That comment, from the alleged con man who won’t reveal his real identity but who is known as “Bobby Thomson,” is one of many interesting tidbits you can find on Cleveland.com.
It’s in comes a story about Thompson’s public defender quitting Thursday, after he went into a 10-minute tirade about Ohio courts’ policy of appointing only one public defender per indigent defendant.
Stanton got removed as Thompson’s attorney during a pretrial hearing in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court after the lawyer delivered a 10-minute tirade about the courts’ ineffectiveness.
Stanton argued that a single attorney would not be enough to represent Thompson, who faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
“I reluctantly, begrudgingly and, quite honestly, disdainfully had to file that particular motion,” Stanton exclaimed in front of Judge Annette Butler.
The prosecutor in the case estimated he’s got more than 50,000 pieces of evidence against “Thompson,” who when he was finally caught had a suitcase stuffed with almost $1 million in cash; and who is charged with defrauding Ohio citizens of more than $2 million through his phony charity, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. But there’s more!
After excusing Stanton, Butler gave Thompson a chance to be his own lawyer. Thompson declined, despite previously asking to do the job and filing numerous motions with the court on his own behalf.
Thompson continuously tried to defend himself during the hearing. But Butler didn’t want to hear it until the trial begins.
“I never stole a penny from a veteran in my life,” Thompson said once, before Butler interrupted.
Whether that’s true remains to be seen. It might be technically correct, if no veteran ever sent the U.S. Navy Vets money. Perhaps Thompson (allegedly) stole money only from non vets, eh?