October 4th, 2016 unanimous reversal of the conviction of JOHN GARRETT SMITH comes before the state Supreme Court on Thursday, June 8th.  Meanwhile, Garrett Smith, with no unserved charges currently against him, is being held in a Washington State Prison on an Appeal Bond of 12 million dollars. 

This outrageous and vindictive bail amount was put in place by Clark County Judge Robert A. Lewis, the sole trier of fact in Garrett Smith's December 2014 bench trial. Post conviction discovery (brought before the Court of Appeals within Smith's 2015 "Statement of Additional Grounds") revealed that Judge Lewis was the presiding judge on two separate cases within 5 years of Garrett Smith's arrest in which Smith's accuser was a party . In each case Judge Lewis ruled in favor of Smith's accuser, Sheryl Cresap.  Both cases were ripe with controversy and their subsequent outcom…

Falsified Voicemail Evidence v. WA State Attorneys' "Privacy Act" Agenda

Washington is one of 10 states that still enforces an "all party consent" law when it comes to recording a private conversation.  With slim and vaguely defined exceptions, a recording in which all parties did not give permission to record, is not admissible in court.  Said "recorder" could be charged with having violated the law. RCW 9.73 is a hot button topic within WA state and local government. In the case against John Garrett Smith,  attorneys statewide have scrambled at the opportunity to affect Privacy Act case law.
On December 3rd, 2014, in a bench trial, John Garrett Smith was convicted of Attempted Murder II. On October 4th, 2016, in a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeals Division II reversed the decision based upon a violation of the State's Privacy Act. The ONLY piece of evidence used to convict Smith of Attempted Murder II was a fabricated voicemail recording. 
On April 25, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court was made aware of this fraudulent recor…

Clark County, WA Superior Court Judge Robert A. Lewis holds man with NO PENDING CHARGES on $12 MILLION BAIL BOND


Fabrication of Evidence within Policy in Clark County, WA?

Clark County Prosecuting Attorney, Tony Golik:
I recently attended the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing involving the $9 million civil award owed to Ray Spencer for Clark County's fabrication of evidence that led to nearly 20 years of his wrongful incarceration.  Like the Honorable Judge Andrew Hurwitz, I was astonished that in Clark County, it is considered "acceptable practice" for law enforcement to fabricate evidence as long as the officer feels the accused is guilty.
My question for you, Mr. Golik Is this:  As Clark County's elected Prosecutor, is this still your position today?
Let's not mince words.  We have been at this since before the conviction of John Garrett Smith.  Prior to Smith's conviction, you received and ignored an email from a witness with information calling into question the voicemail recording used to convict Garrett Smith of 2nd Degree Attempted Murder.  According to the evidence log, VPD entered the iPhone into evidence 38 minutes …

VPD Detective Sandra Aldridge: Where there's smoke, there's an inferno

Does the City of Vancouver have specific attorneys on the payroll just to handle litigation resulting from violations of civil rights committed by Detective Sandra Aldridge?

VPD Officer Sandra Aldridge continues to compound liability for the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department and the citizens of our community. Her misconduct remains UNCHECKED, while City leaders pour taxpayer dollars into full time legal defense to cover liability associated with the pattern and practice of violation of civil rights that Aldridge leaves in her path.  In addition to the 20+ internal affairs complaints filed against Aldridge with the Vancouver Police Department, complaints of misconduct under "Color of Law"  SPECIFICALLY NAMING DETECTIVE SANDRA ALDRIDGE have been brought forth in each of the civil and criminal cases listed below over the past four years:

List of alleged violations include:  Tampering with a witness, witness intimidation to include false arrest, tampering with evidenc…

Does VPD allow sexual misconduct if it doesn't involve a local Prosecutor?

In April of 2014, a citizen complaint was filed against Detective Sandra Aldridge for making sexual advances toward the complainant. Following an Internal Affairs investigation, a "Notice of Findings" was issued and included the following reprimand to Detective Aldridge from superior officer, Lt. Doug Luse:

[Note: The excerpt below is taken directly from the decision in IA investigation #2014-0097 involving allegations of sexual misconduct against Detective Sandra Aldridge]

"In your interview, you acknowledged encouraging Randi to watch the Melissa Ferrick "Drive" video. The transcript of your interview describes the video as "two women that are naked in bed." You yourself describe the video as "sensual."  Further, you stated that the reason you complemented Randi (via text) on her looks and suggested that she watch the video, was in order to help her with her self-esteem and make her realize that her partner should treat her better.
While the…

Clark County & VPD: Wake up and smell the 30-year-old coffee!

[Link]   The Columbian: Ruling Stands in Spencer Case
Different player, same game...
A July 3, 2017 Columbian article [link above] reports Clark County's latest failure in its attempt to avoid payment of the $9 million jury award to Ray Spencer and his family.  In reviewing Clark County's original refusal to pay the award back in 2014, journalist Jessica Prokop states, "...the Clark County Commissioners unanimously voted to not pay the $9 million.  Then-Commissioners Tom Mielke, David Madore and Steve Stuart voted to no longer protect Krause and Davidson by paying the award. County Prosecutors argued that since Krause was found to have fabricated evidence, she was outside the scope of her duties as a county employee."
Detective Sandra Aldridge of the Vancouver Police Department has been, over the past several years and currently, at the center of over 20 VPD internal affairs investigations, multiple federal and state civil rights actions, and at least two overturned con…