Having spent the better part of three years in a California State Prison for a crime that didn’t even happen perhaps disqualifies me as impartial and I’m sure that my documenting of the story will be skewed to some extent, however I will try very hard to be objective here in my writing of the complete lack of integrity among the investigators, prosecutors and even the judges – at least here in Ventura County – and how slanted the laws are – at least here in the State of California – in The Prosecution’s favor to begin with.
My case is probably not the best case to argue to demonstrate these points of failure in the Justice System for the fact that my case is singularly complicated and somewhat strange in the first place; it is just as much a story twisted minds in twisted relationships, convoluted lies, manipulation and betrayals. It is he story of how law enforcement and the defective justice system can and is used to commit violence by proxy… Yes, my case is probably not the best case to extend as an example but it is the case in which I am the absolute expert, and it is the one case I am ABSOLUTLY sure of that an innocent man was convicted.
I Will Begin at the End
Re: People v. Daniel Colegrove, 2013010761
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Marc Levi and I am a Senior Ventura County Public Defender Investigator. In early 2013, I was assigned to assist defense counsel in the case of People v. Daniel Colegrove. I was the assigned investigator from 2013 until trial in October 2017, when the jury returned a guilty verdict.
I worked hundreds of hours on this case, interviewed over two dozen potential witnesses, and had hundreds of conversations with Daniel, both over the phone and in person. No person other than Daniel is more familiar with the case than I. The totality of the information at my disposal leaves me without any doubt whatsoever of Daniel’s complete and factual innocents in this case.
The complaining witness gave four statements to law enforcement or the courts between April 2013 and February 2014. I was able to compile a list of over 100 contradictions and demonstrably false statements mad by the complaining witness in those statements. With the exception of Daniel’s estranged brother, everyone who knows both Daniel and the complaining witness well believes that Daniel is innocent.
Nevertheless, the jury convicted Daniel in only a few hours after hearing more than two weeks’ worth of evidence. The verdict was shockingly rapid given the amount of evidence that the jury heard. I do not believe that any meaningful deliberation or evaluation of the evidence could have occurred in the short period of time the jury took to reach a verdict. Further, the jury was deprived of a tremendous quantity of meaningful evidence that was excluded due to the death or grave illness of not fewer than four crucial defense witnesses.
In my nearly 18 years of work as a criminal investigator, I have never written such a letter on behalf of a client before. It is only because of my absolutely certainty of Daniel’s innocents that I do so now.
I encourage anyone who wishes more information regarding Daniel’s case to contact me.
Ventura County Public Defender