Latest Court Activity in the John Leidecker Cases (Yes, Cases)
Clicking on this RI Judiciary link (“Adult Criminal Information Database”), choosing “Search by Defendant Name/Business Name”, clicking “Accept” at the bottom and then entering “Leidecker” in the “LAST NAME” field brings up two files/cases, both pertaining to John Leidecker. (Mr. Leidecker was arrested in late November and charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly impersonating former state Rep. Douglas Gablinske via e-mail.)
The second link indicates a charge of “USE OF FALSE INFORMATION/MISD” and that the arresting agency was the Rhode Island State Police Detectives. Below are the most recent entries; however at the top, under “Disposition / Date”, it states
So the charges brought by the State Police were dismissed?
23-February-2011: CONTINUED FOR FURTHER HEARING (latest of three continuances – possibly in an effort to let public attention cool down?)
09-March-2011: CASE DISPOSED
09-March-2011: CASE TRANSFERRED 3RD DIVISION
09-March-2011: Charge, Disposition Changes
15-March-2011: CASE REC’D BY 3RD DIVISION
By the way, does anyone know what the “3rd Division” is?
But what about the first file/case? This case indicates that Mr. Leidecker has been charged with “Cyberstalking”, that the arresting agency was the Bristol Police Department and that a pre-trial conference has been set for 06-APR-2011 in the 6th District Court. This link contais five entries, all dated 09-March-2011:
INITIAL CASE DATA ENTRY
PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE SET
NO CONTACT ORDER
DEFT ARRGN & PLEADS NOT GUILTY
No attorney has yet entered an appearance on behalf of Mr. Leidecker in this case.
As for the second file/case, why was the charge of “Use of False Information” dismissed and who made that call? The use of false information seemed pretty self evident in this matter.
Regarding the first file/case, currently pending, whom has Mr. Leidecker allegedly been “cyberstalking”?
Max Diesel and Brassband provide some answers and helpful information.
3rd Division is a division of the District Court located at the Kent County Court House on Quaker Lane. Unlike local police departments, the State Police use the AG’s Office to prosecute all their cases. There could be many reasons why the case was dismissed but sometimes if two agencies file charges resulting from the same incident, sometimes they just role with the better case even if the charges aren’t the same.
Criminal case files are public record. Anyone who goes to the 6th Div. clerk’s office (2d floor, Garrahy Courthouse)and asks for the file by docket number should be able to get a look at the file.
The file would contain a copy of the complaint and might or might not identify the victim.