Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lauri Peterson’s Son Josh Waring Begs Judge To Drop Attempted Murder Charges Against Him!

Josh Waring, son of former Real Housewives of Orange County star Laurie Peterson appeared in court on Tuesday, February 19 on his motion to dismiss charges against him in connection to a June 20, 2016 shooting outside of a sober living home in Costa Mesa where a man named Daniel Lopez was seriously injured, according to Radar Online.

Waring’s attorney, Joel Garson, told the judge that Prosecutor Cynthia Nichols listened to “a huge batch of calls” where Waring discussed his defense strategy with family and friends when he was representing himself. Garson also said detectives listened to calls Waring made to a public defender.

In the motion to dismiss, Garson said the practice of monitoring privileged phone calls has been going on for years, and alleges Orange County Sheriff’s jail staff have been handing over jail recordings to various police agencies and prosecutors, who are then tasked with building a case against the defendants.

In the affidavit, Garson called Deputy District Attorney Aleta Bryant the “Bill Belichick” of the Orange County D.A.’s Office, and said Bryant approved the access to Waring’s privileged phone calls. Garson said he alerted Bryant of the phone call breech at least twice, but the practice didn’t stop.

“She knew it was continuing to happen.” Garson said in court.

In his argument, Prosecutor John Maxfield said prosecutor Nichols and investigators did not listen to Waring’s phone calls until well after the preliminary hearing, so therefore the jail recordings had “no value in real time.” Maxfield added there is nothing to suggest and “certainly no evidence” that Bryant was trying to undermine Waring’s case, reports the outlet.

Maxfield added it was up to defendants to alert jail staff which phone numbers should be on their list of numbers that should not be recorded. These unmonitored calls have to be related to the case, the prosecutor said.

“It’s really incumbent upon the defendant … to say, ‘I need to make these calls private because they are related to my case,'” Maxfield said. “Otherwise, the Sheriff’s Department will be placed in an awkward position that they will allow complete unmonitored calls if you are pro per.”

Judge Jonathan Fish said he would provide his ruling on Waring’s motion to dismiss the case by Feb. 26. If the judge approves Waring’s motion, he would be ordered to return to court where they would then discuss his discharge from jail.

If the motion is denied, Waring will return to court for trial on March 12, reports Radar Online.

As previously reported, Waring was charged with attempted murder after allegedly opening fire on two people in Costa Mesa and then leading cops on a wild car chase on June 20, 2016. Waring was eventually captured and charged with three counts of attempted murder and several other felony and misdemeanor charges.

Jury selection began on Jan. 29, and Waring is still pleading not guilty. However, if found guilty, he could face several life sentences.

Warning has had substance abuse problems for many years. If you recall, he was hit with a felony possession of a controlled substance charge and accusations of being under the influence — while locked up behind bars!

According to court records obtained by Radar Online, Waring was busted with “pruno,” an alcoholic drink made from fermented fruit, ketchup, sugar, bread and other ingredients.

Meanwhile, Waring continues to fight on with his mom and dad’s support. “My mom has been at all the court hearings every day and my dad is involved, they have been supportive,” he said. “It’s been hard knowing the circumstances, it’s been difficult at times, but I push on and keep the fight up.”

“Some days I want to cave in, but the support from my mom and dad and everyone around me has been everything.”

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