Notice of Application for Review
04 November 2010
Review and Set Aside 03 November 2010 Ruling & Retraction, by Dep. Press Ombudsman Johan Retief: RE: 30-07-2010: Rightwing group tries to scupper Reitz trial, Khadija Bradlow, City Press: referral from SAPS/NPA.
The judge began to take Steven’s guilty plea: “You know you have a right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself,” he said. Do you waive that right?”
“Yes, I do,” answered Steven.
“You have a right to call witnesses in your behalf. Do you waive that right?”
“Yes, I do.”
“You have a right to a jury trial, a jury of your peers. Do you understand that right?”
“If I had a jury of my peers, I would be found not guilty,” replied Steven.
There was a pause as the judge stared at the defendant. “What do you mean?” he asked.
“If I had twelve people who were really my peers they would understand my action,” Steven answered.
The Judge leaned forward, his eyes piercing into mine. “This is not a guilty plea. Counsel, I thought you told the court this was a guilty plea?”
I had been taken completely off guard by Steven’s statements. .. The judge motioned to the U.S. marshals. “Take the defendant and his lawyer, and put them in the holding cell until they straighten things out.”
For half an hour Steven and I sat in the cell behind the courtroom as once again I explained my idea of a political, psychiatric defence. Once again he refused, feeling it was hopeless. He said he would plead guilty and answer all the judges questions the way the judge expected. We returned to court and went through the litany of rights one waives when one pleads guilty. But when the judge got to the part about a jury of peers, there was only silence. Then Steven spoke out clearly and strongly. “If I had a jury made up of people from Ellis and Fillmore Streets I would be found not guilty!”
Judge Weigel was seconds from exploding. “This is not a guilty plea. I refuse to accept the plea. You are going to trial!”
-- Black Rage Confronts the Law, by Paul Harris, pg 42-43
- 10-07-27: Radical Honesty SA Amicus Curiae in Reitz Four Matter
- 10-07-30: CityPress: Khadija Bradlow: Rightwing group tries to scupper Reitz trial
- 10-08-05: Radical Honesty SA Complaint to SAPS (CAS 180-08-2010): City Press: Defamation & Fraud
- 10-10-13: Radical Honesty SA Complaint to Press Ombudsman: City Press: Rightwing Group Tries to Scupper Reits Trial
- 10-10-18: Reply by City Press to Radical Honesty White Refugee Complaint to Press Ombudsman
- 10-10-20: Response by Radical Honesty to City Press Reply to Press Ombudsman
- 10-11-03: Press Ombudsman Ruling (subsequently deleted): Radical Honesty White Refugee vs City Press
- 10-11-04: Press Ombudsman 2nd Ruling: Radical Honesty White Refugee vs City Press
- 10-11-04: Radical Honesty SA Appeal to Press Appeals Panel: Judge Ralph Zulman: City Press: 10-07-30 Reitz 4 Trial article
Complaint to SA Press Council Press Ombudsman: 10-07-30: City Press Article: Right Wing Group tries to scupper Reitz Trial