[Homestead] Gov't watching what you do
bobford79 at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 16 12:25:12 EDT 2008
If they can't get you on that for you you are suspected; then they stick you in prison, for several years, for checking the wrong box on a form. This kid may be a bad guy, I don't know. But , I do know, that , in cases like this, the gov't becomes the bad guy, when they smash in your skull for a paperwork lie that in , and of, itself ;harmed not one other person.......bobf
Student accused of perjury will stand trial
Jennifer Squires - Sentinel Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/16/2008 01:32:44 AM PDT
A Cabrillo College student accused of perjury for checking the wrong box on a California Department of Motor Vehicles form in January 2007 will go to trial, a judge ruled Monday.
But Nathan Knoerl, also known as Nathan Pope, will be free on his own recognizance, Judge Samuel Stevens decided. Knoerl had been held on $100,000 bail -- 20 times the normal amount for perjury -- since his arrest by FBI agents in Southern California last month.
"Under the totality of the circumstances, obviously the judge feels he made a decision in the best interest of the community and in accordance with the law," Capt. Steve Clark of the Santa Cruz police said.
Police have not said why they requested the high bail when they obtained the arrest warrant in August.
However, Knoerl has lived in a Riverside Avenue house that was twice raided during the ongoing investigation into violent animal rights protests in Santa Cruz. No arrests have been made in the February home invasion attack and July fire bombings that targeted three UC Santa Cruz researchers.
"There is absolutely no connection between this case and the animal rights case," Knoerl's attorney, Doug Fox, said outside of court.
The perjury charge against Knoerl surfaced during the probe of the attacks and was pursued by a DMV inspector, who testified during Monday's preliminary hearing.
Inspector James Laughlin said Knoerl obtained a driver's license in September 2003, then applied for and received a state identification card under the name "Nathan Pope" in January 2007. On that application, Knoerl checked the "no" box in response to a question about possessing other government IDs in other names.
Prosecutor Barbara Rizzieri said that action was perjury.
Fox argued that his client didn't perjure himself because it's unclear if Knoerl would have been denied an ID card had he checked the "yes" box.
"The application itself is not false. It is who he is," Fox said.
He pointed out that identifying information was the same on both the driver's license and ID card. Fox also said his client has state-issued documents in both names, including a passport issued to "Nathan Pope" and signed by "Nathan Knoerl" with a note stating he also goes by the name Knoerl.
Knoerl's father's last name is Pope but his mother, Britni Knoerl, remarried when her son was 5 years old and he has used both surnames throughout his life, his mother testified.
Knoerl has also had a UCSC student ID card in the name "Matt Matthews," Rizzieri said. She didn't know when he had obtained the ID or if he was ever a UCSC student.
Rizzieri said it's difficult to track Knoerl in the legal system due to his two surnames. The perjury case is filed under the name "Knoerl" while an April conviction for stealing textbooks is in the name "Pope." He is on probation for petty theft.
Perjury is a felony punishable by two to four years in state prison.
Knoerl was released from County Jail on Monday afternoon and apparently went home to Oceanside with his family. He returns to court Sept. 30.Contact Jennifer Squires at 429-2449 or jsquires at santacruzsentinel.com.
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