|Photo: Copy of drawing by Leslie Van Houten during Tate-LaBianca trial|
"I Didn't Even Get To Put On A Defense. When It Came Time For Me To Put On A Defense, It Became A Political Thing"
Charles Manson to Ron Reagan Jr. 1991
Jason Slater - TLB Radio
Charles Manson has always claimed he never got a fair trial in the Tate-LaBianca murders.
Continuing a series in which we look at the issue of Manson receiving a fair
trial, Manson was given his pro-per right or right to represent himself on Christmas Eve 1969.
Initially, Manson's rights were instated by the court so what happened? Where did it start to go wrong?
One could argue things started to go south about three weeks into acting as his own attorney when Manson appeared before the court on January 17, 1970:
MANSON: I have a motion here, it's a strange motion, probably never seen a motion like this before.
THE COURT: Try me.
After examining it, the judge had to agree: "It certainly is an interesting document"
"Charles Manson, also known as Jesus Christ, Prisoner," assisted by six other pro pers, who called themselves "The Family Of Infinite Soul, Inc had filed a habeas corpus motion on behalf of Manson-Christ, charging that the sheriff was depriving him of his spiritual, mental and physical liberty, in an unconstitutional manner not in harmony with man's or God's law, and asking that he be released forthwith." ***
No surprise, Judge Dell denied the motion.
Manson also requested a tape recorder and unlimited telephone privileges.
In trying to be objective, I can see where Manson's motion listing himself as "Manson Christ" and referring to themselves as "The Family Of Infinite Soul" would possibly offend any court but when you strip it down Manson is basically complaining about his treatment in jail.
Is that a legit complaint? An attorney would know that answer but I would think it might be if it hampers his ability to prepare his defense.
I don't see anything out of bounds about having a tape recorder or access to one and unlimited telephone calls in relation to his case. But I do see where the Court could start to interpret Manson's motions as disrespect, mockery and possibly an attempt to delay or stall for no valid reason.
Regardless, the Court allowed Manson to remain pro per and Manson would appear before the Court once again on January 28, 1970.
In addition to more complaints about his limitations as his own attorney, Manson also requested more preparation time.
Judge George M. Dell, who had been hearing these pretrial motions granted a continuance to Manson for February 9, 1970 and assigned the case and a date for trial to Judge William Keene.
Manson appeared in court 44 years ago Monday, February 9, 1970.
We continue on Monday, February 9, 2015
*** Source: Helter Skelter - Vince Bugliosi