Monday, September 27, 2010
Contempt of Court
Kinney dug a deep hole for himself, one that wouldn't have been so deep if he had accepted a pretrial plea offer from the prosecutor: plead guilty in exchange for about a year in prison. Jurors deliberated for about 20 minutes before finding Kinney guilty of two counts of driving with a revoked license and possessing a substantial quantity of cocaine.
When Kinney got a chance to speak at his sentencing hearing, he reiterated the point he had made many times before. He is a sovereign individual, an 'indigenous' man, a 'remnant of the divine people. I'm an endangered species to this continent,' he said. He said that he answers only to God and not to the laws of Oregon
Prosecutor Ryan Lufkin used Kinney's words to urge the judge to send him to prison for 5 1/2 years, as long as possible under Oregon sentencing guidelines, to protect the public from him. Lufkin noted that Kinney's disrespect for the law had resulted in death before. In 2002, when Kinney was a 17-year-old student at Cleveland High School, he was driving a carload of his friends back from lunch when he crashed into a car just blocks from school. Kinney was speeding and driving without a valid license.